We live in unprecedented times of financial and physical health uncertainty. We need to acknowledge the various challenges that face us as a city and a diverse community of people from all walks of life.
All of my opponents will have you focus on the problems in Salinas, just as they do every election cycle to get your vote. I ask you, what progress has been made in the last ten years? The problems seem to be the same, only they have grown in impact. Lets focus on SOLUTIONS.
More than half of Monterey County's COVID 19 infections have been from Salinas. We need to challenge our city government to better understand why and to take concrete steps to resolve this serious issue as well as avoid the situation from continuing in the near and distant future.
Homelessness is all around us in Salinas. It impacts our neighborhoods, our local businesses and everyone who visits Salinas sees it too.
I believe that it needs a holistic solution, one that will need a collaboration between residents, businesses, non profits and City and County Government. Those that need medical help should get that first and then address how they can get back on their feet.
I'd love to share more details about my plan to help the homeless and I hope that you'll join me on my of my upcoming Virtual Townhalls.
We've all experienced a bumpy ride no matter what street we're on in Salinas and with Old Town torn up, we just can't miss it. We need accountability for all the money that we've spent over the last ten years on our streets. I will hold all of those responsible for the current conditions of the streets accountable and make my findings available to the public.
We need to get the most bang for every penny spent by the city. Become business friendly again and attract businesses to grow our city's revenue base to be reinvested in the city's growth.
Being rooted in Agriculture, we need to attract the future of Agriculture to Salinas. Provide a streamlined process for AgTech startups to be established here.
Affordable housing is desperately needed for our growing city.
I propose looking not just at one type of housing, but Life Cycle Housing. Apartments and Condos for young professionals, Independent Family Homes for young families and Senior Living Facilities for our seniors.
We need to streamline the process to set up and run businesses in Salinas. Reduce the fees charged and the red tape involved. Be truly Business Friendly!
Just look at the ridiculous $350 Fee for Restaurants already struggling to survive, just to have outdoor seating during the pandemic.
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