1. After more than a year under a state of emergency in response to homelessness, it remains one of the most pressing issues facing Long Beach. What would you do differently to address this crisis of housing, addiction and mental health?
I feel sympathy, I think no one should be living in the street facing those conditions, they are someone’s brother, sister, cousin, uncle or friend. I think at any given moment anybody can be homeless due to the economy and social inequality. We need to continue pressing on the issue for immediate solutions at the leadership level, If we don’t, it may become a cycle. This is collective leadership work.
In 60 days in office, I will streamline the urgent execution action plan to de-escalate the homeless problem.
I will call a town hall meeting with every local homeless agency, community leaders, residents and local churches, even exchanging visions with other community leaders that already experienced homeless problems to help reevaluate and foresee immediate solutions for housing, addiction and mental health.
And then I draw up an action plan to reach out, call different levels of government entities, federal, state and county agencies for shelter and resources for mental and addiction issues, and finally reach educational experts and leader programs to help them for self-sustainability.
2. The city has recently had extensive hiring shortages affecting everything from trash pickup to police and fire response. How would you speed hiring and improve retention?
If elected: in-depth, I will take analyses of a variety of sources including city data, jobs reports, private-sector best practices, have extended dialog with council member team and experts representing diverse fields and interest of the workers and city. Also may inform the community residents affected by the services.
3. Long Beach has long been dependent on oil revenue, but that stream of money is going away. How should the city make up that revenue to avoid major budget deficits?
When there is the prospect of serious budget shortfalls, I think it is important to impose across-the-board budget cuts or at least to work with department heads to identify a special level of cut, at the same time promote economic growth through fiscal policies.
4. Next to Downtown, Central Long Beach has been one of the areas that has had the most amount of recent construction in the city. What are your specific plans to ensure new housing and businesses do not displace existing residents?
Understandable that the city of Long Beach continues to grow, and there are challenges and complexities. The city depends on urban planning for functionality, growth, and to bring in new businesses. That’s why developers should follow planning rules and trends. As construction and technology is one of my career trades, if elected, I will enhance city living as a core idea. The following factors go into proper city planning: public welfare, equality, efficient emergency measures and community participation.
5. The 6th District includes many “high-injury” streets and intersections that the city knows are dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. What will you do to make streets like Pacific Coast Highway and Anaheim Street safe and push Long Beach toward its goal of zero traffic deaths?
I’m so glad you asked! I have seen so many injuries in my district. The Vision Zero goal is to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2026. It’s time for action.
If elected in 60 days in the office, I will streamline the urgent execution action plan to avoid injuries and save lives in the community.