2018 Candidate for 5th District Council Member of Long Beach
After much thought...
and encouragement from the community and business leaders, I have decided to run for 5th District Council-member of Long Beach in the upcoming 2018 election. Over the last 6 years, I have been honored to serve our community as a Harbor Commissioner at the Port of Long Beach. During my tenure, we've transformed the port into what is now becoming the “Port of the Future”. While I am proud of the many milestones and achievements, I am most proud of the many, good-living wage jobs we've created. I have lived in greater Long Beach my entire life. My wife Yolita and I are proud homeowners in the Lakewood Village neighborhood.
Today, we face many challenges. Our Police and Fire Departments are under funded and their resources are spread too thin. I understand first hand the value of public safety and I will work to restore and increase services so Long Beach can be the safe city we all want to live in.
Our streets and our parks are in desperate need of repair. Measure A funds are being used to fill potholes and slurry seal but we need to rebuild our infrastructure. A short term sales tax increase will not provide us a long term solution. We need a plan to ensure Long Beach is a city people want to call home for generations to come.
The 5th District is made up of mostly suburban neighborhoods. We are facing increased density with the potential development of multi-story residential and mixed use buildings that simply do not fit next to our single family homes. The math is simple. Any increase in height equals an increase in density. The current proposal doesn’t take into account impacts on parking, traffic and increased demand of public safety services.
I understand the value of community input. Transparency and communication will be key to our success in solving our problems. I will work tirelessly on bringing forward solutions to benefit the 5th District and the Long Beach community as a whole.