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Santa Cruz County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Cynthia Mathews

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Santa Cruz

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Protecting our environment As councilmember, Cynthia supported green belt acquisition and expansion of parks Served on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Interagency Task Force Supported initiatives for alternative energy, increased recycling, and water conservation Supports coordinated transportation planning: safety and circulation improvements,
safe neighborhood streets, a strong transit system, improved bicycle and pedestrian options

Promoting a strong local economy and good jobs As councilmember, Cynthia worked successfully to retain and attract quality jobs Supported programs to strengthen local business and neighborhood commercial districts Commits to a thriving downtown that is welcoming to residents and visitors alike Pledges responsible fiscal policies and a strong economic base to fund city services

Working for housing and safe neighborhoods As councilmember, Cynthia worked for new affordable housing downtown and in the beach
area, housing rehab, retaining existing affordable units, new rental housing construction Supports a comprehensive housing approach, including mixed use in commercial zones, first-
time homebuyer programs, appropriate infill, and a more effective partnership with UCSC Helped form Downtown Neighbors and served on Zoning Board: sensitive to
neighborhood issues such as traffic, parking, conflicting uses, new development Leader for neighborhood safety citywide, including Downtown, Beach, Lower Ocean, Westside.

Investing in youth; Enriching our quality of life Leader in expanding youth programs, facilities, and partnerships with schools Supports safety net services assisting the disadvantaged, seniors, children, and families Commits to an inclusive community that respects diversity and social justice Consistent advocate for the arts in our community

Building trust in local government "This is a challenging time for all of us. In times like these, we need leadership with experience and a constructive approach. I will listen carefully to your concerns, and will work to find practical solutions that serve our entire community."

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