Why I'm Running
I believe that every child in San Diego has a right to a strong start in life and support.
I know that principled assistance and support can make the difference for seniors living independently.
I understand what it takes for the public and private sectors to work together to create a San Diego that is more prosperous, more progressive, and more affordable for everyone.
Tackling the Homelessness and
Housing Crises Head-On
Homelessness has been a crisis in San Diego for decades. We need bold solutions now. As proven successes in other counties have shown, we must build and convert more homes for the homeless, and increase the resources dedicated to mental health, substance abuse and job training opportunities. As a construction and land use attorney, I have worked to advocate against the barriers that government can place on building homes that people can afford, which is one factor that leads to homelessness. San Diego County is growing mostly from within and we must dedicate ourselves to building more homes – both subsidized affordable and market rate middle-class housing – to successfully take on our housing crisis.
An Economic Future for Everyone
From the armed services and life sciences to tourism and craft beer, San Diego’s economy is a unique reflection of who we are as a community. County government has an important role to play in ensuring that our economic future reflects and sustains the community we all want to build. We can do this by strongly promoting local industries, protecting the natural resources that make San Diego unique, and ensuring that veterans have access to the job training and healthcare services they have earned. The County must step up and become a leader in the region’s economic development, convening and supporting innovative entrepreneurship in all communities and championing our region to the rest of the world.
Legal, responsible, regulated Cannabis
It is time for our County to realize that California voters overwhelmingly approved recreational Cannabis and that we must make safe access to recreational and medical Cannabis a reality. This industry has potential positive impacts on sustainable farming alternatives and economic opportunities for our workforce. There is significant research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that opiate abuse decreases in states with legal Cannabis. In addition, emerging research demonstrates that youth drug use has actually decreased. Further, the tax revenue from a properly regulated supply chain will enable localized DUI research and support for other important County functions.
A Focus on Early Childhood
Opportunity begins with early childhood development. The County must play a bigger role in directing more energy and focus toward setting all children up for success before they start kindergarten. One of my priorities is to increase access to high-quality child care, pre-school and flexible childcare options that reflect the realities of working parents in San Diego today. We must ensure that a child’s path to success begins before entering school, with greater attention on ensuring every child is ready for kindergarten.
Support for Seniors Aging Independently
The role of the County Board of Supervisors here is clear: San Diego County not only needs to increase direct support for senior resources, but also to improve the process and the interface through which senior services are offered. This must be a priority. During college, I supported myself by working as an in-home healthcare aide for developmentally disabled persons and a Certified Nurses Aide for the Veterans Administration, caring mostly for Veterans of World War II and the Korean War.
A Clean, Connected, and Safe San Diego
Now is the time for San Diego County to adopt an enforceable climate action plan that actually leads to reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions and protects our community. This will ensure that our water, air and coastlines stay clean and beautiful and that we do our part to address serious issues like sea level rise that will compromise our future. Our region has an amazing quality of life, and San Diegans expect government to fight to protect it. This means ensuring support for early action projects for public transit, and safe regional bicycle networks so everyone can enjoy our community. This also means stepping up and getting San Diego County to lead in regional safety planning to protect our infrastructure and neighborhoods from new threats like cyber attacks and existing threats like natural disaster.
Critical importance of tourism & hospitality
San Diego has an idyllic climate and tourism is one of the most important economic drivers in our region. Our challenge is to continue to innovate, investing in regional assets like Balboa Park and our arts community, to encourage visitors to enjoy their visits longer. Our County must use its position as a regional leader to increase our hospitality training and workforce opportunities to help our local institutions create true career ladders to livable wages in the many aspects of this industry.