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"You've always impressed me as an intelligent and compassionate Culver City resident and civic leader."
Golden State Water
Leadership Culver City classmate
I have been endorsed by Mayor Emeritus of Culver City, Steven Gourley; Councilman Emeritus of LA City, Robert Ferrell and Jimmy Woods-Gray, County Central Committee member and President, Fire Commissioners. Most recently, I have been endorsed by Lindsay Carlson, J.D. who is an elected LACDP Central Committee member. She is also a member on the Board of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Recently, I have been endorsed by Steve Dunwoody, MPA, Berkeley who was a delegate to the California Democratic Party from 2017-2021 and current Executive Committee member at large of the Sierra Club. I have now been endorsed by the Heart of LA Democratic Club, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, GLAR (Greater Los Angeles Realtors) and by AAGLA (Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles.)
We will be having a wine tasting fundraiser at Stanley's Wet Goods on Sunday, October 30th from 2-3:30 PM. Admission is $30.00 per person that can be paid via Pay Pal below. Stanley's Wet Goods is located at 9620 Venice Blvd. in Culver City 90232 and you can park at the Watseka Parking structure in Culver City which is only a block away.
I have been a resident of Culver City for thirty years and have seen the changes it has gone through over time. First, I served as President of the Culver Crest Neighborhood Association and then as President of the Culver City Democratic Club. As a physician, I have served as a board member of the Los Angeles Neurological Society for the last twenty years and was its president in 2000. I served as an elected delegate from Assembly District 54 to the California Democratic Party from 2017 to 2021. Currently, I am serving on the Advisory Committee for Housing and Homelessness for the City of Culver City.
Culver City is located next to the largest urban oil field, the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF). It has been noted with release of toxic fumes in 2005, 2006 and spills during Thanksgiving 2018, culminating with pipes bursting on April 1, 2019. These have been due to aging infrastructure and I agree with the City's plan to undergo an amortization process and to implement just transition to renewable energy. Since the County has announced its plan on September 15th to phase out oil operations in the entire Inglewood Oil Field, it would be advisable to join forces with the County to address our common goals in a unified fashion to reduce our liability and cost while pooling our resources.
As we grow as a city with the relocation of Amazon, HBO and Apple, we can expect pressure points in our transportation grid. However, the stay-at-home order implemented during COVID-19 has taught us that working from home saves lives, mitigates traffic congestion and results in cleaner air. For the immediate future, we can expect that most employees of these technical companies will be encouraged to work from home. However, we must be prepared to decompress any anticipated transportation needs by providing a fleet of electric buses when the current crop of natural gas powered buses age out of the system. There can also be electric shuttles between the two Culver City subway stops and the far reaches of the City such as the Fox Hills neighborhood.
We must consider private-public partnerships with employers in solving the housing crisis for their employees, much in the way Google and Apple have done in N. California. The most cost-effective measure to address homeless residents who reside in their campers or trailers or cars is to provide them with safe parking places at night. To increase housing stock, the concept of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) must be better publicized. Consideration should be given to repurposing commercial buildings that have remained vacant since before the pandemic and changing the zoning to either mixed or residential to build housing for all income ranges that are affordable. AB 2345 provides a density bonus to developers that can include 24% low income units in their building projects and this should be promoted. Consideration should also be given to Sierra Club's recommendation to building around transportation hubs to promote the use of public transportation and decrease the construction of parking spaces.
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