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Mayor Allison Kerr

Mayor Alison Kerr – 

Promises Made, Promises Kept

Two years ago I pledged to bring about change to our city. I kept the promises I made, including the promise to show up for our community in the most challenging moments.

We have more to do! I hope I can count on your vote on November 3rd.

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SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS & COMMUNITY
  • Through the unprecedented COVID pandemic and wildfires, Mayor Kerr provided weekly written updates, initiated a weekly community Zoom meeting for dialogue on safe practices to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • The first segment of the Fort Ord Recreation Trail and Greenway (FORTAG) will realign dangerous intersections at Canyon Del Rey/Fremont and Canyon Del Rey/Carlton. It will also provide a safe underpass for bikers, walkers and wildlife to go from one side of the city to the other.
  • In response to the George Floyd murder, Mayor Kerr signed the Obama.org Mayor’s Pledge to review Police Dept. Use of Force policies.
  • A Police Advisory Committee has been created to provide citizens input into police administration.
  • The city now financially contributes to Casa de Noche Buena, a new homeless shelter for women in Seaside.
  • Mayor Kerr wrote and presented first-ever proclamations to recognize our LGBTQ+ community and racial diversity to promote tolerance and acceptance of all.
CHAMPIONED ENVIRONMENT & GREEN SPACE
  • DRO finally joined Monterey Bay Community Power for access to cleaner electricity at lower rates, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and be locally governed.
  • Mayor Kerr voted for green space versus development of our 17-acre wetland.
  • Fort Ord Recreation Trail and Greenspace (FORTAG) will provide our community a bike and walking path that
    promotes a healthier transportation option. City Hall is now powered by solar panels.
  • Co-Founded Sustainable Del Rey Oaks, the only resident- run and city-focused city 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
  • Our Parks have been revitalized and the Dog Park fees eliminated.
INCREASED TRANSPARENCY
  • Held monthly “What’s On Your Mind?” meetings for conversation with constituents.
  • Launched weekly emails and community Zoom calls during COVID-19 crisis. Now expanded to include guest speakers on a variety of public topics.
  • Openly questions matters at each council meeting, including – Airport budget decrease and contract disconnect
    – $150k contract request without proper procedure
  • Finance Committee meetings will now be open to the public.
  • City financials, reports & contracts now available on city website. Working on ensuring videos are recorded.
  • Brought to DRO citizen’s attention the attempted suppression of a public document by a city council member
SAFEGUARDING TAXPAYER FUNDS

Fiscal watchdog & member of DRO Finance Committee

  • Established and funded the city’s first-ever financial reserve fund, currently with $1.5 million dollars.
  • Paid off long term $500,000 FORA debt.
  • Ensured all pots of money are publicly listed and tracked.
  • Responded to COVID crisis with compassion for renters and businesses.
  • Only council member to:
    • vote against a housing element because it did not address critical water issues and opened door for a costly lawsuit
    • stand against unethical attempts to suppress $1 million regional taxpayer funded report.
SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS & COMMUNITY

1. Arts & Culture Advisory Committee

  • Held highly successful First Annual Del Rey Oaks Artist Showcase and Holiday Sale at the Moose Lodge show- casing DRO visual and performing artists. Twenty five DRO artists featured. Over 200 in attendance.
  • Created “Stories of Home,” a series of stories highlighting long-term DRO residents and their contributions to the city.
  • Creating opportunities for public art:
    • Inspirational chalk art during the pandemic,
    • Collaborated with SDRO on Butterfly Garden artwork, – Studying options to create outdoor murals.

2. Sustainability Advisory Committee

  • Shortly after being formed, this committee transitioned to Sustainable Del Rey Oaks, a 501(c)3 non-profit organi- zation with partners across the county.
  • Created the Butterfly Garden, partnering with City of DRO, Monterey Stormwater Mgmt District, Save the Whales, CSUMB Service Learning, and MAC for Arts & Culture.
  • First time DRO participated in an Earth Day Celebration. DRO booth featured environmental protection displays, raffle of environmentally safe products supplied by DRO businesses & free t-shirt grocery bags made by committee
  • Additional t-shirt bags filled with hygiene products and socks were donated for homeless youth.
  • The Friends of Arroyo del Rey Creek, which was created during a Community Campfire, will chart the life and health of our perennial creek.

3. Parks

  • Held Del Rey Park clean-up day prior to CAG Picnic.
  • Studying options to keep Work Memorial Park in a healthy, natural state.

4. Emergency Preparedness

  • Preparing informational packets to educate residents on crisis safety measures.