Biography & Background
- Education: Bunker Hill Community College
- Current Employment: Ms. Sica has been Ward 8 City Councillor since 2013. She currently serves as the Council President. Makes custom shirts, hoodies, cheer bows, cups and more through her page Blings and Thingz
- Spouse & Children: “My children [now 20 and 17 years old] both attended Malden Public Schools (Linden) for K-8. My daughter graduated the Northeast Vocational in 2017 and my son is currently a senior at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody” (email 10/28/19).
- Volunteer Work: “I was the president of the PTO at the Linden STEAM Academy for 11 years. I’ve served on the board of Malden Pop Warner, was a member of Malden Youth Wrestling and have also been a Girl Scout leader when my daughter was younger” (email 10/28/19).
Policies & Experiences
- Campaign Committee: “My Committee has consisted of the same close friends and family since I got into politics. I know if I start naming names I’ll forget someone who has helped me along the way. So instead, I’ll describe my campaign as simply a passionate group eager to help me get my message out and get re-elected so we can continue the great progress we have made so far” (Quality 2019).
- Colleagues: “As council president, I see my role as one of fostering open and respectful dialogue with the recognized need to achieve results that move this city forward. It’s going to be a great year, and I can’t wait to get started” (Advocate 12/21/18).
- Committees: As Council President, Ms. Sica does not serve on any committees, but was in charge of assigning the other Councillors as Chair or Vice Chair. “Of the seven major council committees — Finance, Ordinance, Personnel/Appointments, License, Public Works, Public Safety, and Public Property — every councilor will serve as either Chair or Vice Chair, with councilors Crowe and Winslow being the only ones appointed to both positions in separate committees … Councilors John Matheson and Barbara Murphy will retain their respective Chairs of the Malden Hospital Site Development Committee and the Waterfront Access Committee, as is customary for ad hoc committees such as these” (WL 1/9/19).
- Philosophy: “The role of Ward Councilor I think is unique in that we really are expected to be the voice for the residents of our Wards on day to day quality of life issues. Of course, we also are involved in more global citywide issues. However, for the most part, I see the role of the Ward Councilor as following the desires of the Ward we represent, understanding that on larger issues, we have checks and balances that will provide an opportunity for other elected officials to weigh on as it relates to the city as a whole” (Quality 2019).
- Reason for Running: “Having been born here, raised here, and now raising my own children here, I feel that I am aware of the issues that are most important to our residents. I am running for Ward 8 Councillor because I would like the opportunity to work on these issues that we all care about in our community. I would like to be apart of making the right decisions to see Malden continue to grow into to a place we can all be proud to call home” (2013 About).
- Vision for Malden: “For the City Council, we start the year with some significant issues that are in motion. Charter reform, recreational marijuana, the Malden Hospital site and residential parking are all substantial things that will require a united City Council to deliver on for our residents in a way that balances the sometimes competing interests of multiple stakeholders” (Advocate 12/21/18).
Citizens & Civic Engagement
- Elderly Citizens: Supports helping seniors with their water bills and with the expansion of programs at the Senior Center. (2017 debate)
- Governmental Transparency: “The City recently migrated to a new web platform which will provide some much needed capabilities to further our efforts at transparency. In addition, I am currently working with our new City Clerk to digitize our City Ordinances, making searchable and accessible from the web. Finally, making it a common practice to record ALL meetings for later viewing should be our goal” (Quality 2019).
- Livestreaming Meetings: “We currently have some logistic challenges that make a consistent practice of streaming meetings difficult if not impossible. I understand those challenges will be a thing of the past when we move to a permanent City Hall, and expect that will be a catalyst for making this goal a reality” (Quality 2019).
- Public Comment: Feels strongly that people should have public comment during committee meetings such as City Council (2017 debate).
- Racial Diversity in Malden: “My children have grown up in the most diverse city around. I think it’s wonderful. My children do not see color … It’s just not there” (2017 debate)
- Voter Turnout: “getting out into the community by making yourself readily available and hosting various community events will help you connect to all residents and help increase our voter registration and participation” (ORM 2017).
- Affordable Housing: “We should be focused on affordable housing with a focus on making ownership affordable … We can do better in having requirements for developers that address the issue of cost of housing … There are so many variables involved, including the need for a deeper understanding of true demand and the short term and long term drivers of such” (Quality 2019).
- Cannabis: “I was not in support of the marijuana moratorium …. I would much rather have my child go to a place that it is regulated and I know what she’s getting than buying it off the street from a dealer” (2017 debate)
- CFO/Treasurer: Voted in favor of “[Neil] Kinnon as treasurer in all three rounds before the postponement vote” (Item 11/2/17).
- Charter Schools: “I strongly support Malden Public Schools. Serving as the president of the PTO at Linden STEAM Academy for 11 years while both my children attended I got to see first hand just how amazing they are. I do not agree with charter schools. A great education should be available to ALL students not just to ones that they can pick and choose” (ORM 2017).
- Diverse Staffing in Schools: “We need to figure out ways to get more diversity into our teaching staff here in the Malden Public Schools, so that children of diverse cultures can look up to teachers of their own cultures” (2017 debate)
- Lead Pipes: “I think that we are already taking the appropriate steps to increase our numbers in the changing of our lead pipes. The MRA is offering special loans to our homeowners to make it easier for them to change the pipes on their properties. The DPW is doing their part by street replacing the lead pipes on the city side. And we are now requiring that any sale of a house in the City must include the replacing of lead lines before that sale take place” (ORM 2017).
- Public Safety: Wants to bring back the DARE program to educate high school students about drug use (2017 debate). Co-sponsored the First Annual Public Safety Day.on October 7.
- Traffic Congestion: “Travelling East/West in the City during peak travel hours is one of the greatest issues we face. Eastern Ave seems to offer our greatest opportunity for creating more throughput for the system. There may be an opportunity to add an additional lane of travel on each side using existing road width” (Quality 2019).:
- Tax Revenue: Would support getting hotels in Malden so that the taxes could go toward funding for the schools (2017 debate).
- Community Preservation Act: “I didn’t think that Ward 8 would benefit from it; but the more I learned about it, the more I got excited because I can use it in Ward 8″ (2017 debate).
- Malden Hospital: “I would prefer that the property owner, in concert with the city officials and local residents, explore other uses other than residential, preferably something that continues to be rooted in health and wellness. I look forward to working with whoever is elected to represent Ward 3 on this important issue” (Quality 2019).
- Malden River: “We need to continue to make it a requirement that developers working along the waterfront area improve access for the public … Lastly, we need to work closely with the cities of Medford and Everett as the goals of the Malden River are common to all three neighbors” (Quality 2019).
- Roosevelt Park: “Redoing the field and substituting natural grass for turf isn’t an option that’s been presented. The dialogue that has taken place, as passionate as it has been, has already proved beneficial and opened the door to the topic of organic infill options that may help alleviate some of the concerns raised” (MNN 5/29/19).
- Trees: “We should explore out-of-the box thinking, like requiring any developer to plant a certain number of trees citywide for every xx square feet of developed space. It is a reasonable way for developers to give back to the city. We should also explore options for incentivizing residents for planting trees on their property within a certain number of feet of the public way” (Quality 2019).
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