Dg Garcia

Last Updated 07/21/2019
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Dg Garcia

Running for

COUNCIL POSITION NO. 1

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1324 N Liberty Lake Rd. #113 , Liberty Lake, 99019

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Meet the Candidate

Dg Garcia yard signI am a proud American born in Richmond, Virginia. I am the daughter of a retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and Special Education public school teacher. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States and Europe. My father instilled the value of service over self and my mother ensured that education and knowledge were keys to a greater understanding of our impact on others and the personal contributions we can make.

I continued the legacy of my father and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, beginning my career at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane and was later stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. I took a service-connected retirement, receiving the Meritorious Achievement Medal, for Heroism, in 1986. I am proud of the long, honorable family tradition of military service and commitment to our country at home and abroad. I am pleased to say my son followed in these footsteps by enlisting in the Washington Army National Guard and now serves as a recruiter.

Upon my separation from the Air Force in 1988 I moved to Sacramento, California. This was the beginning of my state service and a continuation of my passion for community activism and advocacy for people everywhere. I retired and moved to Liberty Lake, Washington in December of 2015 to be with my family including four young grandchildren. My commitment to building the public’s connection to its government has never changed.

I am a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend who wants to meet people at their point of need, immediately. I am running to represent all of us and am proud to say I am ready to serve the community of Liberty Lake.

Please elect Dg Garcia, City Council Position 1.

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What qualifications or experience do you have that uniquely qualifies you to lead Liberty Lake?
I served my country for 7 1/2 years before later joining the civilian workforce as an employee for the state of California.

I have had the honor of working for three separate state agencies of responsibility. I was privileged to work for the Secretary of State in two administrations under the leadership of the Honorable Tony Miller and Honorable Bill Jones. I assisted in the design and implementation of the restructured DMV motor voter forms and helped develop and design the voter registration affidavit. I coordinated California's Second Annual Secretary of State Elections Summit II, held in Sacramento and was one of the Secretary's pioneers for the agency's initial Business Improvement, Training & Assessment Pilot Program. I later accepted a position with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in the Office of Governmental Relations - Legislative Division. I also served as part of the legal support staff in the Division of Professional Practices. I retired in 2005 after 11 years of state service and began my career as a public and governmental relationship building consultant. I was called back to state service and worked for the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians in the Enforcement Division, its Licensing Division, and the Nursing Education Consultants Division before retiring for the second time to move to Liberty Lake.

As a former principal consultant and business owner, I had ample opportunities during my career to bridge the gap between the public and its government. Noting that education and information were the building blocks to sharing our views, collaborating our joint efforts, and building cohesive relationships. I represented a link between the public and government by providing coordinated forums on land use and planning, education reform, diversity, elections, fiscal responsibility, and the impact on local and regional issues. I have contributed to positive exchanges along the way breaking barriers to education and information and the relevance of transparency - The more we know.

With combined years of commitment to activism and advocacy, I have continued to maintain what are the principal components of why I work tirelessly for others. I have served by contributing to the welfare, growth, and development of my communities while managing and growing a healthy family, protecting the principles of my work-life balance, all heavily rooted in a secure belief system whereby much is required of me.
Qualifications Quick List:

  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Psychology – Bachelor of Arts, California State University, Sacramento
  • Dean’s List Honor Graduate – Sacramento City College, Associates of Arts, Social Science
  • Liberal Arts Major – St. Thomas University, Houston Texas
  • US Air Force Meritorious Achievement Medal
  • US Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • US Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
  • US Air Force Longevity Service Award
  • US Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
  • US Air Force Training Ribbon
  • US Air Force Certificate of Recognition of Outstanding Performance
  • National Masque and Gavel Honor Society in Speech and Debate
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Resolution of Recognition: California State Assembly – Humanitarian Relief Efforts during the Shasta County, Redding, California Wildfires
  • Resolution of Recognition: California State Senate – Joint Committee on Preparing California for the 21st Century.
  • California Secretary of State: Pioneer Developer on Business Improvement, Training & Assessment Pilot Program.
  • Sacramento, California Soroptimist Club Women of the Year
  • Sacramento Women in Business: Making a Difference Quietly Award
What is your "day job" and how will that affect or influence your ability to serve the community?
I am retired, so I can fill my days with activities that allow me to engage with the people in my community. I enjoy walking my dog Luce - exercising body and mind - and meeting people. I am building relationships, reflecting on the culture, history, and values of Liberty Lake; considering its potential and anticipating the unforeseen. For those reasons, I continue to spend time in conversation with my local neighbors, exchanging ideas about the things taking place in our city, as well as with regional neighbors discussing possibilities for revenue-sharing and demonstrating common values while lending a hand to those in need. I find that these encounters, no matter how brief, include discussion of our concerns and how we can make positive changes if or when necessary. All of this gives me unique insight into what the people of the community want and what is important to them. Transparent communication between a government and its people are critical to a healthy culture and a positive, sustainable future.

