Politics & Elections

Candidate profile: Shayna Lathus

PROFILE for Shayna Lathus, candidate for Huntington Beach City Council.

Name: Shayna Lathus

Office Being Sought: Huntington Beach City Council

City of Residence: Huntington Beach

Age: 43

Occupation: Teacher / Businesswoman

Family: Husband Steve, and teenage son, who attends Huntington Beach High School.

Education:

Master’s in Education

B.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies

Other Public Service:

I have been a longtime volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, acting as a mentor for several seasons. I have also been a Volunteer Event Organizer (VEO) for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, organizing 7 head-shaving events, which were held at Carr Intermediate School.

SHAYNA LATHUS

Why do you want to run for this office?:

I was inspired to run for city council because fellow residents felt their concerns were not being heard. I will make sure that on the city council, you will have a representative that you can share your opinions, concerns, and values with. I will always be available, and not hide in backdoor meetings.

I will fight to preserve open space and maintain the health and safety of our parks. I will work to advance our tourism industry, and improve local infrastructure including providing citywide Wi-Fi. I will work with stakeholders to reduce market rate rent in the city, and boost our city’s revenues so we can fully fund our public safety officers and first responders to keep residents safe. I also believe we need to decrease traffic by increasing the synchronicity of our streetlights. On the City Council, I will also work on accelerating our city’s move to a toxin-free environment and emphasize public safety.

I believe our city needs greater transparency and communication with residents. I’d love to connect with you about your vision for the city. I’m going door to door every day to meet with as many residents as possible, or share ideas over coffee. With your vote, we can make HB a better place.

What do you think are the major issues facing your city, and what would you do about them?

  1. Homelessness and housing availability/affordability – Like many in Orange County, Huntington Beach is feeling the housing crunch while balancing how to keep the culture that makes it great. On the council I will work to make sure we have an increased housing stock while keeping our unique culture.
  2. The budget shortfall – Huntington Beach faces many important decisions. On the council I will work to find ways to boost revenue to maintain vital services to residents like police, fire, infrastructure maintenance, etc.
  3. Infrastructure and Sustainability – We must protect and keep our beaches, open space, wildlife, and resources vibrant and sustained for future generations and to keep our quality of life. We must also improve our local infrastructure by synchronizing our traffic lights which will reduce drive time and implement citywide Wi-Fi access.

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