Issues

Quality Housing that People Can Afford:

Homes are the at the core of our family’s economy, and too many of our families are struggling.  Almost half of Santa Ana residents cannot meet exorbitant rent and mortgage prices, and families are forced to double up in houses, apartments, and rooms.  As your councilmember I will fight to meet the need for housing at all income levels, and especially for those in need of affordable housing.

Our children’s health is compromised when mold, lead and plagues infest apartment homes with no response from landlords. Code enforcement will work to make landlords accountable, not to put more people on the streets.

Homelessness is a harsh reality that we cannot continue to overlook, and it lies at the feet of this housing crisis. Too many families living paycheck to paycheck and with month to month leases are but a step away from being homeless.  We must address homelessness now, with quality health services, emergency and permanent shelters, and more quality housing at the lowest levels of affordability.

Home ownership allows upward mobility for our residents. As your councilmember I will work to ensure that our city invests in programs that create pathways to homeownership, including cooperative ownership.

                     

A Thriving Economy that Includes All of Us:

We must create better economic security for our city’s residents. As your councilmember I will champion good union jobs, living wages, benefits for workers, more funds for apprenticeship and job training, and higher standards for city contracts to produce good jobs.

I will champion economic opportunities for youth through career pathway programs, and partnerships with educational institutions. Young people deserve the chance to grow in Santa Ana and raise their children here too.  Balanced growth will ensure that Santa Ana does not become too expensive for its residents to afford.

Public resources must produce public benefit.  Where the City provides land, money or other opportunities for developers, we must see quality housing that all people can afford, parks and open space, protected bike lanes, arts and culture, community centers, and all the ingredients of a thriving, healthy community.

We must invest in Santa Ana residents, and in our future. With small business development and cooperative ownership, local residents can share their arts, crafts, and talents to contribute to a thriving economy that includes all of us.

 

Public Safety and Healthy Neighborhoods:

Where Santa Ana is experiencing an increase in violence, we must take informed action. Research shows that the strongest deterrence against crime is opportunity.We need to invest in our youth and prioritize high-quality jobs, community centered youth violence prevention programs, joint-use agreements and parental supports.  As Father Greg Boyle states, “nothing stops a bullet like a job.”

From the Strategic Plan to the Local Control Funding Formula, our city has made important investments in prevention and restorative justice programs. I fully support these investments and will go further in shifting resources from suppression to prevention.

 

A Proud Immigrant City:

Our multiculturalism in Santa Ana is our strength.  We are home to immigrants from various parts of Mexico and Latin America, Vietnam, Cambodia, and more, and together we make Santa Ana great.  We must continue to lift up, not incarcerate or detain our immigrant families. 

As your councilmember I will champion an earlier end to the contract that makes detention cells of our city jail for immigrants in search of increased opportunity. We cannot continue to profit from the pain and separation of our communities.

There is no humane way to detain someone. We must seek alternatives to detention and provide services and supports for LGBT community members currently held in our city jail.

Where victims of crime can find relief in U-Visas, I will work to remove the fee that the police department charges to release much-needed crime reports.

Rather than be complicit in the record number of deportations of the last eight years, we must champion alternatives to detention and avenues of relief for our immigrant families.