Keeping Irvine safe
Irvine is known as one of the safest cities to live, work, and raise a family. I am committed to keeping Irvine at the top of the list as one of the safest cities to reside in the U.S. Irvine has been ranked as the safest city of it’s size nationally for 12 consecutive years.
My background in public safety policy will allow me to analyze public safety items that come before the Council, and will enable me to make well thought through policy decisions regarding how to maintain our high level of public safety for the City of Irvine. Many residents move to Irvine to live in a top rated safe city. I am committed to working with our Police Department and making sure they have the public safety funds and resources necessary to keep our city the safest city possible.
I am committed to finding safe transportation solutions that work in our city. As the population in our city has grown, so have transportation needs. In addition, many people come to Irvine to work. As former Chair of the Irvine Transportation Commission, I am addressing how to keep Irvine residents and commuters moving. As a job hub here in Irvine, we enjoy many benefits; however, we must address our transportation needs and seek out traffic mitigation efforts.
The traffic relief solutions that we pursue must include road and intersection improvements, signal synchronization (which will alleviate unnecessary waiting periods at many of our intersections), and left-hand turn pocket elongation to prevent what I refer to as “left-hand turn pocket bleed out”, and the converse of this phenomenon as well. We also need to address our active transportation needs. We must continue to take steps to safeguard motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and improve access to quality public transportation.
Fiscal Soundness/Making Sure Our City Budget and Funds are Spent Wisely
I believe in doing our best and maximizing our city dollars. In addition, there are many instances where Irvine is a “donor city,” often paying much more than our fair share for services, programs, and other local amenities. I am committed to reviewing all of the instances where Irvine is currently a “donor city” and seeing what can be done to lessen the disparity.
I am committed to fiscally responsible proposals which will protect Irvine taxpayers, and to fiscally wise governance of our city. I will work to ensure long-term fiscal soundness and to avoid the need for future tax increases. I will work to maintain and preserve the quality of life that we as Irvine residents and taxpayers have grown accustomed to while protecting us fiscally.
Education: Our Children, Our Legacy
Irvine is home to a host of schools and learning institutions that are internationally known. Our focus on our students of all ages has made Irvine a leader in education, however more must be done to improve access to studies for tomorrow’s economy.
As a city, we must increase the access to computers and technical training for our students. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses have seen major improvements but we must be vigilant to stay on the cutting edge to prepare our students for tomorrow’s economy.