Jamie White, Temecula resident and small business owner, has been involved with a number of government agencies since 1990, including her work with the County of San Diego. After nearly 20 years consulting with business, providing training and quality control, White hopes to bring her skills as a problem solver to the Temecula City Council.
Q: What has drawn you to this race?
A: The residents of Temecula should have a voice that represents residents and not self interests. I believe the current council is not open, transparent or truly allows resident participation with regards to decision-making for the city. I’ve watched how the city council passes laws and requirements without transparency, ignoring residents. While talking with Temecula residents, I continue to hear the same complaints. Too much government corruption, businesses closing, too much involvement by the city and county addressing privately owned property and land.
Q: Where does Temecula require change?
A: Stop United Nations Agenda 21 and sustainability in our city. The current council is always looking for ways to obtain funds and are all too willing to give away our rights for their agenda.
Now that redevelopment funds are gone, Temecula needs someone who will not sell out to the highest bidder. Redevelopment funds didn’t come with many regulations and now that RDA money is gone, regulatory compliance with funding is a must. The city needs someone like me who understands the importance of regulatory vs. policy, must vs. may.
Q: What are your thoughts on more specific issues, such as the Liberty Quarry, promoting business, and education in Temecula?
A: As a small business owner I’m aware of obstacles and vulnerabilities that come with being a business owner. I’ll do what I do best — assess the needs, analyze the data, provide solutions.
Education is important to everyone. Having a daughter in high school, I see the struggles for both students and teachers. In order for our children and grandchildren to have superior education we need superior educators. For our educators to do their very best, I want to make sure they have the tools and resources needed. Many teachers spend their own money. That’s not right. Many parents may not be able to afford what is needed. I want to be able to implement programs or set aside funding to assist with education needs as well as promoting small businesses in our city.
The liberty quarry is now a county issue. I’ve had hundreds of Temecula residents tell me they don’t want the quarry for various reasons. At city hall in the ladies restroom, one elderly resident cried while she told me how her husband died due to similar conditions in another area, begging me not to give in. Temecula already traded the land. However, as the voice for Temecula residents, I’ll stand beside my fellow residents and say ‘No, please don’t turn our city of old traditions into another big government, big business city.’
Q: Name one surprising detail about yourself that others — even friends — might be surprised to learn.
A: I’m more analytical than most people know. They’re used to the fun, sometimes carefree girl. Because I travel the county assisting troubled agencies my family and friends don’t get to see me in action. I’ve got a great business mind.
To learn more about Jamie White, visit jamiewhiteforcitycouncil.com.
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