I believe in a well-funded government that efficiently provides needed services. Over the years, I have seen a lot of government waste and mismanagement of our tax dollars. We are over-taxed yet still do not see or get results for our tax dollars. An example is when the County rejected millions of foundation dollars for a housing project that would have eased homelessness.
Another example of reckless spending of our tax dollars by the county was when there was free valet parking at the county government center.
- Instrumental in finding fraudulent VTA contractor activity https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/fbi-raids-santa-clara-vtas-former-paratransit-contractor/
- Was known during tenure on San Jose City Council as the “Fiscal Watchdog”
- Championed budget transparency
- Fought for audits on programs that appeared expensive or wasteful
Throwing money at a problem without planning and accountability does not work. It is time for leaders to ask tough questions, demand results, and work for our community. I will ask for audits, look for ways to streamline services, and demand accountability from vendors and staff. I will make sure we spend wisely and save for the future.