My goal is to realize the Los Altos Vision as a great place to raise a family.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
1. Affordable housing for teachers. Some of our teachers have a 90 minute commute, live with a friend or parents and cannot afford to start a family for lack of affordable space. 2. Safe routes to schools are a priority, whether the kids are walking or riding their bikes. 3. There is a lack of safe places for kids to congregate downtown or near the Community Center. The new CC must provide areas for teens and younger children.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
1.Affordable housing is not a budgetary issue. It is a legislative issue. We have issued several ordinances to address the issue. (a) Liberalize accessory dwelling units. (b) Increase the required percentage of affordable units to 15% from 10%. (c) Introduced an affordable housing impact fee. 2. Safe routes to schools is a major line item in our capital spending budget. 3. The new Community Center has a Teen Center and we are also adding playgrounds.
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 am in favor of supporting preschools and increasing the City sponsored programs such as Kindercare and Tiny Tots.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
I support the construction of a handicap accessible playground in Los Altos.
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 view this an issue for the School District as well as individual contributions.