Working Families are the backbone of our communities, and I will prioritize City resources for them in increasing access to educational opportunities, social services, cultural experiences, and similar programs. As an experienced public servant who is endorsed by working families and unions, I will work diligently to represent these constituencies.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Locally in Sunnyvale: 1) Access to Affordable Housing - adding units, upzoning, mixed-use development, diversifying housing stock to add more middle income housing 2) Reducing Traffic - traffic signal optimization, converting from Level of Service (LOS) CEQA Analysis to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), adding public transit infrastructure, increasing access to safe routes to school, implementing school traffic plans 3) Lack of Educational Resources - establishing the Lakewood Branch Library & Learning Center, redeveloping the main library, building public-private partnerships for education & workforce development programs, master planning for a new high school and community college campus.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
We need to: - Hire more City staff, especially in our Planning Department and Traffic Enforcement Officers - Prioritize the Civic Center Modernization Plan to redevelop our aging infrastructure - implement a formal Smart Cities Initiative and hire a CTO to increase efficiency in Public Works' operations, roll out small cell deployment for 5G capacity - Continue our 10 year budgeting process - Diversify our Revenue Source to depend less on Property tax and more on sales tax - Invest in our Neighborhood Associations to help maintain the quality of life in the City.
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 will: - Zone for more affordable housing and mixed-use development - Prioritize the Land Use & Transportation Element (LUTE) of our General Plan and hire an additional Long Range planner to roll out our Urban Village concepts which will bring community benefits through development - Partner with Santa Clara County and Sunnyvale's Supervisors to increase access to child care and preschool programs as well as healthcare programs - Master Plan for a new high school and community college campus - Reduce traffic and increase access to safe routes to child care and preschool programs.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
I will: - Implement a Sunnyvale Office of Cultural Affairs that works with disadvantaged communities to create and implement programs that are sensitive to diverse needs - Increase ADA access throughout the City - Work on a City Shuttle program, and partner with the VTA for pilot projects similar to the VTA Core Connectivity program, but City-wide specialized in Senior and Special Needs access to public transit - Partner with the School Districts to increase access to educational resources and workforce development programs.
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: - Establish a Sunnyvale Office of Cultural Affairs that programs for these communities - Promote smart growth strategies that increase access to healthy food options - Partner with the School Districts to provide more educational resources and workforce development programs - Master Plan for a new high school and community college campus.