I’ve dedicated my education and career to public service and to improving the quality of life for my community. I will work hard to earn your vote on November 3rd. Let’s work together to make this vision our reality.
Addressing the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
“We know that testing will be the key to operating safely in our new normal. As the third largest city in Los Angeles County, we need to work more closely with our County Public Health and Health Departments, along with our local health care partners to increase testing availability. We also must vigorously promote and encourage following CDC guidelines, including social distancing and mask wearing. Additionally, we need to implement a city-sponsored contact tracing program.”
“To address the economic impacts of this pandemic, we need to support our local small businesses with the resources they will need to open smartly and keep us safe; this certainly includes ensuring the proper State and Federal coordination, so that resources reach our business owners here at home.”
Solving our city’s homeless and housing affordability challenges
“We need to invest more in outreach teams. We must increase both the number of teams and the frequency of their engagements across the city. We need to work to increase our number of local volunteers to ensure we conduct an accurate point in time homeless count. It is imperative that the city invest more to complete the Bridge to Home shelter. No more task force with recommendations, it’s time for action! The council’s current view of city ordinances, which criminalize homelessness, as outreach mechanisms is the wrong approach. We must implement real evidence based, best practices for homeless outreach.”
“On affordable housing, we currently invest about $1.5 million and we have about 400 units. For a city of 200k+ people, we need to do more. First, we must be transparent in our efforts to address this issue; we must make ourselves accountable to the public with affordable housing benchmarks like we see in other large cities. We must double or triple our investments and publicly commit ourselves to an affordable housing goal.”
Realizing racial equity in our city; not just in words, but in representation
“On realizing racial equity, we must institutionalize our solutions. It starts first with ensuring that we transition to district-based elections. I am prepared to fight for its implementation and promote accountability with a public timeline and self-imposed consequences if we don’t meet that timeline. This is about accountability and ensuring our Council doesn’t facilitate the systematic disenfranchisement of our most sacred democratic right; the right to free and fair elections, which includes the right to vote.”
“We must also institute a Human Relations Commission, not a Forum or a Roundtable. This work must be elevated to Commission status and given the same attention we pay to Arts, Parks and Recreation, and Planning. I will call for a $1M investment in that commitment to support implementation of the Commission’s recommendations.”
Accountability in policing, including the mandatory use of body cameras
“Accountability and transparency. This is the only way we begin to rebuild trust between law enforcement and residents in our community, including people of color. Five years after LAPD deployed body cameras, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has yet to institute body cameras for Sheriff Deputies. When I am elected to the City Council, I will ensure that Deputies are required to wear body cameras in our City.”
Investing in our infrastructure and our residents
“Elections matter. They have consequences. Since 2018, our current City Council has voted to reduce the healthcare and retirement benefits of City Staff, members of SEIU, Local 721. As a former union member and long-standing supporter, for me, this is personal. My mother is represented by SEIU as a Kaiser employee, my wife is represented by AFSCME as a County employee with DMH, and I have many close friends who work in civil service positions as proud union members. They will all be on my mind when I lead as one of the next City Councilmembers of Santa Clarita, the third largest city in LA County, and fight to protect workers and advance Democratic values.”
Crafting a vision for the future of our city
“I believe in the promise of Santa Clarita. This is my home–where community, family, and children are most important. I’m watching my little girl grow up, and I want the best for her just like my parents wanted for me. This is why I’ve dedicated my education and career to public service and to improving the quality of life for my community.
I have worked to advance the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our community my entire career. Whether it was as a homeless service provider working with women and children in South Los Angeles or overseeing behavioral health and prison re-entry programs in the non-profit sector, my work has been dedicated to ensuring healthy and thriving communities.
My candidacy represents the opportunity to step into a significant leadership role to represent the residents of Santa Clarita. In addition to advancing the fight for addressing the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling our city’s homeless and housing affordability challenges, realizing racial equity in our city, and ensuring accountability in policing, we must also advance the fight to combat climate change, which includes addressing the real-life impacts of pervasive wildfires, increasing the economic mobility of our residents so that they can live and work in mortgage paying jobs here in Santa Clarita, bridging the digital divide, and developing smartly, which includes addressing traffic congestion.”