Community Engagement

Community Engagement

As a former schoolteacher, I have experienced the impact a positive role model can have on future generations and have always strived to lead by example. I have been and will continue to be a proactive resident of the city. My work in the community has taken time, effort, and dedication. As your Council member, I will create an open level of communication and encourage greater engagement from District 5 residents, young and old. We all have something to offer and I will strive to be an advocate for active engagement within our District.  With greater diversity of participants within our commissions, local leadership roles, and committees, all voices can be heard and included in the conversation.

Actions
  • Increase the number of city events in District 5 to encourage participation and generate opportunities for open dialogue, such as our “Rock the Vote” event on Saturday, October 10th at Super King Market.
  • Seek out and encourage District 5 residents to serve on City Commissions, ensuring diverse and equal representation.
  • Develop Youth Commissioner roles on City Commissions to encourage youth engagement.
  • Provide equality of opportunity by designating “safe bike lanes” for District 5 students to ride their bicycles to El Roble and the Claremont High School.

Economic Development

Economic Development

I have owned and operated a business in Claremont for the past 13 years. I  have been and continue to be  an active participant in the development of the city’s economic growth. My wife and I opened Packing House Wines just before the Recession and were able to witness the city support its local businesses, in the same way we have seen during the pandemic. This support has always been appreciated and NEVER taken for granted, creating a personal responsibility in maintaining an active role in the city’s next phase of development by continuing to voice my opinion. The power of small businesses not only drive the development of Claremont but also bring communities together.

Actions
  • Maximize established relationships and community input to ensure that subsidized housing is a City shared opportunity and not heavily allocated to District 5, as it is today.
  • Work with Chamber of Commerce and community experts to help local businesses create online stores that will maximize their business models and sales opportunities.
  • Listen and support small businesses in their efforts to remain sustainable and encourage economic recovery. 
  • Search and facilitate State and Federal funding to support small businesses on their path to sustainability.
  • Collaborate with landlords and developers to attract and ensure unique, viable, and financially profitable businesses come to Claremont to generate sales tax.
  • Develop vacant commercially viable properties in south Claremont, such as NE corner Indian Hill and Arrow Hwy, NE Cambridge and Arrow Hwy.

Fiscal Responsibility

Fiscal Responsibility

Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, I was always amazed at how my parents made so little go so far. It was this upbringing that shaped my fiscal responsibility. Budgets should be seen as a management tool and adhered to. Balanced budgets are a city’s way of  being accountable and respectful to its residents while maintaining financial prosperity.  Building a small business with very humble beginnings has provided me the tools and experience to develop and adhere to a budget.

Actions
  • Ensure that our new City Manager is highly qualified and ready to manage the unique situation that Claremont is presently experiencing.
  • Work closely with new City Manager to ensure the long term financial viability of Claremont.
  • Make tough decisions and streamline all City operations and staffing where feasible while minimizing resident impact.
  • Utilize our local and nearby College experts and professionals for economic consulting services. Encourage creative solutioning .

Public Safety

Public Safety

It is the obligation of our local government to work with all public safety organizations towards the goal of safety in our community. As a small business owner and resident, I have always appreciated the fast response times and professionalism of our Fire and Police Departments in every interaction I have experienced. It is instrumental that our community, city officials, and safety officers maintain open dialogue to ensure a positive relationship between all parties. As an immigrant and a person of color, I understand the importance of open communication in order to move forward.

Actions
  • Continue to seek out grants and support from County and State agencies to address the homeless, addicted and mentally ill populations.
  • Improve the safety and operational efficiency of our police department’s headquarters.
  • Guarantee that all citizens as well as officers can safely and immediately file public safety complaints to an independent review board, such as the Police Commission.
  • Ensure all hotels in Claremont are compliant with city regulations to minimize crime. Support all motels and hotels in Claremont to reduce criminal activity by collaborating with local public services, business owners, and residents.
  • Continue to build on ways that social service organizations can respond to mental health report calls.