My Record

Under my leadership as Mayor, the City has:

  • Spearheaded Council decision to set aside funds for purchase of parkland in the North Broad area of the City, which had been on the City’s “back burner” for almost 40 years.
  • Been widely recognized as an outstanding, happy place to live, work and play
  • Planned for the next 20 years by updating the Land Use and Circulation Element
  • Increased preservation and maintenance of open space, now nearly 7,000 acres
  • Initiated first phase of dredging and rehabilitation of Laguna Lake
  • Implemented Phase I of the Calle Joaquin “City Farm” master plan, actual cultivation.
  • Completed a state-of-the-art beautiful skateboard park and replaced playground equipment
  • Installed the Utility Box art project, World Trade memorial, and other works of public art
  • Removed billboards from Santa Barbara Street and the Johnson Ranch Open Space
  • Adopted a homestay ordinance that allows owner-occupiers to rent out rooms to tourists
  • Protected rental housing quality and tenants’ rights by initiating an inspection program
  • Negotiated with the Airport Land Use Commission for housing in annexation areas
  • Approved increased future housing in the Orcutt and Margarita Areas
  • Increased police patrols and partnered with Cal Poly Police to patrol near campus
  • Approved Garden Street Terraces, the relocated SLO Brew & Chinatown projects
  • Initiated Neighborhood Stabilization, code enforcement and Civility programs
  • Banned polystyrene and E-Cigarettes, as well as smoking in outdoor public places
  • Acquired 2,102 additional acre feet of water from Nacimiento Reservoir, to add to our drought security.
  • Increased transparency of City budget and other City information via a new website
  • Initiated the co-location of the homeless services center and RTA bus facility at 40 Prado
  • Approved the safe parking and warming station programs for the homeless
  • Implemented pension reform and strategic pay down of unfunded liabilities
  • Balanced the budget with a surplus above reserve & achieved excellent bond ratings
  • Increased transparency, accountability and resident outreach regarding key issues
  • Adopted and begun implementing the Economic Development Strategic Plan
  • Improved broadband infrastructure capacity with a public/private partnership
  • Increased neighborhood traffic, sidewalk, bicycle, road and infrastructure improvements
  • Increased bus ridership and provided free summer rides for youth
  • Won regional funding for more mass transit, bike paths and pedestrian trails
  • Doubled the capacity of the LOVR interchange, thanks to city/state matching funding
  • Saved energy with new LED street lights and Waste Water Treatment Plan upgrade
  • Completed plans for a new parking structure and possible little theatre on Nipomo St.