100 Days | Regional Partnerships
Note: This is the last in a series of updates on my progress toward my 100 Days Plan. You can read the full plan on my web site.
ESTABLISHING REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
As I stated in my 100 days plan, too often our City has been underrepresented or even absent at regional discussions around critical issues, such as homelessness, economic development, and public safety. Such problems and opportunities have causes and solutions that extend well beyond our municipal borders, and require effective advocacy and collaboration. That is why I have made the reconstruction of effective partnerships with our neighboring communities, as well as county, state and federal representatives such a high priority at the start of my term.
Thus far I have met with many of my counterparts in surrounding communities. This includes Mayors from Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, La Verne and Azusa. We have discussed a variety of issues that impact our cities, including crime and public safety, the homeless crisis, infrastructure, and our beloved regional institutions which we share. These discussions have been immensely helfpul to me, knowing we have allies in our neighboring communities on many issues.
In January, I extended these relationships beyond our local neighbors, to partner with leaders in cities throughout Los Angeles County, to support the passage of Measure H, which was approved by ballot initiative this past March. I believe the resources that result from this initiative, an unprecedented annual funding stream for programs to end and prevent homelessness, will be of great benefit to Pomona. And our interests are well-represented in this process. Our City Manager, Linda Lowry, serves on a 50-member planning group at the County level, charged with strategizing the best use of funds resulting from this measure.
I have also been meeting one-on-one with our leaders at the regional and state level, to discuss issues affecting Pomona. I’ve enjoyed my discussions with State Senator Connie Leyva, State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, and Carlos Goytia, Division 1 Director of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District. These individuals play critical roles in supporting efforts to improve life in Pomona.
I pledge to continue to maintain these relationships as well as forge new relationships at the regional level, to allow Pomona to have a voice toward solutions to regional problems, and benefit our community with additional resources and collaborations with state, county and local agencies.
Mayor, City of Pomona