My accomplishments in the 2.5 years I’ve been on the Council:
Championed the start of a Pension Trust to relieve growing debt (succeeded!)
Pushed to fund the City’s share of the cost to build a fourth fire station in the southwest quadrant (succeeded!)
Serve on the VTA Board to fight for Gilroy’s transportation and road repair/improvement dollars. Together with Morgan Hill, I fought to preserve Express Bus Service to Gilroy and for improvements to CalTrain’s PM schedule to Gilroy. We succeeded in preserving Express Bus Service, albeit with fewer daily trips, and the long-awaited schedule change from CalTrain went into effect in October 2019. Making sure Gilroy receives our road repair dollars that funnel first through VTA is why our presence at VTA is so important both ahead of and at the time decisions are being made. CalTrain is currently counting on revenue from a sales tax measure on the November ballot to continue services. If that measure doesn’t pass, service to south county will be the first target for cost cutting without deliberate and timely pressure from those of us who represent south county.
Supported the downtown facade improvement program and funding for paving to accommodate additional parking downtown (succeeded!)
Initiated two Ad Hoc Committees of the Council, one to negotiate with the San Jose Sharks for the potential build out of ice rinks they’d operate in Gilroy, and the other to identify funding to staff the fourth fire station. Succeeded getting both committees, and their purposes remain ongoing.
Voted against an 8% raise for our former City Administrator. A council majority supported it, so it passed.
Voted against the City financing home loans at 2.5% for 30 years for department heads as part of employee recruitment. A council majority supported it, so it passed.
Voted against hiring a firm to poll the voters for a sales tax increase. A council majority supported funding the poll, and the city paid for that poll which showed that the proposed sales tax measure would likely fail.
Led the effort for City Council approval to deliver city water to farmworker housing otherwise unable to get potable water. The housing, located next to the Ochoa housing which has city water and sewer services, had been abandoned. Access to city sewer services was available, but access to potable water was not (succeeded!)
Serve on the SCRWA Board, South County Regional Wastewater Authority, meeting monthly to ensure we meet the wastewater and sewer treatment service needs of Gilroy and Morgan Hill now and into the future. Representatives from Valley Water attend our meetings and partner with endeavors such as water recycling. The SCRWA Board consists of 3 city councilmembers from Gilroy and 2 from Morgan Hill (I’ve served since January 2018), all of whom protect our interests and keep the voting authority limited to the elected officials of Gilroy and Morgan Hill alone.
Serve on the Economic Development Board and, despite the setbacks of COVID-19, working towards an aggressive and focused plan to generate new revenue by attracting businesses, investors, and jobs.
Initiated bi-monthly meetings with Mike Wasserman’s office, County Supervisor for District 1, that I attend personally to ensure that Gilroy’s voice is always heard.