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City of Scotts ValleyCandidate for City Council

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Donna R. Lind

Incumbent
4,501 votes (27.84%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continued work toward economic recovery. Scotts Valley had been working to recover from a fiscal deficit when the pandemic hit. Work with businesses to assist with funding, marketing and partner in working toward recovery.
  • Public Safety. Scotts Valley has lost several qualified experienced officers due to salary disparity. Scotts Valley has been named 14th safest city in CA & very active in the community. Maintain the level of public safety Scotts Valley is known for.
  • Restore public services lost due to the fiscal crisis and the pandemic. Staff has been cut and services lost during the pandemic that are important to the community. Pursue funding & grants to restore services.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Police Sergeant
City Council Member, City of Scotts Valley — Elected position (2008–current)
President, Fallen Officer Foundation — Appointed position (2006–current)
Ambassador, Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce — Appointed position (2006–current)
Secretary/Dispatche,Police Officer, Sergeant, City of Scotts Valley (1968–2008)

Community Activities

Facilitator, Midlife Dimensions (2004–current)
Church Council, New Hope Church (2006–2010)

Biography

I am currently serving as a City Council Member, having served two terms as mayor and I'm running for re-election 

In August I celebrated 52 years working for the City of Scotts Valley. I started as young high school student as City Hall Secretary taking the minutes for City Council meetings.  I moved one year later to the police department and worked hard to become the first Scotts Valley female police officer, later a sergeant. I am proud to have served a total of 40 years with Scotts Valley Police Department when elected to City Council 12 years ago. All of my adult life has been serving Scotts Valley, this is my home.

I graduated from Santa Cruz High, attended Cabrillo College, San Jose State and graduated from the Gavilan Police Academy. During my career in law enforcement, I received numerous local, State and National awards. I serve as President of the Fallen Officer Foundation. I have served with the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador for the past 15 years having held the various positions including President. I was named 2011 Woman of the Year for the City of Scotts Valley.

While serving on City Council, I have served with a variety of commissions including Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency, METRO, LAFCO, Senior Commissions, Criminal Justice Agency, Traffic Safety, AMBAG and more. My experience and history have enabled me to be a strong advocate for Scotts Valley in a wide variety of areas.

 

With my history with Scotts Valley, I bring relationships, critical knowledge and experience valuable in working toward recovery. I have a proven record of service, strong work ethics and I am committed to our community ready to continue this work when re-elected to the Scotts Valley City Council.

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Lincoln Club

Elected Officials (12)

  • Roger Snyder
  • Randy Johnson
  • Ed Bottoroff
  • Chris Perri
  • James Anderson
  • Bill Ekwall
  • Wade Leishman
  • Danny Reber
  • Derek Timm
  • Bruce McPherson
  • Russ Patterson
  • Jim Reed

Individuals (50)

  • William "Bill" Smith
  • Darren & Erin Kerr
  • Kristine & Chris Ronzano
  • Honora Robertson
  • Bucky & Linda Harris
  • Diane Bianconi
  • Joyce Anderson
  • Bobbie & Geof Ward
  • Roger & Michelle Snyder
  • Lea Reed
  • Mark & Melanie Lopez
  • Mark & Deanna McManus
  • Richard Rue
  • Katy Jay
  • Jane Armstrong
  • Don Dumller
  • John Hohmann
  • Steve Horlock
  • Liz & Joey Flores
  • Ed & Madzy Lang
  • Eric Taylor
  • Julie Mazurek
  • Tamera Melrose
  • Donna Rodoni
  • Marvin DelChiaro
  • Elaine DelChiaro
  • Mike Dean
  • Steve & Sylvie Graham
  • Norma Garcia
  • Darshana Croskrey
  • Steve Walpole Sr.
  • John Weiss
  • Monica Aldana
  • Robert Aldana
  • Carol Simpkins
  • Melissa Walpole
  • Gerald Pittenger
  • Joann Pursley
  • Teri Taylor
  • David Bergman
  • Lisa Bustichi
  • Dave Hodgin
  • Chris Maffia
  • Chuck Maffia
  • Robert Charlton
  • Jeanette Roland
  • Sandy Walpole
  • Marlyn Bergman
  • Bruce Lindsay

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Donna R. Lind:

The City of Scotts Valley is not in a position to participate in this opportunity.

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Donna R. Lind:

In serving with the Criminal Justice Council, we coordinate with and support various rehabilitation programs and other community service organizations.

