Dear Citizens of 29 Palms,
As stated in the Brown Act, ” In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”
It is my belief the Brown Act’s preamble is the mission statement for the City Council. My goal, as your representative, is to promote a city government that helps the people in the conduct of their business. As a part of the City Council, I will encourage a people first environment in the city. The City Council, as an elected body, can set the tone for City Hall with leadership that exemplifies a belief in serving the residents of 29.
Two common concerns in town are bringing in business and keeping local businesses open. No one person has the answer to these problems, but I believe the solutions are here. As a member of the council, I will work to identify the barriers that hinder a diverse business community and once identified, work as a team player to remove as many barriers as possible. A business friendly environment will benefit everyone in town.
Along with the privilege of serving the people, comes a responsibility to conduct business openly and honorably. Another responsibility is attending the meetings informed about the issues before the council. The people deserve a responsive and informed council.
The economy is on most people’s minds. Money is a limited resource and due diligence should be given to the financial decisions that come before the council. The city’s budget discussions should begin early in the fiscal year and include all council members and the public. As your representative, I will be responsive to the people’s priorities.
Twentynine’s greatest resource is its people. I am proud to be one of you and I appreciate your consideration in voting for me as your city council representative. Together, we can achieve a city government that is of the people, by the people, for the people.
Thank you for considering me for City Council.