Investing in Developments That Promote Economic Growth and Transportation
As the Chair of the Planning Commission and former Chair of the Economic Development Commission, Martha has worked collaboratively with commissioners, City leaders on several priority economic development projects, including the Riverfront/downtown Development, Pioneer Bluff/Broadway/South River Road Bridges, Grand Gateway Plan, the Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan, Streetcar project, new businesses, job opportunities, and new recreational sites. She will continue efforts to lead the City to build thriving economic developments, in partnership with businesses and our residents, and preserve what works best as we move towards innovative and sustainable growth. This effort includes working to expand job and career opportunities to help working men and women learn new occupations, trades or professions.
Building a Strong Foundation for Our Youth
Martha has supported efforts to provide quality education and after-school activities for our youth. She will work with the City, Police Department and School District to establish a Police Activities Program to strengthen police-community relations, keep our youth involved in enrichment activities that support their education, develop leadership skills, as well as insure their continued involvement in sports. In addition, she will work on building pathways to higher education to secure opportunities for our residents to obtain fulfilling careers.
Tackling the Homeless Issue
As a legislative advocate in Sacramento, she has worked with a coalition of advocates to secure state funded homelessness assistance for local governments to reduce homelessness and achieved $47 million statewide for housing support for families; established $2 billion in bonds statewide for the "No Place Like Home" for permanent homes for the homeless with serious mental illness; secured $50 million statewide for a new Social Security Insurance Advocacy Program that funds supports for those with medical and mental illness conditions; and she will continue to urge the Governor to invest state resources for supportive services for the homeless population. Martha’s expertise will be a powerful resource for the City/County partnership to implement these programs.
Preserving Fiscal Accountability
In Martha’s professional role while advocating for the County on state budget issues, she has developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of accountability in local government finance, managing fiscal operations, and employee compensation policy. She will ensure policies and expenditures are fiscally sound, and that the City provides quality services.
Strengthening Public Safety Programs
Martha holds our police officers and firefighters in the highest regard for their professionalism, unwavering dedication to protect and serve our community, and keep our community and neighborhoods safe. She will work with law enforcement organizations and rank and file officers to promote effective community policing strategies. Our community has a vision to grow and she will ensure that we have sufficient safety personnel to meet the demand for services. In addition, we have experienced challenges with homelessness and with her role on the Yolo County’s Local Mental Health Board and the Neighborhood Court Program, she was a strong advocate with the City and County to establish the Community Intervention Program, a law enforcement and mental health clinician team that responds to crisis intervention calls. Data shows this program has significantly reduced the frequency of police and fire department emergency calls by diverting individuals to primary care services. In addition, she will continue to build on strategies to implement the Public Safety Realignment Program to protect our community and maximize the best use of available services for participants to reduce recidivism rates.
Maintaining Levee Improvements
Martha brings many years of experience in local government administration and advocacy at the city, county, state and federal levels, as a result, she will have a unique set of skills that will assist in overseen major levee improvements and transportation projects that require experienced and knowledgeable interaction with multi-jurisdictions.
Balancing Growth and Quality Mixed-Use Developments
As Chair of the Planning Commission, Martha has supported updating the General Plan to blend residential and commercial development, and enhance settings for better pedestrian access. As a member the Yolo County Transportation District Citizens’ Advisory Committee she has worked on projects that anticipates future transportation needs to reduce congestion, and maintains clean air quality. These efforts will build on the partnership the City has cultivated with the business community, City of Sacramento and residents to preserve investments in these essential transportation projects and the City's infrastructure to support residential growth.
Promoting an Active Aging Community
As former chair of the Aging Commission, Martha has advised on the development of the Active Aging Services in the City's Community Center along with special transportation and other resources for the aged, blind and disabled residents. She will work to support age-friendly projects throughout our community to enforce the City’s designation as a certified member of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Community. In her profession, she strongly advocated for nutrition programs for the elderly, this resulted in $2 million statewide to augment the existing senior nutrition program to reduce food insecurity among our elderly.
Advocating for Early Childhood Education
As a former Executive Board Member for Universal Preschool for West Sacramento, Martha worked to oversee the development of initiatives in the early education settings for children to succeed academically. In her professional role, she has advocated for comprehensive public investments that enable the early childhood workforce to deliver high-quality care and education for all children. Martha’s advocacy efforts resulted in the expansion of the Investing in Early Educator's Program, a program that provides stipends for early education providers to secure advanced college degrees. Martha will continue to work to preserve the UP4WS program and advocate for funding in the State and Federal levels.