Hello, I am Petunia, my dad Alejandro adopted me a little over two years ago. I am a Staffordshire Bully Mix around 6 years old and I love going for walks, chasing squirrels and taking naps.
LET'S GET THINGS DONE!
I am running a campaign focused on “getting things done” because in the westside we are tired of waiting. I am running because we need a strong voice for the westside because electing more of the same and expecting different results has been our problem.
Hello! My name is Alejandro, but some people call me Ale, and I am a queer Latino immigrant. I put myself through college by working multiple jobs in policy research and advocacy. Several years ago, a friend and I started a successful local consulting firm that employs dozens every year. In my community, I am known as a doer, a squeaky wheel that makes things happen.
I am running because I want to make positive change happen for the Westside. I feel that our city could do more to improve District 2. Many of my neighbors feel neglected, even forgotten. What the westside needs are SOLUTIONS, and fast. We can't waste any more time just talking about the issues. We need action. Too many are suffering. As your council member, I will get to know you and the issues you care about. My promise to you is that I will make things happen and I will listen to you because your voice is important to me.
I believe our local government is the tool for change and solutions to day-to-day problems. But if you live on the westside you know that things here don't happen very fast, or at all. We need to hold our policymakers accountable. I will work hard to hold myself and others accountable.
I can't sit on the sidelines and see how politicians praise their accomplishments. We are in this together, and because of it, I am motivated to do more, I am encouraged to show up and make a difference, I want to turn our struggles into triumphs.
CALL OR TEXT ME: 385-270-8684
NO FLUFF BUT
REAL ISSUES & ACTUAL SOLUTIONS.
DISTRICT 2 ISSUES
Problem: AFFORDABLE HOUSING, GENTRIFICATION & DISPLACEMENT
GENTRIFICATION & DISPLACEMENT
The high price of housing and the "boom" that the real estate market is experiencing is having a continued effect on marginalized communities. Our city needs to keep on pushing for affordable housing in ALL corners of the city (yes, some east side neighborhoods will hate I am saying this). Our city needs to keep fighting for those doing everything right but can't come ahead. While many celebrated the changes in Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) the truth is that only a handful of ADUs was built in our district (and the city).
MY TWO YEAR COMMITMENT:
- Grow the Stock of Housing Affordable Units: while the westside is home to natural occurring affordable houses, many of those are disappearing giving its place to multiple-unit developments that aren't very affordable. Our council member needs to be a strong voice to make sure our city doesn't push us out from our own neighborhoods.
- Revamp the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) ordinance. Implement a fee waiver, creation of a low-interest fund for down payments, encourage the submission of architectural ADU plans to get the city to pre-approve the design this way to save architectural costs and time. Triple our ADUs built in District 2 in just two years (from 7 built in the last two years to 21 new ones).
- Creating a Community Investment Trust (CIT): "Asset poverty" or ownership is one of the main issues with upper mobility. CITs are an investment tool for low-income neighbors to invest (usually between $10-$100/mo) in commercial property and the equity is shared between the investors, while the property value will naturally increase creating a long-term benefit for investors.
PROBLEM: Homelessness, housing, mental health, & its complexities
While the city is investing unprecedented funds in affordable housing, it is still below of what is needed. Many can't afford to pay rent, or mortgage and end up in the streets. Many are struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and trauma. Some live inside their cars, some behind bushes, and some in our park benches. I believe that most of us ache when thinking about this. IT IS A TRAGEDY! The reality is that we are failing... not only to those in our streets but also to our neighbors that experience homelessness on their front porches. I am running because I know we can do better.
HOMELESSNESS, HOUSING, MENTAL HEALTH & ITS COMPLEXITIES
MY TWO YEAR COMMITMENT:
Many of the issues I mentioned above are interconnected, but I want to give you specific solutions and I want to start with:
- Increase the funding for the "Downtown Ambassador" program so we can connect many with the resources we need. So far the program is set to end in just a few months.
- Build a tiny home community (with a low bar of entrance): our city keeps ping-ponging unsheltered people from one corner of our district to the other. While the goal is for no one to live in the streets it is important to understand there will be some that will never join a shelter and some that won't accept treatment. We need to learn from other cities to tackle this problem holistically.
- Homelessness as a regional issue: SLC can't bear the brunt of this issue alone. Many other municipalities are enforcing the no-camping ordinance which means that many that are unsheltered end up in our city. We need our County to take a more important role in tracking homeless/unsheltered incidents in other jurisdictions and to bring those municipalities to the table so we can all pitch resources.
- North Temple and District 2 should be considered a gateway to our city, and as such it should be papered, cared and protected so those visiting our city can feel what this city is all about.
