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2019 Policy Priorities

  • Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2020
    • Especially during years with constrained budgets, it's critical to examine what return we receive from our investments. While limited budget options may demand reductions in a variety of areas, it's critical that we avoid creating worse liabilities in the future with any short-term cuts. This should include programming, but also include careful evaluation of thousands of vacant, budgeted positions against the long-term costs of reduced service levels, more costly outsourcing of core public agency responsibilities, and the potential for spiking repair and infrastructure costs if pressing needs are not addressed now. Find a full list of my budget priorities PDF icon here
  • Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Priorities 2019
    • It is essential that San Diego and our binational region remain competitive, that city leaders invest in stronger neighborhoods, that we continue to prioritize equity and proactive outreach to all communities, and develop new avenues for the economic empowerment of all San Diegans. Read my full work plan PDF icon here.
  • Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Priorities for 2019
    • All San Diegans have the right to move about their communities safely, unburdened by the fears associated with poor infrastructure. This fear is very real for many, stifling freedom of mobility, compromising our quality of life, and delaying progress toward achieving our Climate Action Plan goals. Read my full priority list PDF icon here
  • Land Use and Housing Committee Priorities 2019
    • Safe, stable homes are critical to the constituents we serve, the sustained growth of our economy, and the opportunities for our next generation. Council must ensure that our land use and housing policies are drawing on the best practices and innovative solutions from other cities to finally implement a deliberate and holistic plan to house our homeless, ensure consistent development of affordable housing is proportional to our overall housing stock, and further prioritize the types of most-needed units - like Permanent Supportive Housing - that the market is least likely to provide on its own. Find my full priority list PDF icon here.

District 3 Policy Highlights 

 

  • GUARANTEED EQUAL PAY FOR CITY CONTRACTORS
    • Authored San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance, now ensuring those doing business with the City adhere to pay equity standards regardless of gender or race. Read the full ordinance here.
  •  ELIMINATED STYROFOAM AND SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
    • On January 8, 2019 the San Diego City Council approved Councilmember Ward’s ordinance to Ban Polystyrene Foam and Restrictions on Single Use Plastics to make San Diego the largest City in California working to protect marine ecosystems from this source of trash and contribute to our Zero Waste Goals. Find the ordinance PDF icon here.
  • TRANSFORMED THE CITY’S RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS
    • Reformed and enhanced City approaches to homelessness; fought for a wide range of new support systems and investments that will reduce homelessness and mitigate neighborhood impacts throughout our City. Review additional information on Councilmember Ward's efforts to address this crisis here.
  • PRIORITIZED INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND INVESTMENT IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
    • Enhanced the council’s focus on small business support, inclusive economic development approaches, and stronger relationships with other governmental agencies to benefit our city. Learn more about Councilmember War's efforts as chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations committee here.
  • ENSURED SAFE ACCESS TO CANNABIS FOR ALL SAN DIEGANS
    • Led opposition to City’s proposed two-year moratorium on licensed marijuana retail operations and instead supported framework to permit citywide opportunity for access and production.
  • SPEARHEADED BALLOT MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN TERM LIMITS AND ETHICS RULES
    • Measures K & L were each overwhelmingly approved by more than three-quarters of San Diego voters in 2018.
  • UNIFIED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING TO SUPPORT CLIMATE ACTION GOALS
    • Created the City Mobility Board to provide citizen input and advocacy for comprehensive planning and active transportation networks and align right-of-way planning.
  • FUNDED LANDMARK PURE WATER PROGRAM
    • Led successful Council efforts to approve more than $1 billion in construction contracts for the City’s landmark Pure Water program, providing a local, clean, renewable water supply with landmark job quality standards to ensure the benefits of project construction stay in San Diego. Find additional information on the Pure Water project and its status here.

 

 

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