I support expanding our use of CARES Funds, as well as utilizing the General Fund to support our unemployed and small business owners. We also need to simplify the process of applying for PPP loans. The requirements should not change after businesses have closed and should be fair to all residents.
I support the new workforce program, however believe we need to eliminate the Pell Grant Requirement to help more residents qualify for the program and get them working.
It is time that San Antonio takes real action towards closing the Digital Divide. As much as 60% of residents in some neighborhoods in D3 do not have internet access.
We need Equal, Equitable, Accessible Wi-Fi for our resident and I want that process to start in District . This means:
District 3 has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic due to our district's higher percentages of residents with diabetes, obesity, and other health conditions. This has led to one too many deaths from this disease.
As your next councilman, I will continue to work to ensure that our residents are getting access to the COVID vaccines as they come in, as well as work with our surrounding districts to set up vaccination sites.
We also need to ensure that we are practicing healthy habits. This means working with community business leaders to build more supermarkets in our district to provide access to healthier foods and prevent residents from driving more than 5 miles to a local grocery store.
Our small business owners do not need a band-aid fix, post COVID.
We are living in unprecedented times and that calls for unprecedented action.
As Councilman, I will commit to building mentor-protégé relationships between large companies and our micro-businesses.
By investing as little as $4300, we can see a return as much as eight times through mentorship and collaboration for owners and entrepreneurs. This is a great way for larger partners and companies to give back to our community by teaching valuable skills to the local job-bringers in our economy.
San Antonio's home values are increasing, but so are property taxes. I believe we need to ensure we are properly funding our schools through property taxes, while also ensuring we are not burdening our homeowners.
The same issue goes for our renters who are dealing with increasing rents during a pandemic. While an eviction moratorium is currently in place by the Federal Government, we need a Renter's Commission that is lead by Renters with Landlords providing feedback and representation. This official city commission will make recommendations to City Council that should actually act on them.
I am committed to working so that we not only work with getting our homeless citizens into better lifestyles, but that we also prevent future residents from becoming homeless.
We are a Compassionate City, that means we need to treating this delicate issue humanely.
I want District 3 to be a beacon of hope and serve as a space space for our LGBTQIA+ members of the community. I was grateful to work with many students who considered themselves as part of the community, where I proudly served as a mentor and support contact for them.
I support reforming our Police Department's budget to better serve our community. This means:
I support CPS Energy's plans to move towards greener energy sources. I believe we should set an ultimate goal within the next 20 years to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel energy.
District 3 is home to a leader in Solar Energy panels and we should continue to incentivize the investment while also making green energy more accessible to our homeowners.
Our city just had a massive Winter Storm that left too many residents in the dark and without clean water. This was a failure at the state and municipal level. I support the current review process that has been started by City Council. We need to make sure that our utility companies are being transparent about their process with taxpayers.
Residents who have live and love District 3 know of the potential and opportunity our community has. But we need to make sure that we are lifting up every resident, not just those around specific areas.
I want to be sure that we are controlling growth throughout the 84 square miles of our land, ensuring that we are not spurning are residents in the process. They need to be involved within the conversation and engaged in the decision making process. Growth is good when it is controlled and smart development can help D3 prosper.
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