I've been working to build climate resilient infrastructure since 2019, when I joined the City Council. One of my first actions was to lead the adoption of a Council Strategic Priority to fund critical improvements to our stormwater infrastructure, including dredging the Marina Lagoon.
This week, I proudly voted to approve $3M to fund immediate high priority flood mitigation and stormwater infrastructure projects to prepare for El Niño Season. Climate change is not a distant phenomenon—it is a reality that requires immediate action. Effective stormwater management is our first line of defense against the destructive power of atmospheric rivers.
Over 10,000 San Mateo homes and businesses flooded last winter and I joined the Flood Free San Mateo Coalition to support bold action to address flooding risk in our hometown. We are bringing community members together to support a ballot initiative that will create dedicated funding to fortify our City's defenses against flooding to safeguard our homes, businesses, and public spaces.
Unanimously endorsed by the City Council, Senator Becker, Supervisor Corzo, San Mateo County Labor Council, San Mateo Police Officers' Association, San Mateo County Housing Leadership Council, small businesses, and neighborhood and faith leaders — we are calling on all to join the Flood Free San Mateo Coalition!
Stay informed about the upcoming ballot initiative this Fall, engage in discussions with your neighbors, and learn more about how our City's stormwater management protects the well-being of our families, the vibrancy of our local economy, and the sustainability of our environment.