Milpitas deserves strong stewardship as we navigate through the major issues and changes facing our city. We've made grand achievements, but as we can no longer accept business as usual. Let's take action on the issues we face every day, and that we have the ability to solve.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
The biggest issues affecting the children and families in Milpitas are safety, housing and the impacts of growth.
Safety is my top priority. As a Crime Specialist with SJPD, I am working to address our safety concerns every day. I am the only candidate with the experience needed to tackle this issue. Housing is in crisis across Silicon Valley and every family needs a stable home. Growth has impacted Milpitas, our high school is overcrowded and traffic congestion turns 5 minute commutes into 30. We need leadership that will manage our growth better so our families are not negatively impacted.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
City leadership is tasked with addressing our safety, housing and quality of life - and each of these is a top priority in the budget. For our safety we must find solutions that do not rely on badged offices or emergency services, the more our community works together to prevent crime and promote safety, the better we are all served. Fixed street lights and repaired sidewalks can help make as much of a difference as more patrols and increased response times. Additionally, if the congestion and overcrowding is not addressed, it will only get worse. Residents deserve solutions.
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?
These matters are the primary responsibility of our school district, but as a Councilmember I will utilize my voice and platform to advocate for our children and families. Milpitas is an incredibly diverse community and many of our youth are English language learners. We must not limit support to just our youth, but also their families and ensure that every resident, no matter language or income level is afforded respect they deserve as members of our city.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
This is another issue that is primarily managed by our school district, but one regional and cross agency partnerships can help address. I believe that City Hall must take a role in fighting for our students, especially those that need an extra hand to learn.
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?
This is a major change I want to see made in Milpitas. Our commerce and business corridors are not within the neighborhoods they serve, and too many families are not receiving the services or access to information that helps them connect with the services we provide. We need a complete effort to close any gaps in our community - whether achievement, income, or just the respect that every person deserves.