- About the "Other Side Village." It is true that we need more beds, and the Other Side Academy has shown a level of success that many other programs would want. It is also important to note that many on the westside feel like the west has done its part, and we need the east to do more. I am very carefully following this program and I have suggested some changes to it: 1) the creation of a board comprised of neighbors and business owners. This board can get people involved in making this a success, it can solve immediate concerns by neighbors and the community can take part in shaping this project. 2) request transparency about available land in all districts. It is ALSO important to note that many of the frustrations in our district aren't towards the Village but towards a city that sometimes has just one officer assigned to respond to the westside. Too many are tired of promises. We need our city to solve our underlining issues. I understand why many have doubts about the project. We need to use this opportunity to work on these real day-to-day issues that are affecting many of our families.
PROBLEM: CRIME, SAFETY & POLICING
CRIME, SAFETY & POLICING
Crime, as tracked by our city, is more than double in our district than in eastside districts. The westside feels forgotten, and this must change!
MY TWO YEAR COMMITMENT:
- I will work to keep westside officers patrolling in the west, proactively train them to understand our diverse community and focus their effort on crime prevention and community patrolling. Our families have the right to feel secure and protected, we need to make sure our officers are trained, equipped, and embraced by our community. However, this all starts with building trust. Many of our officers can't afford to live in our city. We need a funding mechanism to assist our first responders with down payments so they can also be part of our community. I will commit my time and energy to reduce violent and property crime by 30% in two years.
PROBLEM: ROADS, POTHOLES, LIGHTS & PARKS
There is no comparison between the east and west side parks, lights, and roads. It is the responsibility of the city council member to raise their voice and bring actual solutions to these issues. This is not happening. We need a strong voice in our council, a voice that advocates for the westside. We need someone who understands our day-to-day issues. Why do we have to bring about the same issues year after year? It is time to get on what is important to improve our quality of life.
MY TWO YEAR COMMITMENT:
Prioritize street lights, roads, cleaning, and maintenance of public space so the westside does not feel neglected. I keep hearing from neighbors that speed in neighborhoods is out of control. To make sure our city focuses its resources on the westside I will request a regular report of ongoing and one-time tax expenditures by district, so we can compare where the city priorities are. Our city should also start listening to our concerns. If neighbors are asking for traffic-calming measures, we should start listening and making it happen. If the neighbors are asking for more lighting or better roads, we should start by listening and getting things solved.
Speeding, traffic calming, stop signs, speed limits: So many of you have told me about the issues of speeding in residential neighborhoods, and near schools, and parks. I have my own experience with that. Over several years, I contacted our city to add a traffic calming speed bump and a stop sign by my house (I live in a school zone), and the response from the city was "We can't do that because it is not needed, it would impede traffic flow." THAT IS THE POINT! That sincerely infuriated me. The city doesn't listen to us when we know what happens in our streets better. I learned that other cities have a process to petition for stop signs, elevated crosswalks, speedbumps, and other traffic calming measures. We need to create a system to petition (any neighbor could download the petition form and gather the signatures to request it). Right now, we have nothing. In my first few months, I will create this petition process, and canvass the neighborhoods (not only when seeking votes) to know which ones are the most dangerous areas.
STREET LIGHTS, SPEEDING& PARKS
CORE ISSUES AND VIEWS
I bring to the table years of networking, extensive relationship building, and the personality of a very passionate person that is ready to be engaged in civil discussion. I am bringing to the table courage, patience, and empathy to actually care.
I bring to the table a fresh, positive, and creative mindset to get things done but more importantly, I bring to the table the experiences of being raised by a struggling single mother that never gave up!
I bring with me the experiences of becoming a new American, the experiences of having to work two or three jobs to make it to the end of the month, the experiences that policy is one of the greatest tools our society created to make the lives of those struggling better. I wouldn’t be here without these experiences, and these experiences are the driving force that will inform any and every policy
decision I make.
MY TWO YEAR COMMITMENT:
- Be available and accessible to neighbors to hear their issues and concerns. I will not dismiss your frustrations and issues. I promise to actively work with the administration to solve problems.
- Create a yearly report on the issues of District 2, how they are progressing or not, what are the accomplishments and roadblocks.
While we may not agree on all things, I will always listen and take your issues seriously. The westside needs an advocate that works to improve it, I will be that advocate.
While I am focusing my campaign on talking to voters in District 2, and I am not spending all my time seeking politician's approval. Here a few endorsements from community leaders. I am releasing new endorsements every few days.
OTHER ISSUES ?
I would like to hear about the issues that concern you. My commitment is to understand you and to find solutions. Please send me a message so we can talk about them.