ACCOMPLISHMENTS: VALLEJO CITY COUNCIL


Financial Stability

  • Voted for sustainable budgets.  Our budgets since 2012 have been without a deficit.
  • Voted for sustainable employee contracts.
  • Advocated to combine department consolidation to create efficiency in operations and save expense.
  • Championed service and procurement consolidation across multiple public agencies and reduce duplication.
  • Continually challenged expenditures for necessity and validity.
  • Advocated for a 15% annual budgetary reserve.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: CAREER



  • Implemented the Police Department's first gang and intelligence unit.
  • Testified before the California State Senate on gang violence.
  • Co-founded the Solano County Gang Task Force.
  • As the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Fighting Back Partnership, created and established a nationally recognized crime prevention program and civil nuisance abatement process.
  • Instrumental in establishing more than 400 neighborhood watch groups in Vallejo between 2008 and 2012.

Economic Development and Revitalization

  • Collaborated with Blu Homes and Lennar Mare Island to bring Blu Homes management and architectural
    staff to Vallejo.
  • Championed and supported downtown projects and entertainment.
  • Advocated to improve City Hall's customer service and business-friendly policies.
  • Worked with Lennar Mare Island to attract quality businesses to Mare Island.
  • Championed and supported reinstating the City's Economic Development Department.
  • Voted to approve the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting process in North America.


Support safer schools

  • Lobbied and voted for the School Resource Officer Program.
  • Listened to parents concerns and advocated for solutions.
  • Promoted a trades academy for non-college bound youth.
  • Encouraged developing a better school district image as a means to stimulating economic development.
  • Through Participatory Budgeting, strongly supported the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) Program for Vallejo Middle Schools.

 
Public Safety

  • Coordinated with the Police Chief to increase department credibility.
  • Championed and lobbied for the Police/Citizens Advisory Group.
  • Lobbied for a Community Service Section to aid residents with quality of life issues.
  • Actively promoted and voted for grant funding to increase staff levels.
  • Consistently supported funding to enhance public safety.
  • Voted to increase police staffing from 73 sworn positions to 123 positions.
  • Successfully lobbied for police bike patrols in the downtown and on the waterfront.
  • Championed and lobbied for the six (6) member Crime Suppression Unit that will be established in 2016.