PROTECT RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES THROUGH THE PANDEMIC
In this time of crisis, the City has not done enough. Our businesses, seniors, and frontline responders are suffering; many businesses have already closed. Fountain Valley has a $12.5M “rainy day” fund, yet the City Council is reluctant to touch it. I ask you: “If COVID-19 is not a storm, then what is?” During challenging times, it is fiscally responsible to re-allocate city funds to protect our tax base and residents. As your Councilwoman, I will advocate to:
- Support small businesses. Provide clear medical guidance for re-opening, waivers, license & fee deferments, local sales tax cuts, loans to small businesses that did not get PPP.
- Promote public health. Strong guidance for pandemic abatement, consistent enforcement of mask-wearing, social distancing, and avoidance of crowds to keep our numbers low.
- Protect seniors. Operate a program to deliver food and medicine to seniors who are shut-in, especially those in Senior and/or Assisted Living apartments.
- Protect frontline providers. Better assistance to healthcare workers. Equity in pay and adequate PPE for firemen/paramedics.
- Protect children. Clear, practical guidelines to school districts in our jurisdiction to protect children while providing quality education.
INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY
- Police data shows - Fountain Valley crime is 20% higher this year than in 2019. There's been a 52% increase in vehicle burglaries, 57% increase in commercial burglaries.
- Many residents also feel frustrated with lack of communications and empathy from our officers when incidents do happen in their neighborhood.
- My Pledge: Support our police to increase presence, hire diverse talent to connect with ethnic communities, and improve communications to all residents.
MODERNIZE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
- Did you know that in the past decade, jobs in the restaurant & accommodations industry grew 64% in our city, and that healthcare is our largest job-provider? Yet the City has no master plan to invest in these areas.
- Entrepreneurs see the City as slow, bureaucratic and unresponsive to their needs. We need to update our institutions for a new economy.
- My Pledge: Usher in a new way to do business. Simplify small business regulations, invest in innovation, give small businesses a voice at the table with government.
MAKE GOVERNMENT INCLUSIVE
- As a grassroots community activist, I've walked our streets and talked to hundreds of residents and businesses. I hear your voices and frustrations.
- How many times have you heard City officials and staff reply to your issue with the mantra, "It's a state mandate and there's nothing the City can do" - and walk away? I disagree, there's a lot more the City can do. We can start with informing people. Reach out, have clear, digestible information online, and don't wait until a confrontation to talk. This is a low bar we are not even passing to-date.
- I will hold our government accountable to not just respond to issues, but also proactively create a healthy space for all residents to discuss and problem-solve the thorny ones together. By doing so, we'll build a stronger community.
- My pledge: To be a bridge between citizens and City Hall, to bring our diverse community to the table, to always keep residents informed and included.