1. Irvine has the unprecedented distinction of being “America’s Safest City” and one of the most fundamental duties of government is to enhance public safety and welfare by creating and enforcing laws in a fair, just and efficient manner.
- Being ranked as a safe City affects every facet of municipal operations in Irvine. Visionary planning, strong law enforcement programs and personnel, public and private partnerships, and an engaged community are cornerstones of the community’s success.
- A commitment to public safety should go beyond experienced, well-equipped police officers and innovative policing strategies.
2. This is not the first time we have endured a poor economy, but policy decisions made by my opponents have not provided progress or improvement. Our economy needs to grow and The Great Park needs to built.
- I believe that people make better decisions than government. Free enterprise should be the guiding force, not government regulation.
- Freedom and free enterprise are fundamental to the American way of life. Economic growth is dependent upon individual liberty and it enables all citizens to maximize the opportunity to retain the rewards of their labor. .
- Work towards a smaller less intrusive city government that puts the taxpayer first.
- Develop and strengthen policies that encourage businesses to prosper while highlighting their successes.
3. Every child in California is entitled to a first-class education. Education is the great leveler in American society. It provides the opportunity for any child to be raised up in our society based upon hard work and achievement.
- I will continue to provide our families with access to great schools, quality teachers and affordable, higher education choices.
- With the “right” choice for the location of our 5th High School. Through my leadership, I will provide Irvine residents with a strong community that continues to focus on the family.
4. The belief that public service is a trust — one of the highest callings to which any man or woman may aspire. Ethics in service to one’s fellow citizens goes beyond the letter of the law, NOT only when under a Grand Jury investigations.
5. Address the issue of underfunded pensions, investment assumptions and other problems that have created unsustainable debt obligations on our city and future generations.
- Cooperation with the employees that are affected, as well as the taxpayers, is of the utmost importance to our City residents.
6. The Irvine City Council, with its reputation for dubious spending habits, oddly made a financially smart move by voting to pay off its own unfunded pension liability (currently at $91.1 million) within ten to twelve years, rather than the previously scheduled twenty-plus years.
- In 2015 the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) will enforce a new policy which will require cities to include their unfunded pension liability into their audited financial report.
- In effect, this will force cities to tell the truth about their budgets, with a larger pension liability resulting in a larger budget deficits. Rather than embarrassingly admit in a couple of years that the budget doesn’t look too rosy, the City Council took a step to lessen the blow when that hammer falls.
7. Encourage women to follow her same path of independence and hard work. Understand the importance of the American can-do independent spirit which made this nation great;
- Promote it as a core value and philosophy