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Why Katrina Foley is running for Costa Mesa City Council – Part One

Why Katrina Foley is running for Costa Mesa City Council – Part One

I’ve been asked, by many voters, why I am again running for Costa Mesa City Council.  In the next few posts to this website, I will answer this question.

First let me state that I am proud of what I and other council members, the city staff and the community were able to accomplish in my time on the council from 2004 to 2010.

We created a sports complex and a skateboard park and added lights and fields to other parks, deeply enriching the lives of children and families throughout the city.  We paid a lot of attention to infrastructure, repaving and improving streets from one end of the city to the other.

We created a green task force to find ways to make City Hall and all city facilities cleaner and more efficient, reducing solid waste and emissions and increasing energy efficiency in city operations.

We worked with the Police Department on giving the proper tools and support to its graffiti and gang task forces, and saw a marked reduction of those problems during my terms.

We worked with the private sector to advance some major projects that benefited the city, including The Camp, The Lab Antimall and the IKEA Home Ranch project, as well as the new concert hall and other improvements at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

I, and many others, worked very hard to put on the ballot and pass a long-overdue increase in the city’s transient occupancy tax, enhancing an important revenue stream for the city at no cost to its taxpayers.

And, crucially, I stood firmly against the proposed sale of our fairgrounds. I met repeatedly with then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and members of the state Legislature and finally was among the plaintiffs who went to court to stop what would have been a bad deal for the city and its families.

Through it all, I was proud of relationships I was able to build with the city’s employees. Their ideas, hard work and dedication were indispensable to our efforts to make Costa Mesa better for families.



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