Caballero is a 53-year-old manager with the USAA who has raised four children in the district, where she and her husband have lived for 28 years. She has a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Caballero is running for the open seat against 59-year-old former NISD board member Ray Lopez (who lost to departing Councilwoman Delicia Herrera in the 2005 runoff), 19-year-old Northwest Vista College student Koi Mykale Smith (who was inspired by Obama’s November victory), and 27-year-old “performer” Marc Zabriskie, none of whom returned their candidate questionnaires.
In the event of a city budget shortfall, says Caballero, budget cuts should happen across the board with the exception of SAPD and SAFD. She targets low high-school graduation rates as the city’s biggest economic challenge. Public parks and other tax-funded amenities “should be viewed as investments with tangible returns,” she says. Caballero favors the Mission Verde plan, opposes expanding the digital-billboard pilot program, and supports Bus Rapid Transit, light-rail development, and alternative-fuel vehicle fleets.
4. Budget shortfall Budget cuts should be considered across the board with the exception of police and fire protection. Those budgets should remain intact.
9. SAWS’ water development and conservation SAWS residential and commercial conservationists are doing a good job of replacing older toilets with more water efficient toilets, shower heads and low flow faucet nozzles and educating business on how to save money by being more efficient with water. Low water plants should continue to be promoted with tax incentives for those that participate. Continued use of desalination plants, the water storage plan currently in process is also a positive proactive measure that is already in place.
Long range water usage and shortage forecasts that SAWS has in place should be reviewed and updated periodically. The use of energy star rated appliances should also continue to be promoted. Water conservation education programs in our businesses, schools and senior centers should be ongoing.
11. The Parade Ordinance Given our current economic challenges we should consider charging fees for the issuance of parade permits. The fees involved should be determined by the applicant and event. It is currently the responsibility of SAPD. Preset guidelines should be established and published. This will help alleviate questions and concerns from applicants who are entitled to knowing in advance what the costs for the permit will be.