Safe neighborhoods are my top priority. I will encourage outreach programs, reinforce tools for problem solving, and build up our community through shared experiences and common values.
Persist in addressing homelessness.
We all know that the issue of homelessness has no magic solution. It requires a very complex intersection of social services, public health, land use, property rights, and public safety needs. Our community cannot solve this widespread problem alone. However, Orange has historically strived and continues to do more than most to help those in need. With our non-profit community we provide resources for the homeless and the outcast. In addition, we continue partnering with our North Orange County neighbors to move our homeless into shelters, create transitional housing and work toward a return back to productive society.
As a Planning Commissioner, I know and respect land use laws. Under jurisdiction of the County, allowing folks to camp on the river bed should have never been allowed. I am for a strong Orange Police Department and for all criminals, regardless of housing status, to be off the streets. It can be very difficult to match certain persons with relevant service providers, so I support teams with combined skillsets to address the varied challenges of local homeless persons.
Strengthen code enforcement.
I believe we must respect all our neighborhoods because each have a special charm and unique character. We need increased code enforcement and a method to immediately address graffiti removal, and residential overcrowding and boarding. I support residential and commercial “pride in ownership” incentives so that private properties are well maintained.
The City Council’s role is to assure that all neighborhoods have sound infrastructure, safety and sanitation. They need to encourage residents to get involved on the block where they live; not just wait until others might do something for them. The Council also needs to create private partnerships for positive interventions in response to problems like seniors or disabled persons who cannot repair their property.