San Diego Can Work Better—for Everyone.
Between now and March 3, 2020, we’ll have a lot to talk about. I’ll be rolling out new ideas, policies, and initiatives the whole way. Make sure to visit regularly for updates and news.
My plans for San Diego include:
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Homelessness is up 5% across San Diego County. In certain areas, it has increased as much as 27%. Areas near public transportation are heavily affected. Homelessness is tragic for people who need a roof over their head, and it negatively affects the way tourists + locals feel about San Diego, hurting our economy.
Various groups are impacted, with veterans heavily represented. We need a solution.
To help more people, we first need to identify the subpopulations within the homeless community. That way, we can truly serve specific needs.
For instance, we must amplify resources for homeless veterans, who comprise a sizable portion of San Diego’s homeless community. The City of San Diego can promote non-profit services like 2-1-1 San Diego, a veteran-staffed, confidential 24/7 helpline, and expand more ways to assist homeless vets.
Together, we can solve homelessness. Let’s start immediately—and offer more of our community the support it needs.
Expanding tourism to District 7.
San Diego is estimated to attract 35 million+ visitors each year. With such a strong tourism industry along the coast & downtown, why not bring more tourism revenue eastward?
Our city can direct more business toward District 7 and its surrounding neighborhoods. Restaurants run by local entrepreneurs, lodging accommodations in the area, and shop owners can all benefit.
We can also team up with ride share services to offer special packages for visitors. That way, our local drivers get more business + our visitors get around easier—and stimulate more of our economy.
Promoting the amazing small businesses and places to stay in eastern San Diego is an easy step to take.
Stepping up education.
We must ensure San Diego’s education system takes care of every student. That means when budget cuts happen, a creative solution needs to fill that financial gap.
Because I work with students via my small business, and represent students as an attorney, I have a window into the ways we can improve education, across the board.
During the San Diego City Council Election 2020, let’s ask the tough questions:
- Are special-education programs getting the funding they need?
- Do we have a reporting system in place to ensure that all students in San Diego’s public schools receive the best education possible?
- Are we using technology to form low-cost solutions to obstacles in education?
- How are we giving students access to the best technology—the type that prepares them for the future?
I’m committed to effective education for all students, in District 7 and extending to every San Diego community.
Streamlining + organizing veterans services.
When we show that we value our veterans—with true concern, accessible resources, and extensive opportunities—we show how much we appreciate their service.
In San Diego and across the country, veterans services are fragmented. As a result, vets may not be aware of all the opportunities available to them. Put plainly, the government’s setup is outdated.
We have to streamline + organize veterans resources. Let’s create a web-based Veterans Resource Network (VRN) for San Diego. Building on what websites like Hire Heroes USA and Veterans Benefits Network have begun, our government can provide an accessible, centralized hub.
Everything from job listings to health resources information would be readily available. Veterans could volunteer to help other vets, whether mentoring, providing housing, locating jobs for veterans, or offering other guidance for soldiers returning to civilian life.
On the VRN, veterans would get free rideshare vouchers for job interviews. This way, the government eases the burden of coordinating a ride to those crucial appointments. With these rideshare vouchers, we can go beyond connecting veterans to jobs listings: The City of San Diego can help get them there.
Starting in San Diego, then expanding to a national program, we can make a real impact on veterans’ lives.
Shielding cannabis businesses from crime.
Did you know that people working at marijuana dispensaries—and cannabis businesses in general—risk becoming a target for violent crime?
Because banks don’t wish to get entangled with a federally illegal substance, licensed cannabis businesses are cash-only. This means that robberies—not just to steal marijuana, but to grab the stockpiles of cash—are lucrative for criminals.
Entrepreneurs in the emerging marijuana business face serious danger. For instance, in Orange County, a dispensary owner who was kidnapped, then brutally tortured and disfigured. His kidnappers believed he’d buried cash in the desert. Even employees are targets. Why? Because their paychecks are cash-only too.
Cash-only is a real problem for an economically strong business. We can make San Diego work for licensed cannabis businesses—and shield their owners and employees from danger.
Let’s solve this problem with a cannabis-friendly bank in San Diego, chartered by the state or local government. We have momentum from the SAFE Banking Act in the US Congress, as well as California Assembly Bill 857. Working with the folks in the state legislature and governor’s office, I’ll advocate strongly for a cannabis-friendly bank in our city.