Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

City of Mountain View

Ellen Kamei

https://www.ellenkamei.com/

Mountain View has been a welcoming place for me and my family for three generations. I want to ensure it remains that welcoming place for all of our children and families. I am passionate about high quality education, and want to make it more accessible and inclusive for every child.

  1. What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    Our region faces a housing crisis which affects families as well as Mountain View’s ability to attract and retain the best teachers. As a Councilmember, I’ll fight for the “missing middle” and teacher housing. I want all children to have access to a high quality education and top notch facilities. I have volunteered on two bond measures, Measure B in 2016 and Measure E in 2018 to ensure that as the City changes and grows, we can accommodate our growing student population. I support combating food insecurity by ensuring school lunch and healthy snacks.

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    I prioritize allocating funds for affordable housing, collaborating on opportunities for teacher housing, and raising revenue for the City, which has a AAA rating. My approach to the budgeting process dovetails being fiscally responsible and while also maintaining services for those most in need so that we are not leaving anyone behind in case of a crisis.

  3. What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?

    As a County, we took a bold step to ensure every child has health care, and it has been one of the greatest achievements to make Silicon Valley a desired community to live. Strengthening and expansion is a vital investment. I support flexible child care hours, expanded child care services, and a variety of translation services available onsite. I also support universal pre-K and engaging with Strong Start Santa Clara County.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    An inclusive approach begins with outreach to ensure all perspectives and voices are at the table. In addition to outreach, it also is broadening the conversation on what academic success means to include all students. I support robust special needs programs in our schools. As Councilmember, I will be a strong ally for the community and be attentive to issues that arise, such as ensuring that city property is ADA-compliant.

  5. Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?

    I will be an advocate, a community volunteer as I was for Measure B and Measure E, and a collaborator. I believe all our students should have access to the very best education. This includes not having the stressors of food insecurity, language access and more. I support state and federal programs such as free and reduced lunch and the fight for universal pre-K. I also support current county child care programs and wraparound services.