A year-and-a-half ago, after Council Member Terry Tornek was elected Mayor, the City Council chose me to replace him and represent our district. Serving you is an honor and a challenge that I would like to continue. So I’m asking for your vote for a full term in the March 2017 election.
I’m running because I love Pasadena, and I want to help make it an even better place to live, work and raise a family. My wife, Liz, and I have lived in Madison Heights with our two sons (and rescue dog) for more than 20 years, and I’ve been a long-time volunteer in neighborhood and city affairs. So I’m very familiar with the problems facing our district. Here are some issues I’d like to address:
Protection of Our Varied and Beautiful Neighborhoods
Great neighborhoods are the heart of our city, but it sometimes feels like they’re under siege. Our zoning and development rules must respect Pasadena’s history and heritage. We must maintain and protect our beautiful canopy of street trees. And we must be creative in finding ways to reduce traffic congestion, along with the attendant noise and pollution. I believe part of the answer is to make improvements to our infrastructure that will encourage more walking and biking.
Strengthening Our City’s Economy so Our Residents Can Live AND Work Nearby
Successful neighborhoods need excellent city services–from police and fire protection to parks, libraries and public transit. To afford the quality services that Pasadena deserves, we must continue to grow our economy and our tax base. That’s why I’ve been working for years to help attract employers with high-quality jobs. There are so many benefits: more jobs near where people live means less traffic–and more opportunities for young people who grow up here to stay in Pasadena.
The Revitalization of South Lake
Pasadena needs South Lake to remain a healthy and successful commercial district. But we can and must accomplish that goal without encroaching on surrounding neighborhoods. The same kind of balance is important all across the city. We must manage the location and intensity of development so that existing business districts are strengthened, but we must resist projects that threaten to overwhelm our residential areas.
These are just a few of the issues I see as important for our community, but I would love to hear your thoughts. Which is why I’m going door-to-door, talking with people in every neighborhood. Watch for me in yours!
After all these years of living and working in Pasadena, I still get excited when I think about our city’s future! I’m eager to work for you, and with you, over these next four years.