70, retired nonprofit CEO, current planning commissioner, city of Santa Paula, and president of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce.
Public Safety is the most critical issue Santa Paula faces, followed by an aging infrastructure that must be addressed. We have a growing number of homeless people, many with problems associated with mental illness and addiction that need our support.
Issues not addressed:
The city’s response to our major issues has been inadequate. Lack of funding is part of the problem, but we need a greater sense of urgency. New development is needed to increase revenue. The current Council has not been receptive to new development which would benefit the city.
Business in the city:
As president of the Chamber of Commerce, I am keenly aware of the concerns of the business community. The business community wants smart growth which is needed to generate revenue. The city needs to expedite applications and create a supportive environment for business in all of our relationships.
This remains our most pressing issue. We need more police officers, and must find a stable source of funding for our Fire Department.
The city has not grown significantly in 40 years. New development is needed to provide workforce housing, construction jobs and much-needed revenue for the city.
City’s natural resources:
Santa Paula is rich in history, is home to many museums and presents an historic downtown, which is the site of multiple parades, Cruise Night, and the location for a large number of films. Along with our great people, these treasures represent our greatest assets. We have a responsibility to make the city even greater for our children and grandchildren.
Santa Paula has problems, but also has a rich history and great potential. My dream is to address our issues and build on our many assets.