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Gretchen wants to UNITE our community

to preserve and protect San Marino

and its unique way of life,

and be YOUR voice on City Council to keep


If elected, Gretchen will work to bring everyone in our community together to: 

  • Strengthen our police & unite neighbors to reduce crime
  • Increase fiscal responsibility & transparency
  • Address pension obligations & failing infrastructure
  • Preserve our neighborhoods, trees & historic resources 

Gretchen spent the past 20 years working on a daily basis as a volunteer in our schools, local scouting and youth sports organizations, San Marino non-profits and local charities.  If elected, those decades of knowledge, experience, leadership, community service, long-term dedication to our City, and can-do initiative will enable Gretchen to meaningfully contribute and make an even greater positive impact for the betterment of San Marino.  

 Gretchen regularly attends City Council, Planning Commission, and Design Review Committee meetings, as well meetings of many other community groups.  She often meets with concerned residents and advocates on their behalf on City matters.  Currently, she serves on the Lacy Park Landscape Committee.  Gretchen has had extensive discussions with current Mayor Richard Sun and many past Mayors, all current City Council Members, Interim City Manager, City staff, as well as Police Chief Incontro and Fire Chief Rueda.

Gretchen is very knowledgeable and understands the major issues facing San Marino, and she is the candidate who spends 7/24/365 days a year in San Marino.  If elected, Gretchen is able and willing to devote herself full-time to City business, and she will exclusively represent the interests of San Marino's residents. 

Gretchen is running independently from all other candidates and she has complete integrity. Gretchen has no real estate investments (other than her family's home), and absolutely no conflicts of interest, so she will best represent YOU on City Council!

Gretchen will devote her efforts on City Council to:

Decrease Crime by Supporting Our Police & Uniting Residents

The escalation in crime over the last year is cause for alarm.  Gretchen experienced some of this first hand and knows of the growing concern among all residents. If elected, she would strongly support our police department and ask for an increase in patrols for greater police presence on our streets.  She would work with our police department to fully fund all positions and promote new technology for our families’ security and protection, in addition to strengthening enforcement measures in city ordinances to ensure the greater charging and sentencing of all criminals involved in crimes against San Marino residents.  Gretchen will also advocate for a united community effort and greater resident involvement in a renewed Neighborhood Watch program to ensure that we have the most effective community-based neighborhood security program.                 

Preserve Our Neighborhoods, Trees & Historic Resources

If elected, Gretchen would work to strengthen building codes and ensure they are enforced equally and with strict compliance.  With community input, Gretchen would enact a historic preservation ordinance which is appropriate for our City, and implement it in conjunction with a historical survey of our neighborhoods.  Gretchen will tighten the ordinances concerning preservation and maintenance of trees in front yards, along our streets, and in our medians, and insist on tough enforcement measures and fines against all code violations.

Over the past 17 years, Gretchen has had hands-on experience in the community's efforts to preserve the historic Hill-Harbison House (formerly known as the San Marino Girl Scout House). During her work protecting and maintaining that important community landmark, she learned that modernization and improvements can be successfully accomplished while preserving historic structures, along with the surrounding mature landscape and trees.

Increase Fiscal Responsibility & Transparency, Address Unfunded Pension Liabilities & Improve City Infrastructure

If elected, Gretchen would immediately focus on City finances. Her experience as an attorney for many corporate clients, as well as having led and served on many executive boards that have monthly financial reports and strict budgeting requirements, she believes this method of financial review and reporting will increase the city's fiscal stability by requiring departments to report monthly and stay within budget.  Additionally, such new mandatory reporting requirements will lead to greater transparency.  Gretchen would introduce requirements for monthly reporting to be within budget by each department and make those reports publicly available.

In the future, San Marino faces two major unfunded financial obligations and Gretchen wants to bring those matters to the forefront:

• Over $22 million of Unfunded Pension Liability that is increasing at an exponential rate; and

• Over $40 million of deferred infrastructure maintenance.

Gretchen would work with long-range planning consultants to develop a plan to address our unfunded pension debt.  Also, she will press City to adopt a stepped-up multi-year infrastructure improvement plan and to fund that plan annually to directly benefit the residents of San Marino and preserve it for future generations.


because she shares your values, has a strong voice to unite our community and the vision for a better San Marino!



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