Goals and Accomplishments

Goals For 2021/2022:

Assistance for Those in Need:

Our County's mission is to ensure a safety net of services for our county's most vulnerable residents. Some of the projects I am working on include 1) Expanding COVID vaccine access and providing business assistance to open up our county, 2) Developing in coordination with Many Mansions, housing for older adults with mental health challenges on County property on Lewis Road, 3) Convening the 7th Annual Senior Summit to meet the needs of our growing senior population.

Healthy Environment:

We need to lead the way to clean and sustainable energy and protecting our natural resources. Some ways I will be doing this: 1) As vice-chair of the Clean Power Alliance, continue to increase our clean energy profile, which currently has the largest number of 100% clean energy customers in the nation. 2) Lead efforts to reverse the extinction of Western Monarch Butterflies which had only 2,000 at last count, down from 30,000 in 2019 and 1.4 million two decades ago. 3) Assist with the completion of the planned wildlife bridge over the 101 freeway, 4) Get polluters of the Santa Susana Field Lab to clean up their nuclear and chemical pollution, 5) Develop a 2-acre park for disadvantaged residents on the County's Lewis Road property, 6) Fight back efforts to weaken SOAR. 

Financial Accountability:

Fiscally conservative policies instituted when I got on the Board must continue. Elimination of wasteful spending, maintaining structurally balanced budgets, a solid reserve fund and process improvements to ensure top bond ratings and save tax dollars. 

Better Transportation:

Provide more options for non-drivers, and safer, less congested roads for those who do drive, including 1) Expand access and convenient public transit including expanding the service area for the free Kanan Shuttle that currently serves Oak Park and Agoura Hills, 2) Make roads safer for bicyclists and commuters including the addition of bicycle lanes and separate bike paths, 3) Ensure adequate road capacity before approving new development, 4) Add traffic signals to crosswalks, add crossing guards for school children.

 

Accomplishments 

  • Brought a bike lane to Potrero Road in Hidden Valley that protects cyclists and commuters.
  • Reinstated the County’s Ethics Commission to further transparency and openness in government.
  • Made transportation safer and easier by ending gridlock at the 118/Somis Road intersection, adding a signalized crosswalk for school children in Newbury Park, and starting a free popular bus service in Oak Park.
  • Secured two million dollars from a landfill operator for purchase of parkland.
  • Created a first-of-its-kind Wildlife Corridor Zone to keep major corridors they travel from being blocked off.
  • Expanded access to quality health care, opening a new 250-bed hospital wing, a mental health rehabilitation center, and a children’s crisis center.
  • Established a County bookmobile for underserved communities, students and senior citizens.
  • Started a non-profit drought tolerant nursery, Growing Works, that provides horticultural therapy and job training for people with mental health challenges.
  • Created the Mental Health and Safety Task Force that provided a blueprint to reduce gun violence and increase services for people in crisis.
  • Developed a requirement for the County to oversee the planting of 1,000 trees a year to combat global warming.
  • Established some of the strongest environmental justice policies in the nation by requiring 2,500' setbacks between oil wells and schools.
  • Led fiscal policy to establish a 15% reserve fund that has taken our County from no reserves when I joined the Board of Supervisors to today with over $100 million in reserve funds.