60, Camarillo, attorney
What are the major city issues of concern to you in the future?
Strong open-space preservation laws require the city to focus on growing the local economy within the existing city footprint. I believe the city should emphasize mixed-use infill development and creation of additional multifamily and affordable housing within the city core. Our city’s future economic vitality depends upon our creative planning, which also includes addressing water availability and traffic issues.
What issues in the past do you feel are not being addressed?
Two issues in particular: (1) the City Council must significantly improve its outreach to citizens by creating new opportunities to receive resident input; and (2) the City Council must affirmatively exercise leadership by actively collaborating with other public agencies (recreation and park, health care, school and water districts, and the county) which serve city residents. I have offered specific ways to accomplish these goals. I will bring a fresh, independent perspective to the City Council, whose members collectively have been in office or otherwise have been involved with the city for almost 120 years.
What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?
As a former president of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, I think there is room for lots of improvement. The City Council must increase its emphasis on attracting new businesses and retaining existing businesses. There is a need to streamline and make the permitting process less costly. I also oppose the imposition of new fees on businesses, e.g., the proposed public art mitigation fee proposed earlier this year.
What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?
Public safety is a fundamental responsibility of municipal government. Thanks to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Camarillo rates very highly in public safety for its citizens. A recent uptick in some reported crime categories provides a reminder that we must pay attention to this issue. I want to explore the potential for addition of a small number of sworn personnel to focus on specific concerns, e.g., property crimes and other matters as they evolve.
What are your housing concerns for the city? How will you address them in the future?
I’ve addressed this issue in a prior response, but will add that it is vital to our city’s economic growth that it provide adequate and affordable housing within the city so that employees of Camarillo businesses can live in Camarillo.
How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?
Natural resources, including water, available open space and parks within the city, are of vital importance. Concerning water availability, we must continue strong water conservation targets and encourage development of “new” water sources, including brackish water desalination and recycled water.
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.
Camarillo is fortunate to have excellent schools, and the city’s finances are in relatively good shape. On the financial side, the Council needs to address the sustainability of continued transfers of monies from the city’s General Fund to various operating funds, and keep an eye on employee pension liability.