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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

City Council, District 8City of San DiegoJune 5, 2018California Primary Election

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June 5, 2018California Primary Election

City of San DiegoCity Council, District 8

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School Boardmember/Healthcare Educator
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  • Fight for our community’s fair share for road repair, clean streets, more parks.
  • Help struggling families by keeping clinics open and protecting healthcare.
  • Invest in after-school programs and more community policing for safer neighborhoods.
Profession:Healthcare Educator / Schoolboard Member
Healthcare Educator, Nestor Community Health Center (2008current)
Boardmember, San Ysidro School District — Elected position (2016current)
Boardmember, San Ysidro School District — Elected position (20122016)
University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts, Graduated with honors with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics (2008)
Member, San Diego Police Department’s Hiring Advisory Board (2014current)
Member, Educate For The Future (2014current)
Member, Friends of the San Ysidro Library (2016current)
Member, San Ysidro Community Planning Group (2012current)
Member, Imperial Beach Hunger Coalition (20142016)

We deserve better from City Hall.  I’m running for City Council to fight for the basics our neighborhoods deserve and help struggling families.

 

Born and raised in San Ysidro, I couldn’t be prouder to call District 8 home.  Yet, like so many of us, I’ve had it with City Hall ignoring our community.

 

I’ll fight every day to build a city government that’s on our side, serves our neighborhoods, and helps our community reach its full potential.

At the Nestor Community Clinic, I help deliver healthcare to thousands of local families in need.  

 

As a School Board Member, I work with parents and teachers to build a brighter future for our kids.  And I’ve taken on tough fights. I stood up to downtown politicians to fight for our fair share of school funding - and won.  I took crooked contractors to court to refund taxpayer dollars.

 

I understand our community’s struggles - because I’ve lived them.  I was raised by my grandparents. The first in my family to go to college, I went to community college and then earned a scholarship to four year university.

 

I’m proud to be endorsed by Teachers, Firefighters and Congressman Juan Vargas, among so many more trusted leaders.

 

If you’re fed up with City Hall neglecting our neighborhoods, join me.

1.
Question 1

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?

 

 

Answer from Antonio Martinez:

We must strengthen the bonds between community and law enforcement so that we can build safer neighborhoods in all of San Diego.  That means stronger oversight, more transparency and more public involvement in public safety decisions. We need more understanding on all sides and more community police officers who actually get to know the neighborhoods they patrol.  

In 2016, San Diego voters took a positive step forward by approving a measure to expand police oversight with mandatory reviews of all uses of lethal force and a stronger Community Review Board.  I’d like to see how those changes are working before we propose new ones.

2.
Question 2

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?

Answer from Antonio Martinez:

We need to look at every option to expand affordable housing.  San Diego housing costs are skyrocketing and new housing construction isn’t keeping pace.  Eliminating red tape so we can more quickly and efficiently build housing for working folks is critical.

3.
Question 3

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?

Answer from Antonio Martinez:

Yes.  I support the plan to increase the tourist tax to repair 160 miles of city streets annually and fund emergency services to get homeless women, children and veterans off the street and into treatment and stable homes.  We must address the homeless crisis.  People are hurting.  Neighborhoods are being threatened.  It’s a crisis and we must act.

4.
Question 4

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?

Answer from Antonio Martinez:

Yes!  We need to expand affordable housing for working families who are struggling.

5.
Question 5

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?

Answer from Antonio Martinez:

I’m glad San Diego voters didn’t fall for the Chargers’ scheme and use taxpayer money to fund their stadium.  With the Chargers gone we have a unique opportunity in Mission Valley, but we have to get it right. Rather then dueling ballot initiatives written in back rooms by special interests, I’d like to see a proposal for the Qualcomm site that is debated and discussed in public and where the people get to decide Mission Valley’s future.

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO--City Councilmember District 8

ANTONIO MARTINEZ

ANTONIO MARTINEZ
School Boardmember
Community Healthcare Educator

THE FIGHTER WE NEED AT CITY HALL

“I’ve had it with city hall insiders who ignore our community. I’ll fight to get our neighborhoods the fair share we deserve.”
– Antonio Martinez

ANTONIO MARTINEZ: PUT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS FIRST
• Stop city hall’s neglect of our community.
• Fight for our fair share for road repair, clean streets, parks.
• More funding for community oriented public safety.
• Help homeless get off the streets and into treatment.

ANTONIO MARTINEZ: A CHAMPION FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
• Delivers healthcare at Nestor Community Clinic.
• Expanded free lunches, after-school programs for at-risk kids.
• Launched Project Dream to collect 1,500 blankets for homeless children.

