Growing up here in the community, my family didn’t have much money. My parents instilled in me, though, a love of learning and passion for education, one further nurtured through incredible Campbell school teachers.
When it came to buying books, my parents sacrificed so I could have every resource possible at my disposal. Even still, that wasn’t always enough in our working-class household. That’s why I looked forward to visiting the library every week. It was a community hub that was free and open to all members of the Campbell community, no matter their means.
That’s why I’m so passionate about preserving and protecting our Campbell Public Library for future generations. It’s more than a building — it’s a home for our entire community.
The Campbell Public Library is long overdue for an overhaul. Built in the 1970s, it has not been significantly updated since then, and the infrastructure is badly in need of repair. Floors and walls are warping, causing accessibility issues and safety concerns. In fact, the Campbell Public Library is the only library in the Santa Clara County Library system that has not been renovated.
In 2018, Campbell voters passed Measure O, a $50 million bond measure to renovate the library, in addition to building a new public safety center. The next City Council will need to set a vision for the project and keep the renovation on track if we want to keep our library around for the next generation of Campbell residents.
I will administer the $50 million dollar fund, including setting benchmarks and goals for contractors as needed, while making sure all safety and labor standards are adhered to.
Additionally, I will ensure that the library receives due resources since the money must be shared with a new public safety center.
I will ensure that updates are shared with the public and easily accessible, including providing regular updates at Council meetings. In addition, I will monitor the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, ensuring traffic mitigation on residential areas.
Measure O construction will also significantly impact the nearby historic Ainsley House, which traditionally relies on wedding revenue. I will improve the communication of updates between the Ainsley House and the surrounding area.
I will use my network to create exciting author signings and cultural events at no cost to the community. Additionally, I will support children’s programming, such as participating in community storytime.
These events can be held at Campbell Library, through the Campbell Historical Museum, or in partnership with local bookstores.