Love for Lompoc
Cities are like gardens: they grow when cared for but wither when no one invests time and resources. Lompoc hasn’t been nurtured for a long time. Lompoc has so much potential, but our city needs leaders dedicated to making it better. A better place to be. A better place to live. A better place to visit. A better place to do business. A better place to raise our families. A city that hears and makes good on what the citizens of Lompoc want their community to be.
Points of Passion
I believe Lompoc would be better if every citizen (re)invested themselves in our city. I challenge you to fall in love with Lompoc, again or for the first time. You take care of the things you love. You pay attention to the things you love. You take responsibility for the things you love.
Go to any successful city, talk nasty about it and watch how their citizens respond. Go to an event in any successful city and watch how the community takes on the responsibility of care for their community. We are the Gateway to the Stars and the City of Arts and Flowers! We have simply begun to focus on what is wrong rather than all the good in our community. While we fall in love with Lompoc, remember the leaders who failed to support and improve Lompoc.
Choose to love Lompoc and watch our pride return.
Our city requires a vital, 21st-century-style leader with the ability to not only focus on solutions to the problems created by years of neglect by our past and current leaders, but to also lead us into the future with vision and perspective.
As a community servant leader with over 30 years of experience in communication, education and research, I understand that respecting our history and unique culture of this city is an important part of navigating Lompoc into the future sustainably. I know our biggest challenges come from within. I am prepared to be the credible, capable, and ethical leader Lompoc needs. With your support, we’ll get there.
To all the discouraged leaders, young professionals, artists, business owners, families, those who feel 'outside the system', and that haven’t voted locally, maybe ever, you have a vital voice. Everyone in Lompoc that is tired of watching the same, old ways keep us from being the community that we desire, let’s focus on what Lompoc is going to be.
Choose civic involvement to change Lompoc together.
We don’t have a choice. We must use our resources wisely and efficiently. We have allowed infrastructure to deteriorate with no plans for maintenance. We waste our assets by not upkeeping our parks. We continually lose highly trained and qualified employees to other communities causing ongoing staff shortages because salaries and benefits are not competitive with surrounding cities or communities.
Residents have two direct voices in local politics: 1) voting for who represents you on city council, and 2) voting how much you pay in taxes. Unfortunately, there is only one tax measure on the 2018 ballot and it will not generate enough revenue to solve the current budget issues much less the growing shortfalls of future budgets. You deserve the opportunity to vote on taxes rather than have council tell you what they think you should or shouldn’t invest in.
With the shortfalls in our current budget we will continue to lose well trained public safety staff, be unable to repair our parks, or maintain and expand infrastructure without increasing city revenue as well.
Choose to invest in our city and Lompoc will improve.
I believe that to maintain a vibrant community with a vital workforce and dynamic neighborhoods, it is time talk about our overall health and wellness. Placing health and wellness initiatives at the top of the list of our priorities is an important investment in ourselves. Supporting local agriculture; giving citizens’ access to maintained green space and play space; providing affordable access to healthy food; creating connectivity between neighborhoods; and yes, access to community leaders – ethical leaders, are all part of a healthy city. We have great weather for growing plants and people, it’s time to pull the weeds and improve our harvest.
Choose to be active and Lompoc will come alive.