Thank you to Dave and Nancy of KRSN 1490 for always hosting candidates during the busy election season. If you would like to listen to my interview, click here.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM
Thank you to the League of Women Voters for hosting a wonderful forum were I could discuss my views for Los Alamos' future.
As your councilor, my first and highest priority, will be serving as your voice and ear on the council. Community input to the council is incredibly important, and I will consistently communicate with the community by utilizing social and traditional media, as well as hosting town hall and coffees as often as I can spare.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOUSING
Los Alamos is facing a situation similar to most cities across the United States. Almost all of its infrastructure has reached its useful life, and soon will start detecting past the point of repair. Beyond roads, Los Alamos water, gas and electric transmission will need to be replaced or upgraded.
As a councilor, I will place the upgrade of our infrastructure as a top priority. This will include partnering with state agencies and private property owners to ensure the plans that are designed are created and implemented with the community's immediate and future needs being top priority, and that the construction is performed on a timely and affordable budget.
With experience in governmental construction estimating, I will draw on my knowledge of scope, schedule and budget to ensure the taxpayers are receiving the best product for their dollars.
A unique problem for Los Alamos is not only the limited supply of housing, but the limited supply of modern housing.
As a councilor, I will continue to champion the housing development of the A19 area in White Rock. Upon completion, this development will bring over 50 new homes to the area. As councilor I would also continue the affordable housing on DP Road, and new apartment complex off Trinity. In addition, I will look for new housing options like those taken by the Oppenheimer Commercial Properties,where existing buildings offer both business and housing opportunities for potential rent. Also, I will work with the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission and property owners, to research ways current unoccupied buildings could be re-zoned to open up housing opportunities.
Finally, I would continue to support the efforts of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership to continue assisting those with necessary upgrades to their home, increasing its value.
*Images and stories provided by the Los Alamos Daily Post
The beauty of Los Alamos is our connection with the environment around us. Previous councils have put environmental sustainability as key issue in its various initiatives, and as a councilor, I would continue and expand on those initiatives.
Through my term on the Environmental Sustainability Board, I have become very familiar with the various environmental issues facing Los Alamos County, and how the council, county and the appointed boards can come together to solve these issues.
From energy generation and usage to how we reduce and divert our waste, the more we can produce and reuse here the cheaper it will be on all of us and allow us to live better with the wildlife and the world around us.
Over the last few years, the Council and County Government have worked to bring a robust ordinance process to Los Alamos.
Although originally planned to help Los Alamos maintain a clean look and maintain health standards, the execution of this process has generated a heated debate as to the enforcement of ordinances in Los Alamos.
I, myself, experienced the passion this community has when I introduced a modification to the roll cart ordinance to hopefully decrease incursions by wildlife. After listening to the concerns of the citizens, I withdrew my proposed ordinance and promised to find other ways to achieve the goal of the ordinance. Through this work, I realized that there is a large amount of ambiguity in the county ordinances that needs to be clarified.
As a councilor, I would support the creation of a citizen board proposed by the Citizens In Action Committee. This board's mission would be to review current ordinances and propose updates to the code up to and including ordinances that might not necessarily fit our community. In addition, clarification would help alleviate confusion by both the citizen and the county.
*Story from the Los Alamos Monitor
TOURISM AND RECREATION
Los Alamos sits as the gateway to three National Parks. As the main focal point to Bandelier National Park, the Valles Caldera National Park, and the new Manhattan Project National Park, Los Alamos is poised to see large amounts of tourist from all over the world.
To help Los Alamos capture this opportunity develop a tourism industry, the Council formed a Tourism Board of over 23 citizens. This group worked with a contractor to gather public and approved their strategic plan. If you would like to review this plan, click HERE.
As a councilor, I would work with the council, the county and the newly formed Tourism Board to help enact those actions in the Strategic Plan.
In 2017, I joined the Los Alamos Recreation Bond and campaigned for its passage. Although unsuccessful, the county used the funds it had already allocated to improve some existing facilities like the Golf Course and construct a new Splash Pad and Kiddy Pool.
As a councilor, I would continue to find ways to increase and improve the county's recreational attractions. I would like to partner with other public and private partners, and look for grants to help increase Los Alamos's ability to host large scale sporting events. Combining with tourism, this would include the recruitment of hotels and restaurants to house and feed the teams, as well as gyms and fields to host the games.