Below is a summary of several issues of importance in our community. This is by no means a comprehensive list and will grow as I meet with more voters and community leaders, listening to concerns and hopes for our united future. As your representative, I commit to taking a collaborative, thoughtful approach to all issues brought forward. Chico is my home, and my children’s home. You deserve a representative who will put Chico first. Let’s Do Better Together!
Research shows that permanent, supportive housing and rapid-rehousing are effective approaches to easing chronic homelessness and reducing the likelihood that an individual/family will fall into homelessness. Homelessness is not just a Chico issue and making a significant impact on ending homelessness is going to take a unified approach. We must collaborate with shelters, non-profits, faith groups, philanthropists, and community volunteers to pool resources and seek funding through our state and federal representatives. In the wealthiest nation on earth, we can get this done! As your representative, I will lead the fight to garner resources and work to build supportive collaborative networks.
Prioritizing affordable housing solutions will not only reduce the number of people unsheltered in our community, but serve as a resource in the event of a disaster in which Chico becomes the destination for refugees. With climate related disasters increasing in the north state, we must be poised to address this need. Our community is severely lacking in affordable housing units compared to need.
Having spent nearly a decade of my career in public safety, I understand the importance of supporting adequately funded and well trained public safety departments. Their missions are critical to supporting the quality of life and safety that citizens expect and deserve.
Now, more than ever, our community needs a united approach to public health. I am a firm believer in following scientific evidence and guidance from leading health experts to keep our community safe. It is vital that we build community around public health measures. Recently, our community has been divided over the recent harm reduction program administered by NVHRC. I was not supportive of that program as it was delivered. Community support and careful administration must be at the core of public health programs. A united community is a healthy community.
As a child growing up in poverty, I experienced food insecurity. With our community continuing to deal with the impact of recent fires and the COVID-19 pandemic, we are at great risk of experiencing a significant increase in food insecurity. We have promising opportunities to combat hunger in our community, and I’m pleased to see our representatives beginning to address this issue. I look forward to working with other councilmembers to ensure everyone in our community, especially our children, have access to healthy food and will work to eliminate barriers to accessing food programs.