Our economy just isn’t working for too many people. Too many of us are working two, or even three jobs, just to pay the bills and get by. Parents are left with no time for their children, or children go hungry as families are forced to make tough choices. Enough is enough! It’s not right, and we can do better.
Raise the Minimum Wage
As City Councilman, I pledge to fight to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour for employees of every company that wants to do business in San Diego. Major cities such as Portland and Seattle have already done so, and seen their economies grow as a result. We can too. More money for employees means more people will buy that little something extra and stimulate our economy. Raising the minimum wage is good for the economy, and good for working class families across the city. Enough is enough – it is past time to have a living minimum wage!
Start Rent Control
Average rent in San Diego county is over $1500 a month, and has been increasing by between 5 and 20% per year. Meanwhile, wages are growing by only about 1 to 2% locally. New luxury apartment buildings are being built, while countywide we still have a backlog of demand for affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments. The vacancy rate for apartments in San Diego is about one third of the national rate of 7%, and San Diego is fast becoming one of the most expensive places to live in the country. This discourages people from moving to our city; precludes home ownership for most workers; and creates congested roads and transportation issues as people are forced into long, difficult commutes.
I pledge to fight for city-wide rent control. Too many families cannot find stable housing in the neighborhoods they want to live in, or families are pushed out of apartments where rent goes up at rates far faster than inflation. I will support the formation of tenant associations and the building of low-income housing in multiple use communities. I will push the county to double the number of apartment units approved per year, so we can meet the estimates of what the county needs to keep up with demand. No family who pays their rent on time every month for a year deserves to be kicked out of their home just so large property management companies can increase their profit margins.