Children and families are central to my efforts to enhance our neighborhoods, parks and quality of life. Providing a safe, welcoming and engaging environment within our city for our youth and teens is one of my top priorities. I will develop policies which reflect the needs of our youth.
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 families. We need to use creative solutions including ADU's, in-lieu housing fees and other methods to increase our affordable housing supply and secure housing for most vulnerable residents. 2. Access to affordable, high quality preschool and early education opportunities. I support universal access to pre-K and preschool. 3. Access to affordable, high quality higher education. Greater access and reduced fees for community colleges.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
These types of issues are generally not related to the Los Altos city budget. In the budget process, my priority is that we are being good stewards of resident's taxes.
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 Los Altos council member, our city does not retain direct responsibility for child care or preschool. However, I am a strong advocate for early education, quality K-12, and higher education. I will continue to raise awareness and help raise funds our children, who are the future of our community.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
As a Los Altos Council member these issues fall under the school district rather than the city. However, as someone who grew up with a sibling with special needs I will continue to support and advocate for our children with special needs and work together with our schools and communities to provide the type of individual support that each of one of our children deserve, regardless of their abilities.
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 a Los Altos resident, mom and active participant in our community, I will continue to support our youth. I am particularly interested in making sure that our city provides a safe, welcoming and engaging environment for our youth and teens.