Accomplishments

INVESTMENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

  • Our new library delivered on time and within budget
  • Design work begun for improved beach access at Poplar Beach and Poplar Street pedestrian/bike access from Main Street to beach
  • Highway 1 and Kelly Avenue Intersection improvements scheduled for 2019-2021
  • Modified Highway 1 project to improve egress safety for Grandview neighborhood residents
  • More than $10 million in grants received for Main Street Bridge and Highway 1 roadway improvements and more grant funding on the way to address traffic congestion
  • Completed Main Street paving project and crosswalk enhancements
  • Contract and plans approved for Historic Jail and Barn museum
  • Established sidewalk and street tree program with 300 hotspots scheduled
  • Completed significant energy efficiency upgrades at city facilities
  • Completed upgrades to the Ted Adcock Center and design underway for improved kitchen

PARKS & TRAILS

  • Reestablished Parks and Recreation Department and Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Initiated and completed citywide Parks Master Plan and Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan
  • Highway 1 project changed to include east side trail from Main Street to Spindrift Avenue
  • Completed conceptual design for Carter Park
  • Completed an erosion and condition assessment of vulnerable parts of the Coastal Trail

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Increased daytime and nighttime coverage of Sheriff’s Department
  • Adopted anti-smoking ordinance
  • New waste franchise agreement with food scrap composting, hazard waste drop-off and shred events
  • Increased trash collection and recycling at Poplar Beach

TRANSPARENCY

  • New City Website
  • Adoption of online OpenGov platform for improved access to the City financial information and increased transparency and accountability
  • Created online portal for Public Records Act requests
  • Local Government Hispanic Network award for Civic Engagement
  • Offering live Spanish translation at City Council meetings and at a number of other community information meetings and workshops
  • Offering a bilingual weekly email newsletter and bilingual quarterly hard copy newsletter
  • Hired additional bi-lingual staff to work on community outreach

HOUSING

  • Adopted a second-unit ordinance consistent with state law and our Measure D 1% growth rate to help address housing shortage as part of a comprehensive housing strategy
  • Exploring concepts with affordable housing providers and landowners to potentially provide much needed workforce housing

ENVIRONMENT

  • Local Coastal Program update moving forward with public meetings in Fall 2018 and 2019
  • Completed a sea level rise vulnerability assessment

MOVING FORWARD……

  • Relieve commute congestion: consider park-n-ride lot, school buses, shuttle to Millbrae Caltrain, Telecommute Center, carpools for over-the-hill private schools.
  • Enhance parks and recreation facilities and programming for all residents.
  • Beautify our town for residents and visitors through more aggressive maintenance of sidewalks, trails, beaches and other public facilities.
  • Revitalize downtown: co-locate housing with businesses; implement high-speed internet; fill empty storefronts; improve walkability and bike access; construct a parking garage; schedule more music, art, and cultural events.
  • Balance new downtown development with Hwy 1 open space protection.
  • Provide housing for older residents, local workforce, disabled, and young adults close to services.

GOING DEEPER…..

I believe we need a more aggressive program for the repair ad upkeep of our streets, bridges, parks, trails, and open spaces and keep on top of the trash problem. A clean, well-maintained city will add to the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, increase property values, and make it attractive to businesses.

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We need well-crafted policies and careful planning that balance preservation of our small-town character, our Main Street, and scenic coastal open spaces with the need to accommodate some new housing and create a thriving local economy.  We need to recognize that our land use and traffic problems are linked and address them together. While road widening might accommodate more cars, we’ll effectively reduce congestion in our limited transportation network primarily by (1) providing alternatives to car trips, and (2) properly locating new residential and commercial development.

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I would prioritize new residential development within or close to existing office and retail centers and highway corridors. We need a mix of housing types for young adults, families, and seniors. To reduce out-of-town trips we need to create local jobs, provide live/work housing and supportive technology, and encourage ride sharing and van pooling with additional park and ride locations. To reduce in-town congestion we should work with the school district to reintroduce school busing; provide shuttle service for residents and visitors; and make our town more bike and pedestrian friendly. We should support local independent businesses, oppose big box retail stores, and make sure any new development fully mitigates its traffic impacts by supporting transportation options.

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I support vibrant, diverse and connected neighborhoods with easy access to parks, trails, community gardens, dog-walking areas, and traffic calming as needed. Neighborhood planning will encourage neighbors to meet, share, and build something together.  We need more quality community public spaces as our budget allows and tap grant funding to help meet our goals.

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I would like city development standards to encourage low-impact, low-carbon water and energy-efficient building and landscape design and support use of electric vehicles.

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I want our city to become more self-sufficient and strong – by diversifying our economic base, developing local water sources, supporting local food production, and encourage homegrown businesses that can meet a variety of local needs.

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We need business-friendly policies supporting a vibrant Main Street, and we need to keep City Hall downtown. We are fortunate to have a downtown business district with a strong identity, and we need to work closely with business and property owners to reduce vacancies.

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With the exception of certain privileged information, citizens should have easy access to the same information available to our city council. I want to investigate technology solutions supporting interactive communications with the public. The City Web site needs more robust content and communication channels for facilitating participation and access to services. I support city council rotating its meetings through our neighborhoods and aggressive outreach to our Hispanic community. Being open and inclusive eliminates the need for spin doctors.

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As your representative, I see it as my job to help the best ideas rise to the top regardless of source. We should reach out to the many talented, innovative people who call Half Moon Bay and the Coastside home instead of reflexively calling on high-priced out-of-town consultants to provide off-the-shelf solutions.