Recycled Water Program and Drought Response
I have been a strong advocate to recycle our precious water to help us get through the drought. I also supported a moratorium on new development and have been aggressive in identifying ways to conserve water.
Shell Beach Streetscape
I am committed to finish the Shell Beach Streetscape project which will underground utilities, provide a multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists and make Shell Beach more beautiful. The multi-use path also provides a safe route for children to walk or ride bikes to Shell Beach Elementary. The project is in design phase and it is fully funded.
Improved Fire Safety
With my service on the County Fire Safe Council Board and Executive Committee, I have helped to provide funding for vegetation management projects in Pismo Heights, Pacific Estates, Chumash Park area and the Northern portion of the City to help keep our City fire safe. The projects included goats, hand crews and mechanical equipment.
After many public meetings to create a vision for downtown, we have completed some of the projects such as adding benches, bicycle racks and wayfaring signs, and we have instituted a public art program which includes placing art on utility boxes. We are increasing the level of cleaning and sealing the sidewalks and we have a major project starting early next year to repair and enhance the pier. These are the first steps and there is much more to do to improve the downtown. I appreciate all who attended those meetings to provide input.
When the County stopped performing mosquito abatement, I led the effort to establish our own program since I was concerned about the impact of mosquito borne diseases such as the West Nile virus and now the possibility of th Zika virus. We contract out the abatement services at very low cost to the city and we also receive regular reports on the mosquitoes which are trapped.
I supported more off street parking at Dinosaur Caves Park which has reduced parking impacts on the neighborhood. I have also been a leader in the effort to complete the upgrade of Price Historic Park. We have made substantial improvements with a paved parking lot, fencing, and some landscaping, but we have much more to do.
Bluff protection has been a top priority to protect our infrastructure. The Vista del Mar seawall was repaired which was in imminent danger of collapse. If the seawall had failed, the sewage lift station and other utilities would have been lost which would have been catastrophic. Without those repairs, the cost would be on the order of $50 million to completely redo the sewer system in the affected area of Shell Beach. In addition, it would have placed a substantial burden on our residents to be without water or sewer service for a lengthy period of time. The Army Corps of Engineers has been working on a project to repair the Saint Andrews Tract seawall to protect that lift station and I have met with Corps officials to push the project forward.
I committed to improving our infrastructure when I first ran for city council and repaving our streets has been a priority. We are about half way done at this time and we have the resources to finish the job.
I am proud of the fine work performed by our police and fire personnel to help keep our residents safe and secure. I am honored to be endorsed by our CalFire firefighters in recognition of my commitment to fire safety. I pushed for and the council accepted a goal to improve our fire station downtown so our firefighters can serve us more effectively.
A few years ago, I proposed and the Council agreed to include a goal to make the City more energy efficient and to explore renewable energy options. We have completed our first energy efficient project which was to replace our traffic signal lights with more energy efficient LED’s. We have also replaced some pumps at our wastewater treatment plant with more energy efficient ones.