ANTONIO MARTINEZ: TOUGH ENOUGH TO FIGHT FOR US
• Rooted out waste, fraud in our schools.
• Took crooked contractors to court to refund taxpayer dollars.
• Fought downtown politicians for more school funding and won.

A lifelong resident of our community, Antonio Martinez was raised by his grandparents in San Ysidro and is the first in his family to graduate college.

Endorsed By:
San Diego Police Officers Association
Congressman Juan Vargas
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
Senator Ben Hueso
Schools Trustee Paula Hall
Mayor Serge Dedina
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
San Ysidro Education Association

www.AntonioMartinezSD.com

Non-Profit Executive/Community Advocate
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  • Ensure that neighborhoods in District 8 are affordable and healthy: Work to make rent and home ownership more affordable. Develop and strengthen public/private job creation partnerships and local hiring.
  • Protect our families: Ensure that immigrants and refugees are treated with dignity and respect and promote community responsive policing and law enforcement accountability.
  • Celebrate our heritage and diversity: Support artists and cultural workers who reflect our community diversity.
Profession:Non-Profit Executive
San Diego State University Anthropology (2000)

Four generations of my family live in San Diego’s District 8. This is the community in which Edna, my wife and partner of 18 years, and I purchased our house and where we are raising our son, Diego. 

For over 20 years I have advocated to protect the quality of life of our communities and have fought to ensure that working families are treated with dignity and respect. 

I’ve seen how communities have been forgotten by City Hall.  I’ve seen broken promises, failure of leadership, decisions made behind closed doors or decisions made to benefit personal and special interests. I’ve seen lack of commitment when elected leaders use City Hall as a stepping stone to advance their political careers.

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO--City Councilmember District 8

CHRISTIAN RAMIREZ

Christian Ramirez
Community Advocate

I am Christian Ramírez, a longtime community advocate.

Four generations of my family live in San Diego’s District 8. I grew up in this community and it’s where Edna, my wife and partner of 18 years, and I are raising our son, Diego.

For over 20 years, I’ve advocated to improve the quality of life for San Diegans and have fought to ensure that all community members are treated with dignity and respect.

I share your values of hard work, compassion, equality and justice, and I have the track record of leadership, action and results to prove it.

With your help, I pledge to:

Make Neighborhoods Affordable and Healthy

● Making Rent and Home Ownership More Affordable
● Ensuring Enforcement of Minimum Wage and Sick Day Ordinances
● Prioritizing Affordable Public Transportation

Listen and Fight for You

● Finding a Compassionate Solution to Ending Homelessness
● Putting Community First in the Decision-making Process
● Protecting our Environment

Protect Families

● Standing-Up for Immigrants and Refugees
● Promoting Law Enforcement Accountability
● Investing in our Children’s Health and Safety

Celebrate Our Culture and History

● Protecting the Cultural Heritage of Our Community
● Increasing Library and Park Accessibility
● Rejecting the Toxic Politics of Hate and Racism

Council Representative
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  • Improve recruitment and retention of police officers so that we can have more police patrolling our streets.
  • Create jobs and grow our economy by bringing major employers and high quality jobs to Otay Mesa and by reinvesting in our older commercial corridors.
  • Fix our streets and sidewalks and build more parks and playgrounds for our kids.
Profession:Council Representative
Council Representative, City of San Diego (2010current)
University of California, San Diego Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2007)

As a lifelong resident of South San Diego, Vivian Moreno has dedicated her career to improving the region’s most underserved communities through experience, volunteer work and public service.

 

For the past eight years, she has worked as a City Council policy advisor on issues that affect the quality of life for District 8 neighborhoods including the building of more affordable housing for our working families, ensuring safe routes to school, advocating for more parks and libraries for our youth and promoting initiatives that bring jobs to our communities.

 

Prior to working in the public sector, Vivian worked on procurement for a metal distribution company giving her an intuitive understanding of what it takes to operate a business.  In her work on behalf of the 8th Council District, she has assisted local entrepreneurs by organizing events to connect them with the resources needed to help them grow their businesses.

 

With a strong passion towards the advancement of youth and women in San Diego, Vivian proudly serves on the boards of community-focused organizations such as the Borderview YMCA and MANA de San Diego.  She has dedicated over seven years of one-on-one mentorship for MANA’s Hermanitas program which provides leadership development and peer support for Latinas ages 12 – 18, with a focused goal of mentees attaining higher education and career achievement.  Vivian has also been active in engaging and encouraging young adults to participate in civic life by registering more than 3,500 new voters at her alma mater UC San Diego.

