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 my priorities when elected.
Do you have another problem on your mind? Email me at Jen@DrJen2018.com.
Ensuring that the City Government is putting Residents First
During my time on the Clairemont Town Council, I have consistently seen residents informed of decisions already made, rather than consulted beforehand. This has led to a distressing lack of trust and wariness of change, and residents from around our District tell me that they feel their neighborhoods of Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Pt. Loma and Pacific Beach have been ignored by their councilperson Zapf and the city administration.
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 and put the residents before special interests.
District 2 does not receive its fair share of services from the City of San Diego, including infrastructure improvements, road paving, and police staffing. On the City Council, I would fight for our residents to receive an equal share of city services.
Tackling our Homeless Crisis
San Diego’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 its part and work with the County.
There are five criteria used to help resolve homelessness in a housing-first model.
1. Collaboration – all providers of services for homelessness work together
2. Outreach – the individual needs of each homeless person are assessed
3. Properties – are identified that can become permanent homes
4. Wrap Around Services – The individual’s medical and social problems are treated
5. Observation – the services are monitored to ensure fiscal responsibility and positive outcomes
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.
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 current and next generation requires. San Diego must foster our housing market to continue to thrive as a world-class city.
Addressing Climate Change
San Diego, like the rest of the planet, is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and representing the district that will be the most affected by rising sea levels within the city, I believe that environmental issues and impacts will be at the forefront of my term on the City Council. I plan to name a dedicated member of my staff who specializes in and advocates for solutions to our most pressing environmental issues. I have taken climate change seriously since I was young. I have installed solar in my home, drive a high-efficiency vehicle, recycle and have always supported candidates that are working toward a more sustainable vision for the future of our planet.
As a councilmember, I want to aggressively protect the Climate Mitigation and Action Plan and ensure that we are meeting the necessary goals to protect the environment going forward. The most critical part of meeting CMAP’s goals are investing in our transit system and implementing construction around our transit hubs. The appointment of Georgette Gomez as the chair of MTS will lead to more efficient and sensible ways to move San Diegans to work, school, shopping, and home. The passage of Assemblywoman Gonzalez-Fletcher’s AB-805 will ensure better representation on SANDAG for our City. I want to be an advocate for smart and responsible growth for our city as we continue to invest in transit-based solutions to meet our climate goals.
I support Councilmember Chris Ward’s plan to ban Styrofoam products and single-use plastic straws in San Diego, which pollutes our waterways and doesn’t biodegrade for hundreds of years.
I fully support the work that has been done by the Climate Action Campaign in pushing the City of San Diego toward a sustainable future. Community Choice Energy allows the clean energy industry the freedom to grow without Sempra using the power of its regional monopoly to slow our path to 100% clean energy in the city and county of San Diego. I am ready to fight to meet our 2035 goal of 100% renewable energy and be a sixth yes for Community Choice Energy on the City Council. I hope we can avoid further studies or delays that have marred the process of bringing the plan to a vote.
Enforce Solutions to Unregulated Short Term Vacation Rentals
The City Attorney has ruled there are no statutes for short-term rentals in residential zones. Our city administration refuses to uphold zoning laws and allowed for the exponential growth of this market. Despite 8 years on City Council which included 3 years as chair of the subcommittee on Smart Growth and Land Use, which was in charge of resolving this issue, Zapf was unable to produce legislation to end the deadlock on City Council. The leadership of Barbara Bry on this issue and the cooperation of other council members led to a reasonable compromise that the Council passed this July 2018, which is a path to properly regulate STVRs & save our neighborhoods.
Our city’s codes will now define permitting, registering, taxing, and enforcing rules of STVR operation. We will protect our neighborhoods from being overrun by individual and corporate investors using housing stock for commercial purposes. Blocks made up of families will stop disappearing, and District 2 will stop 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.
Outlawing whole home rentals as STVRs as per the new regulations, can potentially open up many more housing units for our citizens to either rent or buy on a long-term basis, helping our current housing availability crisis.
Protect Our Height Limits
I will fight to protect the existing height limits throughout District 2.
Bahia Point Land Grab
As a candidate for San Diego City Council District 2, I am against the Bahia Hotel expansion taking away the current parking and public access to this invaluable and historic piece of San Diego’s coastline. Read more here.
Do you have another issue on your mind? Email me at Jen@DrJen2018.com.