History of Successful Cooperation
- I helped secure the $11 million dollar grant from the state to build a new library. The competition was fierce as many of the elected legislators in Sacramento were favoring their population bases in the south. Together as a community, we raised the other $10 million and succeeded in the completion of a new library facility. Besides the construction, as Chair of the Library Governance and Task Force I helped craft a policy giving the City of Redding co-governance with Shasta County for the entire county library system. This led to expanded library hours with (amazingly!) decreased overhead.
- I met with state grant people, along with Assemblyman Dahle and Daniel Knott, to secure the $20 million dollar grant to revitalize the Dickers’ block downtown. This exciting project will allow easier transportation through town, whether driving, biking, or walking, and will make downtown a desirable place to live, dine, and shop.
- As liaison to Redding Public Works, I interacted with the state’s Department of Water Resources (DWR), Shasta County water districts, and others that hold water rights in Shasta County. It was imperative that during the drought we worked cooperatively with each other and expressed to the DWR that Northern California was NOT SoCal, and the one-size-fits-all approach to the drought was detrimental to the Northstate. Though the restrictions imposed were still fairly strict, these interactions helped keep even more draconian measures from occurring.