First Term Accomplishments
In this short time since becoming Mayor, so much has been accomplished with the thoughtful engagement of our community, the dedicated work of city staff, and the unwavering leadership of the City Council. There is much to be proud of. Looking forward to the coming years, there is always more work to be done. Work that can and will continue to support a thriving, inclusive and engaged city. Let’s take a moment to reflect on and celebrate what has been accomplished so far.
This city saw record turn-out in participation during our city goal setting process. These represent the most important, highest priority goals for the City to accomplish over the next two years, and as such, resources to accomplish them are included in the 2017-19 Financial Plan.
Some Important Votes Taken in 2017
Mayoring is saying YES to as much as possible when the community reaches out for support.
Heidi was excited to support the NAACP as they re-established here on the Central Coast.
There have been a lot of attacks on marginalized groups and on basic human decency recently. One favorite event in SLO this year was Meet your Muslim Neighbor. It is a real joy watching our community come together in challenging times.
Share the story of how Heidi became an activist and went from being an activist for change to being elected as mayor in a TEDX Talk. This talk will be released online soon!
Homelessness is a growing problem in the state of California. It has been an honor spending time out at our homeless encampments and spending the night at the overflow shelter. Our new homeless shelter is on its way to being built. There’s certainly a lot left to do, and this is met with an eagerness to put time into this over the coming years.
In a running debut, Heidi ran the SLO 1/2 Marathon!
Every week Heidi is on campuses; from the grammar school all the way up to Cal Poly. This is one favorite aspect of being Mayor, getting to engage with the younger members of our community. To listen to their ideas and concerns and hopefully be able to inspire them to take active roles in their community.
One goal has been bridging the gap between the Cal Poly campus and the community. Through a lot of outreach and relationship building with students and faculty, Heidi believes we have seen a lot of success in this area.
We have so many great organizations doing important work here, and it has been a privilege to stand behind groups such as Womenade, Stand Strong, The Food Bank, and Restorative Partners to facilitate connections and support.
It has been exciting to work with a great group of leaders throughout the county on the Chamber Economic Visioning Team as we look at the challenges we face with the closure of Diablo Canyon and work together to constructively create the future San Luis Obispo that we want.
It is an Honor to be invited to be on San Luis Coastal’s new “Common Ground Advisory Task Force” whose primary objective is to provide the superintendent with ideas, suggestions, and action steps to achieve the goal of bringing to life the fundamental principle that all students deserve to feel safe and respected for who they are – regardless of religion, culture, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Developing cultural competence, awareness, and understanding among staff and students is a priority in our district.