Here are Arianna's top priorities if elected to the Orange City Council.
You can also scroll down and see where she stands on various issues affecting our city.
Protect public safety and support Orange Police and Fire
I am proud of our public safety professionals here in Orange. They are innovative and constantly seeking to improve the delivery of services to Orange residents. I've been asked often about the 'Defund the Police' movement and I am absoultely opposed to this idea, it is simply not the answer.
Orange PD is part of a consortium of police departments who have been working together for the past three years to review and pilot innovative community programs that champion crime prevention and community policing. North Orange County Public Safety Task Force is a model of cooperation and committed self-improvement. OPD has also committed to "Eight That Can't Wait" which is a set of policing strategies that help minimize the potential for police brutality and focus on a department's commitment to creating a culture of accountability. This is where we should focus to see lasting improvements that protect everyone.
Orange Fire is constantly on alert to prevent fires in our community and helping our sister cities when they are called. The current council has authorized the building of a long-overdue new headquarters for our fire department that will consolidate operations, improve service times and eliminate the seismic issues present at the current location. I am committed to seeing this project completed.
Address homelessness with both services and enforcement
Homelessness continues to be a growing concern in our city. We have to face this problem head on and I am proud of the work I have done in this area. My work with HomeAid America, a nonprofit dedicated to building shelters with building Industry partners, and in the City of Anaheim has taught me that there are no easy answers.
As a policy aide for Anaheim Council Member Kris Murray, I helped author the City's State of Emergency to address the massice homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River trail. Following that, we developed the Operation Home S.A.F.E. program that clearly spelled out how the City would move forward. The Council approved the program which included Services, Fair Warning then Enforcement. We scheduled a large triage day at Anaheim Stadium and brought individuals together with services and assistance from across the County. The bottom line, this multi-pronged approach met the demands of homeless advocates and Judge Carter so that police and sheriff deputies could disband the encampment.
My goal as your councilmember would be to bring the same program to Orange. In doing so, we can effectively reduce the homeless population in our city by getting those who need services connected and enforcing our ordinances for those who do not want to obey the law. In this way we can reduce the strain on our peace officers and fire department so they can focus on the criminal element in this population and keep our residents safe.
Finally, we need to fight for how the County is dealing with these issues overall. North Orange County and Orange in particular have done more than our fair share in addressing these issues, building new shelters, and the County's brand-new Mental Health Crisis Center which will be located in our City. It is unfair that the County, and the Courts, aren't demanding the same level of committment from our neighbors to the South.
Preserve Old Towne Orange’s way of life
As a lifelong resident of Old Towne, I am intimately aware of how the area has changed over the years. Often called the 'jewel' of Orange, California's largest historic district didn't just happen. In fact, Old Towne as we know it came into being by Orange resients fighting City Hall. 30 years ago, the Old Towne area was run down, had no protections, and our historic homes and buildings were being systematically demolished to make way for shabby complexes that were incongruent with the historic charms we know today.
Today, the Plaza and charming neighborhoods of Old Towne are joined by the utterly unique Eichler homes and historic buildings all over Orange. I am proud to be endorsed by the Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA) PAC as the candidate who will fight to preserve and protect our City's historic resources.
The Plaza, ourHistoric District and neighborhoods and buidlings throughout the City are more than just lovely to look at, they are economic engines. By protecting them and enacting additional ordinances and policies, they can contribute even more to our bottom line. For example, if elected to Council, I would like the City to seek Certified Local Government status which requires a strong, expanded Design Review Committee (DRC) and opens the City to federal grants and additional funding sources that we will desperately need in the months/years to come.
Grow our economy, not raise taxes on our residents, to pay for City services
As a small business owner in Orange, I could have moved my business anywhere. But I choose to bring my business to my hometown so that I do more to give back to my community. No other candidate has my business experience and I hope to bring that creative problem solving to City Hall as we struggle with current and after-effects of COVID-19.
While the current City Council praised the passing of a balanced budget earlier this year, the truth is the City is currently deficiet spending to get there. We need new ideas. Ideas that don't invlove raising taxes on our residents to pay for City Services. We need a balanced approach that looks at how we raise revenue, public-private partnerships, Federal funding and really big ideas that position us for life beyond COVID.
As a community college trustee, I have 10+ years of experience managing complex budgets that are nearly four times the size of our City's. This experience has taught me how to manage revenue and expenses, how to ask the tough questions, and, most importantly, how to protect taxpayers. In the past year alone, I have voted to refinance bonds and reneogotiate the District's health care benefits directly saving our taxpayers more than $13 million dollars annually. I also voted against the March 2020 Bond initiative because it would have been detrimental to homeowners and small businesses. I have proven time and again that I can make the tough calls.
My records has earned me endorsements from the Orange County Taxpayer Association (OCTax) PAC and the Orange County Business Council's BizPAC. My strong stance on protecting historic Prop 13 has also earned me recognition from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and I am proud to have taken the organization's Taxpayer Pledge.