"Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." Rep. John Lewis, 2018.
Managing Through The Pandemic
There are so many unknowns about this pandemic and we need to follow the recommendations of the State of California and the Marin Health and Human Services. The health and welfare of our whole community must come first. As the days, weeks and months go on, it is critical that we develop resident and business continuity plans looking at the next 6, 12 and 18 months. The pandemic has thrown all of us for a loop and we will need to work closely with the business community and provide direct supports.
North San Rafael/Northgate
Costco and other Big Box Stores are not the answer for our community. Identifying the Northgate area is a Priority Development Area (PDA) to receive funding for research and analysis was an important first step. The Northgate priority is designed and centered to be a thriving, community gathering area that supports all types of services including health, home and civic. The vision established by the Responsible Growth in Marin provides the direction and guidance needed to create a true town center.
The police serve a role in protecting public safety and there are aspects of protecting public safety that are only done by the police force. I do not want to take that away. I do think we need to listen to the stories of those who have a much different relationship with the police than we do. While ensuring the safety of our whole community, we need to continue to have conversations, analyze the allocation funds and follow the commitment to align to the recommendations of #8can'twait.
On the School Board I have learned the value of being transparent not only in the decision making process but also the importance of having the information available to all individuals and community members. This is especially important when it comes to financial and budget transparency.
Surprisingly, the San Rafael City Council Finance committee only posted to their website the approved 2020-2021 fiscal year budget on Aug. 25th although the budget was approved in June. It is also difficult to find the minutes to past Finance Committee meetings. During this time of such economic uncertainty, it is more critical than ever to have visibility to the City's financial information. I'm fortunate that I have the financial education, professional and School Board experience to understand the information and ask the right questions.
Affordable Housing (and Workforce Housing)
We need to do better and do more. To address housing in Marin there needs to be a more holistic approach that encompasses all levels of the market, except for above market which is doing just fine.
Defining, developing, and supporting neighborhoods is critical to the health and safety of the community. During the shelter-in-place orders, we have relied on our neighbors to check on the welfare and health of our community. During emergencies such as a fire, earthquake or flood our neighbors will need to self-sustain for 3-5 days. Strengthening all of our 20+ San Rafael neighborhoods will help grow and protect our community.
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