As I go around and speak with people in the community, I am constantly asked about how I plan to bring jobs to Whatcom County. The first thing I say to them is that I would stop the attacks on industries in our county that creates jobs.
In Whatcom County, we are faced with an unemployment rate of 5.4% which is higher than our State rate of 4.4%. That is over 8,000 people in our county who don't have a job.
We can reduce our unemployment rate by supporting the current industries we have now in our county. Instead of regulating industries away from here, let us work with them to bring a balance of providing jobs and protecting our environment. We all live here together and we all have a vested interest to make it work.
Next, we need to work on making Whatcom County high tech friendly. Providing an infrastructure of broadband will attract businesses that need this technology available to establish a base business here. We live across the border from Vancouver, BC which is a high tech city. Attracting these types of companies can bring hundreds, even thousands of jobs to Whatcom.
We can also work on attracting manufacturers. These type of companies would find Whatcom favorable since we are close to a city which can provide mass shipping (Vancouver) but not have the high cost of operations being in BC.
If I am privileged to represent you on the council, I will work hard with my colleagues to bring good jobs to our county.
As I celebrate the 4th of July, I am reminded why I am grateful to live in this great country.
My grandparents on both sides migrated to the US looking for the opportunities that living in Mexico did not offer. They worked hard in the orchards in Central Washington and the berry fields right here in Whatcom and Skagit County. They didn't look for handouts. They worked hard and taught their children and grandchildren the same.
I am 100% Mexican by heritage but I am also 100% American by birth. I will always defend this nation that has given so much to my family now 3 generations strong.
God bless this country and to those who have served and given their lives for our freedoms.
As we move into the future of technology, we are faced with the decision if we are going to be a county that is stuck in the past or will we prepare for the future?
We are faced with the issue of not having broadband access to a large percentage of our residents in the county. I spoke to a concerned resident of Ferndale who mentioned that for her family to receive broadband at their residence, they will have to pay in excess of $20,000 to have the Telecom company run a line. The Ferndale School District issues tablets to some of their students and these families do not have access to broadband. Wireless is available but it is not reliable and it is slow depending on what is being downloaded. Plus having wireless is expensive.
We also have the issue of our EMS, Fire, and Sherrif departments having issues maintaining radio access in certain areas of our county. This creates a delay in responding to events and getting resources dispatched in a timely manner.
Lastly, we need to start attracting high tech companies to our county. To do this, we need to have a larger coverage of broadband accessibility. We will see companies like Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft never consider Whatcom for their businesses. This means hundreds, maybe even thousands of jobs that will never come here.
A dig once policy is an easy way to start preparing for our future. A dig once policy includes the installation of inexpensive, publicly owned, conduit and fiber-optic cabling whenever a repair that requires excavation is done. Up to 90 percent of costs associated with underground deployment is often due to the excavation rather than materials.
Some will say 5G is the future but this is false. There are many issues with 5G which for Whatcom county, means effecting our environment by clear cutting areas to allow the 5G towers to have a direct line of sight. Fiber-optics is the answer to our technological needs.
If elected, one of the first things I will do is to push to implement a Dig Once Policy.
I am proud to have received the endorsement of Washington State Farm Bureau. I support our farming community and I will make sure their voices are heard.
Thank you for your interest in and support of issues vital to Washington Agriculture and your desire to lead on these issues as Whatcom County Council Member.
Washington Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization, representing the economic and social interests of more than 47,000 member families. Our chief aim is ensuring our family farms continue to feed the world. We hope you will play a significant role in helping us do so.
It is our pleasure to share that the Washington State Farm Bureau PAC has endorsed you in the Primary Election this year. We hope this endorsement will help your campaign be successful.
We will be sharing our endorsements through social media, print publications, as well as through electronic mail.
Thanks again for your willingness to serve the citizens of this state.
Chief Executive Officer"
Tomorrow, 6/26 at 10:00 a.m. I will be interviewed by Manuel Rita with La Voz de Whatcom on KSVR 91.7
There are two contributing factors when it comes to homelessness. They are substance abuse and jobs. There is a third one which is choice, but that’s a hard one to tackle. We all have free agency, but those choices should not affect others.
I will address in this post the first cause mentioned. We see an alarming number of people choosing to walk down the path of substance abuse. This path leads many to losing their employment, family and friends, health problems, and homelessness. Without family and friends, these individuals caught in this challenge do not have the support needed to get their lives back on track. The government is not the fix, but should act as the means to work with organizations who dedicate themselves in educating and helping people become free from their dependencies. The organizations the government works with need to be those that a large percentage of their funds go into the program and not for the salaries of the executives.
The next role the government can provide is to enforce strict laws against those who distribute illegal drugs. We have far too many people who are incarcerated for use while the distributors don’t serve time because they have the money. The legal system needs to be fixed.
If elected, I will be that voice on the council for change. We have a moral obligation to help those who want it and educate those who need it.
I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Northwest Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I share in their goal of promoting the diversity of culture and to create a family-oriented space for our community.
The Opportunity Council and the Whatcom County Health Department published the 2019 Point-In-Time (PIT) which is the annual snapshot of homelessness in our community. This count took place during the week of January 21st.
The count during this one week showed that there were 515 households comprised of 700 individuals who spend the night homeless in Whatcom County. That is equivalent to half the population of the town of Sumas.
The PIT Count Report also highlighted elevated rates of homelessness for people of color and people with disabilities.
Even though the report showed a decline from 2018, the number of homeless individuals the report shows for the one week it was conducted is alarming.
As a community, we should expect our elected officials to do all they can to combat homelessness. It is our moral obligation to look after one another.
This is not a problem that is exclusive to one city. It affects all of our respective communities within the County.
If elected to the County Council, I will work with the public and private organizations and with Whatcom County Coalition to end homelessness in our community.