Supported improvements in Old Town, including the opening of the Jonny D. Wallis Park, the sidewalk improvement project, the field renovation at the Community Center, and funding for community programs such as the Holiday Parade, Beautify Goleta, and other events.
Improved our transportation infrastructure by promoting alternative forms of transportation through adoption of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan, securing of an $18 million grant for the San Jose Creek multi-use path, completion of the Hollister Class 1 multi-use bike path, and other projects.
Ensured fiscal responsibility by strengthening our City's budget reserves, improving our investment policy, and supporting sound financial actions like the purchase of our City Hall, which will save the City over $60,000 in the first year, and even larger annual savings moving forward. Since 2016, we have saved hundreds of thousands each year by switching to a contract City Attorney. Most recently, we passed a balanced budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.
Provided stewardship of the City's natural resources by engaging community input into -- and then adopting -- the Ellwood Butterfly Management Habitat Plan as well as adopting the Parks Master Plan to help guide our management of all City parks over the next decade. Spearheaded our current efforts to develop a Creek & Watershed Management Plan.
Supported our move toward a fossil-free energy system by spearheading our City's goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030 and then adopting a Strategic Energy Plan to provide a roadmap on meeting this goal. I also lead the efforts to join Monterey Bay Community Choice Power (soon to be renamed Central Coast Community Energy).
Promoted a more democratic and equitable City by supporting the creation of a Public Engagement Commission, increased Spanish language outreach, and the LEAD Goleta Academy (LEAD = Learn, Empower, Advocate, Discuss), which provides an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City and how they can be more involved.
My time on the City Council has been defined by a very collaborative spirit which has led to many positive outcomes for our city and its residents. Worked collaboratively with regional partners to reach mutually beneficial solutions, including issues regarding the Library, Goleta Beach, and Santa Barbara Airport.