Christian believes when the public puts its trust into a candidate, it comes with it a responsibility to ensure transparency and sound fiscal judgment. It is not just trust but verify, it is about publicly walking through the decision making process. It starts with the open exchange of ideas and ends with a decision that is explained
Christian’s record on the school board demonstrates his leadership on this issue. He has called for an audit of the ECCL project, which has been delayed multiple times and over budget. He has vociferously called out the contractors for their inability to accept responsibility for their actions. He ended the district's relationship with advisors and foundations that failed to meet their responsibilities or provide value to the students and classrooms. He intends to do the same on Emeryville City Council.
Personal accountability comes with asking others to be accountable. Christian asks what can I do to make this situation better. It is not about assigning blame, but finding solutions through understanding the process.
The central tenet of transformational leader is the concept of sustainability. Christian completed his Doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Policy at CSU Sacramento. He views sustainability as more than being green, it is putting systems in place that allow for the community to endure and thrive. Neighborhoods have had cycles to them, as have commercial areas. Much like the industrial stage of Emeryville is over, the tech boom will evolve to the next phase as well. What remains is the environment. Be it the use of natural resources or the available activities, people will stay in town if their needs can be meet. This means having local eateries, parks and open space, infrastructure, and quality schools. Emeryville needs to plan not just for now but for the future.
Christian is committed to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy, as these are the basis of a livable Emeryville.
Affordable housing is a must. Communities thrive when there is a diverse group of people living in them. This includes families across the economic spectrum. Christian bought his house in 2003 on a teacher’s salary. Now as an administrator, he could not afford it. He will work to make sure that there options for everyone.
Christian and his family can be found at Doyle Hollis Park for Friday Movies in the Park, Saturday at the community pool for swim lessons and Bay Street for Salsa Sundays. These activities make Emeryville a desirable place to live.
Bicycling, the Emery-go-round, and BART make Emeryville an easily accessible destination. Christian is committed to maintaining and building on that infrastructure to continue that tradition.