Jesus Cisneros

Jesus Cisneros, 41, is a school police officer who has lived in the district for two years. He is a registered Republican.

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Why are you running for the 2nd District? 

I am running for the 2nd district because I feel as if the current administration has failed our people. I want the best for our people and the best for our way of life. I am not a politician, I am just like you, someone who wants better, someone who does not want to be forced to move to the desert cities for a better way of life. This is our home and I will fight for our home.

What do you see as the biggest problem facing the 2nd District, and how do you propose solving it?  

Our city has many basic challenges that hurt our people every day because those challenges are not being addressed. These basic challenges are: a)  A failed education system. b) Lack of quality jobs that pay an honest day’s pay in order for our people to be able to afford to live in our expensive city c) Growing homelessness problem d) Lack of parking / parking citations e) Rising Crime such as rape, arson and shooting f) Lack of quality care for children of working parents.

a) I will bring school buses back. We have a city that does not supply school buses for our children to attend better schools ( currently the city supplies school buses only for handicapped or special needs children), with that, I would like to open more adult schools , currently there is only one adult school for a population of half a million people. Adult schools supply second chances for those who need their GED/ high school diploma, they teach the trades that are in dire need in our city, they teach English as a second language for those who cant get ahead because of language barriers, citizenship classes to make more citizens and many more skills that will help our people attain careers. Plus, this helps the city as a whole. The city would benefit greatly from adult schools.

b) I will bring careers, not just jobs. I will address this issue by implementing my program, “Build in Long Beach, Hire from Long Beach”. I propose that all new construction projects hire at least 15 percent of their personnel from our city. City permits for new projects are issued months and months in advance, sometimes years in advance. Companies know how many welders, iron workers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, truck drivers etc. they need in the planning stage. All these trades are union trades and pay 50K or more, some six-figures. I plan to get the trade unions involved and train and hire our people before the construction project has begun. By the time the project begins, our people are trained ( they even get paid while being trained), and are part of a union and ready for work. Not just in a job, but in a career that will pay him/her great money. Trades hire those that have served in jail, those who don’t have college degrees, and some even hire those who don’t have a high school diploma. My program will help with homelessness as well as many of our homeless are those who served in jail, have no education, and have been turned away elsewhere. The trades pay more than many careers that require a college education, and the only requirement is be 18 and over.

c) I will take an aggressive stance against the homeless. I will tackle homelessness in different ways as there are different types of homeless people. For the homeless that became homeless because they lost their job, became divorced, lost the bread winner in the family, are going through some tough times, I will build more centers that help with job skills, therapy and mental health. These centers will supply beds and shower areas. For those homeless that suffer from mental health, I will build centers away from the residential areas and supply mental health and drug addiction services along with beds and shower areas. For those homeless that are aggressive, break our laws, steal and assault, I will have the L.A county Sheriff take care of them as they are better equipped to deal with them. I want every citizen in our city to be treated equally. This applies to the homeless too. I will not have them trespassing, breaking into yards, stealing from our homes and businesses, assaulting people, defecating or urinating in public, or setting up tents in our streets. As you and I would be arrested for this, so shall the homeless that commit these crimes.

d) I will vote to abolish metered parking for residents of our city. No resident should pay to park outside their home or while helping the city economy by shopping locally. Parking meters affect business sales and steal our hard earned money. It’s not about the coins, it’s about the parking citation. Those parking citations rob our people. I will demand that our city issues parking permits for every single resident. I also want to build more city funded parking structures. The mayor said he will bring more buildings to our skyline. Then lets build more parking as the situation will worsen.

What are your specific plans to address homelessness? 

I will take an aggressive stance against the homeless. I will tackle homelessness in different ways as there are different types of homeless people. For the homeless that became homeless because they lost their job, became divorced, lost the bread winner in the family, are going through some tough times, I will build more centers that help with job skills, therapy and mental health. These centers will supply beds and shower areas. For those homeless that suffer from mental health, I will build centers away from the residential areas and supply mental health and drug addiction services along with beds and shower areas. For those homeless that are aggressive, break our laws, steal and assault, I will have the L.A county Sheriff take care of them as they are better equipped to deal with them. I want every citizen in our city to be treated equally. This applies to the homeless too. I will not have them trespassing, breaking into yards, stealing from our homes and businesses, assaulting people, defecating or urinating in public, or setting up tents in our streets. As you and I would be arrested for this, so shall the homeless that commit these crimes.

Do you believe there is a parking issue in the district? If so, how would you address it?  

I will vote to abolish metered parking for residents of our city. No resident should pay to park outside their home or while helping the city economy by shopping locally. Parking meters affect business sales and steal our hard earned money. It’s not about the coins, it’s about the parking citation. Those parking citations rob our people. I will demand that our city issues parking permits for every single resident. I also want to build more city funded parking structures. The mayor said he will bring more buildings to our skyline. Then lets build more parking as the situation will worsen.

What, if anything, is wrong with the Broadway Corridor and how would you fix it? 

No more building corridors because the residents who live in the areas surrounding the Broadway Corridors suffer. Corridors take away parking spaces because of congestion of parking within the streets that surround the corridor.