I have devoted my adult life to helping people thrive, finding solutions for complex problems, and restoring a balanced relationship with our resources here on California’s incredible north coast. I am a new first-time homeowner and live in Eureka’s 5th ward. My area of expertise is in public engagement and hands-on project implementation, which includes everything from technical planning to successful fundraising to challenging physical labor! I have experience working closely with local tribes, rural landowners, government and public agencies, local businesses, and individuals from all walks of life. I have served our community as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, as a non-profit project leader with Redwood Community Action Agency, as an AmeriCorps member, and in numerous volunteer roles in support of the arts, clean healthy watersheds, and leadership development. I am a proud Puerto Rican American. I love Eureka for its bountiful natural recreation areas, historic architecture, cultural diversity, endless things to do, delicious local foods and the sense of possibility that reminds me that I can be a meaningful part of our community’s future.
Homes for seniors, veterans and families
With roofs over their heads, our residents can focus on contributing to their community.
My priorities: Supporting our City’s plan to house the folks in greatest need first, thereby minimizing impact to our taxpayer-funded public resources,
Exploring innovative alternatives for longer-term housing,
Working closely with service providers and agencies that work with at-risk populations to fill gaps.
A beautiful, functional Eureka
Prioritizing upgrades to our infrastructure and beautifying Eureka have a direct impact on the lives of residents and visitors every day.
My priorities: Complete essential upgrades to our sewage infrastructure and drinking water facilities,
Connect our waterfront trail, providing a safe route alternate route of travel, a free fitness activity for families, and an appealing destination for tourists,
Ensure that the “gateways” to Eureka on Hwy 101 clearly show motorists they are entering the City, calm highway traffic, and provide a beautiful welcome,
Support appropriate use and management of the McKay Community Forest as an asset for the greater Eureka area,
Upgrade infrastructure for greater safety along and adjacent to our roadways.
My skills for the job: I have worked collaboratively with local government, engineers, planners, contractors, environmental advocates and residents to analyze complex infrastructure issues and focus on solutions. I have a track record of helping regular folks understand technical information and how it impacts them. My work has included tree-planting along our City’s roadways, facilitating meetings to get plenty of perspectives, planning for disaster management and response, dealing with complex regulatory requirements to make improvements to our City a reality, and years of experience supporting development of local trails.
Fair and informed decision-making
As a community, Eureka needs the voice of our residents to inform our future.
My priorities: Actively engaging our residents in planning for the future,
Making progress on our City’s General Plan and implementing our Strategic Vision,
Treating our residents with dignity and respect,
Demonstrating respect for the expertise of City staff and the process by which our City functions.
My skills for the job: I have a background in community organizing, listening to people’s personal experiences and searching for the common values that will bring people together to solve the greatest problems. I have been taught the value of respect for experience in my close-knit family and through my military service. These two very different perspectives – the grassroots approach and the authority-based approach – have given me the ability to operate effectively using a direct understanding of both. My experience working closely with local government staff also provides insight into what they do and how much training they have under their belts to do it. I am a planner by “trade”! My job requires me to compile information and create a feasible plan for the future, based on the real limitations that exist. That is exactly what our City needs.
Issue: The Economy
Building on our economic strengths Eureka is uniquely poised to grow and provide opportunities in expanding markets.
My priorities: Supporting growth where we have existing strengths – specialized services, locally made products, skilled trades, and tourism,
Attracting entrepreneurs and providing support for them to succeed,
Supporting our local arts community,
Laying the groundwork to attract industrial and manufacturing businesses, including land use solutions that expand opportunities to host these businesses within City limits,
Advocating for healthy and productive fisheries and aquaculture,
Standing with workers to ensure they are fairly paid and treated,
Making our City more functional and appealing, which will benefit everyone and increase opportunity.
My skills for the job: I am closely connected to a network of vibrant entrepreneurs and creative thinkers who are succeeding as business owners in today’s economy, right here in our region. My background in fisheries and resource management helps me understand the relationship between our raw materials and their economic potential. I spend my time working, and my community of loved ones all work for a living. I comprehend the need for better-paying jobs on the most basic level because it affects me and those dear to me – young working people making a sincere effort for a better future, right here in this City with such incredible potential. As a musician who is highly involved in the arts locally, I have first-hand knowledge of the value of the arts to our City. I am in the process of reaching out to more industries and business representatives to get their input about other ways to diversify Eureka’s economy.
Issue: Public Safety
Safe streets. We can improve safety for all types of transportation and use proactive strategies to achieve our public safety goals.
My priorities: Improving safety for all modes of transportation, particularly along Broadway, between communities, and at dangerous intersections,
Actively supporting closer-knit neighborhoods, community centers, neighborhood watch groups, and more methods of communication to deter crime,
Supporting our City’s Police Department in its efforts to modernize our policing approach, involve the community more, and utilize accurate data to understand the “big picture” when it comes to public safety, Designating safe places for at-risk residents to live without fear.
My skills for the job: I have years of experience working on projects to make our region’s roadways safer, while getting community involvement to make good decisions. I have a track record of being respectful, incorporating input from experts, and working in a collaborative atmosphere to use very scarce resources in a highly effective way. We need this approach to tackle our greatest public safety concerns, so we can move on to bigger and better things!
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