– Any business with over 100 employees can afford to pay their employees a living wage in National City. Additionally, multi-billion dollar companies like Walmart, McDonalds, and Burger King have an obligation to invest in our community by investing in their workers. $10.50/hr is not enough for families to make ends meet, we deserve $15 now.
– Rent prices in the San Diego region are among the top 10 in the nation. We must create a system within National City where large apartment complexes adjust their rates to reflect the cost of living increases and worker wages; not for the sake of making larger profits.
– America’s strength comes from our middle class and it is because of Unions that the middle class exists. We need to support more Union organizing in all sectors of the economy and improve access to government contracts for union friendly businesses.
– Every human deserves a home! With one of the highest homeless counts in decades, we must help our most vulnerable receive adequate housing. There are thousands of families living in their cars, people couch surfing, multiple families living in one household, and many individuals on the street with mental health issues. We need to build more, have a portion of new units be affordable, and create the transit system near complexes that decreases our dependence on cars. The issue of homelessness isn’t going to be solved by one politician, or city; we need a community-wide coordinated approach to end this crisis.
Affordable Housing Construction
-Only 30% of National City residents own their home and unless we change city policies, displacement is likely to occur. There will be a construction boom to follow National City and housing/rent prices will rise more than they have already. We must create more development, while keeping our neighbors and most vulnerable population here – in National City.
-We need to provide a safe place for women and children. Domestic Violence victims and their children seeking services and a way to escape the violence. Creating a transitional pathway to women and their children to a safe environment. Domestic Violence is a violent confrontation bewteen family or household members involving physical harm, sexual assault, or fear of physical harm. National City residents deserve all the help and together we can make National City safe.
– Our National City Fire Fighters are among the busiest in the country. As a result, City of San Diego Fire Fighters often respond to calls in the northern part of our city. When seconds make the difference between life and death, we need to guarantee that all residents have access to the best emergency services available. We need to plan for another fire station in the northern most part of our city in order to improve our neighborhood.
– Our National City Police Officers have done an exceptional job with the resources provided. I am very supportive of community policing and better community/police relations.
– A recurring theme among residents is the need for improved lighting in residential areas. I support better, environmentally sustainable and more fashionable lights (ex. Highland Ave) throughout our city.
Fix Roads and Pot Holes
– I fully support a larger portion of the budget being directed towards much needed road repairs throughout the city. We need to prioritize the repair of the busiest and most degraded roads in our city.
– We need more “slow down” signs throughout the city, more police presence on areas where cars speed the most, and more speed bumps throughout residential areas to slow down vehicles and improve safety.
– In a place where Filipinos are 20% of the population, NO Filipino has been elected to City Hall in over 15 years. Our city needs to go through a Districting process so that all of our residents receive adequate representation at City Hall.
Against the Trump Agenda
– An agenda that pins community vs community, neighbor vs neighbor and separates families is not good for National City or the country as a whole. We need to do everything we can to defeat Trump and his agenda by pushing policy to protect our residents. And remember to engage anger with love and hatred with prayer for it is “only light that will shine out darkness” in our America.
– Access to parks and recreational areas is vital for a more comfortable life. The City needs to create more open and accessible spaces throughout the city for all residents to enjoy.
– Gardening is an important skill to teach our children, and is part of a healthy lifestyle. We need space in every park to grow healthy vegetables. Vegetables that would be free from pesticides and chemicals; and would not be transported hundreds or thousands of miles for us to eat.
Hazardous Materials Container
– There are many hazardous materials that end up in our trash containers, most notably light bulbs and batteries. I will support EDCO in providing an additional waste container for hazardous materials that would otherwise contaminate our earth and our community.