 

Vivian’s leadership and dedication to her community has been continuously recognized. She was named one of San Diego’s “40 under 40” in 2015 by San Diego Metro Magazine and has been included in the “Who’s Next: 21 Future Leaders” of San Diego by Our City San Diego. She was also nominated for the prestigious San Diego IMPACT 2016 Herb G. Klein Memorial Leadership Award.  Beyond these accolades, Vivian is first and foremost driven by her strong desire to work tirelessly on behalf of her fellow San Diegans in the 8th District and to ensure they receive the equitable services and resources they need for better quality of life.

I believe that real change can only be made when more people step up, work together, and engage in our democracy. When we work together and get involved in government, great things happen.

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO--City Councilmember District 8

VIVIAN MORENO

Vivian Moreno

Council Representative

Our families deserve to live in a city that puts our neighborhoods first.

I have seven years of experience as a Council Representative with the city and know firsthand how to fight for our fair share of city resources.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Fought for funding for the new San Ysidro Library, now under construction 
  • Repaved hundreds of miles of streets in District 8 
  • Created the first ever Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District, requiring city tax dollars generated by Otay Mesa to be spent in Otay Mesa 
  • Successfully pushed for two new parks in the South Bay-Cesar Solis Community Park and Dennery Ranch Park, both under construction 
  • Supported small businesses by organizing resource fairs 
  • Volunteer youth teacher and mentor

PRIORITIES

  • Keep our neighborhoods safe-more officers patrolling our streets 
  • Create jobs and grow our economy by attracting more investment into our communities 
  • Fix our streets and sidewalks: our streets should be just as good as the streets in La Jolla 
  • Clean up homeless camps in our neighborhoods 
  • Build more parks and playgrounds for our kids

Join me as we fight for our neighborhoods!

Endorsed by:

San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas

Questions? Call 619-354-9843 or visit www.vivianmorenosd.com

Email vivian@vivianmorenosd.com
Small Business Owner
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  • Work hard to protect and create good paying jobs for all. Hold everyone accountable to provide infrastructure improvements with the goal of fixing roads
  • Pursue solutions to build quality affordable housing. Bring a solution to our growing homeless crisis with the support from all business and government leaders.
  • Work hard to stop cuts and to fully fund our Police and Fire Services. Develop opportunities to strengthen our cross border relations.
Profession:Small Business Owner
Chief Executive Officer, A Green Alternative (2015current)

I’m running for San Diego City Council District 8 because our neighborhoods need a fresh start and a devoted leader of the community to represent us at City Hall. I’ll fight every day to help build a city government that works for everyone.

I am so honored to call district 8 my home. I’m a proud homeowner residing in Otay Mesa San Diego with my beautiful wife, two children, and elderly mother-in-law.

I am dedicated to our community. As a CEO and co-founder of the first legal medical marijuana dispensary in the City of San Diego’s history, I commit to you to continue to serve the underserved while helping to truly revitalize our community.

I care deeply about ensuring that our neighborhoods get what other surrounding districts already have: quality city services for all of our families.

 

When elected as your City Council member, my staff and I will fight to change the policies and mistakes of the past. District 8 has had enough of big promises and little action. As your council member we will demand a fair shake of the general fund for our Bario’s of Logan our Heights of Sherman and our gem San Ysidro. We will embrace our cultural gems with pride. We will strengthen cross border relations and not lose sight of our neighbors to the south. Our community entry signs will be placed to generate lasting memorable first impressions. The surrounding vegetation will be placed as a true reflection and representation of the surrounding businesses and residence of our great community. Our roads and potholes will be addressed in a realtime fashion like district 1. I will enter into peaceful verbal altercations with our mayor in order to help facilitate my constituents needs, like expanding our parks and recreations programs. We will also advocate the end the bureaucratic gauntlet that project developers face when attempting to accomplish the most simple task within the city's Development Services Department. 

 

 

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO--City Councilmember District 8

ZACHARY LAZARUS

Zachary Lazarus
Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner
A proven independent leader

Zachary Lazarus cares about people in need and believes in building strength within the community. Zach believes in conservative family values.

As a proud homeowner who resides with his elderly mother-in -law, as a devoted 17 year husband to his beautiful Mexican immigrant wife, as a father of two wonderful boys, as the co-founder of the first medical marijuana dispensary in the City of San Diego’s history, now retailing recreational cannabis, Zachary is excited to have the opportunity to serve the community.

As someone who has started a small lawful business as a pioneer, Zach knows what it takes to create jobs, balance a budget, pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, make a payroll while truly giving back to the community.

Priorities

I will fight for you to:

  • Fix our streets and fill potholes. 
  • Create jobs in district 8 while funneling those taxes back into community programs. 
  • Pursue solutions to build quality affordable housing. 
  • Protect our kids programs while giving our teachers the strength and stability that they deserve while not cutting their jobs. 
  • Protect our dreamers. 
  • Strengthen cross border relations. 
  • Bring solutions to our growing homeless crisis.

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