I am a proven, compassionate leader and data- driven, outside-the-box problem solver who treats all Alamedans respectfully.
I’m uniquely qualified: current Councilmember, former Mayor, Alameda Unified School District Boardmember, PTA Council President, Girl Scout leader. As Mayor, I helped save Alameda Animal Shelter, Corica Park Golf Complex, and Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, brought The Ocean Cleanup to Alameda, and developed Asian-Pacific sister cities and “Art in City Hall.” Since leaving the mayor’s office, Alameda suffered dramatic increases in crime (shootings, assaults, thefts, hate crimes), massive luxury overdevelopment, and dangerous traffic gridlock. We must change course! We must reduce crime, and fully staff Alameda Police Department while utilizing Alameda’s new mental health non-police response team for which I successfully advocated. We need smart growth, homeownership opportunities for the “forgotten middle,” and commonsense traffic solutions. I will support businesses being attacked by unnecessary lawsuits. I collaborate with stakeholders. I’m fiscally responsible, support disclosing all expenditures and oppose unnecessary, expensive consultants. For exemplary public service, I was awarded a Lifetime Membership in Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., from Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 400, and the highest U. S. Coast Guard civilian public recognition. My husband and I raised our daughters here. They attended public schools, graduated from Harvard and U.C. Santa Cruz and one serves in the U.S. Coast Guard. Let’s responsibly change direction, working together! I respectfully ask for your vote.