I believe that public safety is county government’s most important function.
Ensuring that the County has enough Sheriff’s Deputies on the street and tough prosecutors in the court room will be my priority as your County Supervisor.
While serving in the State Legislature, I authored and supported a number of laws aimed at increasing public safety throughout the state; including legislation that prohibits sex offenders from being released early from prison; increases penalties for injuring a law enforcement officers; and cracks down on egregious crimes such as child abuse, arson, rape, ID theft, and habitual drunk drivers.
I was committed to providing Crime Victims a voice in the California Legislature, and I plan on being an even tougher law enforcement advocate as your County Supervisor. This includes fighting for the resources our public safety professionals need to keep dangerous criminals away from our families and behind bars where they belong. One of the integral functions of government is to keep its people safe. I have never and will never lose sight of this vital responsibility.
We need to change the way we plan when it comes to transportation funding. We need a funding system that focuses on Inland Empire Job creation.
As your Supervisor, I will refocus our transportation dollars and build projects that attract commerce and jobs to Riverside County. We have spent billions of our tax dollars funding roads that deliver our residents to jobs in Orange County. Our transportation dollars must be used to build projects that attract commerce and jobs to Riverside County.
Toll roads are nice but most Riverside County residents can’t afford an extra $20 per day to use them.
Government needs to build infrastructure that creates jobs in our hometowns, not in Orange or Los Angeles Counties.
Furthermore, Riverside County’s transportation and infrastructure need serious improvement – especially mid-county infrastructure.
I’ll build a coalition of mid county elected officials that will work closely with the Riverside County Transportation Commission to deliver smart, innovative projects that modernize our transit services and improve transportation for residents in the county. We need to improve the flow of goods and services into Riverside County and make Riverside County the logistical hub for world commerce. And most importantly, we need to create jobs in this County and not in our neighbor’s county.
Getting our government’s finances in order should be our highest priority. That is why it is imperative that we consider each and every expense our county is currently undertaking and determine if it is in the best interest of taxpayers. The latest $40 million agreement with KPMG is absolutely absurd. We don’t need high cost consultants if Supervisors simply do their job. Hiring an outside consultant is a sign that the County does not have qualified people in place to solve the county’s problems. If we have good management, why do we need high cost consultants?
It is up to our current elected officials to make government more efficient and effective; however, it has become more and more clear that KPMG’s outrageous costs are standing in the way of this goal. It is ironic and defies logic to pay a private company $40 million in an attempt to save money. Our Sheriff’s department and the County DA’s are strapped for cash, staffing levels near the bare minimum, and public safety is being jeopardized – it seems foolish to spend $40 million on a private consulting firm that has yet to produce and actual cost savings.
Instead of wasting millions on an outside firm, our elected officials should take some responsibility and work with county employees to find ways to make a more efficient county government.
I’ll form a committee made of our rank and file county employees, managers and residents that will bring cost saving ideas directly to the County Board of Supervisors.
Homelessness and poor living conditions have plagued far too many Riverside County residents. And according to a recent study, the number of homeless in our county is on the rise. This issue not only affects the homeless; it affects everyone in the community. Many cities rely on the County’s programs and resources to tackle homelessness. That is why it is imperative that we continue to modernize and utilize county programs aimed at getting people back on their feet.
Finding a solution to our growing homelessness issue is of the utmost importance to me, and as a County Supervisor, I will always ensure the interests hardworking families are put first and foremost when coming up with solutions.
The federal and state government have moved to the housing first model for dealing with this issue. That means we need to make sure we have a system in place to provide housing and that we get our non-profit and faith community partners to work in concert to help these people.
Fostering strong public-private partnerships can also go a long way in tackling our homelessness issue. Collaboration between community members and government should be an integral piece of a comprehensive plan to address poverty and the homeless. Where a private entity is best suited to deliver services, government should get out of the way and let it work.
Mental Health Issues
Valuable county programs and resources must be maintained and improved by local decision makers. As a state lawmaker, I was a proud member of the “Family Caucus,” a bipartisan group of lawmakers dedicated to securing vital funding for our state’s mentally disabled. Despite having significant political differences, we all had a deep connection as every caucus member had a close relative with a mental disability.
Mental health is a complex issue that must be addressed from the highest level of government down to the local level. Many cities do not have mental health programs and resources, and therefore rely on the county to address the problem. As your supervisor, I will lead compassionately and work diligently with my peers and the Riverside County Department of Mental Health to address the mental health issues in our cities. Helping people with Mental Health Issues can help reduce homelessness and lower crime rates. I will no longer stand by as residents are disregarded because their condition makes them unpopular to help.