Are you happy that the homeless situation has grown out of control? Are you happy that a judge had to step in to get the Board of Supervisors to take action? Are you pleased with the transparency on the current Board of Supervisors? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, please continue reading. If you answered “yes” to all the questions, you should also continue reading because I might just change your mind.
Inability to Hit Goals
The Board of Supervisors set in motion a plan to end homelessness within a decade. This plan was put into effect in 2012. It took 4 years for them to finalize the plan they started in 2008. One of the core values of the plan was “a safe, decent, sanitary housing opportunity for all.” Despite this being part of the goal, the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year Budget contains no funding at all towards affordable and supportive housing for ending homelessness. Homelessness has increased by 8% since 2015. What was the response from the Board of Supervisors? They abandoned the 10 year plan completely just 6 years into the plan because the plan was failing.
That’s right! The Board of Supervisors was not hitting the goals set by the 10 year plan to end homelessness, so they simply abandoned the plan entirely. Does your boss allow you to cancel goals you are not hitting?
There is a Lack of Vision
A grand jury that investigated things on the county level found the Board of Supervisors lacking in vision. This severe lack of vision has lead to many of the problems facing Orange County today.
Lack of Transparency
This Board of Supervisors has created massive controversy by limiting public speaking time. This, to me, screams lack of transparency. The Board acted because it said the public was disrespectful during comments. This baffles me on so many levels. The Board of Supervisors accepted an elected position where they are held accountable by the people at large. Why would they balk at anything the public said to them? Shouldn’t they be thick-skinned enough to handle the abuse?
What I Would Do Differently
This is not a difficult thing to me at all. As a leader, I have been forced to make difficult decisions and always did so in a selfless manner. As a member of the Executive Team at Restaurants on the Run in Aliso Viejo, I was forced to make tough decisions in order to help the company survive an economic downturn in 2007-2009. The very first thing we did was reduce our own salaries by 10%. The next thing we did was eliminate the executive bonus structure. It wasn’t until we, the Executive Team, had sacrificed on our own did we go forward with things that affected our employees. This is what real leadership is about. As a team, we were reaping the rewards during the good times, so we felt we should also be the first to feel the pain the difficult times.
When I am elected to the Board of Supervisors, I will restore the public speaking time to where it once was. I will encourage the community members to come to meetings and speak on topics relevant to the Board of Supervisors. I will hold a monthly open door meeting where the community can come and speak to me for 10 minutes segments about anything they want. I will take note of what I am told and investigate any concerns. I will plan ahead for the problems facing the county. If asked, I will either have an answer or I will be in the process of getting an answer. To me, having no answers at all is not where a leader should be. I will increase transparency on the Board of Supervisors by voting for oversight measures that will keep the Board of Supervisors in check. I will not stand for expenditure of public money for private gain. I will not allow the Board of Supervisors to abandon goals just because things are not looking good for hitting the goals. Instead, I will examine the issues that are keeping us from achieving our goals and adjust accordingly.
I am not a career politician and I have no political motives beyond the Board of Supervisors. I simply want to bring back the transparency, vision and leadership that is currently missing. A vote for me on June 5, 2018 is a vote for change. It is time for change!
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