Integrity, professional, legacy of service/volunteer, addresses community needs, listens, unites
JOBS & ECONOMY
JOBS: I single-handedly researched and encouraged our city council to help provide union jobs by pursuing and having them pass the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission (CUCCAC) recommendations, allowing our city the ability to implement contracts up to $60,000 without a formal Request For Proposal (RFP) process.
ECONOMIC POTENTIAL: I am well experienced in the public budgeting process, where the constituent’s values become programs or projects. To this end I would like to implement fair programs that attract businesses to locate their facilities in San Benito County. For instance, in order for San Benito County to be able to reach its economic potential and attract a greater variety of businesses we need to aggressively update our broadband capabilities.
Central Coast Broadband Consortium: of which I am a member, I am urging and pursuing our county officials to pursue grants to this end. I intend to maintain these connections and continue to pursue these solutions for a satisfactory implementation and building of a faster broadband infrastructure for our county, which will result in high paying tech jobs for our local population.
ROAD MAINTENANCE & UPGRADE: Transportation is one of the largest challenges that San Benito County faces. Our Grand Jury is now holding the County accountable for its lack of adequate funding for road maintenance and improvements. They are recommending the county hire a professional grant researcher and writer to mitigate this issue. This is now possible with 2018 passage of Measure G, which I actively supported, to create a "self-help" county that could implement this sort of plan.
As a member of Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) and the Intergovernmental Committee of San Benito County l am made aware and understand the transportation issues from a regional viewpoint. With this knowledge, I want to efficiently and effectively move people around the county to their respective points of destination. One solution is to consider having a light rail public transit system to the VTA transit Center in Gilroy, where commuters can connect with CalTrain and the VTA bus system, which can eliminate a large portion of commuting cars from our overcrowded roads. Another solution is to encourage companies to situate themselves in this county to make travelling to work a local experience.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Currently the County Community Action Board (CAB) has obtained a grant to build transitional housing and is researching this important service.
LOCAL CONTROLS to fit our local needs and maintain our rural character is paramount. I am currently studying and determining how to mitigate the housing demands coming from Governor Newsom's office to fit the maintenance of the quality of life and character of our county.
My housing plans begins with controlling and slowing single family residential housing growth while we improve our road and transportation system. I would also encourage the project developers to build affordable housing for our middle-class families who are being presently being priced out of home ownership. I would do that by establishing a 30 to 40% low-income and affordable housing goal of the units built in each project. This would help tremendously in our housing situation giving the average worker to a chance to participate in home ownership. Our housing shortage crisis is causing the high prices that price out our teachers, firefighters, police officers, construction workers, car mechanics, who cannot afford the single-family detached housing being built. This in turn causes rents to increase as those workers seek housing. This pushes out of apartments many poor and marginalized people, who then become homeless.
Homelessness is a real problem, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Gilroy and San Jose are cities close to us that spend both time and money trying to control their homelessness problems. Helping solve this problem is going to require the entire state of California to build affordable housing.
We need to plan and zone carefully so that our rural character and way of life is not damaged. We need to stop building on prime Ag land. We need to develop infill housing close to our cities center to make our cities walkable and finally we need a variety of housing for all age groups. This is going to be a very hard job, that will require people of good will and who have a good sense of foresight and planning to make it work.
Central Coast Broadband Consortium: of which I am a member, I am urging and pursuing our county officials to pursue grants to this end. I intend to maintain these connections and continue to pursue these solutions for a satisfactory implementation and building of broadband infrastructure for our county to support economic development and communication at many levels.
MICRO GRIDS are one of the best ways to address the growing needs to regulate our power sources, costs and emergency situations. I am currently researching and guiding the City of San Juan Bautista into investing in such a system.
Monterey Bay Community Power, of which I am a member, is in the process of ramping up a program designed to help communities like us. In the next two weeks they have a program that they ready to market to their customers. They are willing to front some of the money and help with engineering costs and tie-in issues with the PG&E grid. They are willing to help with installation of Battery back-ups, Battery back-up plus solar and even natural gas powered generators,. They are willing to provide grant money for engineering costs for micro-grids They then could finance the project and payback would be on our power bill for our Water treatment plant for over 15 to 20 years as an zero-interest or low interest loan.
As a member of the policy board of directors of Monterey Bay Community Power, I make sure that San Benito County is represented and receives its appropriate allocations for the on-going transition to sustainable power sources. This requires that we electrify our transportation systems and our homes and businesses, making this as smooth and painless as possible for transitioning
WATER: One of the first major challenges that I have been active and successful in bringing about is to bring high quality clean drinking water to San Juan Bautista, eliminating the high nitrate issues that plagued our drinking water. I continue to study this issue so that all county residents served by our public water systems can receive good quality water. I continue to bring quality solutions to water issues by my presidency on the San Benito County Water Resources Board. I am also urging the City of San Juan Bautista to connect to the San Benito West Side Water District to upgrade our quality of water and mitigate the salinity issues that are prevalent and soon to be very costly, resulting in state fines, etc.