I have been honored to represent District 2 on the Stockton City Council since 2009. The City, like all of us, continues to face unprecedented challenges, and I am proud that I have consistently stood for sound fiscal management, open and transparent government and accountability to the residents of Stockton. I am seeking election to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and will bring these same core values to the board for the betterment of our community.
Maintaining strong fiscal health, protecting of our water resources, and increasing public safety are the key issues that will define challenges for our region in the foreseeable future. My demonstrated knowledge, collaborative approach and proven leadership in these areas will help to make me an effective Supervisor. I will seamlessly provide continuity in moving our community and our region forward.



Kathy Miller and her husband, Karl, have been married 36 years and together raised three children, all graduates of Lincoln High School and public universities. A true partnership, Kathy and Karl were both raised in blue-collar, union families – Carpenters and Plumber/Pipefitters – have been employed since their teens and instilled these same values in their children. Karl is the first in his family to attend college and earned his degree through classes at Idaho State during the day and driving a forklift in a potato warehouse by night. Kathy began working full-time the Monday after her high school graduation and attended Bellevue Junior College as a mother of three, after working to put her husband through graduate school.

As the daughter of a Marine veteran, public service and leadership were also ingrained in Kathy from her earliest years. As a Girl Scout of many years, she rose to Patrol Leader and participated in many service projects. Being a full-time mom for some years allowed her to serve as a Den Mother for both her boys, a school Art Docent, Little League and Soccer Team Mom. As her children grew, Kathy devoted herself to establishing a weekly community supper for low-income families, cooking for 50-100 individuals, weekly, for more than three years. She was a member of the founding team of First Night Stockton, helping to organize the event for its eight-year run and eventually serving as its Board President.

Kathy and her family moved to Stockton in 1997, and Kathy established a small, interior design firm, specializing in home remodeling. Karl managed the commercial banking division of Union Safe Deposit Bank, a long-standing, family-owned community bank. Working closely with local businesses – large and small – to help them grow and succeed, gave the Millers a deep understanding of the history, the people and the strength of Stockton. Many of the business owners and their staff became close friends and are now supporters of Kathy.

In 2004, Kathy became the Executive Director of the Downtown Stockton Alliance and for almost five years served as the face and voice for downtown revitalization. Under her leadership significant partnerships and collaborations were developed, leading to double-digit reductions in downtown crime, investment in state-of-the-industry equipment and environmental Best Practices for downtown cleanliness and production of events, including the Farmer’s Market, Art Walk and Concerts in the Square, that brought thousands of people downtown every week.

Since her election to the City Council in 2008, Kathy has continued her habits of hard work and leadership. She served as Vice Mayor (2009-2012) and represented Stockton residents on the Budget & Finance Committee and as Chair of the Audit and Housing Committees. Kathy has developed strong working relationships with elected officials throughout the County, from her assignments on SJ Council of Governments, SJC Regional Rail Commission and the Stockton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Kathy has a deep commitment to education and literacy and served for years on the board of the Library & Literacy Foundation and on Stockton/School District 2 x 2 committees for the Lincoln and Lodi Unified School Districts.

As Chair of the Council Water Committee, Kathy has been the point person on water issues, serving on the Northeastern SJC Ground Water Banking Authority and SJC Flood Control Agency. She currently represents regional interests as San Joaquin County’s representative on the Delta Protection Commission and has passionately advocated for preserving regional water rights and restoring our precious resource, the San Joaquin Delta, as the Chair of the countywide Delta Coalition and statewide as the Second Vice President of the League of California Cities.

As a San Joaquin County Supervisor, Kathy’s top policy priorities will be:

  • Public Safety – ensuring that sufficient funding to safely and successfully implement AB109/Realignment is provided and current policies of providing services in a progressive and more cost-efficient manner are continued.
  • Grow our Economy – protecting our water supply and providing effective flood control are critical to agriculture, the largest segment of our county economy, as well as to business, industry and residents. Current policies to concentrate development in existing urban areas must continue to prevent excessive conversion of agricultural land.
  • Maintain Strong Fiscal Health – continuing careful oversight of the county budget to enable re-funding of capital projects, set aside in the Great Recession. These projects will bring high-quality, family-wage jobs to our region and are critical for our long-term economic vitality. The impacts of Health Care Reform must be monitored closely to reduce negative impacts on our County Hospital and strengthen recent improvements in its operations.

