We need a vibrant, restored downtown.
It is very easy to say “That’s the City of Redding’s responsibility, not the County's,” but then why do we have a Supervisor for District One which encompasses the greater downtown core? I believe a County Supervisor has an obligation to work hard to ensure that his/her district is well represented, promoted, and focused upon to help resolve issues in his/her district, as well as keeping a watchful eye out for the betterment of the whole County. Currently, I don’t feel that is happening. While I do understand that a Supervisor must look at the big picture for the entire County, when I see Mary Rickert representing the Intermountain area well, or Les Baugh aggressively representing the Anderson area, I can’t help but wonder why downtown isn’t as well represented at the County level.
PLAN TO HELP REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN
- I promise to continue to work with the state, the City of Redding, private citizens, and foundations to work toward our common goals. The Dickers’ project noted below is an example of this kind of cooperation leading to success.
- I promise to always be alert to potential opportunities to improve downtown, as well as all of Shasta County. As a life-long Shasta County citizen, I pay attention to changes that may be occurring in our entire community. I am quite active in putting forth accolades or criticisms to our elected leaders - whether local, state, or national - thus providing added impetus for them to do the right thing for our citizens.
- I will continue to monitor the progress on the Downtown Specific Plan, which is a significant piece of our efforts to revitalize downtown. Working together with CalTrans, the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency, Redding Public Works, in addition to incorporating the public’s input on trails, traffic, walk and bikability, will create changes that will make downtown thrive. People will then want to live in the downtown core again.
History of involvement downtown revitalization
The Union Pacific bone yard across from the Veteran’s Hall is a current blight on the downtown landscape. Union Pacific is not the easiest entity to work with as it seems to be an organization that works in silos. Everyone has their own sphere, with very little crossover to others in the organization. Most of the eight years that I served on the Redding City Council, I worked with the City Manager, Union Pacific, and others trying to do a land swap to move the bone yard. Before I stepped down from the Council, we were working with a 3-way land swap between the City, McConnell, and Union Pacific. That is still in the works: stay tuned!
I met with state officials, including Assemblyman Dahle, to secure the state grant funds to demolish the Dickers’ building downtown. This funding enables us to create more cross traffic to peds, bikes, and vehicles, making downtown more accessible and open, which in turn leads to locating more businesses and housing downtown. This revitalization of the downtown core is necessary for a thriving, vibrant community.
FRIENDS OF REDDING TRAILS
I founded the Friends of Redding Trails as a way to be the eyes and the ears on the trails. We do trail and camp clean-up, note graffiti locations, observe maintenance needs, and work to let our elected leaders know that connectivity to downtown via the trails is important for walkers and bicyclists alike. Watch for the connector trail from the Sundial Bridge, west along the cemetery, into downtown which we championed. Ditto for the Diestlehorst to downtown trail along Riverside. Being able to get downtown is necessary for businesses there to thrive, whether it’s a beer at a local brewery after a long ride, or a downtown spa treatment after an invigorating walk, or buying that special gift for someone at a downtown boutique.