WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE CITY OF UPLAND?
• Continue to be fiscally responsible by a balanced budget, savings more for CALPERS(which shows a savings of 7.9 million today) to pay down our unfunded liability and working to grow our savings account from 17 ½% to 25%.
• Continue positive economic development to increase tax base for fixing our infrastructure and safety.
(As Chair of the Economic Development Committee the City has seen a much needed 60% increase in new commercial development since Carol started)
BRING MORE JOBS TO UPLAND
• Continue to bring in more jobs to Upland. So far, with all the commercial development the city is seeing more jobs at the San Antonio Regional Hospital and there will be much more coming to the new City of Hope!
• Downtown there are incentives for businesses to hire for jobs and throughout Upland are many new businesses that are offering new jobs and thriving housing.
• Continue to bring in thriving businesses to our city through working with the renown Economic consultants JLL.
• Grow our budget for fixing our infrastructure for roads, sidewalks, tree trimming, water infrastructure…Investment in our infrastructure is critical in order to create sustainable economic development and boost social progress.
• Currently, most of our monies come from Measure I and Gas Tax monies. If those were not there or adequate for demand, what could we do?
1. Some cities pay for road repairs through public-private partnerships.
2. Others suggest a ½ cent sales tax
3. While other options are spurring infrastructure projects using innovative approaches and collaboration across the public and private sectors.
SAFETY CONTINUES TO BE AN IMPORTANT GOAL FOR OUR CITY
• Growing our police department to higher levels is essential with our growing population.
• I personally worked to bring in the new POLICE SUB STATION IN THE DOWNTOWN to provide interfacing with police, businesses and residents. My goal is to continue neighborhood policing.
• Continue my “SAY NO TO PANHANDLING” Campaign. So far we have over 20 large metal signs and over 400 small signs in businesses encouraging the public not to give to panhandlers, but to non- profits that help the homeless.
• Encourage and promote Business Watch in the city to help businesses cope with rising crime and homelessness.
• Address Homelessness with real solutions. So far our homeless program has permanently housed with wrap around services 139 individuals and families. Seek more state funding to address this issue.
PROMOTE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
• Because we are now in districts, I would like to see each district form a COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP that would reach out to the residents about the city issues. Not everyone is on social media or wants to attend a council meeting. I would like to see this group of volunteers ready to educate the district on things happening and each council member work closely to help reach out to the area about any issues the community has.