Issues

Affordable Housing

I am happy that we now have about 1000 new residents in our city.  This is an indication that people like DC, and we should be happy for that.  We also know that this growth in population brings challenges, and housing is one of them.  I believe affordable housing is a basic human right and racial justice issue. As a resident of the District I have experienced firsthand the strain and pressure it has on the family. In my work in the community I have been an advocate for affordable housing and for renter’s/tenant’s rights. As Councilmember, I will continue to support and push for more rent control legislation, I will support fully funding DHCD’s tools and programs, and will push for more initiatives that fund Community Based Non-Profit Organizations (CBO).  I will support relaxing rules and regulations that make it difficult for buyers and tenants to get into homes.

Education

Education, like housing, is a basic necessity for survival.  Our children deserve nothing but the best education. In the 80’s my parents left the city and moved to the suburbs, especially because they felt that DC’s public schools were not at par with those in the suburbs.  Over 30 years later we still have education disparity, not only when comparing our schools some in the nearby counties, but within the city.  A good primary education in DC can’t be only a private education, or and education based on your zip code.  We need to ensure, not only that all schools throughout the city are well funded but we also need to ensure that our educators are competent and can inspire our students to achieve greatness.  We need to bring our public primary school system in line with our higher learning institutions.  All students in DC deserve to have one of the best public school system in the nation.  I intend to work with students/parents organizations, school administrators and staff and faculty to address issues and bring ideas to fruition that will improve the school system.  A good education is the basis for survival and success.  A good education is the closest guarantee we have to success.  And we in DC must guarantee our children a school system that provides them the opportunity for a shot at success.

Public Safety

We have seen an escalation of violence in the District and we are no stranger to high crime rates.  We also had a decline in trust of police in our communities. For some time now, DC has had one of the highest police to resident ratios in the nation; currently with a police force of nearly 4000 officers.  As a Councilmember, I will make sure that Public Safety is well funded at all levels, I will continue to support measures that help build trust between community and law enforcement.  I will support measure that reinforce accountability, and I will support measures that look at best practices to help reduce homicides.

Transportation:

Growth in the DMV has made it more important than ever to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable transportation modes. However, the challenge continues to be long travel times and more pollution. We need to have leadership that will guide our neighboring states in solutions to our shared challenges.  I fully support green

Investing in Our Collective Future

  • Expose while we educate
  • Prioritize District residents in the Job Market
  • Build Safe and Supported Communities
  • Transform Communities and Infrastructure 

Expose as we Educate 

The lack of soft skill investment in our current curriculum has left thousands of DCPS graduates without the necessary tools to excel in our local job market. The case for additional soft skill development is evident by introduction of the MBSYEP Enhancement Amendment Act of 2017. As a council member I will:

    • work with the Chancellor, OSSE, and SBOE (who ever does curriculum) to introduce a curriculum enhancement whereby students would learn through observation, imitation, and modeling to enhance soft skills;
    • seek out funding to expand out-of-school exposure opportunities via field trips;
    • support formalized intra-system student engagement.

Prioritize District Residents in the Job Market 

  • Global demand for local jobs has resulted in far too many district residents losing out on opportunities to advance their careers to people who do not live in the District. Incentivizing the hire of District residents prevents tax leakage and combats underemployment, thus expanding opportunities for the unemployed. As a council member I will:
    • invest in a white collar wage subsidy;
    • expand the regional scope of the SYEP program to include opportunities in MD and VA.

Build Safe and Supported Communities 

  • As crime rates in the District decline, ensuring that communities feel safe, supported, and reflective of the residents will be one of my top priorities. As a Councilmember I will:
    • continue my efforts to elevate community voice in an effort to improve police and community relations. 

Transform Communities and Infrastructure 

  • The local government should generate mixed use development.
    • ensure construction is done by district residents
    • retail considerations are made for local business
    • Properties are managed by local firms