Re-establishing confidence in the safety of our great city is my priority. Our city, just as our country, is at a pivotal point in balancing safety and policing. As a San José Police Officer for 12 years, 8 years as a full time officer and 4 years as a reserve officer which I continue to serve as today, I will help San José navigate a successful path forward that creates a safer city and pursues critical reform. We must continue to rebuild our department, with a police force that reflects our city’s diversity, builds trust with the community it serves, and helps create a city where people feel safe in their homes and in our greater community.
San José’s public transit system must be safe, accessible, affordable, dependable, and reduce our impact on climate change by encouraging higher ridership. San José residents deserve to be safe on our streets – whether they are on foot, on bicycles, or in motor vehicles.
As Mayor, I will reverse the trend of homelessness that has increased year after year. I have been a leader on creating permanent housing and shelter solutions within my council district and I will translate that city wide. Allowing people to live in tents on our sidewalks, in our parks, near our freeways isn’t humane or safe for anyone. I will prioritize and focus our efforts on this crisis, beginning with convening our first comprehensive task force to bring together all stakeholders ensuring we work more efficiently and effectively while holding each other accountable.
San José has a housing and inequality crisis that has put home ownership out of reach for most people, and rising rents have created an unstable housing situation in which many live one paycheck away from homelessness. The high cost of housing and the homeless crisis are inextricably linked. On the City council I have fought to build more housing at all levels to address this crisis. As Mayor, I’ll fight to build more homes for San Jose families to ensure this generation and their children and grandchildren can continue to call San José home.