My Professional Life
Fortunately for me we live in an amazing area where any education we seek is available night and day and even on-line for those who must work. My mind became more and more set on the idea of starting my own business although I had to get a job as soon as I could.
I attended Cal Poly Pomona and then transferred to UCLA for Environmental Design. By attending classes at night I was able to work at a design firm in Irvine. Five years later in 1986 I opened my own interior design firm.
I have been in business for 34 years now. We prepare space plans and construction drawings, specify materials and assist our clients in managing the construction of their projects. Most of our projects are in the Inland Empire. I do not currently have, nor have I had in the past, any projects in Newport Beach.
My Qualifications & Skills
As a result of my profession, I have extensive project management experience and am knowledgeable about building codes and construction. As the owner of a small business, I have the leadership abilities, the temperament and the interpersonal skills for creatively dealing with operational details large and small. I successfully managed my business through three minor recessions and the “Great Recession.” None of it was easy, but my commitment ran deep.
This broad array of skills and experience is well suited to problem-solving not only in my profession but in other areas as well. These same skills are equally important when I study problems we face in our city and engage in conversations with our leaders with the goal of finding solutions that work for our residents and small businesses and not for some voting bloc, developers or outside interests.
Over the past several years I have been involved in a variety of issues that we face here in our city, including but not limited to:
• Our General Plan update
• Various housing issues (accessory dwelling units, 3rd-floor massing, cottage preservation)
• Airport issues
• Election reform
• Short-term lodging issues
• The closing and opening of Newport’s beaches and businesses.
I participate actively in the Newport Heights Improvement Association, the Protect Mariners Mile group and the Good Neighbor Policy Advisory Committee, in addition to Still Protecting Our Newport (SPON).
My Personal Life
I was fortunate enough to have met Charles Klobe in 2001. He has lived here since 1991. We had common interests and between the two of us, we had four boys to raise. In 2005 I moved to Newport Beach; a city I had visited regularly from the time I was in elementary school. Charles and I bought a cottage-like home in Newport Heights. The charm and atmosphere of the neighborhood, the salty breeze from the ocean, and the nearby schools were just the kind of place we were looking for to raise our children who then attended Newport Heights Elementary, Ensign Intermediate, and Newport Harbor High School.
My interest in government and the needs of people began as I grew up in Covina in a household dedicated to the community. My father was an enthusiastic elementary school principal and my mother a full-time volunteer for the Girl Scouts. I learned about the community through my family and Girl Scouts. I was active in Girl Scouts through Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors. Scouting called for building leadership skills and in my senior year, I was President of the Senior Planning Board for the Spanish Trails Council. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout. I have been able to help in various capacities including mentoring Senior Girl Scouts in career-related activities for several years as my own career allowed.