I’ve been a life-long resident of Grass Valley. I love this community and want to serve the town that brings so much enjoyment to so many. I have the fortune of being able to work with a wide variety of community members on a daily basis, from grade school to retirement. By listening to the feedback from many community members, I know that there are many issues that we need to address as a community.
1. Creating a more competitive housing environment (for both buying a home and rental housing)
A lot of community members have expressed a need for additional local housing; both low-income and affordable single-family homes. Many others that work in the area, but aren’t ready to purchase a home, struggle to find rentals for themselves and their family. It’s important to me that we work to bring enough housing to this community to support it’s residents, while also planning for how to continue to grow our city. We need to find a balance between growth and not compromising Grass Valley’s historical beauty.
2. Creating a safe business environment during COVID-19
With the world gripped with COVID-19 concerns, the best way to move forward and help keep local businesses open is to make residents, tourists, and local employees feel safe. If we, as a community, want to encourage people to come back out to shop, dine, and patron local shops, we have to come together and work to keep everyone feeling safe. That means everyone doing their part by wearing masks in populated indoor areas, washing hands regularly, and keeping appropriate social distancing. If we all agree to make the safety of everyone a priority, it will encourage people to “return to normal” more quickly while also reducing the spread of COVID-19 as well as other illnesses.
3. Managing the PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS)
As of right now, the City of Grass Valley is working with PG&E to limit the number of customers that lose power during the PSPS events. By more carefully looking at PG&E’s grid, the city has been able to help keep power ON to essential businesses like the hospital and assisted living facilities. I would like to continue working with PG&E to limit unnecessary power shut-offs in the future. Additionally, I think it would be good for Grass Valley to consider looking into alternate potential sources of power generation; with the possibility of creating it’s own local power (solar or otherwise), in order to become less dependent on companies like PG&E in the future.