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"I am a mother of two boys who attend Irvine public schools and a small business owner (my husband and I run a restaurant/catering company established in 2005). My husband and I are also foster parents and have been fostering children for the past 6 years.  I am a graduate of UC Davis and worked in the Biotech field as a Regulatory Affairs Manager for over 8 years.  For the past 13 years, besides running our business, I've been an active PTA mom (serving as President and on School Site Council), a soccer and track mom, a strong believer in interfaith relations, and a community builder. I ran in 2016 for Irvine City Council with no political name recognition and came in a strong 4th out of 11 candidates with a platform of smart and balanced growth, better opportunities for businesses (especially small/family owned business), economic and environmental sustainability and fulfilling affordable housing needs. I'm running again in 2018, but unlike other candidates, I didn't disappear from community activism after the elections, I'm still working on these issues.

Prior to 2016, I spoke up at City Council meetings on the Non-Toxic Irvine issue (supporting toxic-free landscaping at our parks and fields), for the Veterans' Cemetery, on the Trabuco Rd name change (supported 60 businesses that would have been directly affected by the street's name change, something our elected officials didn't look into), for an Arts Master Plan (allowing our city to bring in art and sculpture throughout Irvine), among many more. I also spoke against the repeals of the Living Wage and the Business Tax License Fee (by repealing a $51 business license fee, our elected officials didn't do anyone any favors, this fee brought in over $1 million and paid for running the business license program which costs $600,000 - who's going to cover the cost of running the program now? Us taxpayers). After the election, I have been working hard on implementing a sustainable economic and environmental plan into our Master Plan, working with local businesses and residents on the Safari Electrical Substation issue and listening to our Veterans to provide support for the Veteran's Cemetery.

As individuals, sometimes we don't have the time to look into every City Council agenda to see what's taking place that will directly affect us, however, as a community, we can make a difference. I hope to continue my work informing the community of vital decisions being made on our behalf. However, I could do so more effectively with your support as an elected member of the Irvine City Council.

 


Committee to Elect Farrah N. Khan for Irvine City Council 2018 FPPC #1379227
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