Priorities

Boosting Local Jobs & the Economy

Using state and federal funds, San Joaquin County has assisted local businesses and families with millions of dollars in grants.

Improving Regional Traffic & Transportation Options

I am proud to report the progress on several projects that are vital to growing our economy and improving our quality of life.

Equipping First Responders

Public safety and first responders are one of my top priorities.

Supporting Law Enforcement

To help keep our communities safe, we included in the 2022-23 budget additional staff and related resources for our Sheriff and District Attorney offices.

Working to Reduce Homelessness

People experience homelessness for various reasons, including expensive housing, substance abuse, severe mental health issues, and a lack of available resources.

Helping Farmers and Protecting Our Water & Environment

Prudent management of our water resources is important for our community and San Joaquin’s number one industry: agriculture.

Boosting Local Jobs & the Economy

Using state and federal funds, San Joaquin County has assisted local businesses and families with millions of dollars in grants. My office helped many constituents overcome communication difficulties with the state to receive their unemployment benefits.

Last year, I supported the Board of Supervisors’ authorization of $2,450,000 for the Relief Across Downtown (RAD) Card Program, a county program that aims to help small businesses.

I collaborated with the Mountain House Community Service District, developers, and business owners, to provide jobs and improve our local economy. A Safeway grocery store and gas station are now open. Starbucks, Uni-Fab Industries, Inc., and several more retail and commercial establishments now call Mountain House home.

Improving Regional Traffic and Transportation Options

As Chair of the San Joaquin Council of Governments and member of the Mega-Region Working Group and the Valley Link boards, I am proud to report the progress on several projects that are vital to growing our economy and improving our quality of life as the San Joaquin region continues to grow: the State Route 120-McKinley Avenue Interchange Project groundbreaking in August, State Route 99/120 interchange connector (Phase 1A) expected to begin in the spring of 2023, and the I-205 Managed Lanes’ environmental analysis for widening and improvements. We also secured $5 million for the SR 99/120 project and $2.5 million for the Grant Line Road Corridor Improvement Project.

In April of 2022, I wrote to the Governor asking him to task his administration with outlining and implementing a plan to increase energy production and reduce costs, to provide relief for our residents from historic high prices at the gas pump and energy costs in general.

Equipping First Responders

Public safety and first responders are one of my top priorities. I advocated for and helped secure $1,230,000 for supplies and various items for ambulances at the Ripon Consolidated Fire District Station Dispatch Center; $208,000 for watercraft, equipment, PPE, and training for the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority; $2,599,234 for Phase 2 of the South County Fire Training Center; $1,141,446 for replacement of 13 fire district radios; $274,429 for water rescue training/equipment, portable radios, and EMS equipment/training for the Mountain House Fire Department; and, made available $300,000 to $500,000 for reimbursements to fire departments that respond to unprotected service areas.

Supporting Law Enforcement

To help keep our communities safe, we included in the 2022-23 budget additional staff and related resources for our Sheriff (18) and District Attorney (15) offices. Beginning in 2022, the Special Services Division became a new standalone division, responsible for the Agriculture, Gang, and Narcotics Enforcement Team (AGNET), the Community-Oriented Policing Unit, the Community Revitalization Unit (CRU), and the Crime Analysis Unit.

Working to Reduce Homelessness

People experience homelessness for various reasons, including expensive housing, substance abuse, severe mental health issues, and a lack of available resources. This has consistently been a priority for me, and there is more work to do. In my first term, we secured funding for city shelter projects ($3.6 million to Tracy).

The County is proactive in its efforts to provide behavioral health services such as:

  • An increased outreach to homeless encampments.
  • The Adult Residential Treatment Services, a 16-bed modular facility for adults with a serious mental illness who may also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and are at risk of homelessness. The facility will serve up to 96 individuals annually and is expected to open in March 2023.
  • An increased capacity at the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Housing and Employment Services, which is now capable of housing 75 individual adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. The BHS Progressive Housing project – in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin – has expanded permanent supportive housing to include three newly reconstructed apartments specifically for behavioral health consumers. The board also approved increased funding of $213,000 from the State Department of Health Care Services Mobile Crisis Program, which supports an agreement with the Tracy Police Department Familiar Faces alternative police program.

Helping Farmers and Protecting Our Water and Environment

The county continues to engage in regional, long-range planning for county-wide water issues, such as the development of water rights and new surface water supply, groundwater management, monitoring of groundwater resources, and defending water supply and quality for future water resource sustainability in San Joaquin County and the San Joaquin Delta. Prudent management of our water resources is essential for our community and especially for San Joaquin’s number one industry: agriculture. The most recent (2021) gross value of agricultural production was nearly $3.2 billion, an increase of 5.34 percent over the prior year. Water is indeed the lifeblood of agriculture.

The state is still moving forward with a single-tunnel conveyance system, which the County adamantly opposes and will continue to fight. Conveyance is not the most significant issue; storage and supply are.

I am the Board of Supervisors representative on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board. I’m proud of our significant progress in improving our air quality. We’ve reduced emissions by over 75% since 1980. The district has made more air quality information accessible to the public and continues implementing incentive programs to assist our farmers in meeting stringent state and federal rules. The District operates numerous residential incentive programs: Fireplace and Woodstove Change-Out, Clean Air Room Pilot Program, Clean Green Yard Machines, repair or replacement of older polluting vehicles, and the Tune-In Tune-Up Car Repair Program.