Monica Montgomery Steppe
As one of the safest big cities in the nation, San Diego has seen a citywide rash of recent violence across its communities. As the Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods, Councilmember Monica Montgomery is compelled to act to ensure San Diegans are safe on every block, in every neighborhood.
By partnering with community organizations and city leaders, The Peace Movement: Let’s Live, Let’s Love has been developed - as a proactive and holistic approach - to mitigate violence and ensure that all communities are safe.
The Peace Movement includes both short and long-term goals.
The short-term goal of the peace movement is to promote unity, healing and peace in San Diego communities as the San Diego Police Department works to solve crimes and reduce violence.
The long-term goal of the peace movement is to provide policy solutions that promote economic justice, foster improved community and police relationships and to improve the overall quality of life for all San Diegans.
Councilmember Montgomery has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and SD Hip Hop 5k/The Southeast Art Team to produce an art beautification project. Graffiti is one of the challenges to promoting peace. Tagging is one root cause of violence – “the literal writing on the wall.” In addition to the ten (10) practical steps that community members can take to promote peace, an art project - on designated SDG&E utility boxes – will promote healing themes.
There will be ongoing outreach including townhalls, forgiveness and healing circles.