Hayward has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in Alameda County. I believe we should ensure public health for all.
Health in all Policies Approach
As your city councilmember, I will take into account the well-being of all Hayward residents by incorporating health, equity, and sustainability into decision-making across different sectors and policy areas such as housing, planning and transportation, environmental services, the local economy, children and youth services, older adult services, and the arts and culture.
Maximize Worker Protections: Paid Sick Leave & Minimum Wage Increase
All of us are safer when every worker in our society has access to paid sick leave and quality health care. Here in Hayward, we can ensure that no one in our community has to go to work sick in order to pay their bills. Furthermore, the City of Hayward should not delay the raising of the minimum wage any longer, considering that many essential workers tend to be low-wage workers.
Expand Access to Primary Care and Mental Health Services
In the absence of universal health coverage programs, such as Medicare for All, we must strive to ensure that every Hayward resident has access to care regardless of their ability to pay.
Tackling Food Insecurity
Hayward needs a comprehensive strategy to tackle food insecurity including commitments to a living wage and access to relief such as food banks and community services. Hayward must also rethink local agricultural production and partnering with schools on nutrition policies.
Bolster City Institutions and the Social Safety Net
In order to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis, we will need to ensure that city institutions, programs, and services remain fully funded. As your councilmember, I will advocate for the Schools and Communities First ballot initiative which will reinvest $12 billion dollars to fund our schools and public health system. Additionally, I will support local revenue measures that allow us to reinvest in Hayward by taxing those with the most ability to pay, not working families. I will also be aggressively pursuing state and federal support for local government services who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how unprepared our health system is to respond to such a crisis. Experts believe this will not be the last time we will face such a crisis and that we will face social and climate emergencies with more regularity. The City of Hayward and residents should be prepared if and when the next emergency strikes.