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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Broadmoor Police Protection DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Marta Bookbinder

Community Advocate
685 votos (26.19%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Safety of pedestrians and cars as they share the streets
  • Access for the public to be heard by the Commission before decisions are made
  • Examine the Budget to evaluate expenditures and the future of the Police District

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Credentialed Teacher - Adult Education
Teacher, South San Francisco Unified School District (1998–current)
Retired - Collaborative Projects Coordinator, City of South San Francisco (1998–2016)
Governing Board Member, Jefferson Elementary School District — Cargo elegido (1991–2003)

Educación

Notre Dame de Namur University Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology., Communication across cultural perspectives and understanding differences which affect success and leads to change (1996)
San Francisco State University Bachelor of Arts in International Relations., Government as a branch of political science in the international relations among countries in a global system (1978)

Actividades comunitarias

South San Francisco PTA Council President, Lead the involvement of the schools in the Parent, Teacher Association on behalf of their children; to promote their health, safety, and education (2013–2015)

Biografía

Extended Biography

At the end of 2016, I retired from my job with the City of South San Francisco. During 18 years, I held the position of Collaborative Projects Coordinator, working as part of the Library Department and assisting with projects at the Economic and Community Development Department. Some of the projects included helping the Police Department begin the Academia Policial Comunitaria (Community Police Academy) in 1999. This is still going strong, annually bringing Spanish speaking residents to learn about their rights, responsibilities and involvement in keeping the community safe. A second program named Los Hermanos (Brothers) Program was started in 2007, in collaboration with the South San Francisco Unified School District, Skyline College and multiple City programs (Library & Police departments).  Male high school students most at risk were offered a pathway to college with tutoring, counseling and mentoring, and instead of dropping out of high school they graduated and began college.  Two years later a similar program named Las Hermanas (Sisters) was begun for female students and continues successfully to date. The two programs have in turn created a Los Hermanitos (Little Brothers & Sisters) and the graduates now go back to speak to middle school students encouraging them to study and dream of going to college, arranging sometimes tours to their college or university campus.

I have studied in Latin America, the United States and Europe. I speak, read and write English and Spanish fluently and have Italian conversation competency.

During my master's degree program in Counseling Psychology, I researched and wrote my thesis on Multicultural Communication, examining the many ways in which non-verbal communication across cultures impacts understanding or misunderstanding. I have been able to decode information expressed when cultural norms are different and apply it to elicit mutual views from various perspectives. 

 

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (1)

  • Broadmoor Police Officers Association

Funcionarios electos (2)

  • Supervisor David Canepa, San Mateo County
  • Trustee Marie Brizuela, Governing Board, Jefferson Elementary School District

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am a naturalized citizen of the United States. As a California credentialed teacher, it is my honor to teach U.S. Citizenship to adults who are immigrants to this country and seek to realize their American Dream: to become U.S. Citizens. I make sure that in preparing them to take their examination, interview and oath of loyalty to the USA, they understand fully what this country offers them through its greatest document written: The U.S. Constitution. It declares in its first 3 words: "We the People" what this nation guarantees to all those living in the USA. Along with the privileges come the responsibilities of being involved “in order to form a most perfect Union."

As a U.S. citizen by choice, in 1991 I accepted the call for help and became an elected public servant for 12 years working as a Trustee for the Jefferson Elementary School District. My experience as an immigrant contributed to make better decisions at the Board table. I was able to communicate bilingually (English/Spanish) with community members who needed help in speaking to authority and, thus, to impact decision-making through better understanding.

We the people, as a community engaged and participating will preserve our way of life and affect the system of governance. The Constitution expresses so eloquently what the 3 words mean:

The people give power to the government

The government serves the people

Exercising our right to vote is an essential form of involvement to preserve our democracy! 

You decide with your vote.  Thank you.

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Why should we be concerned about pedestrian safety?

Summary

The current use of our streets has to be a shared activity, balancing pedestrian and cars traffic. Each group has the right to safely use the sidewalks and roads.

We are a community that has increased the number of cars currently using our streets. As drivers park their autos up on the sidewalks, the pedestrians have limited or no access to use their allocated paths for their children to go to school, to walk pets on the sidewalks, take exercise by walking or running safely on a designated space in front of the houses. In addition, those most vulnerable who need the use of the sidewalk like elders taking a brief stroll in front of their residence or a person using a wheelchair are forced to walk on the streets where incoming traffic is a danger.  We are a community that cares to keep a mom pushing a stroller safe and not expose her and her child in the stroller to have to make a blind turn into incoming traffic. We have public transportation in our Broadmoor Police Protection District, and it is used by our residents who walk to take the buses and BART.

Traffic struggles continue as the increase use by residents and vehicles parking impacts streets and sidewalks. When I asked about enforcement of CA Vehicle Code 22500(f) which prohibits vehicles to be parked up on the sidewalks, the answer given was: "People park on the sidewalks to keep their cars safe."  My response is let's follow the law and fulfill the intent of the California Code. Let's share the streets to safeguard the pedestrians who need their safety also protected.  

Will we have to say goodbye to our Broadmoor Police Protection District?

Summary

The Broadmoor Police Protection District is experiencing difficulties with the budget. A number of long-time police officers have moved to other employment sites in the past couple of years.

The Broadmoor community has been hearing for some time about the need to address potential changes due to the fiscal state of revenue and expenses in the budget. The last year has seen a budget that shows deficit spending and the upcoming 2018-19 budget with a net surplus deficit. It's time for a fresh new look at the state of the budget, the strategic plan and goals from the fiscal agents regarding budget allocations, explanations to the public from the elected commissioners about maintaining the expense of a Chief of Police and the Chief Emeritus of Police.  The three Commissioners have the following responsibilities:

1) Selection of the Chief, who is responsible in hiring staff and serving as District Manager

2) Setting Policy, and determining the annual budget

3) Hearing appeals in certain personnel matters 

A Commissioner's role of equal importance and vital to the community is to hold and attend official monthly meetings which will be open to the public. When meetings are cancelled for lack of quorum (2 out of 3 commissioners cannot attend), the public is denied information vital to the business of the district. According to Chief Stellini, the monthly cost for operating the police district services is $150,000.

For the Police District to continue successfully, we need: 

Access to the information and commissioners 

Transparency in the data given, and the opportunity to ask questions prior to a vote taken by the commissioners 

Accountability in following the open meetings rules as stated in the Brown Act; enforcement of the law for the safety and well-being of our community  

Let us not wait until it's too late. Let's be prepared, informed, and involved. Together as a community we can make a difference. It's time for a Change for the Better!

Videos (1)

— October 2, 2018 Marta Bookbinder TCB.10-02-2018

Video is 1:35 minutes and introduces Candidate Marta Bookbinder who speaks about her 4 primary reasons to run for the Police Commissioner seat: Safety, Budget and Sustainability, Community Involvement and Trust.

 

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