Franklin Sims

What should the city do when confronted with homeless individuals who refuse to go into a shelter or temporary housing?

The issue is hardly that homeless individuals are refusing services. Rather, the issue is that the city’s homelessness services are not meeting the challenge while receiving hundreds of millions of dollars to address. The failure is rooted in the fact that homelessness services don’t build relationships with homeless people. 

We are fortunate, however, to have a local elderly resident who successfully removes homeless people from our streets because she builds relationships with them. She helps them after the city’s homelessness services claim that the same homeless individual refused services. This is why I pledge to audit homelessness services, get to the bottom of our crisis and personally bring the actual truth back to voters so we can finally fix our shared crisis.

How would you address crime in the city? 

(Did not answer.)

With oil revenue dropping, and the city facing the possibility that Measure M revenue could disappear, what will you do to balance the budget in coming years?

Let’s not point the finger at oil revenue or Measure M when it comes to our budget. The source of our financial woes is wasteful spending and local politicians voting the way of their campaign contributions instead of Long Beach family values. Last year, Mayor Robert Garcia promised a zero-based budget after the cumulative impact of his leadership revealed another year’s broken budget. He didn’t keep his promise. I will.

The state is requiring Long Beach to make room for 26,502 new housing units by 2029. How should those housing units be distributed throughout the city? 

The state’s housing unit requirement is inflated to benefit greedy developers against local working family’s that don’t want to move. It will only lead to more luxury housing in Long Beach that actual Long Beach residents can’t dream of affording. Before 2012, the state offered housing subsidies that incentivized developers to build affordable housing. Now, CSULB is building the only affordable housing in Long Beach. But that housing is for college students and is exempt from property taxes.

Think about this: Once those students graduate, they won’t earn enough income to afford to live in the city that educated them. Thus, the state’s mandate further encourages high-end developers to continue what they have been doing for the last decade in Long Beach. That is, making hefty campaign contributions to the mayor’s office and other council people then building unaffordable housing units but calling them “affordable.” Those developers can’t buy me because I love Long Beach too much

The Queen Mary will require at least tens of millions in repairs to just remain in the state that it’s in currently. Is this a wise investment for the city, or should something else be done with the ship?

No. It is not a wise investment. The Queen Mary is supposed to be a city asset. That means that it’s supposed to make money to fund what local residents need in the city of Long Beach. It is immoral and unethical to spend tens of millions of dollars on the Queen Mary when so many Long Beach residents are suffering because our assets don’t help pay the bills. If we continue to invest in sinking ships and let politicians get away with sinking them then we can always count on the same politicians raising our parking tickets, raising our sales taxes and cutting more services that our families need.

The city never imposed a vaccine mandate on its employees, and recently lifted its indoor mask mandate. What should the city do if there’s a new surge of COVID-19 infections?

Mandates don’t work. Long Beach families are smart. Educate people and give them a choice. Let’s not kid ourselves, the city did not impose a vaccine mandate on its employees because local politicians were afraid to upset their biggest campaign donors. The police union made no bones about it. They threatened that if the city even tried mandating they would legally support their employees in fighting and boycotting the mandate. The majority of these employees don’t live in Long Beach and choose not even to raise their families here. In this case, politicians got to the right answer but for the wrong reason.

As long as we continue to elect politicians who are more loyal to city employees than working families, those same employees will call the shots on city policy. I can’t be bought because I won’t take their money. I want you, local residents, to have power again over City Hall. You deserve it because you’re paying the bills.