San Jose has always been on the forefront of renewable energy. However, there's more work to be done. We still restrict how much solar energy can be generated, and the use of low profile wind turbines is prohibited. At the same time, San Jose wants to get into the power business and obligate citizens to buy clean energy directly from the city. This would increase your power bills by up to 5% per year. I think it would be wiser to let citizens have as much power as they need and not impose a new city department that manages their power use.
One of District 5’s most treasured features is our vibrant and welcoming natural surroundings. We should continue to improve our creeks and green spaces to provide safe natural resources for everyone to enjoy. We should also reach out to more nonprofits to help assist with these efforts. The city should be more focused on core issues and let the experts guide and assist us in the protection of natural resources.
Homelessness is an undeniably high concern for San Jose residents. The East Side of San Jose is the one of the most impacted by this crisis. Districts 5 and 7 have more homeless encampments than the rest of San Jose’s other eight districts combined. Our city needs to work together to address homelessness, which affects everyone; especially those who are homeless or on the verge of being so. Our city already has a multitude of services, programs, and volunteer organizations working hard to alleviate the growing epidemic. With the many reasons that lead to homelessness, having a wide net of approaches is a great start. What our city needs now are leaders who can focus on coordinating more, not less, with nonprofits who keep getting turned away from the city. These are groups that are ready to help, but our policies keep them away. I will change that!
San Jose families, and especially those in District 5, have been returning to multi-generational housing. With the rising cost of living and need for our families to simultaneously care for older and younger generations, our city needs to find ways to encourage the success of these struggling families. The permitting fees to increase parking space or to add an addition to a house make it legally impractical for these families to find solutions. Illegal subletting and illegal additions cause a cascade of problems. We need to create opportunities for people to alleviate housing needs. While many leaders want to focus on large scale housing development projects, I want to bring a new approach to the housing crisis by focusing on the existing opportunities that are right in front of us. We must also implement policies that promote safety and enhanced neighborhoods for every resident in our community.
Affordable housing plans can be complicated, but our students, educators, blue collar workers, and other residents of our city, deserve to live where they work, and we need to ensure that homes they can afford are built. Encouraging more housing inventory, specifically housing that caters to new owners, is the only way to alleviate the burden of the high cost of living. The feeling of ownership in a home or property encourages pride in a neighborhood and offers the assurance and accountability that our citizens need.