I bring a unique perspective that will allow for our communities to blend more cohesively. People are drawn to places that offer options and different opportunities.
I propose the type of leadership that is not only capable of representing all aspects of communities in Martinez but also amplifying and bringing a spotlight to the activities these diverse cultures can add. By doing so I believe this will make Martinez much more welcoming to people who shy away from it and invite a broad spectrum of other communities who either identify with the activities or want to participate because of the inviting nature these communities represent.
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”
When it comes to the more balanced solutions for our homeless population it’s important to realize that “one size doesn’t fit all”. People are homeless for many different reasons, from losing homes due to financial hardship to mental illness, and it’s very important that their diverse needs are capable of being met. I don’t see a pre-existing plan in this area that offers more than just shelters. There needs to be a more in-depth process of helping our homeless find the right services for their individual needs. Although no town can completely solve their issues with the homeless, we can stop exacerbating the issues by having a couple of realistic solutions. I am confident I can make a difference in this area if elected
When it comes to safety, much like with the homeless, it is important to understand
different communities have different needs, and ultimately all citizens should feel safe in
Martinez. My work with the Martinez Police Department was to push more of an investment
into cultural diversity training or implement a department that can make sure basic standards
are met in this area. If we are able to make safety a priority for all citizens, other people of
those type of demographics might feel comfortable enough to visit Martinez therefore
expanding our town’s visitors and options. This is not too much to ask or implement, but it
definitely requires leadership that’s willing to invest in all Martinez citizens.
As a mother of a child with special needs I’d really like to see our parks upgraded to include kids who might not be able to climb structures like other kids and implement small safety measures for those kids to have the same enjoyment at their level. I’d also like to see vacant spaces used as possible recreation centers or even some affordable summer programs for the families here. This will allow us to keep business in our town, create more jobs and also invite families from other towns to join in the festivities.
I’d also like to create a safe space for our LGBTQ+ community in the form of committees prioritizing the voices of the community to accommodate their specific needs such as events specific for the community as well as activism and advocate services to members. All should be fully supported by the city. I also propose evaluating the town’s budget to see how we can reallocate funds in order to invest in our town’s development. These are the types of things we need in order to accommodate all citizens and hopefully bring relief to hard working families. We need leadership that is capable of prioritizing our citizens by making these types of investments.
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
Martin Luther King Jr.