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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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November 8, 2016Elección General de California

Ciudad de Daly City — ” Dana Claire Smith, Candidato(a) para Consejo Municipal

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Dana Claire Smith

Museum Director / Businesswoman
6,902 votos (14.8%)
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  • To protect Daly City from impending bankruptcy. We are in the worst financial crisis in nearly two decades. We need responsible people who will make tough decisions to keep our city afloat.
  • Reform politics at City Hall. I believe Council Members have used intimidation to coerce votes and endorsements by denying a fair turn at Mayor and Vice Mayor. We need fair mayoral rotation and term limits.
  • Restore our library hours. We spent millions to build first class public libraries that are now mostly closed. Libraries are a public treasure!
Profesión:Museum Director, non-profit administrator
Elected member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Cargo elegido (2004current)
Museum Director, Vice-President, History Guild of Daly City/Colma — Cargo elegido (2009current)
Commissioner, San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women — Cargo designado (20052008)
Commissioner, Daly City Planning Commission — Cargo designado (20042008)
San Francisco State University Master's Degree, Museum Studies (2014)
University of California, Berkeley BA Degree, Political Science/English Literature (1971)

My name is Dana Smith and I am running for one of two open seats on the Daly City Council. I grew up in a working class union family in Washington State and moved to California to attend UC Berkeley. I graduated with a degree in Political Science. I spent my career working for non-profit social justice and environmental organizations in the Bay Area. The most recent were Friends of the Urban Forest, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, and in an elder abuse prevention program at the Institute on Aging. Recently I received a Master’s Degree from SF State University in Museum Studies and I am one of the founders and the Director of the Daly City History Museum.

 

I moved to Daly City in 1975. I’ve served on the Daly City Planning Commission and on the County Commission on the Status of Women. I’ve been attending Council meetings since the late 1990s and I have made public comments on community issues over 60 times.

  • The Democratic Party of San Mateo County
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Adrienne Tissier, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Charlie Tallerico, Daly City Planning Commissioner
  • Bill Lex, Library Commissioner
  • Ray Satorre, Daly City Planning Commissioner, President of the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center
  • Judith Christensen, Daly City Council
  • Scott Weiner, SF Supervisor, candidate for State Senate
  • Helen Fisicaro, Colma City Council

I am a Democrat, a champion for working families, an environmentalist, an animal advocate, a reformer, and a community organizer. I have voted in every election since I came of age. I was recently re-elected as a leader of the San Mateo County Democratic Party.I am working hard to elect Hillary Clinton as our first woman President.

Ballot Statement

Summary

 Statement to voters

Dana Claire Smith

Museum Director, small businesswoman, environmentalist, animal advocate, community activist

 

I offer straight talk, political reform, fiscal responsibility, and thoughtful governance

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I have spoken out at City Council meetings more than 60 times to protect our community. I protested recent pay raises for top Daly City executives. I fought against Daly City forcing us to pay for permits to park in front of our own homes

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I led the battle to protect us from forced home inspections and costly upgrades before we can sell our homes. I am the only candidate with a long history protecting our rights and the courage to be your voice at City Hall

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Our community priority must be to fully staff police and fire and restore library hours. I will work to protect Daly City from financial ruin and create term limits for City Council

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I grew up in a working-class, union family and put myself through college to earn a political science degree from UC Berkeley and a recent Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University.

I helped create our local history museum. I’ve served onthe Daly City Planning Commission and San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women.

 

I’ve spent my career working for social justice and environmental causes, most recently in an elder abuse prevention program.

Now I’m working hard to elect Hilary Clinton President.

DANA, what I stand for...

Summary

Some key issues in the campaign

 

Protect Daly City from impending bankruptcy.

For years Daly City has been spending more than it brings in. Our current reserve fund has only enough money to keep our city running for just over one month. Daly City is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. A lawsuit, natural disaster, or downturn in the economy could push us over the edge. Reckless actions by past councils have created this ongoing financial crisis. Now we have to correct past mistakes by making some painful decisions to keep a balanced budget that will keep our city running.

Elect Council Members who accept their public responsibility.

I am running because I feel a call to duty. I will not be using the Council as a stepping stone to higher office. Recently, Councilmembers Canepa and Buenaventured voted to shut Daly City down when they voted "no" on the balanced city budget required by law. They offered no alternatives. This irresponsible vote has shocked many throughout San Mateo County. If one more Council Member had voted with them, Daly City would have shut its doors and most services would have stopped. I will work with other Council Members and staff to make the difficult decisions to keep our city functioning. I won't play politics with our city's future. I will never shut Daly City down.

Reform politics at City Hall.

I believe that Council Members have used intimidation to coerce endorsements and Council votes by denying fair turns at Mayor or Vice-Mayor. A fair system of mayoral rotation and Council term limits would help bring Daly City politics out of the backroom.

Protect our neighborhood quality of life (parking, traffic, overcrowding)

Our parking crisis has become an intolerable source of stress for many residents. We must require more parking based on square footage for mega-homes like several 8-bedroom, single family homes that are being built on my block. In permit areas near BART we need to alter the permit hours to prevent the influx of flex-time commuters from out-of-town who arrive after 10 a.m.

Restore our library hours.

We spent millions of our tax dollars to build first class public libraries. That money is being wasted when our libraries are closed. Daly City libraries are a public treasure.

Protect public safety by focusing on the restoration of firefighter and police staffing levels.

Did you know that a Daly City ordinance limits a household to two pets?

I will revise that law to allow for a reasonable number of pets (be they cats, dogs, birds or goldfish) and increase city efforts to support spay and neuter programs and prevent pet abandonment and abuse.

A litte more about myself...

Summary

Personal background and qualifications

I am a Democrat, a chamption for working families, an environmentalist, an animal advocate, a reformer and a community organizer. I have a degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a recent Master's Degree from San Francisco State University. I grew up in a working class, union family and put myself through college with the help of scholarships. I've spent my career working for environmental and social justice organizations, including Coleman Advocates for Family, Children and Youth and an elder abuse prevention program at the Institute on Aging.

I've served on the county Commission on the Status of Women and as a Daly City Planning Commissioner. I have attended City Council meetings for nearly two decades and where I have made public comment on community issues over 60 times. I am the only candidate with a long history of defending our rights at City Hall. I have the experience, commitment, and courage to be your voice. I believe that potential candidates for City Council should first be involved in the community and learn how our government functions by attending Council meetings prior to making the decision to run for City Council. It shouldn't be the other way around where candidates decide to run and then attend their first Council meeting and show up at community events for the first time during their campaign.

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