Too often, the youngest residents of our community are left out of public policy making. Addressing their needs, as well as those of families, will be a priority for me, including building housing so families can afford to build a life together in our beautiful community.
Taking into consideration the profound impact of COVID-19 and the expanded movement for racial justice and equity, what do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Here are three commitments from me regarding children and families:
- Pass citywide mental health & suicide prevention policy
- Work closely with school board members on youth initiatives
- Approve housing to build a livable community for Campbell families
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
I've put out a comprehensive plan for children and families with nearly a dozen proposals which won't add to the City budget. For details, including citations and a cost calculator, please visit: https://lopezforcampbell.com/children-and-families
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?
One way I will address this issue at the local level is by organizing quality volunteer childcare for all City Council meetings and large public events, so parents don’t have to choose between caring for their child and having a voice in our community’s public affairs, part of my plan to make government accessible and accountable to all our residents. For more details, please visit: https://lopezforcampbell.com/government-accessibility
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
One way this is especially relevant at the City level is through our parks. As Councilmember, I'll oversee a process to make two parks all-accessible — Campbell Park (also known as Central Park) and John D. Morgan Park — through a grant and partnership with our County government. This means making them accessible to people of all body types, ages, and capacity. I've been involved in the planning meetings and will continue to provide transparency and oversight as Councilmember. For more information, please visit: https://lopezforcampbell.com/parks-and-rec
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?
As the son of immigrant parents, my community and Campbell public school teachers made the difference for me. I'm the only candidate with first-hand experience in my professional career working to close the digital divide, including through partnerships with the private sector to bring digital accessibility for our region. Here's a comprehensive plan on how I would address these issues: https://lopezforcampbell.com/tech-infrastructure
I'm also committed to working with school board members and with the County so that our City can be a better partner on their initiatives. As a small city, most social services are offered through these regional agencies, and through better relations and partnerships, we can benefit our entire community. You can read more on my plans to improve regional governance here: https://lopezforcampbell.com/regional-governance