I am an 18-year resident, union member and concerned citizen. I believe West Hollywood is being underserved by its current leadership and I want to give a voice back to the residents, businesses and workers who make up this wonderful city. Our community is facing serious challenges around public safety, struggling businesses, the cost of housing, protecting renters’ rights and concern for our seniors. WeHo needs new, energetic and dynamic leaders with a fresh perspective who are ready to begin tackling these issues.
It is a basic duty of government to keep the public safe. WeHo deserves a robust public safety presence to keep the community secure and vibrant. That means supporting law enforcement officers and providing them with all the resources they need to keep residents and businesses safe. My neighbors have shared that they no longer feel comfortable leaving their houses at night or walking WeHo streets alone. Many of them are seniors and can’t fend for themselves, particularly in an emergency.
Public safety should also include increased funding for community safety partners like Block by Block, MET teams, health services and clinical case workers.
Supporting local businesses, the backbone of our economy, should also be a top priority. Throughout this campaign, local businesses have shared that they no longer feel protected by the city. Many who have invested blood, sweat and tears into opening their businesses feel under attack. That needs to change and that starts with a new tone from the City Council.
Defending seniors and renters is also a major concern. It’s a tragedy that seniors who have been so integral in helping grow the city are being forced out due to rising rents and housing costs. We should be doing everything possible to allow seniors to age in place and stay in WeHo.
As a councilmember, I will be honest and strong and never back down from doing what is right for the people of West Hollywood. I know how deeply people care for this community. I want to see a safe and thriving West Hollywood that embraces the diversity of identity, faith and experience that makes us who we are.
And finally, let’s bring back WeHo Carnaval!
*ED’S NOTE: We’re pausing the poll for the mean time in order to give candidates more time to submit their “Why You Should Vote For Me” essays.