Issues

The Economy & Jobs

“Small businesses are the foundation of Miami. This city needs to do more to maintain our businesses and to empower new small businesses. I’m a small business owner myself. I understand the hardships that everyone faces when it comes to entrepreneurship – especially as a minority woman. I want fewer barriers to opening a business, not more. No one should have to go through what I went through when I tried to open a business in this City. And there are easy ways to make the process more transparent and seamless for business owners. In addition, the City needs to update their website and put in place the latest technology to streamline a lot of their very cumbersome processes so that they can better communicate programs and opportunities for small businesses at the City. A great example is the dormant “Buy Miami” program listed on the website that never went anywhere. I would love to spearhead that campaign and put it to work for our residents and our small businesses.”

Crime Reduction

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives at risk every day to protect our communities. I do not believe we need more police to do better by our residents in District 4. We do however have an issue with bureaucracy and communication. I have personally been a victim of crime 5 times in my home. Our men and women in blue need better support systems in place to prevent crime. It’s time to bring the concept of Citizen Crime Watch to the 21st century with technology that actually provides real- time information to our police and to our residents, so we can be more instrumental in preventing crime and actually arresting the criminals. Traffic Cameras, better lighting in our neighborhoods and a simple Crime Watch App that already exists can help our brave police officers prevent crime and catch the perpetrators in our district. I will continue to do everything in my power to make our streets safer for our children.”

Affordable Housing

“Miami is the greatest city in the world. That’s why I live, work, and raise my children here. But it’s disturbing to think that so much of the working class can’t afford to live in this city. The overdevelopment from the last 15 years (driven heavily by foreign investment) was not measured properly against the need for workforce housing. There is a major lack of foresight within the city. We can do much better in that department with private-public partnerships like Brickell View Terrace, which was a great start. Bottom Line: We can’t afford to be the best city for businesses, entrepreneurs, and families if no one can afford to live here. And yes I am a huge proponent of managing that growth and not encroaching on the integrity of some of our beautiful neighborhoods. I will always do so with a mindful eye the greater good and the integrity of our beautiful city”

Traffic

“We need to modernize our transportation system with thoughtful and sustainable solutions. This doesn’t mean spending millions on an underline that no one will use. I ride that trail every weekend with my family, and making it more green will not encourage more people to commute on bike from Dadeland to Downtown. But we could do more to create more bike-friendly streets and paths everywhere in the city that is a lot less costly. We could also extend programs like CitiBikes beyond Downtown to Little Havana and Miracle Place. We can extend our Trolley routes. It’s time for common sense solutions to the traffic congestion in Miami. Street and sidewalk restorations are also desperately needed, and finding ways to cut down on cut through traffic during rush hour is also a priority for me. We do however need to keep in mind the greater good so that the solutions are what is best for all and not just one select area or group.  Here’s another easy fix: Don’t let Critical Mass run their non-permitted, illegal bike ride through our city during peak hours of traffic on a Friday evening. Or – what’s worse – let them utilize our police officers and streets paid for by our taxes without any cost to the organizers. I will always stand on the side of what is fair for all and what moves us ahead.”

Children and Families

“I’m a businesswoman but a mother first. I have three beautiful children; two girls and one boy. And my incredible husband is a music educator, so I understand the hardships that many of today’s dual-income families face. Miami needs to do better by our working families. We need to prioritize funding for our community and provide better options for child-care, after-school care, and even adult care.  The city also needs to work more closely with non-profits like Guitars Over Guns to expand their after-school programs and offerings. More over, the city’s overall communications needs to be improved so that our residents can be better informed of the programs available.  I recently attended an Education Committee meeting where almost the entire board was a no show. If this is a priority then we should not be making this a political board. The board should be made up of stakeholders within our district who want to work. I will do everything in my power to get rid of all the political appointees and get real people from our city to work be a part of the process. No more waste and inefficiency will be my mantra. And last we need to do a better job across the board of responding to issues, grievances and code violations.  That is an easy fix and I will implement that on day one. There shoddy not be any surplus in any government funded programs for families just because we didn’t get any candidates to apply. That is simply unacceptable.”

Women’s Issues

“I am a Hispanic woman and a mother who is running for office mostly because I couldn’t believe the lack of representation we have had in this City. Rosario Kennedy was the last Hispanic Woman Commissioner in the 1980’s. That is unbelievable in a Metropolitan City that touts itself as forward thinking. I plan to champion anything that helps women in business and government so that they can be better represented in the City of Miami.  It is shocking to me that we have not had a female mayor in the City of Miami since the 1950’s and only one female commissioner in the last 20 years. I plan to expand upon any programs that help women in our city whether it is through job training, advisory committees, government programs, mentoring programs and even internships at the City. I want my daughters to know that if they have a strong voice it will be heard and they will be represented locally. And that they too can one day be leaders if they so choose.  Regardless of ideologies we should champion all women and treat them as equals.”

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