While I was a student at Estancia High School, I never expected that I would become mayor of Costa Mesa. It has been a great honor and a tremendous learning experience, and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve my neighbors. I am grateful for all the support I received during my campaigns, and I am grateful to everyone who participated in the spirited debates that helped make Costa Mesa better.
The most important thing I've learned is that small groups of people acting locally can make a difference even when addressing issues that are normally considered state or federal problems.
Many of today's problems were created or made worse because good people stood around waiting for others to fix things. It's up to me and you and all of our neighbors to do what we can to make our community better. Small, local improvements are always better than doing nothing.