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

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

In my term on the Newport-Mesa district board, my focus on families was only sharpened. I am proud to say that we were able to increase funding for science at every school site and double the athletics and arts budgets.

Katrina Foley

Katrina Foley, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, needs your support to be elected to the Costa Mesa City Council

We were able to complete or set in motion several projects to improve our campuses and their communities, including improvements to the theater and gyms at Estancia, field enhancements for baseball and softball at both high schools in the city, safety improvements on all elementary campuses, a new Costa Mesa Middle School enclave and theater, and the pending Costa Mesa High stadium.

In the next few months, the district will begin implementation of its new Signature Academy programs. These efforts will be critical to creating a rigorous academic environment and keeping the children in our neighborhoods attending our neighborhood schools.

What’s very important is we have improved our communication with employees, parents and the wider community. We challenged each school site to communicate more with the community about what’s happening at school. People can’t get involved at their schools if they don’t know what’s going on there.

Now I’m trying to return to the City Council, because that is where the work of making the city better for families is most needed today.

I want to get back to doing the necessary business of the city and stop all this drama in the community created by “gotcha” politics, fear-mongering, blaming and blind ideology that rejects practical and proven approaches.

First and foremost, we need to address the dearth of police officers in the city created by the current council’s years of attacking and running down our public employees. The chief is trying to recruit more officers, but the build-back process is slow, and it’s hard to ask people to walk into a hostile environment that includes pending legal action that they must pay for as soon as they start the job.

Also, I’d like to continue the work begun with Measure L and focus on tourism as a way to increase revenue. The city needs to better partner with South Coast Plaza and the hospitality industry. It’s the easiest way to increase revenue to fund vital city services, and it doesn’t cost the taxpayers a penny.

A lot of work needs to be done to repair the damage of the past four years, but I’m confident there’s nothing we can’t accomplish — as long as we remember: “Make Costa Mesa better for families.”

*Newport-Mesa school board Trustee KATRINA FOLEY is a former member of the City Council that needs your support in her campaign to be elected to the Costa Mesa City Council 2014.

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