Your Fresh Voice for City Council: Wendy Braun!

Make Your Voice Heard: Elect Wendy's Fresh Voice November 6th!

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RSM Resident Since 2001

“My compassion for kids, teens, parents, seniors and those who are disabled physically or mentally is paramount to who I am and what I will bring to my role as RSM City Council, including what you as residents desire for our amazing city!”

Making an Impact For RSM

As an advocate for bridge safety, suicide prevention, seniors, teens at risk, small businesses, kids, and families, Wendy passionately encourages her neighbors to act and leads the way to create solutions that benefit the community.

Why Elect Wendy as Your Fresh Voice

“My campaign is purposefully simple– we need regular folks on the City Council as well to keep our community balanced.”

“I’m looking forward to speaking up for your futures and exactly what YOU want as your fresh voice in City council.”

A Leader You Can Trust

Meet Wendy Braun

I’m a mom, community advocate/volunteer, local school employee and have a heart for all of you! I will serve diligently for what you want, from our Chiquita Ridge issue to making sure our RSM stays safe, secure and a solid community for all of us to live and grow. Our First Responders are my heroes!

My family and I moved from Los Angeles in 1987 to Mission Viejo and then to Rancho Santa Margarita in 2001. I believe South Orange County is the best home to raise a young family from birth until the golden years, and I’ve seen our city grow by leaps and bounds. That’s why I’ve always been active in our community since we arrived, including:

Supervising RSM K-5 students for nearly 15 years to keep them safe and healthy.

California Early Language Development Tester for our young students whom English is not their native language.

Volunteered in 1st-5th grade classrooms as a tutor/mentor at Kinoshita Elementary in San Juan Capistrano.

Health Tech for the largest elementary school in Foothill Ranch for many years.

Volunteer with OC Council on Aging, and becoming their Ombudsman, advocating for elderly rights at nearly half of our skilled
nursing/assisted living homes.

Volunteer with YANA Cancer Support and make blankets for people battling cancer.

I attend a local church in RSM, the Spoken Word Church, volunteering with the congregation who are so loving they visit the elderly in our community and bring care baskets and food (great chicken soup) to the ill who so need to be cared about!

Making Rancho Santa Margarita Safer

By re-evaluating the distribution of funds across city projects, my goal is to identify funding and secure repair bids to address the bridge safety maintenance needs. It’s imperative that those bridges most frequently traveled are inspected and repaired to prevent any  structural compromise. Additionally, it will provide an opportunity to add safety nets and signage to the bridges to reduce accidental or considered events and keep our citizens safer when crossing.

To learn more about our city, visit the Rancho Santa Margarita website.

A Pressing Issue That CAN Be Solved

While our city is named one of the safest in Southern California, the suicide rate from our bridges is higher than many surrounding areas. This can be attributed to the ease of access to many bridges and the lack of safety equipment and signage to discourage citizens from considering the bridges to end their life.

There have also been many accidents caused by minimal safety barriers that if installed, could protect passengers in disabled cars and prevent an avoidable death. Previous city councils have had the opportunity for several years to allocate funding to add simple deterrents and work responsibly toward addressing the issue, but they haven’t yet taken the steps.

My goal is to bring this issue to light and to take steps to repair and enhance key bridges and then engage our community to share in an outreach program for bridge safety awareness and suicide prevention.

For more information and help:

Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call them at 1-800-273-8255.

Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Orange County or call them at 1-714-544-8488. Call their WarmLine at 1-714-991-6412, a free and confidential telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents. If you, a family member, or a loved one are experiencing mental health concerns, substance abuse, loneliness or are in need of community resources,The WarmLine is for you.

In Memory of Stephen Beckman: A young man with a huge heart!

#hopetomakeourbridgessafe

On June 12, 2011 our lives changed forever.  That’s the day we learned that Stephen was the person who jumped off of the RSM bridge to his death (or so we thought). After many hours, days, weeks and months visiting Stephen in the hospital we received a miracle… he was awake.  He knew who all of us were (which in itself was a blessing, considering the trauma he endured). After the many months following his recovery we saw a difference in Stephen, however the one side that stayed true to his character was his huge heart he had for his family and friends.

Stephen the only survivor who survived from this jump tells you, how strong of a person he truly was.  After months of hard work through therapy, he started to take steps, than walking with a cane and later on his own.  My husband and I use to tell him that he was a “Walking commercial for God”. If someone did not believe in God after seeing what Stephen endured than I don’t know what would!  Like I said you could definitely see the struggles that Stephen had since his June 10th jump to those who truly knew him.  It was hard to see a good hearted kid (21 at the time) like this.  It saddens us that we couldn’t get him the help he needed (due to the medical system) when there is so much of mental health patients out there who are crying out for help!

Stephen and his older brother were like our extended kids, our three kids with Stephen and Ryan were aged in order (2-3-4-5-6 etc).  Grew up together, did family events, they could always count on one another to be there for the other person. That smile he gave you when you asked him a question melted your heart, his smart and quirky side made him a joy to always be around.  Stephen was smart (book smart) he loved to draw and write, the last year of his life he was reading the dictionary from the beginning to learn more words and to extend his already elaborated vocabulary.

The thought of any one else having to go through the same HELL that Stephen’s family went through is unspeakable, especially when something can be done, even if it’s temporary.  One person getting on the bridge and losing their life is one TOO many. There will be some that will say, well he had mental health issues he would of done it regardless, to those people I would like to say…. If you meant Stephen you would never have known he struggled with mental health you would of saw a smart and very talented human being AND if you can save one person from jumping and taking their life, than that person may turn around and save someone else who is contemplating the same thing.  To me that is worth it, but than again I value ALL human life!

My husband and I promised Stephen we would always be by his side and that’s what we did and will continue to keep his memories alive.  Supporting those who struggle with the horrific disease called mental health. Also, I would like to add that I don’t think you really have to struggle with this disease, for some it could take just a really bad day/week/month to think about going to that bridge and ending their life.  

Yes, Stephen later went to the Oso bridge on July 11, 2012 and ended his life and the pain he was suffering mentally, our lives have been forever changed since then.  

As I mentioned earlier the huge heart Stephen had, he continues to live on as in his final moments here on earth he was an organ donor, giving life to others who can continue their journey through him.

That’s the Stephen we know and love!  We miss you every day!”

Aunt Glenda & Uncle Lee

 

For more information and help:

Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call them at 1-800-273-8255.

Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Orange County or call them at 1-714-544-8488. Call their WarmLine at 1-714-991-6412, a free and confidential telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents. If you, a family member, or a loved one are experiencing mental health concerns, substance abuse, loneliness or are in need of community resources,The WarmLine is for you.

The Right Choice and Your Fresh Voice

Join in to support Wendy Braun as she runs for City Council. Add your name to her campaign and see how you can help her become YOUR Fresh Voice this November 6th!

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