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PLATFORM

My 15+ year career in the nonprofit, private and public sectors has shaped policies and

institutions to build healthy communities and families. As a San Matean, I know we have the fortitude and imagination to create a stronger, more just and prosperous future for ourselves and for future generations. 

I know what it is to struggle, and also what is possible when communities come together to take care of each other. As your Councilwoman, I am working every day to:

  1. Protect our public health, safety, and economic vibrancy;

  2. Build affordable housing, sustainable transit and infrastructure; and 

  3. Listen and co-create a vision for growth that respects our history, diversity, and neighborhoods.   

KEY ISSUES
Housing

As an affordable housing advocate, I will continue to protect the essential fabric of our community by addressing our affordability crisis head-on. San Mateans need better and more affordable housing options of all types for our seniors, families, workforce and for our young people. As we plan to meet our community’s needs, we must build on San Mateo’s strengths, preserve our history, lift up communities who are here today and our future generations. Our community’s heart, health, economic viability and vibrancy depend upon it. 

Quality of Life

Our quality of life depends on strong fiscal policy that will deliver for our community and provide consistent and quality service to residents. We must ensure that our municipal assets--like our libraries, community rooms and fields—are well maintained and available to our community. As a businesswoman, I have built successful organizations by expanding services and increasing revenue. I have the experience, vision, and discipline to support our local businesses, proactively manage our unfunded pension liability, and creatively maximize every dollar and revenue opportunity.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability needs to be a cornerstone principle of everything we do.  We have an opportunity to forward San Mateo as a leader in the County. I support strategic partnerships, regional collaborations and critical investments that will build a climate-resilient future with effective transit and infrastructure that will keep our communities secure today and tomorrow.

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"Our elders and our youth are depending

on us to bridge new and old wisdom.

We will all rise

when we uplift each

other and create

a San Mateo for

all of us!"

- Amo

MY VOTING RECORD
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  • 100% affordable housing project will create 225 new homes downtown: 25% public employee housing for our workforce and a work/live preference for San Mateans

  • Updated building codes and increased affordable housing requirement for new developments from 10% to 15% 

  • Supported increased affordable housing requirements on Caltrans and Peninsula Health Care District land

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  • Close $7.8M structural deficit; utilize unassigned funds to smooth economic volatility during COVID-19.

  • Manage unfunded pension liability to eliminate liability by 2050.

  • Revenue enhancement through tax reform.  

  • Maximize organizational efficiencies through staffing, remote, and flexible schedules.

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  • Traffic collision data-informed decisions 

  • 101/Peninsula/Poplar Interchange

  • Grade Separation Funding

  • Circulation improvements to 19th Avenue Fashion Island Boulevard Corridor

  • Member of the Caltrain Local Policy Group

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  • General Plan Update

  • Pedestrian-only streets downtown for outdoor dining & Safe Streets

  • Historic landmark for Ching Lee Laundry

  • Upgrades to King Park & Recreational Facilities Plan

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  • Safe Firearm Storage Ordinance

  • Emergency preparedness & Safety Technology enhancements (drones, ALPR, wildfire mitigation)

  • Community Policing & Criminal Justice Reform - mental health, training, diversity, accountability.

  • Ban Flavored Tobacco & E-Cigs

  • Pedestrian safety & reduce speed limits around schools

  • Reduce noise pollution from trains

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  • 61 relief grants to small businesses

  • 29,000 sq. ft outdoor dining space

  • $400,000 in rental assistance (incl. home-based child care providers)

  • Moratorium on commercial evictions

  • Multilingual Business Outreach Taskforce

  • Mobile COVID-19 testing strategy 

  • Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers & City Employees

  • Serve on the SMC Long Term Recovery Task Force 

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  • 297 new parking stalls on downtown opportunity site 

  • Expand Employee Parking Program for Downtown Businesses

  • Flexible enforcement & lifted parking requirements during COVID-19

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  • Adopted Climate Action Plan

  • Reach Codes supporting all-electric for new construction

  • Expand Community Gardens

  • Bicycle Master Plan Rapid Implementation & multi-modal transit

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  • North Shoreview Levee

  • Sewer Treatment Plant 

  • Dredge the Marina Lagoon

  • Safe & Complete Streets

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  • Expand senior mobility service

  • Food Security Program

  • Age-Friendly Cities Initiative

  • Liaison to Senior Commission

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  • Transitioned to district elections

  • Adopted campaign finance policy reform

  • Increased language access & civic education to increase diverse representation on our boards and commissions

  • Organized the first Pride Flag raising at City Hall

  • Supported Black Lives Matter Protest organized by Coalition Z

  • Collaborated with local Black leaders and the San Mateo Police Officers' Association to co-author a resolution supporting Black lives & racial equity

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  • Mobilized 50 elected officials and 550+ residents to create the $5.5M SMC Child Care Relief Fund

  • Supported rental assistance allocation specifically for home-based child care providers affected by COVID-19

  • Connected SMFCSD and Parks & Recreation Department to create distance learning hubs. 

  • Raised funds to address the digital divide campaign & PPE donation to SMFCSD

  • Actively campaigned to support school funding Yes on Measure X, V, & L