I began running for District 2 because of our city’s meager response to the Hepatitis A outbreak and I am now fighting to make sure we can count on a responsive and attentive government to secure the future for San Diegans.
There are so many issues on the minds of District 2 residents, here are some of the most critical.
Ensuring that City Government is Working for YOU!
During my time on the Clairemont Town Council, I have consistently seen civic-minded residents informed of decisions already made rather than consulted beforehand. This has led to a distressing lack of trust and wariness of change.
As a doctor I’ve spent my career informing patients of their options at crucial moments in their lives and working with them toward treatment. I want to bring this mindset to City Hall and work cooperatively with our communities.
Facing our Housing Shortfall
We face an unprecedented housing deficit and need to build more houses for all income levels. San Diego has a surplus of housing for wealthy residents yet tens of thousands of families still cannot find a home to buy or rent in our communities. The State of California has made housing a priority and has begun to direct funding to cities like ours that will help meet the demand for the residential units our next generation requires. San Diego must foster our housing market to continue to thrive as a world class city.
Tackling our Homeless Crisis
The city’s record on homelessness has been fraught with indecision and indifference that has exacerbated the problem and led to 402 hospitalized and the deaths of 20 people from Hepatitis A.
Right now, the County Regional Task Force on the Homeless has begun to implement a nationally recognized program that has reduced chronic homelessness by up to 90%. The City of San Diego must do it’s part.
Taxpayers can save thousands per person, per year by preventing costly emergency room visits and ambulance trips, and ease the burden on emergency service personnel who are doubling as frontline social workers by implementing the evidence based solution that worked in places as diverse as the state of Utah and the city of Houston.
Enforce Solutions to Unregulated Short Term Vacation Rentals
The City Attorney has ruled there are no statutes for short term rentals in residential zones. Yet, our city administration refuses to uphold zoning laws and allowed for exponential growth of this market. Despite years of wasted effort in subcommittees and on the council dais, we remain deadlocked.
Our city’s codes need to define permitting, registering, taxing, and enforcing rules of STVR operation. We must protect our neighborhoods from being overrun by individual and corporate investors using housing stock for commercial purposes. Neighborhoods made up of families are disappearing and District 2 is losing schools, churches, and community organizations that are the backbone of our society.
Other municipalities, like San Francisco, have enacted legislation that withstood challenges by the companies facilitating STVRs. I believe in their balanced approach to managing this new industry by banning non-owner occupied STVRs and mandating the companies share their data with the city to stop illegal listings.
You have another issue on your mind? Email me at Jen@Drjen2018.com.