THE TOP 10 VALUES I HOLD SACRED
1) Empowering Others is Key to Successful Leadership - One of the most important roles of a leader is to empower others. My primary tools in doing so are Education and Awareness.
2) Procedural Due Process is Sacrosanct - As per the Constitution of the United States: “No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…(5th Amendment) and “….nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (14th Amendment) Pursuant to these due process clauses, government entities must follow certain procedures that allow individuals the opportunity to be heard and thereby influence the outcome of the government’s decision.
3) We Must: Do It Right the First Time - Not following our own policies, procedures and laws is unacceptable both ethically and legally; it also causes costly rework and gross inefficiencies, resulting in the significant waste of our precious tax dollars. We must assure that our City’s decisions and processes have the integrity necessary in order to assure they are not violated and undermined, subjecting the City to appeals and lawsuits, even further eroding our public funds.
4) Public Participation Must be Encouraged and Valued — Public Servants must be ever cognizant that government is for the People and not for the government. The practice of hindering citizens’ opportunity to be heard and participate in government not only deprives us of their wisdom, but it is a display of oppression of our citizens that is unacceptable in a democracy. "Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." (Robert F. Kennedy Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_hope.html)
5) Change Must be Vetted With the Community - All healthy change, including and especially real estate development, must be vetted with the Community. “…change happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.” (President Barack Obama)
6) Accountability and Transparency in Government are Absolutely Essential - “The People being able to question our government and hold it accountable—that’s the principle the United States of America was founded on. We must protect that principle. When those in power try to hide by classifying everything, we will call them out on it.” (Edward Snowden)
7) Improve Customer Service - Community members deserve to be treated with courtesy, honesty, empathy and respect, and they should receive timely support from the Council Office to access services and information. Every question deserves an answer, and inquiries should be responded to promptly and followed up to completion. Community members deserve to be informed of progress and receive updates about the status of requests regarding matters of concern. Customer service standards must be established and publicly tracked.
8) A Culture of Ethics is Required - In order to combat the crisis of morality and corruption we find ourselves in, the ‘Tone at the Top’ of our government leaders must be one of a culture of ethics. All Actions Must Have Integrity. Our Public Officials must value ethics and integrity over short term goals, and they must operate with integrity in all things—we must do what we say we’re going to do, inspire trust, walk the talk, and be a person of our word. Strict compliance with the City’s Code of Ethics must be expected and required. "Now is the time to alter our government. Now is the time to stop the movement toward oligarchy. Now is the time to create a government which represents all Americans and not just the 1%... No more excuses. We must all become involved in the political process.” (Bernie Sanders)
9) Character is Everything, in All Things - Character means dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, and giving everyone a fair deal. If a person has character, others will have confidence in them. We must be able to depend on our elected representatives to be honest and to make good judgements on our behalf.
10) Instilling Hope for Tomorrow - "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." (Albert Einstein) "The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope." (Hillary Clinton) We must have a direction and a future that we can believe in…..for our lives, for our neighborhoods, for our City, and for our Country. This is essential for our health, happiness and welfare.