Having been an Appointed City Incumbent on the City Council for the past three years has shown me how important our decisions are in formulating the future of Sand City. There is a delicate balance in representing the needs of residents and businesses to achieve a socially responsible and fiscally sound environment. As a resident of Monterey County for 38 years and a property owner in Sand City since 2000, I have experience maintaining and contributing to that balance as a resident, businessman, and member of the city council.
My qualifications include:
I would like to encourage upgrades to buildings in Sand City as well as maintaining high standards for the aesthetics of new developments. I would also like to see improvements made to our infrastructure, roads, and powerlines that need to be updated to the standards they should be in 2021.
I would like to make sure the hotel projects we've initiated are finished so that businesses and residents of Sand City can fully benefit from the TOT taxes. Sand City needs accommodations for our guests to enjoy the city we adore. We are losing retail income, brick and mortar businesses are closing as a result of increased internet sales, the TOT tax will help to support more diverse streams of income.
We need to focus on highlighting and showcasing arts and artists in Sand City. Our community is tremendously rich and diverse in the arts. The Monterey Penisula has a tremendous amount of talented authors, musicians, designers, and artists. We need to showcase this wealth of talent that makes our area so unique.
We need to develop parking on the TAMC right away, which will become the MST bus line for workers and tourists in Seaside and Sand City. This will be a wonderful opportunity to expand parking for our businesses, clientele, and residents. We will also be able to showcase our artistic prowess through the beautification of the area with extended landscaping and sculpture installations.
Worker housing is an issue on the entire Monterey Peninsula.
Sand City needs to lead by example by increasing the availability of low and mid-income level housing as well as expanding our availability of luxury housing and condominiums. Housing shortages have been a major issue and we need to address this in our City and set an example for the rest of the Peninsula.
I have experience as a businessman and a member of the City Council. I am a property owner in Sand City and have been for over 20 years, I am heavily invested in the well being of the both residential and business Sand City Community. Being a professional artist and business owner I am also interested in the aesthetics of Sand City and the role our artist community plays in that thriving legacy.
Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce • Monterey County Association of Realtors • Monterey County Weekly • Mayor Mary Ann Carbone • Vice Mayor and City Council Member Jerry Blackwelder • City Council Member Elizabeth Sofer • City Council Member Kim Cruz
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