I believe in a “families first” approach to government. We should place the needs of kids and families above short term profits for developers and business. That’s why I plan to use my platform as an elected official to advocate for families in Sunnyvale and improve our city.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Education is my top priority. I know this as a proud supporter of public education and through my wife who is a public-school teacher. We need more spending and to expand benefits. Next, is affordable housing which plays into the cost of living. If elected, I would have the City Council pass a law requiring that developments over 10 units reserve 25% of the space for affordable housing. Lastly there is the issue of childcare, I would support funding parenting classes for new families along with pushing for paid family leave.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
I’ll never support cuts in education. I would protect public parks from developers by refusing to sell public lands. I will never support developments that raise the cost of living and/or dangerous traffic. Lastly, I would spend more on child related services.
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?
I would increase spending on education (increase teachers’ pay and benefits, materials, student spending, etc) and hire more teachers and caregivers. I would also have the city start a free childcare preschool program.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
I would hire more qualified specialists.and do more to work with parents and such students.
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?
Along with steps already mentioned, I would support investigating the feasibility of serving dinner on weekdays and possibly during summer break to underprivileged families. Cities such as LA, Oakland and New York City have implemented this programs to great success. I would have the city provide free tutors and more after school programs for these kids as well. Please see below for information on these programs.