Nora’s Policy Priorities
Access to Affordable Healthcare
I have been a healthcare advocate for the past 30 years. Access to affordable healthcare for all will be my priority as your County Supervisor. I want to ensure that everyone has access to comprehensive healthcare services, mental healthcare and In-Home Supportive Services. The County has a responsibility to enroll eligible residents to federal assistance programs such as Medi-Cal and all health services the county offers. We have been leaving millions of dollars in services on the table because eligible residents have not been enrolled in existing programs. I am determined to implement a more inclusive outreach strategy and strengthen our work with community health clinics and healthcare providers to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our indigent communities.
Homelessness and Affordable Housing
The housing crisis across California has resulted into too many families being displaced or at risk of being homeless. Not only do we have to build more housing, but I fundamentally believe that everyone has the right to shelter. San Diego can do better. We have the elements we need to house our homeless population. We have to strengthen our collaborative work and streamline access to resources and provide wraparound services. It is important that we create individual plans for our homeless population and remove the barriers that made someone become homeless in the first place. Additionally, we need to take the lead in addressing the housing shortage and skyrocketing rental prices. We need to preserve, protect and produce affordable housing stock for young people, working families, veterans, and seniors on fixed incomes.
Climate and Environmental Justice
As County Supervisor I will hold the federal government accountable and bring county resources to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to protect our coastal cities from the millions of gallons of untreated sewage coming across our border. My focus will be to reduce air pollution impacting lower-income neighborhoods. We need to enforce the regulations we have without making exceptions that hurt our seniors and children. We need to invest in public transportation that is accessible, affordable, and reliable. In addition, we must have an aggressive Climate Action Plan that focuses on climate justice, accountability, and setting measurable guidelines to help meet regional goals. I want to lead the way and ensure that our county signs onto the Community Choice Energy joint power agreement. Our residents deserve to have choices to affordable, clean, and green energy that will bring jobs to our region.
Keeping Communities Safe
Every community across District 1 needs equitable resources and tools to ensure they feel safe. We need to expand positive community policing and address growing forms of crime such as elder abuse and cyberbullying of our kids. We need to tackle the inequities in our criminal justice system by reforming laws that disproportionately affect low-income families and people of color. We must promote restorative justice reforms that ensure fairness, safety, and healthy communities.
Women’s Equity and Justice
As a community organizer, I have advanced policies to protect women’s reproductive healthcare and ensure equity in the workplace. I have stood up against sexual harassment and domestic violence. I’m proud to be one of the founding members of Trustees United – a National organization of institutional trustees committed to addressing sexual harassment and workplace misconduct. As I have done throughout my career, I will continue to mentor young women and be in the forefront in the fight for women’s equity and justice.