|Mike for Pacifica||
If I am elected, I promise to:
* Focus all decisions on improving the fiscal condition of the City of Pacifica
* Work with local business leaders and the Chamber of Commerce to develop short-term and long-term economic development strategies
* Develop strategic partnerships with other government and private entities to provide the services the citizens of Pacifica deserve
* Develop and implement an economic development plan including, short and long term goals, an economic professional, and public review of results on a regular basis.
Pacifica: A City in Transition
Pacifica is a magnet for all who love our open space, good schools, small town atmosphere, and family-oriented living. Many Pacificans have experienced good living here for three or four generations, but the lifestyle we cherish and enjoy is now threatened. The old way of running Pacifica no longer works and we need to adapt to changing conditions. As families grow and change – from newlyweds, to young parents, to living with teenagers, to life beyond child rearing – so must our city respond and change with the changing times.
During the 14 years I served as a Trustee for Pacifica School District, we successfully adapted to drastic reductions in funding while at the same time significantly improving the achievement of our students. Pacifica receives some of the lowest funding among school districts in San Mateo County, yet we rank among the highest performing school districts in California. During my time on the board, Pacifica School District continuously delivered higher performance for less money.
While I served on the Pacifica School Board we modernized or rebuilt every school in the district, on time and on budget – even winning an architectural award for Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School. In response to unsustainable cuts in state funding, the citizens of Pacifica approved Measure N and Measure L, guaranteeing local funds to help mitigate the state cuts and support our schools. Because of prudent fiscal management by the school board, the Pacifica School District changed and adapted to the new funding reality.
Pacifica’s scenic beauty is a treasure that must be protected and managed for the benefit of this and future generations. At the same time, the City of Pacifica must adapt to today’s fiscal realities. Protecting the safety of our citizens and the quality of life in Pacifica is the responsibility of every member of the City Council – in good times and in bad. Leadership during a time of fiscal uncertainty requires the ability to make decisions in response to changing conditions. I believe that I have what it takes – and the track record to prove it.