Questions from LWV Santa Cruz County (3)

Over the next year, what do you see as the two biggest challenges to be addressed in this office?
Answer from Donna R. Lind:

 

Economic recovery is Scotts Valley’s greatest challenge. Scotts Valley had declared a fiscal crisis in 2019. With strong community support, a sales tax measure was passed. Two weeks later the pandemic hit. The pandemic created an extreme hardship for local businesses, many may not recover. Then the CZU Lightning Complex fires caused even more damage to many businesses in the County. The evacuations caused business closures and added to the extreme burden. Community & Business recovery and re-building will be a long process.

Local government must continue to advocate for businesses, assist with marketing, rebuilding and recovery. We need to partner with business to assist them with resources available.

Another challenge is Public Safety.  Scotts Valley Police Officers are paid 25% less than other officers in the County. Due to this salary disparity, Scotts Valley PD has had the highest turnover in the history of the Department.  In March 2020, citizens of Scotts Valley voted to pass a sales tax measure with a priority of maintaining public safety. Then 2 weeks later the pandemic. As much as it was hoped to address the salary disparity, the financial impact of the pandemic shifted the priority to survival. Unless we can address this disparity soon, Scotts Valley PD will continue to lose quality police officers whose work has resulted in the City of Scotts Valley being named the 14th safest city in California.

Recruitment of quality officers and city employees has become extremely challenging due to salary disparity. Scotts Valley cut City personnel following the 2008 great recession and currently has 25% fewer employees than in the early 90’s. The lack of staff is damaging the City’s ability to provide necessary services. There was much hope with the passage of the sales tax measure in March to replenish critical staff. With the pandemic and now the CZU Lightning fires we face challenges to maintain the quality of life citizens of Scotts Valley have enjoyed.

 

 

What in your background, personal or professional, has prepared you to meet these challenges?
Answer from Donna R. Lind:

 

I am a Scotts Valley City Council Member having served two terms as mayor, running for re-election.

In August I celebrated 52 years working for the City of Scotts Valley. I started as a young high school student at City Hall taking the minutes for City Council meeting. I moved one year later to the police department and worked to become the first female Scotts Valley police officer, later a sergeant. I am proud to have served with Scotts Valley PD for a total 40 years until elected to City Council 12 years ago. All of my adult live has been serving Scotts Valley, this is my home.  I can't abandon the City in this difficult time.

The City of Scotts Valley had been working hard toward recovery from a fiscal crisis when COVID-19 hit. The effects of COVID have been devasting to our community as it has our neighbors. I have served with the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador for the past 15 years, named Woman of the Year in 2011.  I know many of our business owners personally.  I have been working to support local businesses in every way possible and then the CZU Lightning fires struck causing even more devastation.

While serving on City Council, I’ve served with various commissions including, Senior Advocacy, Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency, Criminal Justice Council, METRO, AMBAG, Traffic Safety, LAFCo and others. I bring relationships, critical knowledge and experience valuable in working toward recovery.

I have a proven record of service, known to be very hardworking and committed to our community.  I am ready to continue that work when re-elected to Scotts Valley City Councii

 

What is the best way to prepare for and respond to sea level rise, and how would you weigh public against private interests?
Answer from Donna R. Lind:

I serve with the Santa Margarita Groundwater Sustainability Agency. We are planning for water sustainability for the future with SGMA. This is a topic discussed in current planning although logistically this doesn't have a direct effect on the Santa Margarita Groundwater area.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

To be effective serving local government, it's important to be active and involved in the community you serve. We must be approachable and accessible. To best serve the community, we need to listen and also communicate. I am very active in my community and work hard to share important information and enourage community participation. My commitment to the community and transparency is important in earning the community's trust.

Videos (2)

Re-elect Donna Lind Scotts Valley City Council — October 1, 2020 Re-elect Donna Lind SV City Council FPC #1309695

Donna Lind's background and experience with the City of Scotts Valley. 40 Years service with Scotts Valley PD, first female officer/sergeant. 12 years serving City Council including 2 terms as Mayor. 15 years service with Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Goals and Challenges ahead.

Donna Lind City Council Candidate Video — October 10, 2020 Re-elect Donna Lind Scotts Valley City Council 2020

Background and experience serving the City of Scotts Valley for a total of 52 years, 40 years serving Scotts Valley Police Department and 12 years as a member of the City Council, 2 terms as Mayor. What I bring and why I'm running.

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