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City of MarinaCandidate for Council Member, Council District 3

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Gail Morton

Council Member/Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect Marina's groundwater and environmentally sensitive coastal habitat, and support Expansion of Pure Water Monterey for the Peninsula's water needs. Affordable water is essential for Marina today and the future.
  • Establish Marina as a leader in smart development -- which requires increasing the inventory of housing that is affordable; eliminating the digital divide; and expanding economic opportunities for everyone to earn livable wages..
  • Remove blighted buildings and capitalize on our beaches, open space and proximity to National Monument to make Marina an even better city for businesses to locate, residents to live and tourist to visit..

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney
Gail Morton, Attorney at Law, Gail Morton, Attorney at Law (1978–current)
Licensed Attorney in the State of California, Gail Morton (1978–current)
City Council Member since 2012 and Mayor Pro Tem from January 2019 to, Marina City Council — Elected position (2012–2020)
City Council Member, Marina City Council — Elected position (2012–current)

Education

University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University (History) (1978)

Community Activities

Board Member, Fort Ord Reuse Authority (2013–2020)
Founder, Fort Ord Rec Users (forU) Successful Referendum to protect Whispering Oaks (2011–2012)
Committee Co- Chair, School closures and realignments for Monterey Peninsula Unified School District in 2003. (2003–2003)
Board President and Board Member, Santa Clara University de Saisset Museum (1989–2000)
Board Member, Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley (Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco) (1993–1999)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Gail Morton:

In June Marina City Council dedicated funds to commence work on identifying systemic racism within our governance. It is anticipated that policies or practices, especially as to policing and criminal justice will be scrutinized for inequities. Fairness of city hiring practices will also be reviewed. Input from formerly incarcerated individuals in this endeavor will certainly be beneficial to the validity of the inquiry and development of beneficial changes in Marina's practices and policies.   

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Gail Morton:

City of Marina is not directly involved in the  supervision of formerly incarcerted individuals in our community.  While our city programs are not specifically designed for indivduals transitioning from incarceration to community, many benefit from Marina's partnerships with public, private and community agenicies to support individuals and their families, including meeting food needs, child supervision and enrichment programs.     

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