Why I'm Running
I’m running for the city council to restore and preserve the city to which I owe so much. As a recent college graduate, I will bring a fresh perspective to a city council that historically has lacked young voices.
We are in an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. Extremism, greed, and ineptitude threaten the health of our parents, grandparents, and the most vulnerable among us. Swift, fundamental change is our best and only hope.
Six months into the pandemic, our laws still do not adequately protect our seniors and at-risk neighbors from this deadly virus. Instead of flattening the curve, our elected officials have lagged behind the curve. They have not acted fast enough, nor boldly enough, to combat this virus effectively. Claremont is a town that survives on consumer tourism, which has taken a great hit because the city has not enacted effective policies to keep individuals safe and businesses afloat. This is no time for the kind of reactive governance that has led to this point.
Our town has begun to lose some of its unique institutions, particularly The Claremont Club. The Club’s place in this community for nearly half a century is exemplified by the thousands of people who have mobilized to advocate for its protection from redevelopment. The Claremont Club must be preserved as a permanent resource for our seniors, families, and children. I will lead the fight in Sacramento and Washington to secure the funds necessary to purchase this valuable community treasure for continued public use.
In response to California’s housing shortage, we must expand housing availability in Claremont while also preserving our longstanding neighborhoods. Although not every parcel of land is suitable for development, we must move forward with transit-oriented affordable housing projects to give lower-income residents access to public transportation.
With the Gold Line’s arrival to Claremont in the next decade and the construction of the massive Village South mixed-use development adjacent to the new Gold Line station, accessibility will be a major concern of the next city council. Ensuring that the Village expansion enjoys a walkability factor is crucial for creating a viable first/last mile transit environment in which pedestrians, particularly those in South Claremont, can easily access the Village and its rail stations.
Over the past several months, communities across the country have been reexamining the actions and procedures of their local law enforcement agencies. The City of Claremont, despite the low number of complaints against its police department, still must participate in this movement to correct injustices that exist in law enforcement. Although the Claremont Police Commission has formed several ad hoc committees to address issues of policing, I will make these committees and a civilian use-of-force committee permanent. I will also insist that our police department adopt and fully implement Campaign Zero’s 8 Can’t Wait policy initiatives, which would improve trust between the department and our surrounding communities.
Our nation has entered a new era. Thanks to the involvement of young leaders across the country, vital issues of racial and economic justice finally have become mainstream in our political discourse. As a young leader, I will stand up for Claremont’s minority residents, including people of color, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community. We must never stop striving for a more just and inclusive society.
I take great pride in the strength of our community. Although the coronavirus pandemic has put this strength to the test, I am confident that with fresh, proactive leadership, we can make it through this crisis and work to build an even stronger future.