53, Oxnard resident, Lead Program Analyst at Port Hueneme Naval Base
What are the major city issues of concern to you in the future?
The Oxnard City Council must learn to make responsible citywide decisions that maintain a balanced budget and, when possible, cut waste.
We must correct the over 100 financial material weaknesses in City Hall and put in place policies and procedures that will prevent these material weaknesses from happening again. I will look for ways to continuously improve our processes that will help us identify future material weaknesses.
We must support our police and firefighters in jointly keeping our community safe though public involvement and citizen advisory groups.
What issues in the past do you feel are not being addressed?
City Hall must encourage transparency and effectively help citizens in the monitoring of city expenditures
City Hall should look for ways to improve our environment and protect our unique neighborhoods by continuously working hard to improve the quality of life for all residents.
What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?
We must support locally owned small businesses in changing the perception that it is hard to do business in Oxnard. I will advocate changing this perception of business being hard to do in Oxnard by having several business expos throughout the year. These expos, potential new business owners would be introduced to the business chamber and other local navigate the process of establishing a new business in Oxnard.
What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?
I feel Oxnard has taken the first good step into improving our public safety by hiring Chief Whitney. He is a local hometown boy who knows the streets of Oxnard well and is well respected throughout the community. I feel public safety will improve in conjunction with the improvement of public relations between the Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard Fire Department and the public at large.
What are your housing concerns for the city? How will you address them in the future?
Many of the state and federal funding sources for housing in our city has dried up. It is now up to us to provide housing to those in the low to affordable housing categories. By having new developments allot 10 percent of their new units to low or affordable income housing will help offset the impact of having limited federal funds to address these issues.
How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?
Maintaining our environment and protecting our unique neighborhoods go hand-in-hand with protecting the city’s natural resources. As an Oxnard city planning commissioner, I have advocated solutions that will preserve our coastlines and continue to honor our city’s commitment to provide energy to the state via relocated peaker power plants. I am committed to continuously working hard to improve the quality of life for all residents.
Discuss other concerns you have with your city and what you will do to address them. This may include water issues, the state of your city’s school districts, the city’s financial stability, unemployment, etc.
I feel more certain that the Oxnard City Council has somewhat righted itself and needs a councilman that will stay the course of reducing expenditures, encouraging new business development, and sticking to the 2030 plan (as much as possible).
Over the past 10 years, I have continuously worked through home owners associations (HOAs), as a RiverPark Neighborhood Council member, as chairman of the Oxnard City Community Relations Commission, and now as an Oxnard city planning commissioner to better our city. Teamwork, commitment and leadership are skills I developed over a 20-year military service (US Air Force retiree) and they continue to motivate me to help others.