Building a Brighter Future
On the city council, Jan has balanced every budget, built $66 million in reserves, and increased public safety funding to maintain a safe and secure lifestyle in our city.
She accomplished these tasks by working closely with her colleagues and community to cut waste, streamline processes, set the right priorities and create efficient and transparent government.
Jan will ensure that our tax dollars are invested wisely and continue her efforts to eliminate government waste anywhere she finds it.
Building our Economy
Jan was elected during the economic downturn. She worked hard during the city's most challenging economic time to create an environment that would lead to the creation of better-paying jobs.
Jan worked to make our city more attractive to investors by streamlining the permit processes and creating more understandable and usable codes and ordinances.
Efforts to make information technology improvements that will allow more City Hall business – such as building and other permits – to be conducted online have paid off.
Palm Desert is a job-friendly city, with strong tourism and retail industries and one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the county and the center for education.
Growing Coachella Valley’s Small Businesses and Careers
As chairwoman of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) board, Jan works to attract new employers and grow existing businesses. Working with our school districts, academies in K – 12 have been developed to educate our youth and align the needs of employers with a highly-skilled workforce.
Academy students study career-themed courses along with required academic classes helping to develop next-generation talent. Career pathway programs built around specific industries, such as healthcare, digital arts, culinary arts, and renewable energy are a great asset to our students and community.
Palm Desert’s Digital iHub is in the works and an exciting project for our students, businesses and our future.
On the Board, Jan will continue her efforts to reduce barriers to job creation, invest in infrastructure and lead efforts to bring good paying jobs to Palm Desert.
Helping Those In Need Find Work
Jan serves on the board of the Girlfriend Factor, a local organization that provides local women 25 years of age or better, educational grants to attend our local educational institutions so that they may enter the workforce and become self-sufficient.
Additionally, Girlfriend Factor participates in local job fairs that help match those who want to work with educational and occupational opportunities. The success rate of the grant recipients is outstanding and reflects the quality of the organization.
Improving Traffic Flow
Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Jan led efforts to synchronize the traffic lights along the entirety of Highway 111 and our major streets and intersections, creating more efficient travel across our city and valley.
While Jan served on CVAG (Executive Committee and other committees), the following projects were completed, opened or continued:
- The Monterey interchange was completed
- Portola Interchange is in planning and design stage
- Valley-wide traffic monitoring centers are being developed
- The Fred Waring Drive widening project was completed
- The tire and oil recycling programs continue
- Educational programs for our landscapers, recyclers and community members increase and improve
Through efforts on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), CVAG and the city of Palm Desert, Jan also continues to work to allow children to get to school more safely, improve air quality and provide better and safer options for those who ride bikes.
Making Government More Accountable
Jan successfully led efforts requiring city council meetings to be televised, available via Internet by live feed and archived on the City of Palm Desert website. She called for the accelerated digital archiving of records creating more complete and convenient access to public documents.
Palm Desert’s mobile app is now available so that anyone can use to report issues such as graffiti or potholes directly to city Hall.
Jan will carry on her efforts to make government more transparent and accessible.
Keeping Neighborhoods Safe
On the city council, Jan worked closely with first responders to ensure Palm Desert has first class police, fire and ambulance services
She closely monitored the budget spent on police and fire to ensure services are delivered effectively and in an efficient manner while using the latest technology and supporting communication with our first responders and our community.
Jan’s good work helped keep violent crime rates well below the national and county averages.
Jan will ensure our city’s police, firefighters and paramedics have the tools needed to protect us.
Improving Educational Opportunities
Jan served on the Palm Desert High School Foundation for eight years and raised funds to improve and guarantee educational opportunities and academic excellence for every student.
Jan continues to support Cal-State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus (CSUSB PDC), setting the stage to establish Cal-State University Palm Desert, and provide our residents greater access to a college education. Collaboration between Palm Desert, CVEP and CSUSB PDC to create cutting edge computer, cybersecurity and technology oriented studies and businesses is building a stron and brighter future for us all.
Remembering our Veterans
As a daughter and daughter-in-law of WWII vets, one of whom was MIA for a period, and as a sister of a Viet Nam vet, Jan appreciates and understands our veterans
Spearheading the adoption of the 7thRegiment at 29 Palms Marine Base by the City of Palm Desert has proven beneficial to everyone involved. Councilmembers, staff and volunteers from Palm Desert and the 1stDivision Marines (a Coachella Valley based organization of retired Marines) visit the base and organize and arrange events for the Marines and their families on base.
Events are also planned in Palm Desert and the Marines and their families enjoy outings at Palm Desert parks and golf courses.
Palm Desert recently partnered with Habit for Humanity, giving the land to build two homes for Vets, one ADA compliant. Today two Vets and their families are proud Palm Desert residents!