On the Issues
My Action Plan to End Homelessness
As someone who grew up in the Northwest Valley, is raising my family here, and has served this community for nearly 20 years I understand firsthand how homelessness is impacting our community.
As your City Councilmember, I will continue to build on the progress we have made and fight against policies that have failed. I will prioritize solutions that get results and not only help get those experiencing homelessness off the streets, but also put public safety and the success of our small businesses first.
1. Neighborhood Safety Teams:
Secure more police patrols and create Neighborhood Safety Teams in business corridors dedicated to stopping crime stemming from homeless encampments to protect our quality of life and small businesses.
2. Repeal Prop. 47:
Partner with law enforcement to push Sacramento to pass needed reforms or repeal Prop 47 that will give Police the tools to address the drug epidemic.
3. Clean Neighborhoods & Clean Streets:
Launch a new and aggressive neighborhood clean up program that expands on the highly successful Clean Streets Clean Starts program that puts people back to work. This program will include daily street cleaning, graffiti removal, and a 24 Hour hotline to respond to issues immediately.
4. Faster & More Effective Intervention:
Develop systems that help families that are on the brink of homelessness before they are on the streets.
5. Housing Task Force:
Bring together property owners, neighbors, small businesses, and homeless service providers to build housing that is supported by the community and that focus on not only housing the homeless but emphasize job training and support services so they can stay off the street and live better lives.
6. Jobs FIRST:
Shelters are not enough. Jobs FIRST will bring together local employers and workforce training providers to focus on getting people into good jobs so they can get on their feet and succeed. I will fight to offer companies that employ people coming out of these programs with tax incentives.
7. Performance Based Investments:
Require annual audits of programs to ensure that programs and departments are held accountable and our tax dollars are not wasted.
8. Ban RV Parking In Neighborhoods:
Ban all long-term RV parking in neighborhoods and instead create “safe parking zones” on unused city lots away from schools and neighborhoods where individuals can park safely.
Safe & Clean Streets
One of the top requests every council office receives are for Public Works issues – specifically street repaving and sidewalk repair. Well maintained streets and sidewalks are a critical part of not only keeping our neighborhoods beautiful, but safe as well.
I’m proud of the fact that during my time in the Council office, we had more miles of streets resurfaced and sidewalks repaired than any other Council District in Los Angeles. Despite funding cuts and bureaucratic hurdles, we found a way to get it done by streamlining the repair process, modernizing technology, cutting costs, and leveraging our local resource to secure funding from the state and federal government.
As your City Councilmember, I want to build upon these successful initiatives and deliver even more by:
1. Improved landscaping, tree maintenance, and street beautification:
Well maintained traffic islands, trimmed trees, and clean sidewalks are important steps we can take to eliminate blight and also help the environment. I will create a dedicated in house task force that will work with City departments to expedite and coordinate maintenance. In addition, I will work with local chambers of commerce, business improvement districts, city departments, and non-profits to create public private partnerships to fund maintenance and improvements. These programs can help get more done quickly, while also providing job opportunities without increasing taxes.
2. Pedestrian Safety:
Work to secure more funding for safer crosswalks, upgraded signals, and require sensible traffic studies that include community input before considering any changes to speed limits.
3. Reducing traffic:
Fight to make all of our traffic signals, including pedestrian crosswalk signals, synchronized to better improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, and increase safety.
It is too hard to do business in Los Angeles. Bureaucratic red tape, not only costs our businesses money, but also time and it is a disincentive to growing their businesses and adding new employees. Small business is the fuel that drives our economy and we should be making it easier and not add needless hurdles to jump over. We should be engaging the companies that are bringing jobs to the City and asking them how we can help, what can we do to support their efforts.Our City has all the ingredients to attract companies, but all too often it is the cumbersome and outdated fees and regulations that deter them. With so many other municipalities in the region like Burbank and El Segundo competing for businesses, we need to make it easier and more attractive to come to Los Angeles.
We need to work towards eliminating the gross receipts tax. While I understand it would be a burden on our budget for a short period of time, the long-term prospect of strengthening our economy is great. We can do this incrementally by industry. When the City eliminated the gross receipts tax for car dealerships we saw an almost 20% increase in dealerships move to Los Angeles. The resulting 20% increase lead to investments of $1 billion in new or expanded dealerships, 7,000 new jobs, and $861 million in wages and benefits.
We need creative ideas to attract new business, add good jobs, and grow our economy.
Nordhoff Bus Rapid Transit
I strongly oppose the proposed plans of METRO to reduce lanes on Nordhoff! Unlike my opponent I have taken a firm stance on this issue. This proposed plan will reduce lanes on the one of the busiest streets in our district to one lane in each direction. This will cause a massive spillover of traffic into our neighborhoods. Other major East-West streets will see a huge increase in the number of cars. We should be looking to ease congestion on our streets rather than making matters worse.Traffic is not the only concern. The proposed busway would almost certainly trigger automatic up-zoning along the route. This will lead to higher density projects to be built without input from the community. Parking for such developments will inevitably overflow into our neighborhoods.
I will work with the community, businesses and California State University Northridge on how to effectively address our needs to connect to major transit routes. I believe we can come up with solutions without negatively affecting our neighborhoods.