I’m running for Mayor
Today, I am making it official:
I am running to be the next Mayor of San Diego. It’s time for a Mayor who works for all of us.
As a native San Diegan, it’s clear to me that San Diego needs strong, experienced, and progressive leadership in the Mayor’s Office to tackle the long-standing problems facing our city.
I’m talking about issues like making housing more affordable for working families, putting forward real solutions to end homelessness, staying true to our landmark Climate Action Plan, and much more. But, I’m also talking about the issues that have not always been at the forefront of our civic dialogue like community equity, environmental justice, and income inequality.
San Diegans deserve a Mayor who understands these tough problems, who has experience in running the city well, and the leadership and vision to move our city beyond business as usual. More importantly, San Diegans deserve a Mayor who works for all of us and will make us a city of opportunity that invests in every neighborhood and every San Diegan.
I’M FIGHTING FOR YOU
A ROOF OVER THE HEAD OF EVERY SAN DIEGAN AT A PRICE THEY CAN AFFORD
I’m a renter and I understand that it’s hard to afford to buy a home in San Diego. This is a reality for many San Diegans who work hard and still can’t afford market-rate housing yet earn too much to qualify for housing assistance. As Mayor, my objective will be a roof over the head of every San Diegan at a price they can afford. I will work to identify areas where the City can cut red tape without sacrificing environmental protections and leverage local dollars with state and federal resources to incentivize more housing production.
REAL SOLUTIONS TO END HOMELESSNESS
No more band-aids. No more temporary tents. It is time we work to actually end homelessness. As Mayor, I will focus the city’s energy and resources toward results-oriented programs that get homeless individuals off the street, into care (if they need it), and back on their feet. We will do more than pay lip service to investing in “housing first” — our housing strategy will be focused on placing people in permanent housing instead of temporary shelters.
WORLD-CLASS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
With 1.3 million people who call San Diego home, we should have a world-class public transportation system that connects all corners of our city and region and prioritizes access, convenience, and safety. As Mayor, I will use the City’s central role at SANDAG, MTS, the Port of San Diego, and the Airport to make investments in transportation projects that expand access to public transit and active transportation infrastructure so all San Diegans have more feasible choices on how to get around our city.
The groundbreaking Climate Action Plan I authored as Interim Mayor is now law. We must now stay true to that plan and implement its provisions on-time. As Mayor, I will make sure the goals of our Climate Action Plan are met, continue forward progress to get community choice energy online, and invest in climate mitigation and adaptation strategies to protect our natural resources and create green jobs.
In an emergency, our well-being is in the hands of people we’ve never met before but whom we have to immediately trust to provide the care we need. The relationship between our police officers, fire fighters, medical service providers, lifeguards and the people they serve is vitally important and must include accountability and trust at all times. Whether it’s ensuring public safety resources are equitably distributed throughout the city, working to improve the relationship between police officers and our communities, or making sure we reach you quickly when you need help, public safety will always be my mayoral administration’s highest priority.
Where you live shouldn’t determine how much or how little city services you receive. As Mayor, the years of historic under-investment in certain communities will end. I will prioritize the city budget to reflect the needs of every community so that services are appropriately resourced and staffed, and that each neighborhood receives equal attention.
STAND FIRM AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
As an Assemblymember, I authored legislation to regulate concealed carry weapons in California. I stood firm against the gun lobby because gun safety is public safety. As Mayor, I will join the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition to work with other Mayors across the nation to advance common-sense gun laws that keep our communities and loved ones safe.