Priorities
Government Accountibilty & Transparency

Sustainable Redwood City

Government Transparency

While the City of Redwood City has invested in various communication strategies in recent years, survey after survey indicates we simply aren’t reaching our residents.

 

This is why I am proposing creating a Community Engagement & Communication Council Subcommittee, comprised of residents, city staff, and councilmembers, who will be tasked with increasing transparency and maximizing opportunities to inform and meaningfully engage with our community effectively.

Equity

I am proud of the work I have done to make Redwood City a more equitable, inclusive community for all. I created the very first Spanish Language Police Department Facebook page in California and expanded the"Citizens Police Academy Program to serve our LatinX community members.

 

I helped create the RCPD Youth Academy, oversaw the Volunteers in Policing, and Cadet Programs. I expanded our "Adopt a School" program to include our special education classrooms and worked with local financial institutions to prevent our seniors from becoming victims of fraud.  While all of these efforts have an impact, I can assure you; there is much more work to be done.

 

 This is why I am proposing the creation of a Citizens Equity & Inclusion Commission to develop proactive, sustainable strategies to create a more equitable and inclusive community where residents of all races, ages, abilities, and income levels, can thrive.

Keeping Our Community Safe

Fire & Paramedic Services

Our Redwood City Fire Department is one of the very best in the United States. With the increased risk of wildfires and natural disasters, we must ensure our Firefighters have the tools, training, equipment, and staffing they need to keep us safe. 

Community Policing

The high cost of housing has forced the majority of our law enforcement officers to move out of the area. In fact, most of our officers live 2 or 3 hours away. When officers live in the communities they work in, they are invested and connected to the people they serve.  Building relationships within the community is essential to building and maintaining the trust and to the overall health and success of our community, and it's members.

 

We must do more to bridge this gap created by the high cost of housing to connect our officers with the community members they serve. Such as hiring from within our own community, providing housing credits or incentives for residency, and encouraging officers to volunteer with a local organization a few hours a month, while on duty.

 

My comprehensive plan includes a wide range of common-sense reforms that will not only keep our community members and officers safe but also increase transparency, build community trust, and save taxpayer dollars.  

Homelessness

We must address homelessness as a crisis in Redwood City.  Currently, our Police Department is tasked with managing our unhoused residents. This policy only serves to exacerbate the problem and fails to work towards any long-term solutions. Homelessness in and of itself is not a crime. Our Police Department does not have the tools, skills, or ability to solve homelessness. Our City must take a leadership role when collaborating with Local, Regional, State, and Federal Agencies to address this growing epidemic.

Education

While the City of Redwood City, Redwood City School District, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, Sequoia Union High School District, and the County of San Mateo are all separate agencies, with their own elected representatives, budgets, and mandates, there are several essential areas we must collaborate on, in order to meet the collective needs of our community and it’s members.  

The lack of affordable housing has significantly impacted our schools. Over the past 15 years, thousands of Redwood City families have been priced out of the area. With school enrollment steadily in decline, the District was forced to consolidate several neighborhood schools. The cost of housing impacts the ability to retain qualified educators and staff. The individual decisions made by the city and school districts make a significant impact on our community as a whole. While we can't go back in time and recapture missed opportunities, we can commit to ensuring we don't repeat the mistakes of the past.  The city and school districts must commit to offering one another a seat at the table whenever policies and decisions that significantly impact our children and families are made.

 

Our Police Department must collaborate with our School Districts to reduce the number of "Calls for Service" to our schools. Currently, if two students get into a minor altercation at school, the Police are called to respond.  This can result in a case being filed against the students, thus entering them into our Juvenile Justice System. Unfortunately, a series of budget cuts over the last two decades has eliminated many of the staff positions within our schools that traditionally dealt with these issues. We must work with our School Districts to ensure their staff is equipped to handle these types of situations, in order to avoid Police Intervention, whenever possible.

Regional & Community Partnerships

Homelessness

We must address homelessness as a crisis in Redwood City.  Currently, our Police Department is tasked with managing our unhoused residents. This policy only serves to exacerbate the problem and fails to work towards any long-term solutions. Homelessness in and of itself is not a crime. Our Police Department does not have the tools, skills, or ability to solve homelessness. Our City must take a leadership role when collaborating with Local, Regional, State, and Federal Agencies to address this growing epidemic.

Mental Health Services

As the Vice Chair of the San Mateo County Behavioral Health Commission, , I am working to implement Youth Crisis Services throughout San Mateo County. Far too often, students who have mental illness are falling through the cracks. Children need access to Mental Health services, and their families require support services to help their children learn how to manage their illness as they enter into adulthood, which dramatically increases their ability to live healthy, independent, and productive lives. 

Education

While the City of Redwood City, School Districts, and County of San Mateo are all separate agencies with their own elected representatives, budgets, and mandates, it is essential that we work together to meet the collective needs of our community and its members.  

The lack of affordable housing has significantly impacted our schools. Over the past 15 years, thousands of Redwood City families have been priced out of the area. With school enrollment steadily in decline, the District was forced to consolidate several neighborhood schools. The cost of housing impacts the ability to retain qualified educators and staff. The individual decisions made by our city and school districts make a significant impact on our community as a whole. While we can't go back in time and recapture missed opportunities, we can commit to ensuring we don't repeat the mistakes of the past.  We must commit to offering stakeholders a seat at the table whenever policies and decisions that impact our children and families are made.

Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Our school districts must reduce the number of calls for service from our police department. Currently, if two students get into a minor altercation at school, the police are called upon to respond.  This can result in a case being filed against the students, thus entering them into our Juvenile Justice System. Unfortunately, budget cuts over the last two decades have eliminated many of the positions within our schools that traditionally dealt with disciplinary issues. We must work with our school districts and administrators to ensure their staff is properly trained and equipped to handle routine disciplinary actions without police intervention whenever possible.

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most challenging issues we face.

What we do or fail to do in the next decade will be critical. We have all witnessed the impacts recent wildfires have had on our daily lives. Unhealthy air, PG&E blackouts, and most shockingly, a day when so much smoke blocked the sun, our streetlights went on at 1:30 in the afternoon.

We need to prioritize our commitment to addressing Climate Change, which is why I am proposing creating a Citizens Commission on Conservation & Sustainability to ensure we are working on this issue with the attention, urgency, and seriousness it demands.

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most challenging issues we face.

What we do or fail to do in the next decade will be critical. We have all witnessed the impacts recent wildfires have had on our daily lives. Unhealthy air, PG&E blackouts, and most shockingly, a day when so much smoke blocked the sun, our streetlights went on at 1:30 in the afternoon.

We need to prioritize our commitment to addressing Climate Change, which is why I am proposing creating a Citizens Commission on Conservation & Sustainability to ensure we are working on this issue with the attention, urgency, and seriousness it demands.

Strengthening Community Through Service

One of the greatest strengths Redwood City has is our shared sense of community. Our residents care deeply about our community. Without fail, I have watched residents step-up, pitch in, and help out. May it be for a community clean-up event, to raise funds for those in need, or help a vulnerable neighbor get food or medicine during the COVID–19 pandemic.

 

As your councilmember, I will seek to create a city led community service program made up of residents of all ages who are interested in serving our community when and where they are needed most.