My focus is public safety including our kids and seniors health, eliminating glyphosate chemical spray in our parks, preventing cell towers with EMF radiation near kids and neighborhoods, adding Sheriff traffic patrol to reduce speed, collisions and crime. Adding fuel reduction incentives to reduce fire risk. Increasing Neighborhood Watch grants.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Public Safety - health, traffic and crime. I would keep EMF cell towers away from kids and seniors. I would stop use of glyphosate spray in parks. I led effort to prevent a 5 story cell tower built near 2 Schools, and senior center. We updated city cell tower policy to be comprehensive. I led effort to add a Sheriff Deputy for traffic and schools after learning Saratoga had lowest number in last decade. I would update traffic data, last update was 2010, needs peak summer data. I would review Sheriff resources, do we have right level given traffic increases?
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
My budget priority would be: 1. Public Safety - stop glyphosate use in city; review Sheriff resources based on current data for traffic, crime, and school safety. 2. Implement pedestrian safety projects - more pedestrian activated lighted flashing signs at crosswalks, more speed radar feedback trailers where data shows speeding and distracted driving. 3. Increase Neighborhood Watch grants, encourage neighbors knowing neighbors, bring back Celebrate Saratoga street event. Neighborhood Watch program has been successful in reducing crime and building neighbor relationships. Provide more funding to this program. 4. Provide incentives for fuel reduction projects in hills, to reduce fire risk.
What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?
I've been a working Mom for all the years I raised my kids. I know personally the challenge of affordable and available child-care. I would partner with YMCA, Saratoga Library, and Saratoga Recreation Department to provide programs for our youth. YMCA, Saratoga Library, and Saratoga Recreation Department have youth programs. We should review the programs and modify the programs if a need is not being met.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
I led effort to represent Saratoga at Santa Clara County Supervisor vote to approve $10M for All Inclusive playgrounds. As Saratoga Community Foundation Board member, we led effort to apply for a portion of the grant to bring All Inclusive playground to Saratoga. The Saratoga Community Foundation Board plans to fund raise match funds for the grant and build the playground in Quito Park. All children with special needs and disabilities can play with their families in this wonderful playground patterned after Magical Bridge playground success in Palo Alto.
Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?
I would partner with YMCA, Saratoga Library, and Saratoga Recreation Department to provide services for low-income children and children of color. The Saratoga Community Foundation could provide funding for these programs. I serve on the Saratoga Community Foundation Board since 2008. We manage $1.6M in donor funds. We funded downtown Farmers Market, Joe's Trail - wonderful hike/bike trail for youth and residents, Saratoga High School Senior Scholarship for 1 guy, 1 girl who would not of received an award and may have disabilities. I would find more opportunities to support our underprivileged youth.