Why are you running for city council?
As a product of blue collar parents and the 1st in my family to obtaining a college education I firmly believe that supporting livable wages, education opportunities, good health care and better skill initiatives transformational changes in our communities and cities can occur. As a city council member I seek to champion those benefits, so that I can help all Pasadena residents and small businesses have the best opportunities for success.
Each council district is comprised of thousands of people who live and work in Pasadena. What qualifications, job training and/or volunteer experiences prepare you to serve as the representative of your district?
In my career I have managed federal funds in assisting economic development, disaster relief and grant management for public entities such as Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties. This experience will not only help me improve my Pasadena District, but will also allow me to help lead Pasadena into a greater and better future.
What are your top three priorities in serving the city of Pasadena, and one thing you want to advocate for specifically on behalf of your district?
Economic re-investment, Infrastructure Improvement, Support of Law Enforcement
Attracting new business and retaining existing businesses is vital to the success of a community. Business owners and industry partners large and small are faced with daily challenges - regulations, fees, permitting, workforce challenges and access to information and resources. What do you think needs to be done to support and grow existing businesses and to attract new businesses to choose Pasadena?
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in helping them be successful we all benefit. I think what needs to be done to support and grow existing businesses is economic investment, added resources and engaging with them more frequently.
Our city is mostly developed, and in order to grow, will have to begin to redevelop. How would you facilitate redevelopment? What tools (TIRZ, chapter 380 agreements, municipal bonds, livable community funding, management districts, grants) would you support to assist with redevelopment?
Focusing on obtaining and utilizing CDBG funding and HUD funding that we qualify for.
“Pasadena Loves Local” is an initiative focused on supporting local business and encouraging all citizens to choose local to benefit our community. In your opinion, what can be done to improve the quality of life in Pasadena so that it is a great place for people to choose Pasadena to live, work, play and shop?
We must commit to stimulating economic activity in Pasadena by re-investing tax payer money in historically economically challenged area.