Before retiring, I worked on behalf of the city of Elk Grove, California, raising over $50 million toward the general fund after the city's 2000 incorporation. I was the owner of two consulting enterprises specializing in Public and Governmental Relationship Building. I am the only Westerner to conduct a forum for a Sovereign Nation, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians – understanding cultural differences and maintaining healthy relationships.

I was appointed to the position of Commissioner for the Sacramento Regional Human Rights Fair Housing Commission and served as an Advisory member to the Governor's Joint Committee on Preparing California for the 21st Century.

As for my community service in the city of Liberty Lake, I was instrumental with the help and support of Lynn Schmidt, Ecology Statewide Flood Engineer, with the Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane, in the recommendation of securing national flood insurance for the city of Liberty Lake. Moreover, on January 2, 2018, the city passed Resolution 18-233, A Resolution of the City of Liberty Lake, Washington Regarding Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This resolution came about after all of the flooding happening around the country; I contacted my insurance company for flood insurance only to find out that it was not possible because the city of Liberty Lake did not belong to the NFIP. I recognized the need to protect the city, its citizens, and business partners from any unforeseen flood event, caused by a natural disaster such as those witnessed in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

This is noteworthy because, should the community ever be identified as being flood prone, it would automatically be sanctioned by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – causing the city, and the taxpayer an undue financial hardship, which was an essential first step for our community. The next process and final stage are to adopt a local ordinance – currently in the pipeline. "Over 20,000 communities participate in the Program" (FEMA 496, May 2005), including Post Falls, Idaho, Spokane Valley, and Spokane, Washington.

In July 2017, I recognized the need to ensure that the community understood the terms being used amongst council and staff during meetings and workshops, so I developed a Guide to Acronyms and Abbreviations. This guide is currently on the city of Liberty Lake's website. In 2018, I recommended a more responsible, ethical, and accountable way of connecting with the public to ensure full transparency and to avoid the slightest appearance of violations of the Open and Public Meetings Act in the state of Washington, as it relates to communications with the public on social media. In 2017, I recommended a change to the Public Comment forms being used during city council meetings to ensure the protection of each speaker who comes to address the government from unforeseen situations.

I am authentically committed to the community and share whenever possible those ideas that will assist our leaders from potential intentional or unintentional conflicts of interests.
Why do you want to serve Liberty Lake?
As a resident of Liberty Lake who will benefit from strong government and positive change myself, I want to share my knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to working with residents, businesses and local and state governments to ensure that every person has a seat at the table and that all voices motivate public servants to make positive, impactful decisions. Liberty Lake is my community!
What do you see as Liberty Lake's greatest challenge? How will you overcome it?
I believe that active, open, fair, honest, and balanced communication between governments and their stakeholders (the residents) is vital. However, what should be a natural flow of ideas, views, and proposed policies or policy decisions often collide and - to me - this is one of the more significant challenges any city faces, including Liberty Lake.

The majority of deliberative discussions take a concerted effort where all parties should want to communicate with a sense of decorum – whether in complete agreement or not. When the ability to come to a consensus fails and leads to a contentious outcome, everyone loses.

When communication breaks down between residents and their leadership, or when it breaks down between the administration or leadership and its partners, then the public begins to lose confidence in the decision-makers themselves and this loss of confidence can be detrimental to a city's ability to move an agenda forward or to halt it in its tracks.

Yes, there are significant projects currently at the forefront of our city's future by way of growth and development such as those impacting infrastructure: I-90 improvements, roadways, bridges, traffic safety, and moving people in their cars from place to place more efficiently, among other areas of concern. All of these are weighing heavy on our government and the citizens who put them in office. However, effective communication is the only formula that will resolve some of these issues as the discussions lead to whether to adopt or deny any given project altogether.

If elected, I will endeavor to be transparent, active, open, fair, honest, and balanced in all of my communications with both the public and the political leadership. I will be responsible for representing – along with others – the many citizens, businesses, neighborhoods, and development partners, which means listening to every voice and pledging to communicate efficiently and effectively with confidence.
What do you see as Liberty Lake's greatest strength? How will you build on that?
Our greatest strength comes from a combined effort of community voices. Each contribution of ideas and solutions moves us a step forward to a healthier economic future, which in turn improves our neighborhood value, history and culture. When residents and businesses can participate in economic and social development of neighborhoods, the spirit of cooperation is evident. Then, governments can work equally with residents and businesses in the process of building a stronger, more sustainable community for our future.

We can all build on what is positive by continuing to commit to our active and robust community values. We must be committed to ensuring that the legacy of Liberty Lake survives intact, making the meaning of “Premier City” stand for more than just a destination but a destination where a community strives to build on its promise to be the best it can be, today and for future generations.
How long have you been a resident of Liberty Lake?
I have been a contributing resident in the city for 3 ½ years, moving to Liberty Lake in December of 2015.
In which Liberty Lake neighborhood do you live?
Liberty Lake
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