Achieving regional goals depends on respectful collaboration and honesty between partners. Kathy believes in open and transparent government, the need for elected officials to be accessible and the responsibility of government to provide services fairly and equitably to all residents. Kathy has been a full-time city councilmember, despite part-time compensation, giving up her salary, health care and retirement benefits, to serve the community. She provides her personal phone number to constituents and has always been willing to meet at a place and time convenient to those she serves. Kathy has taken positions for the good of the city, despite being painful and unpopular, and has never backed away from articulating why she felt her votes were necessary for the good of the whole community. She works hard to educate herself and understand the issues, casts her votes publicly and then backs her votes by communicating her position with the Public. Because of her understanding of the issues, she was the only elected official to testify in support of eligibility in the Stockton Bankruptcy.

Kathy is a graduate of the Great Valley Center Leadership Institute, Leadership Stockton and California State University San Bernardino Downtown Association Professional Certificate Program. She holds a three-year A.A. in Interior Design and is a recipient of the 2005 California Association of Leadership Programs Distinguished Leader Award and 2004 Leadership Stockton Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Business Leadership Summit, San Joaquin Partnership Economic Development Task Force and the Board of Directors and Government Relations Council of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.


San Joaquin County has weathered the Great Recession better than many local governments because of strong financial policies, such as adequate reserves, and the willingness of the current Board to provide progressive leadership in developing a business model that increases efficiencies to preserve services.

I strongly support the current direction of the Board. If elected, my priorities would be in the following areas:

PUBLIC SAFETY
All efforts must be made to ensure that sufficient funding is provided by the State to safely and successfully implement AB109/Realignment. Current policies of providing services in a progressive and more cost-efficient manner should continue. I support the investment in upgrading the current Honor Farm. This will relieve some pressure on the jail without the huge ongoing cost of staffing a full jail expansion. In addition, I support the concept of Community Correction Centers, as another tool to provide critical re-entry services and reduce recidivism. Successful implementation of Stockton’s Marshall Plan on Crime depends on continued collaboration with the County stakeholders. I have been a strong and vocal supporter of this innovative plan, which is already bearing fruit in the form of significant reductions in all areas of Stockton crime, but especially in violent crime.

GROW OUR ECONOMY
Attracting family-wage jobs is the key to a sustainable economy. We must work closely with our economic partners, including the Port of Stockton and the San Joaquin Partnership, to ensure a strong and diversified local economy. We must strategically pursue opportunities to increase the positive economic impact of our airport. Developing and strengthening collaboration with our community partners in Education to provide a well-educated workforce is also a key policy I support. Community School Partnerships, where the County, School District and non-profit organizations are delivering services to our most challenged neighborhoods right where they are needed most, are excellent examples of how this type of policy can be successful.

PROTECT OUR WATER AND AGRICULTURE
Protecting our water supply and providing effective flood control are critical to agriculture, the largest segment of our county economy, as well as to business, industry and residents. I have been involved in local, regional and statewide water issues as Chair of the Council Water Committee and for the past five years have worked on the Delta Water Supply Project, groundwater banking, flood control and protection of the San Joaquin Delta. On critical water issues, I will provide continuity and continued leadership to the Board of Supervisors. Agriculture contributes almost $3billion annually to our economy and we must support and protect it. Current County policies to concentrate development in existing urban areas must continue to prevent excessive conversion of agricultural land.

MAINTAIN STRONG FISCAL HEALTH
Careful oversight of the county budget must continue to enable re-funding of capital projects, set aside in the Great Recession. These projects will bring high-quality, family-wage jobs to our region and are critical for our long-term economic vitality. The impacts of Health Care Reform must be monitored closely to reduce negative impacts on our County Hospital and strengthen recent improvements in its operations. I strongly support the current Hospital Board Chair and the operational reforms enacted in recent years to improve delivery of services and the financial stability of the hospital. Identifying and capitalizing on new or under-provided services, such as creation of the Trauma Center, must continue to ensure the long-term viability of this essential community resource.

Dear Neighbor,

Government works best when it listens to the people. Too often politicians forget the concerns and needs of their communities. Too often, politicians want to do all the talking, instead of listening.

I am running for County Supervisor to get results for the citizens of Stockton. In order to be best equipped to do so, it is important that I listen and gather information from the community. This is why I am going on a Listening Tour of every neighborhood in the district. By speaking one on one, neighbor to neighbor, I hope to better understand the concerns of Stockton residents.

A neighborhood get-together will be hosted in your area. I would like to invite you to stop by and share your views concerning issues facing our community. Your voice matters.

I look forward to having an opportunity to meet with you and listen to your concerns.

Gary and Joyce Giovanetti
1511 Gondola Ct
Stockton, CA 95207
May 12 @ 6PM


 
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