I thrive on working with people from all walks of life, different professional and personal experiences, and points of view. My success to date is aligned with this collaborative approach that focuses on listening, learning, and being transparent.
I personally commit to consistently demonstrating a culture of transparency on the City Council. As an elected official, I strive to earn your trust through every action of mine.
If elected to City Council, I will listen to our essential workers, veterans, seniors, and teachers. I will serve the underserved of our great city and be a voice for renters and homeowners alike.
If elected, I’ll be fiscally responsible and conduct a thorough evaluation of each department’s expenditures. I’m committed to maintaining strong and healthy reserves for unexpected expenses. I will continue Foster City’s history of being conservative on financial matters.
Foster City’s small businesses are an integral part of our community’s fabric. About 70% of the dollars generated from small businesses remains in the community. If elected, I’ll evaluate ways to nurture our local businesses, help get them back on their feet, and grow, with the City’s full support.
Current circumstances allow us to focus on completing those projects that have already been approved, and time to fully evaluate any future development opportunities.
Providing workforce housing for first responders, public school teachers, City employees, etc. is very important in maintaining our City’s safety and quality of life. This group of professionals have key responsibilities in serving our community, and we need to make every effort to remove friction from these integral people’s daily lives and commutes in order to ensure stability and growth for Foster City and our residents. Responsible development is paramount. We need to take into consideration the rising costs that are prohibitive. Providing housing for our City staff and others is also fiscally responsible in that it generates income for the City in rent, and allows us to offer compensation that does not increase the City’s pension burden.
If elected, one of my goals is to work with Foster City Police Chief Tracy Avelar to identify and implement strategies to reallocate resources within the existing police department to specifically address situations that could require social service intervention.
I’m also committed to instituting a process to review social justice issues as they apply to the FCPD. For example, I’ll be looking at statistics on who is getting pulled over by different demographics, including race, to determine whether there is any implicit or explicit bias.
I’ll also work to continue to ensure that our police department and its personnel are fully integrated with, and part of our community so that we can work together towards a better future.
I vow to support programs that reduce carbon emissions, water consumption, and landfill waste. I’ll also support renewal of solar programs for the City and its residents, and back strategies to increase recycling and composting.
This is a large expense that needs competent oversight as it’s being run by San Mateo. I will help continue protecting Foster City’s interest in regards to this project and will be at the table to monitor and be briefed on issues as they arise.
Good news! This has been a long time coming - and it’s going to get done as the project came in under budget. I’ll monitor to ensure the project is done in a fiscally prudent manner and on time. Wonderful that Foster City will not be placed in a flood zone due to this initiative.
I’ll review impact of certain implemented strategies and evaluate if any adjustments should be made to improve traffic flow and volume.