Pomona is at its best when every resident takes part in it. Throughout my campaign and my time as mayor, I hope to foster a culture of involvement. I want to acknowledge, support, and listen to current community leaders throughout my campaign, while encouraging more people to step up.
Even at its best, City Hall can’t solve everything. We need informal networks, community circles, neighborhood counsels– and we need city officials to meet regularly with these unofficial groups, as well as using digital technology to stay in touch with them. We need residents to volunteer, report crimes, and contribute ideas so that we can all have a city we can claim as our own.
A thriving city is made up of thriving individuals. We need to foster an economic environment where our residents can prosper. This means equipping people with both the abilities and opportunities needed to participate in our economy.
We need policies that provide support and accountability to both for-profit and non-profit businesses, whether they are just beginning in a resident’s garage or opening their thousandth branch in our community. Pomona was once a destination for shoppers and entertainment-seekers in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, and I know that it can be again. (Assets: Health industry, universities, home care opportunities, arts colony.) But more importantly, I want every resident to have the opportunity to work for a safe, sustainable, and ethical employer right here in Pomona.
Every Pomona resident deserves to feel safe in their home city. My hope for this city is to increase community engagement so that we can all look out for each other. We can do this through community feedback programs, NextDoor neighborhood websites, the new Nixle police alert app, and an increased and improving relationship between the police and the community.
Police Chief Paul Capraro recently told the Daily Bulletin, “It’s a different time. It’s not just the community events we go to, it’s getting out of our patrol cars and talking to people. It’s about giving someone a ride if their car broke down…We need to be a visible presence as leaders, and we need to listen to the concerns of the community.” As Pomona’s next mayor, I hope to support the police and the community as they collaborate to create an environment that is more interactive and less reactive. We must work together to keep our homes, businesses, parks, streets, and schools safe.
Pomona needs a strong housing sector that provides safe, quality homes for individuals and families in every stage and style of life. Because the average age of our residents is just under 30 years old, we especially need housing that is suitable and affordable for young people who are just getting their start in the world. We need to hold landlords accountable for maintaining livable spaces, and we need to encourage neighborhood collaboration that keeps our housing zones safe and beautiful.
One Pomona means understanding that we are all in this together. Whether you live in a century old Craftsman bungalow, a mobile home park, or on the streets, you are a valued resident of this city. Including our homeless neighbors in the ongoing dialogue about housing availability and access is a top priority.