"I am a strong, positive voice in our community and I stand for integrity, honesty and accountability. My full-time work at JFK Memorial Hospital as Chief Development Officer will continue with the full support from the CEO. My energy and desire to continue my service on the Council is greater than ever, and I ask for your vote to re-elect me as La Quinta’s Mayor."
CONTINUED FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
We manage our expenses conservatively, and we maintain strong financial reserves, even after the dissolution of our Redevelopment Agency. This stability is the direct result of fiscally responsible practices, pursuing sensible economic growth, and developing new revenue opportunities. Expenses needed to maintain our quality and safety standards are greater than our projected revenues. Needs exist now and in future years to maintain our roads, trails, parks, services, flood control/drainage systems and other capital improvement projects. I will push for and bring innovative ideas to create new revenue for La Quinta. The proposed sales tax increase of 1% (Measure G) will offer nearly $6 million annually in revenue to ensure our community remains vibrant for years to come. This is revenue that the State cannot take from La Quinta. Measure G keeps money local with an oversight committee of residents.
ENSURING PUBLIC SAFETY
My number one priority is to ensure strong law enforcement and fire service protection, while managing contract service costs effectively. Public Safety comes at a price, and our service and protection will not be compromised. Collaboration with other contract cities may offer cost savings without compromising service and safety.
SilverRock is an important future revenue source for La Quinta. Development begins in 2017 and SilverRock will be the ultimate destination resort in our valley that will produce hotel, retail sales and property tax revenue for years to come. Expansion and in-fill of the Village and Old Town areas will bring jobs and sales tax revenues; increasing retail and tourism related businesses, along with opportunities for more events, like the Old Town Block Parties on major holidays that started in 2015. The City’s Highway 111 corridor needs repurposing through mixed use, entertainment, and retail/dining options to attract new consumers to our economy - like the Century Theatre, which opened in 2015. Business licenses have doubled in the past two years because people are choosing to do business in La Quinta for the value it offers.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Preservation of parks, trails, dark skies and open space will enable La Quinta to preserve its charm while promoting a healthy community. Our new Wellness Center, which opened in January 2015, is a testament to our focus on health and well-being for our residents and visitors. As a hiker, I appreciate all that La Quinta offers and I’m proud to support La Quinta as a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) city. A healthy community is a prosperous community.
PLANNING FOR LA QUINTA'S FUTURE
I will work to enhance youth and senior services, strengthen education, and support effective regional collaboration with other Coachella Valley Cities and public agencies. The proposed sales tax increase of 1% (Measure G) will offer nearly $6 million annually in revenue to ensure our community remains vibrant for years to come. This is revenue that the State cannot take from La Quinta. Measure G keeps money local with an oversight committee of residents.