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Monterey CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 4

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Alex Miller

Educator/Parent
2,077 votes (10.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • We need a supervisor with an office in town who is pushing to modernize existing government practices as well as addressing the concerns of the people.
  • After we move the supervisor's office into town, we will create a homeless village where the current office is located on Ft Ord.
  • Economic development is imperative for District 4. We need to find ways to bring CSUMB students and their parents into our cities so they will spend money. I also want to create the Seaside Regional Multicultural Center.

Experience

Education

Lincoln Law School Juris Doctor--I will graduate in May, Law (current)
CSUMB Bachelor of Arts, Human Communications (2008)

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

The Homeless

Summary

The paper will address the creation of a village for the homeless.

In the county complex located on the corner of Noche Buena and Obama Ave is an abandoned building that backs up to a residential neighborhood. The County Supervisors decided to spend 1.3 million dollars to remodel it for thirty-eight homeless people. 

The decision was made without consulting the people in the apartments near this shelter or the people in the neighborhood behind the building. People in this neighborhood, especially those with children will feel increased anxiety. The county has an obligation to inform the community and solicit input before considering any course of action. Why wasn't common courtesy extended to the residents of this neighborhood?

 

I agree that we need to help the homeless and that we need to fix up this eyesore. The solution is a simple one. This building should become the office of the District 4 Monterey County Supervisor allowing greater access for the public to use the services of their elected official. 

 

The area on Ford Ord where the current office exists should be turned into a village of tiny homes. This model has been used in Austin, Denver, and Los Angeles. San Jose is building two villages of forty homes each.

 

The San Jose model which would work here consists of hard-sided cabins with 80 square feet of interior space. In the remodeled portable behind the supervisor's office, residents would share bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, kitchen space and common areas with computers, internet access, and job boards. The cabins and the needed facilities would cost much less than 1.3 million dollars.

 

The Seaside Regional Multicultural Center

Summary

This paper will focus on bringing the various groups in District 4 together by creating a multicultural center.

The Monterey Jazz Festival, the Salinas Rodeo, the Carmel Bach Festival, and

the Pebble Beach golf tournaments are all examples of destination activities on

the Monterey Peninsula. When these events occur, hotels, restaurants, and

local businesses thrive. People from all over the country are in attendance.

 

The communities of Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, and Marina have local

fairs and commercial establishments that draw people, but there isn't an event

or venue that attracts people from outside of the region.

 

At the top of Obama Avenue on Fort Ord is a vacant property giving us the land

to construct The Seaside Regional Multicultural Center which reflects on the

diverse population that lives here. I propose that we construct a building

consisting of several rooms, a 300-seat indoor theater, and below the building a

2,000-seat amphitheater facing the bay.

 

Gardens would surround the facility, and there would be cultural activities, such

as folk dancing, and cooking classes. Multicultural events in the theaters would

be held year-round. Concerts in the evening during the spring and summer

would feature big names in the entertainment industry. A wide range of seating

would be available including Inexpensive seats on the grass surrounding the

amphitheater.

 

I propose that the Monterey County Supervisors establish a commission

composed of all stakeholders to explore the development and funding of The

Seaside Regional Multicultural Center.

Benefits

CSUMB and District 4 Communities

Summary

This paper examines ways to involve CSUMB students in District 4 communities

Shortly after I am elected supervisor, I will convene a committee of students, business leaders, government officials, and university administrators to help us increase the CSUMB presence in the communities of Seaside, Marina, Del Rey Oaks, and Sand City.  I envision banners on the main streets welcoming students and parents during the beginning of the fall semester, homecoming and graduation. Also, I would like to see discounts at our hotels and restaurants, and eventually, I would like to see a store that sells Otter goods.    The experience at CSUMB that cemented my goal of public service was an HCOM class where we studied Seaside, and my team had to develop a project to improve the community.  We settled on redesigning Metz Park and then presented our plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission.  Much to my amazement, they used our plan.  I hope to continue this tradition by involving CSUMB in my plan to develop a homeless village on Fort Ord.  There would be opportunities for students studying counseling, sociology, and for students to become mentors to the children of the homeless.   I also hope to develop the Seaside Regional Multicultural Center, and again CSUMB would be involved in the planning.  The center would be located at the top of Broadway Street in Seaside with a 2,000-seat amphitheater overlooking the bay. Concerts sponsored by the music department would be held frequently, and student artwork would be displayed in the building above the amphitheater.

 

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— February 5, 2020 Alex Miller for Supervisor 2020

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