As a young child, I was inspired by the bold pursuit for a more just society of Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. Their commitment to social justice, dignity and integrity formed the basis of my moral development. At a young age, I knew my life would be about ethical commitment to these core morals.
As a 37 year Monterey resident, I firmly believe that our community possesses the skills and intelligence to solve the many challenges that confront us. Harnessing our community’s capacity for problem-solving, I’ve directed numerous symposia on topics such as economic equity and resilience, education, elder justice, hunger and homelessness. These symposia have led to implementation of solutions such as the founding of Monterey County’s One Starfish Safe Parking Program and the Gathering Place for Women, and the initiation of Slow Money Monterey, improving economic resilience and bolstering sustainable local food systems.
While living in Monterey, I’ve traveled in countries such as Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Portugal. Subsequent to having had oversight of 15 employees and owning my own remodeling business and after putting myself through university, I devoted my career to teaching disadvantaged students from challenged backgrounds to succeed in college and in life. Primarily these students were people of color and often students where English was not the first language spoken at home.
In the Mid-2000s, I produced several local television shows featuring both musical entertainment and discussion of national issues from local perspectives. On the vanguard of citizen journalism, in 2010 I won national recognition for production of a multimedia citizen news website and television show.
In 2014, I was elected to the Monterey City Council helping direct funds to upgrade community parks, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to promote economic equity and to encourage construction of low income housing.
The City of Monterey is in fiscal emergency and needs a plan to afford the future. We need to address hard hitting realities and act to save businesses, provide livable wage jobs and improve housing outcomes.
Housing is the flip side to economic vitality. Lack of housing makes it difficult to keep workforce in the area, and high housing costs increase pressure on the community. Increasing density of housing along business corridors in ways that protect views and privacy rights can make housing more accessible and drive local economic vitality.
My progressive record on equity, sustainability and socially responsible budgeting has been consistent from beginning to now. I will engage with community to develop a plan for community resilience and recovery. I will secure existing accomplishments in housing and advance proposals to keep the affordable housing momentum going strong. I will champion social and economic equity through acceleration programs for women, minorities and college graduates, and hasten the City’s conversion from fossil fuel burning vehicles to electric vehicles.
We must acknowledge hard realities and act to save businesses, provide livable wage jobs and housing. The incumbent steered straight into a $3,000,000.00 deficit declaring fiscal emergency in October/November of last year, before the Pandemic. Now, he appears to be using the Covid19 economic fallout to cover up. I would never do that. I’m conscientious, proactive, compassionate and fiscally responsible honoring the best of today while engaging community in productive ways.
Timothy Barrett is the ONLY candidate for Mayor of the City of Monterey who is endorsed by the MONTEREY COUNTY DEMOCRATS.
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