ISSUES & POLITICAL CONCERNS
INADEQUATE PARKING AND ROAD CONDITIONS
The city has launched a war on regular people who own cars. The initiative to pump $279 million into protected bike lanes is going to take away over 400 of parking spots on some of the most congested streets in District 3. The proposed bike lanes will not only hurt small business owners, but also consumers and residents who need the accessibility like the physically disabled or parents with small children in strollers. Because of the existing configuration of District 3’s roadways, the two-year-long construction of protected bike lanes will cause more traffic—which in turn can cause more air pollution because idling cars produce more emissions than cars driving at engine-efficient highway speeds. Many bike advocates want more street lamps, better sidewalk and road conditions, and protected bike trails in and around nature parks. I believe District 3 needs to bring common sense back to our problem-solving.
As a staunch professional specialized in government contracting (specifically service agreements), I have an expert understanding of the fiduciary duty to safeguard taxpayer money. The harm is not spending money on programs the community needs—the harm is not doing to due diligence we owe to our constituents to solicit better offers, contract using favorable terms and consideration, and manage projects effectively. I think the city should explore different contract types other than Firm-Fixed-Price like Cost-Plus-Award Fee or Incentive-Fee. I am a firm-believer in the competitive market—it saves funds on the IR&D, drives innovation, and curbs risks against time delays and overspending.
Like many other San Diegans, I have personally been affected by random crime in my living community. What was most egregious was the bureaucratic nonsense following that allowed criminals back into our neighborhoods. I know that, like me, other victims of domestic violence, stalking, robbery, and violence crime, want to see change in the right direction. I believe that we should empower our law enforcement and dispatching staff with the training and resources to solve the root cause of crime. We need to actually address real issues like mental health, the drug epidemic, and the decriminalization of petty offences by bringing light to it.
As the only veteran or service member running for City Council in District 3, I have a unique understanding of the struggles of homeless veterans. Unlike my active duty counterparts, I know what it’s like to have Soldiers who struggle financially because drill pay can’t pay the majority of the bills. The things that actually help are 1) desirable skills/certifications for stable employment, and 2) the education of and connection to vetted (no pun intended!) resources. Homeless veterans who are struggling with mental illness also need accessible help with few to no barriers! The resources are plentiful, but the disconnectedness are difficult to navigate. There needs to be a holistic solution to homelessness.