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 WHY
Cindy Silva
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 Cindy embodies the best of public service -- hard-working, open-minded, and the highest of integrity. 

 

 ~ Dick DuBey, U.S. Army (ret.), CERT volunteer

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 Effective Leadership. Real Results.

Please check back in mid-August, following the close of the
candidate filing period, to see Cindy's 2022 Candidate Statement. 

Accomplishments and Priorities

 

As a member of the current City Council, I am proud of our recent accomplishments, including the unprecedented work during the pandemic to sustain the city and support our economic recovery. Of course, there is more hard work ahead.

 

Together, we have:

  • Implemented balanced budgets, even as revenues plummeted in the first months of the pandemic.

  • Set aside $26 million for unfunded pension liabilities.

  • Acted decisively in response to criminal activity to protect our downtown and the community, approving enhanced technology and increased police staffing.

  • Worked with vulnerable neighborhoods on wildfire emergency response plans.

  • Partnered with the business community to quickly address pandemic-induced challenges for local business – including small business grants, streamlined permitting, and outdoor dining and retail options.

  • Provided the impetus for the County’s new A3 mental health crisis response program.

  • Implemented significant sustainability initiatives – joined Marin Clean Energy, installed solar arrays in parks, added dozens of EV charging stations, switched to drought-tolerant landscaping in parks and road medians, and provided solar-powered recycling and trash compactors downtown.

  • Capitalizing on unique public-private partnerships, built the All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm and the new pool and splash playground at Larkey Park – while moving forward plans for the modernization of other aging recreation facilities.

  • Created an outdoor “stage” at the Lesher Center, in partnership with the Diablo Regional Arts Association.

  • Initiated work to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.

  • Fought for new State transportation funding for long-overdue road rehabilitation work.

  • Enhanced senior transportation options and made safer bike-walk routes for schoolchildren.

  • Expanded homeless services, including outreach programs and a winter shelter.

  • Supported the construction of more than 400 units of affordable housing.

  • Celebrated the opening of the Orchards at Walnut Creek and the rejuvenation of neighborhood shopping centers such as Encina Grande and Rossmoor Shopping Center.

 

As the year progresses, I am focused on the City Council’s strategic priorities: Economic development (recovery, resiliency), environmental sustainability, supporting a welcoming and inclusive community, renewal and expansion of community facilities, and public safety.

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 As a Civic Pride Foundation board member, Cindy helped to raise $450,000 in private funds for two great park projects -- Heather Farm's new playground and the splash playground at Larkey Park.  

 

 ~ Natalie Inouye, non-profit leader

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