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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am running to serve on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, and I hope to have your vote on March 3, 2020.

Assembly District 15 serves Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, North Oakland, and Piedmont. North Oakland is where my wife was raised and where we are raising our two children - we are proud parents of a second grader at Glenview Elementary @ Santa Fe.  

This is also where I have been working as an effective advocate and policymaker. I am currently the Chief of Staff for Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan and former Policy Director to San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim where over the past several years, I have been able to successfully develop policies with community, department heads, and elected officials to:


·  fast-track affordable housing construction, middle income housing, and accessory dwelling units

·  protect our privacy rights from overuse of surveillance technology

·  strengthen and support citizen oversight of law enforcement so that it serves all of us equally

·  save restorative justice programs at OUSD

·  advocate for just and efficient transit and protected bike lanes

·  protect and sustain LGBT historic sites and neighborhoods

·  build homeless navigation centers

·  strengthen prevailing wage

·  create and fund safe routes to school

·  establish the first free community college program in the country


I have been active in the Democratic Party for over a decade. I co-founded the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, served as the vice-president of the historic Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and many of you previously voted for me to be an Assembly Delegate to the state convention.

Prior to working in government, I was an advocate for special needs children and children facing suspensions in the San Francisco public school system as a youth law advocate at La Raza Centro Legal.  I also worked with residents in Single Occupancy Hotels and in apartment buildings in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco bring about better living conditions and founded a program called La Voz Latina to support Latino immigrants.

I was raised with a strong set of social justice values.  My father came from a working class Indigenous family in Oaxaca, Mexico and my mother was a Jewish immigrant to Mexico, and both were involved in the Student Movement in Mexico in 1968. I immigrated to this country due to an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City that devastated my home and community, and have called the beautiful bay area home since 2001.  


Endorsements


State Controller Betty Yee

Chair of the California State Board of Equalization Malia Cohen

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks

Jesse Arreguin, Mayor of Berkeley

Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan

Bernie Sanders California Political Director Jane Kim

BART Board of Directors Lateefah Simon

BART Board of Directors Bevan Dufty

BART Board of Directors Janice Li

Berkeley City Councilmember Bartlett

Berkeley City Councilmember Davila

Berkeley City Councilmember Harrison

Berkeley City Councilmember Robinson

Oakland City Councilmember Fortunato Bas

Oakland City Councilmember Gallo

Oakland City Councilmember Kalb

Oakland City Councilmember Thao

El Cerrito City Councilmember Gabriel Quinto

OUSD School Board member Shanti Gonzales

OUSD School Board member Aimee Eng

OUSD School Board member Rosie Torres

Cesar Cepeda, West County Wastewater District board

Daly City Councilmember Jusyln Manolo

Aaron Peskin, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Rafael Mandelman, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Shanell Willams, President, SF City College Board of Trustees

Tom Temprano, SF City College Board of Trustees

Gabriela Lopez, President  of the San Francisco School Board

Mark Sanchez, SFUSD School Board member

Sarah Abdeshahian, President, Cal Berkeley Dems 

Varsha Sarveshwar,  UC Berkeley Student Association

Jyllian Molina, Chair, California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus

Devin Murphy, CYD California Black Caucus and LGBT Caucus, AD 15 Delegate

Cat Brooks

Carol Fife

Leah Simon-Weisberg

Sam Davis

Angela Gennino

Cathy Leonard

Dan Siegel

Nara Dalhbacka

Alameda Labor Council

Albany Democratic Club

Berkeley Tenants Union

BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action)

John George Democratic Club

SEIU 1021

Wellstone Democratic Club


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