Twenty years ago, my husband Jim and I began our lives together in Silverado, celebrating our wedding at Rancho Los Lomas. Today, together with our five children, we enjoy living in Silverado Canyon.
Previously, dedicated, hardworking individuals worked together to preserve the natural beauty that is the canyons. Today, SMRPD continues to strive to provide programs for recreation, education, community-bonding, and leisure-time activities that benefit us all. My goal as director for SMRPD is to expand the current programs, develop new ideas that benefit our community, while looking for new opportunities to preserve and protect our natural environments.
I believe my public experience as planning commissioner for the City of Costa Mesa, professional expertise in assisting master-planned and new home communities, establishing neighborhood amenity programs and resources, together with my passion for keeping our pristine and natural environment authentic, makes me an ideal candidate for this very important voice for the canyons.
With three seats open and just three candidates filing, the uncontested SMRPD board positions will not appear on the ballot this November. The candidates, however, wanted to introduce themselves to the community.
I am committed to fostering a safe, healthy and vibrant community. As a relatively new resident, my wife and I have embraced the canyons and enjoyed acquainting ourselves with many of you through our visits to the market, café and post office. I look forward to calling this beautiful place home for years to come, and will work tirelessly to preserve that which makes the canyons unique. I promise to be a conduit between your ideas/suggestions and the SMRPD Board. Additionally, I will work with the Inter-Canyon League to foster open communication and good will.
An issue of ongoing concern is speeding on Santiago Canyon Road, Modjeska Grade and Live Oak Roads. I will work with those individuals currently wading through the bureaucracy to bring tangible mitigations to this dangerous epidemic.
I hold an MBA, and am a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. I am currently drilling with OCFA Station 14 in Silverado, and look forward to becoming a volunteer firefighter. Additionally, I work with the Tiyya Foundation, which provides services for refugee youth and their families. (530) 848-0525. Anjan.firstname.lastname@example.org
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It has been my pleasure to work with some of the finest SMRPD board directors of our era. Together we:
1. Re-focused SMRPD on its mission to provide parks and recreation for canyon communities;
2. Re-vitalized Silverado Community Center with a gazebo, new paint, landscaping, a multi-purpose room with a TV, pingpong table and library;
3. Upgraded Silverado and Modjeska parks with murals, fresh asphalt and updated bathrooms;
4. Transformed Modjeska Community Center with fresh paint, artwork, a rock-walled front patio, paver area and new fencing;
5. Turned around the Silverado Children’s Center from losing thousands of dollars per month to having a positive cash flow. The center is now a nature preschool;
6. Increased SMRPD revenue from facility rentals and recreation programs from under $1,000 per year to more than $20,000 per year. The Silverado Community Center is now a popular site for weddings, corporate events, memorial services and private parties;
7. Added Tai Chi, Pilates, art classes, senior lunch, community Thanksgiving potluck, and a community garden to SMRPD’s recreation programs. Many activities are free.