Taking Inspiration from our History of Innovation
Pony Express. Intercontinental Railroad. Aviation. Agriculture. Transportation. Mining. Telecommunications. Entertainment. Design.
Throughout its history, Sacramento has been the seat of important innovations that have transformed American society. This is a creative city that continues to be an economic and cultural hub of Northern California. I want to support Sacramento’s creative spirit, celebrating our entrepreneurial heritage and empower our creative class to spur our city forward.
Fostering Creativity for Economic Development and Diversity
There is a burgeoning startup culture in Sacramento. From entrepreneur meetups to arts and technology incubators, Sacramento’s residents are looking for ways to build a culture of creativity to power our local economy. I will continue to engage these groups, and with the innovation fund, will provide access to much-needed capital to support and expand their reach.
Strengthening Our Arts Community
Sacramento is home to a thriving local theatre scene, art studios and galleries, and a wealth of local musicians and venues. We also have a great public arts program. These cultural elements make our city unique, and can help attract investment, jobs and workers who appreciate cultural amenities like these. I want to make sure we are helping the creative people of Sacramento continue to find inspiration and economic prosperity. I want to use the innovation fund I plan to create using my city council salary to support these individuals, and I want to help ensure that our kids have access to arts programming in and outside of school.
Celebrating and Supporting our Food Culture
Slow food, farm-to-fork, urban farming, community supported agriculture, local coffee roasters, craft brewers and other endeavors make a huge contribution to Sacramento’s sense of place. I want to empower and support our restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, brewers and purveyors to help Sacramento’s food system thrive. I will work to continue to expand our access to farmers markets and other sources of local food and promote Sacramento as a city of excellent, innovative dining.
Building our Creative Class
The Creative Class isn’t just artists, designers, musicians and other creatives. It’s also our teachers, engineers, government employees, executives and the like. Creativity is an ethos to be fostered, in everything we do. Smart, educated, innovative people want to live in cities that provide opportunities for learning, entertainment and collaboration. Sacramento is that kind of city, and I will work to sustain and create additional avenues for residents to create fun and fulfilling experiences.