Growing up, I had the benefit of being nurtured by the incredible community here in Campbell. My parents loved me and gave me every opportunity, always supporting my learning and growth. Yet, as immigrants who didn’t always know the language, and as working-class parents holding down multiple jobs to get by, they couldn’t always do it all by themselves.
I was fortunate to have incredible Campbell public school teachers, who strongly supported my parents in nurturing my growth. Despite my strong affinity to the community, however, I never imagined I could one day help lead it. I simply didn’t see people from the working-class communities I came from represented in City government. I’m working to change that narrative once and for all, to represent all of our Campbell communities. That includes being a voice for some of the most vulnerable among us: our children.
Too often, the youngest residents of our community are left out of public policy making. While children may not be old enough to vote, however, public policy decisions affect them regardless.
Campbell has the potential to be one of the most child-friendly cities in our region. Campbell as a whole skews younger because of the abundance of families with children. Events like our weekly Campbell Farmers’ Market bring out children and their families to enjoy entertainment made for everyone in the community. Many of our annual events put on by the City and community partners like the Campbell Museums Foundation and the Campbell Chamber Foundation, are family-friendly as well.
Ensuring a city is so welcoming toward children and families doesn’t happen by accident — policy decisions determine the contours by which a community is shaped. Our beautiful downtown is pedestrian-centered, the most walkable downtown core in the South Bay, designed to be safe for children and families. We must continue to shape policy to serve our families, especially building housing so families can afford to build a life together in our beautiful City.
Growing up, I never imagined one of our City’s leaders could look like me, and serving as a mentor to Campbell students I’ve seen firsthand the life changing impact that sharing stories of representation can have on children.
I plan to meet with every class of Campbell elementary schoolers and share my story — because everyone should grow up believing that they can succeed in their life’s journey.
Having mentored Campbell schoolchildren as young as 11 and 12 years old, one of the most heartbreaking issues that comes up is a struggle with mental health. Students have significant mental health problems impacted by school closures, economic stress at home due to the struggles of working class families in Silicon Valley, the fear of losing family members to a broken immigration system, and even issues with gangs at Campbell public schools. It’s heartbreaking that children struggle to deal with these issues and that community leaders have largely abdicated responsibility.
I plan to implement a citywide mental health policy, inspired by San Jose’s model, in order to raise awareness, increase resources for treatment and prevention, and reduce stigma associated with mental health.
The sight of families and children at City events and our Farmers’ Market is always a joyful and welcome sight. But many of these families are in danger of being priced out of Campbell forever.
In order to keep our small town feel, we have to ensure Campbell families can continue to live here. For more details, please see my Housing policy.
I will organize quality volunteer childcare for all City Council meetings and large public events, so parents don’t have to choose between caring for their child and having a voice in our community’s public affairs.
I will administer the $50 million dollar Measure O bond, including setting benchmarks and goals for contractors as needed, while making sure all safety and labor standards are adhered to. Additionally, I will ensure that the library receives due resources since the money must be shared with a new public safety center.
I was proud to support Measures P and K to fully fund our Campbell public schools. While those measures failed to pass, I will advocate for increased state funding as we weather the pandemic-induced recession.
Too often, our local governing bodies don’t talk to each other. While a monthly joint meeting has been set up between the City and school boards, it is usually sparsely attended.
I plan to work proactively with our education leaders to best serve our community. Where appropriate, I will also actively support our local districts’ policy proposals at the state level, as well as to use my voice and platform to support our children’s education, such as through penning op-eds in local papers.
As Councilmember, I will use my platform to amplify school initiatives such as fundraising drives, and use my private sector experience to bring in new sources of revenue to our local schools.
One of the greatest challenges our community faces is attracting and retaining teachers, as many can no longer afford to live in Campbell or the South Bay. When teachers have to move out, it disrupts our children’s education and threatens the cohesiveness of our community.
I will explore the use of city-owned land or the possibility of land swap deals to tackle our housing crisis and support our teachers.
I will use my network to create exciting author signings and cultural events at no cost to the community. Additionally, I will support children’s programming, such as participating in community storytime. These events can be held at Campbell Library, through the Campbell Historical Museum, or in partnership with local bookstores.
In the 1990s, Campbell utilized the public parking lot on E. Campbell Street (currently next to Orchard Valley Coffee) for free Movie Nights open to the entire community. These were supported from private funds and run by volunteers but free to all. I will explore bringing these back—when public health allows—as a free community event.
"When I was 15 years old, my family lost everything."