John Marshall High School (Diploma)
Cleveland State University (Bachelor of Arts)
Cleveland State University (Master of Education)
Qualifications for office
Management and Director’s Experience (Retail & Education)
Training Experience (Retail & Education)
Team Building (Education)
Strong Oral and Written Communication Skills
Foreign Language Skills (Spanish)
Special Education Teacher
Margin Improvement Tracking
I support police accountability. My platform includes Safety, Justice, and Transparency (with Public Comment). I agree with a civilian commission with oversight. I have concerns about how it is put together and the balance of power between the commission, the mayor, and the safety director. I want to review the vetting process, the police procedures, and what guides the quality of the investigations.
Regarding CPD budget: Let's look at the city’s budget and police policy. We must have a full review of citywide spending.
Drug rehabilitation and mental health specialists should be included in our police procedures. The police could be the support. Mobile mini stations could be used. The aforementioned, plus de-escalation, could take community policing to another level reduce crime.
We must reimagine education and training, economic development and job training. Increased economic opportunities will create extra tax money for programs. This must be emphasized in our planning.
I would continue seeking funds from places like the Lead Hazard Control (LHC) Grant Program. The city's website says, “...it is designed to...advance efforts to increase lead-safe affordable housing while eliminating the possibility of childhood lead poisoning in the City. The LHC program provides lead risk assessments, identifies lead–based paint and provides grants to control lead-based paint hazards. The program strives to...address various housing, health, and safety needs for low- and very low-income families with children... These efforts will...improve the health of the community and quality of the housing stock.” This is where is my transparency platform will have an immediate impact. People must be aware of the problem and aware of the solutions to the problem.
I would make the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week a yearly event. The goal would be to share medical advice, education resources and support, home lead testing information, and financial support for lead removal.
“Transparent Government” is part of my platform. Every dollar should be tracked and the public should have access to the tracking system. I would advocate and lead on the reforms to make this happen. I believe a public forum should occur in the budgeting process. I signed on to support “public comment” as soon as it was presented to me. I never wavered on it. The public should be fully involved in our local government. For a democracy to thrive, the public needs to be involved. Although, I have ideas on how to spend this money, ultimately, I believe the public should have as much input as possible.
There needs to be property-tax ceiling for homeowners who’ve lived in the neighborhood a long time. This would keep their property taxes from rising. Also, there needs to be limitations on the size of the structures in the gentrified neighborhoods. The city needs to do everything it can to make sure the long-time residents are treated fairly so they can remain in their homes. To ensure fairness, nothing should be off the table. Whether it’s applying for grants or seeking federal funding, we need to do everything we can to prevent displacement.
I will engage in person and online. Walking the ward will be normal thing and will be a permanent fixture while in office. I will have a system that ensures that calls and emails are answered promptly. There will be neighborhood/ward summits that will have everything under one roof. I have attended summits and forums and have a good idea about how to run them. Also, I will have a newsletter that is specific to this ward. It will contain information that isn’t in the city’s quarterly newsletter.
Yes, expanded language access for city services is great for everyone. I’ve lived overseas and benefitted from expanded language access. I’ve travelled to other countries and benefitted too. In Canada, expanded language access is mandated very strongly. As our city and wards are becoming more diverse, we definitely need expanded language access.
B.A. American University
J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Qualifications for office
Former Safety Director Westown CDC in Ward 11;
Former Asst. Atty General, Charitable Law Section, Ohio Attorney General's Office;
Former Asst. County Prosecutor, Felony Division, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office;
Former Volunteer Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Diversion Program
The City of Cleveland already has a citizen review board, and I support strengthening the powers of the existing 9 member board, but I do not support the current charter amendment because it moves control over Police Policies from the Mayor and gives it to an un-elected group. Public Safety should be government's top priority. Enforcement of quality of life issues is lacking in Cleveland and create a sense of lawlessness. I support re-instituting Ward based Police Mini-Stations that existed until 2005. This would create more engagement between officers and the community. The Police should be allowed to stop the dangerous driving of unlicensed ATV and dirt-bike drivers. Those youth may not need to be arrested, but their unlicensed vehicles should be seized and forfeited. These issues matter to residents and are easily addressed. We need more police officers with better training in de-escalation techniques, and we need to work to increase morale within our department.
A law passed in 2019 by the City of Cleveland requires all landlords to obtain private inspections and secure lead-safe certificates for their rental units. This new law went into effect on March 1, 2021, and is being rolled out by zip code. The City should provide more funding to remove lead service lines to homes serviced by Cleveland Water. A safe water system is fundamental, and too many homes and buildings in cleveland still have lead service lines that bring water into places where children drink and bathe.
I support public comment and City Council will implement public comment soon at Council Meetings. The first priority is to stabilize the funds expended by the City during the COVID crisis. Due to the uncertain revenue stream of income tax due to citizens working remotely it is unclear what impact it will have on our balance sheet moving forward. The second priority is to make sure the basics of resident needs are met. Many City Services are not adequately funded, and an investment into buildings that leak and need a roof, into needed replacement of Fire Department Engines and equipment, and one-time investments into addressing the removal of dead city trees that pose a danger to the public should come first. Currently the City has no funds dedicated to the maintenance of brick streets, and monies need to be directed to that long neglected asset. After the basics have been addressed, it would be appropriate to consider addressing the digital divide and other social needs.
Gentrification disproportionately displaces families of color, those suffering from poverty, and the homeless. I wish the region would shoulder their fair share in addressing the homeless problem and hosting solutions. Affordable housing should be a priority because Cleveland's poverty rate is about 36%.
Ward 11's residents are about 20% of Hispanic or Latino descent. Expanded language services in Spanish would be widely used and beneficial. I publish 4 community letters and newsletters to my constituents a year advertising city services and informing the community about accomplishments and efforts to make Ward 11 better every day. Although I can not promise to completely solve every issue sent to me by residents, I make sure to promptly call back and visit every resident who calls or emails me. The creation of a Ward based facebook or internet site is also a worthy goal to communicate in this digital age. During COVID it was not possible to walk door-to-door to talk to residents and listen to their concerns, but I have been making that effort since the time of Vaccination availability. During my firs year as a public servant I spent little time in my downtown office, and 98% of my time driving and walking my neighborhood, addressing citizen concerns first-hand.