As a teacher for over 20 years, I fully support Irvine’s legendary and nationally recognized commitment to academic excellence. Innovation, creativity, and the arts must enhance the highest level of learning in language, science and technology. Our beautifully diverse multi cultural community provides, and must be encouraged, to compliment our academic curriculum.
Let’s keep Irvine safe! Our beautiful city’s status as the safest city in the United States is a title we want to shout from the rooftops! For eleven years Irvine continues to be one of the safest cities for populations over 200,000 citizens and the safest city for the last two years consecutively. I am the best candidate to keep Irvine safe. As a member of President Obama’s panel on Controlling Violent Extremism (CVE)*, I am in constant contact with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, interfaith leaders, and community leaders worldwide. Our esteemed panel has demonstrated the effectiveness of collaboration between law enforcement and community leaders. Safety is directly correlated to the lifestyle we share here in Irvine. I am well poised to be the Irvine City Council member that will maintain our extraordinary lifestyle and safety.
Business is the lifeblood of a community. Irvine has grown from our early days as an agricultural community to today's thriving center for technology and retail business. The strength of our business community creates the financial backbone for the lifestyle that we enjoy in Irvine. Irvine is the economic engine that drives Southern California. We must continue to support our business needs, their importance to community success, while balancing it with the vision that has made Irvine a nationally recognized model city.
* White House Panel on Controlling Violent Extremism (CVE)
On February 19th, 2015 our government convened a meeting at The White House to address violent extremism, its repercussions throughout the world, and more specifically in our American communities. This three-day Summit brought together three cities pilot programs in the United States; Los Angeles being one of them.
As a member of the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Pilot Program on Countering Violent Extremism, I had the distinct honor of participating on the “White House Panel on Countering Violent Extremism.” I was profoundly honored to represent the community showcasing efforts since 9/11/2001 to engage the Muslim community in community building and activities that promote partnership with law enforcement and interfaith groups.
The President and Vice President, FBI, Homeland Security, several law enforcement officials and community leaders shared their ideas and experiences. The premises for the meeting is that partnerships that we build through trust and collaboration will help build resilient communities to serve as the first line of defense against violent extremism.
Sharing the collective successes our community leaders is the next imperative step. I continue to request an audience, large or small, in congregations, clubs, and executive boards to bring the messages of this esteemed panel on “Countering Extreme Violence”. We are fortunate to have a beautifully diverse community. Unfortunately the horrific violent acts and loss of life have led to marginalizing several multi cultural groups. Innocent people are being discriminated against simply because there are those who are not aware of shared values and morals. We are making headway in changing that narrative by countering the misunderstanding with our stories; sharing our experiences of inclusion and engagement as we cross cultural barriers and make new friends.
I look forward to seeing you and presenting the findings of this esteemed panel.