The biggest problems facing my district are jobs and economic development, education, enviorment, and public safety.
I plan to address these issues in the following ways.
*Jobs and Economic Development: attracting clean tech industries and the revitalization of major commercial corridors
Systemic educational reform by working with charter schools, non-profits, LAUSD, USC, and City and County agencies in establishing “educational opportunity zones” modeled after President Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods
*Green initiatives through the creation of community gardens, pocket parks, and planting trees throughout the District in order to reduce pollution and decrease the rate of asthma among children and families
*Responsive and responsible public safety focusing on prevention and intervention, and City services that honor and respect the culture and history of residents
I come from a working class family and I am the first to in my family to attend college. My family and I escaped the Civil War in El Salvador and I arrived in the United States at the age of 10. I am thankful for the opportunities that this great City afforded me – a clean and safe library where my sister and I studied after school; a clean and safe park where I participated in after-school programs, such as drill team and dance team; and great public schools where I was mentored and encouraged to go to college by great teachers. I am the epitome of the American Dream.
As a Councilwoman, I want to ensure that the American Dream is still available to our working poor and working class families. I will be a warrior for Labor and fight for a just and decent living for our working families.
I believe that I am the most viable candidate because I have the education, experience, and the passion for the community.
I am a front runner in terms of fundraising (I have raised $200,000 to date).
I have over 14 years of work experience in City Hall. I began working at the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office in 1998 then worked as Legislative Deputy for Councilmember Alex Padilla. Most recently I was Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar. As a staff member, I was the liaison to labor leaders and am a strong supporter of labor. I am an experienced educator, I worked as the Director of Policy and Legislation for the President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. I fought for education as Deputy Director of the Youth Policy Institute (YPI). I also helped create two successful inner city charter schools, model afterschool programs and workforce and technology training classes.
The 9th District hasn't gotten it's fair share from City Hall. With my leadership, Southeast Los Angeles will have a renaissance of responsiveness from their government. Community policing, adequate fire service, trash pick up, tree trimming, street maintenance, infrastructure repair, water & power delivery will get new attention in the new 9th District.
The need for quality representation is the number one reason I am a candidate for the 9th District. South Los Angeles needs strong voices for challenging times. The 9th District needs a leader ready to deliver from day one, we cannot rely on anything less than the best. I am in the unique position of having served at various roles in government and the private sector for the past 30 years. I enjoy a strong working relationship with leaders in Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. I will leverage my experiences and network to ensure the 9th District can thrive. We already have the most important ingredient for our success: human capital. The greatness of the 9th District is its residents. A new spirit of purpose with the strongest leadership will build a brighter future for all residents.
I am a native son of the 9th District, have represented parts of the area for the past seven years while in the Legislature, and have a breath of support that crosses racial, economic and political barriers. As an educator, small businessman, and public servant I've worked to make life better for South Los Angeles. I've made hard decisions and am always focused on what benefits working people and their families. Public protection, effective delivery of city services, economic recovery, and job creation are my priorities.