WHAT I’VE ACCOMPLISHED FOR…

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Saved the city of Bell from approximately $20 million of potential liability

  • Completed FY 2010, FY 2011, and FY 2012 financial audits during FY 2013

  • Implemented monthly financial reporting to the City Council and departments

  • Implemented monthly investment reports to the City Council

  • Completed bond work out which resulted in eliminating more than $20 million in new taxes to property owners

  • Consolidated 11 bank accounts inherited from the Rizzo administration into zero balance accounts, thereby simplifying the bank reconciliation process

  • Reduced citywide debt from more than $140M to less than $80M by the end of the fiscal year 2013-14

  • Added more than $30 M in general fund reserves during fiscal year 2013-14

  • Authored the city’s first “Financial Management Policies and Procedures Manual”

  • Implemented and corrected all audit findings from audits of the Rizzo era

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Dispatch times for priority-1 calls improved by 33%

  • Dispatch time for priority-3 calls improved by 40%

  • Created COPS office to support and direct Community Policing

  • Created Coffee with the Chief program to support the COPS office

  • Created college cadet program

  • Increased enrollment and had the largest Explorer program in LA County

  • Successfully hired (1) Police Chief, (3) new police officers, and (1) police dispatcher

  • Deployed first motor unit for traffic enforcement

  • Deployed new police patrol vehicle fleet

  • Appointed a police chief

  • Increased the number of reserve police officers

  • Completed the installation of eight citywide camera surveillance systems

 

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY

  • Secured contract for live-streaming of Bell City Council meetings

  • Launched new city website

  • Municipal Code available on city’s website

  • New city website earned an A- from Sunshine Review, an organization that monitors governmental websites.

  • Updated the city’s recruitment protocols and internal controls for our hiring process

  • City Council adopted the Records Retention Schedule

  • Successfully rolled out the Risk Management Program with the city’s new membership in ICRMA

  • Successfully completed the implementation of Springbrook finance/accounting system

  • Revision of the Council Procedures Manual to conform with law and good practice

RECREATION AND YOUTH SERVICES

  • Developed a new Pee Wee Sports program for youth ages 4-7

  • Developed new Senior Services programs for adults 55+

  • Renovated the baseball field at Veterans Memorial Park

  • Developed a new Adult Sports Program and a series of after-school programs for youth ages 7-12 years old

  • Established the first annual Bell 5K Run/Walk with 1,300 registered participants

  • Partnered with the Mexican Consulate, Watts Properties and Senator Ricardo Lara’s office to bring the Barrio Roots Mural project, which consisted of a community mural painting behind the Bell Plaza

  • Partnered with Southeast Los Angeles Collective to bring in the Art Walk

  • Partnered with Encuentro Latino to coordinate the Dia de los Muertos event

  • The city of Bell was awarded two consecutive $5,000 grants from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Walmart Foundation to continue to provide healthy after-school youth programs at Camp Little Bear

  • Created and established Student Government Day in collaboration with Bell High School