Too many community residents are unable to walk or ride wheelchairs safely in their neighborhood due to the lack of sidewalks and speeding vehicles. District 7 is slated to receive less than 3% of proposed 2017 bond funding for Streets, Sidewalks & Bridges.
As of Day One, I will be a tireless advocate for infrastructure funding in District 7 and will prioritize projects by greatest need. I will work with communities and transportation partners to bring sidewalks, lighting, and traffic calming devices to our neighborhoods.
For over a decade, our police department has been understaffed and overstretched. Violent crime in our community has risen to new levels, and officers are retiring faster than we can replace them. Residents are experiencing more vehicle break-ins, burglaries, and even home invasions.
I will work to ensure patrol and SAFFE officers have the resources they need to do their job effectively. I will bolster support for community policing programs like Cellular on Patrol and Neighborhood Watch. I will work to provide economic opportunities for all residents so that no one is driven to resort to a life of crime.
Shaping Our Growth
San Antonio is growing faster than many of us can remember. Without responsible growth, we risk losing the character of our neighborhoods, pushing out longtime residents, and adding to our traffic & drainage problems. In 2016, our councilman—who sits on the Housing Committee—missed 10 of 10 scheduled Housing Committee meetings, per city records.
I will make neighborhoods strong partners in my work at City Hall and give them a voice in shaping our growth. I will advocate for policies that enhance our quality of life and protect our natural resources. I will work to protect the character that makes San Antonio so unique while preparing responsibly for the future.
Accountability & Transparency
Many District 7 residents feel they do not have a voice in City Hall. Neighborhoods often do not find out about developments in their areas until the eleventh hour. Calls and emails to the District 7 Council Office are not returned promptly, if at all. Under the current leadership, over 40 staff members have come and gone in the District 7 office; that is four times the turnover seen in any other council office of comparable tenure.
I will be a full-time councilwoman. I will run an office where emails and phone calls are returned promptly, and where employees are motivated to serve District 7. I will hold regular town hall meetings and evening office hours accessible to working families. I will seek meaningful public input on issues before City Council. I will hold myself, city staff, and city contractors accountable to you.