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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 4

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Monica Montgomery

Attorney/Civil Rights Advocate
20,180 votes (51.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economic Opportunity for All: Improve the quality of life for residents through access to middle class careers and business growth.
  • Police Reform: Push for policies that will promote accountability and improve law enforcement and community relations.
  • Safe and Healthy Communities: Strengthen neighborhood services and fight to house the homeless population

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney/Civil Rights Advocate
Criminal Justice Advocate, American Civil Liberties Union, San Diego & Imperial Counties (2016–current)
Senior Policy Advisor, City of San Diego (2013–2016)
Attorney at Law, Law Office of Monica Montgomery (2008–2013)

Education

California Western School of Law Juris Doctor (JD) (2007)
Spelman College Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2001)

Community Activities

Vice-Chair, Black Women's Institute for Leadership Development (2016–current)
Board Member, ABC Children's Foundation (2016–current)
Board Member and Personnel Committee Chair, Bayview Community Development Corporation (2015–current)
Member, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association (2007–current)
Advisory Panelist, San Diego Arts & Culture Commission (2017–2017)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Service Employers International Union, Local 221
  • Run Women Run

Organizations (9)

  • South Bay Democratic Club
  • San Diego County Women's Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action
  • Earl B Gilliam Bar Association
  • La Raza Lawyer's Association
  • San Diego Progressive Alliance
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Club
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (5)

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?    
Answer from Monica Montgomery:

I support the charter amendment proposal brought forth by Women Occupy San Diego, which would change the structure of the current board into an independent commission and grant the commission subpoena power over civilian witnesses.

Subpoena power would allow the city’s oversight body to possess all investigatory tools needed to compel testimony or evidence. This is necessary to make informed decisions when reviewing cases/complaints. In addition, community members have been asking for the city’s police oversight body to serve as more than a rubber stamp to the San Diego Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigations. Granting subpoena power will build trust with the community and show that the city council is committed to having independent investigations of officer misconduct allegations.

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?
Answer from Monica Montgomery:

The city should not eliminate parking requirements abruptly. As the region expands public transit to make it more convenient and easier for residents to reach their destinations, parking requirements can be reduced over time. I am an advocate for active transportation, walkability, bikeability, and transportation equity. I also believe the city has a responsibility to pass and implement smart policy and to provide adequate transportation alternatives before completely eliminating minimum parking requirements.

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?
Answer from Monica Montgomery:

I am open to proposals that would fund housing and services to our homeless population. I would also advocate that before we consider a tax increase, we evaluate how much housing can be built and how many services can be provided through what is available in the Inclusionary Housing Fund along with the Housing Trust Fund. In addition, I believe the County of San Diego should invest more of its resources into health, substance abuse treatment, and mental health treatment for the homeless population.  It is not responsible to ask the residents of San Diego to pay additional taxes when the county has a $2 billion surplus.

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?
Answer from Monica Montgomery:

I support housing density because of its positive environmental impacts. We have an affordable housing crisis in the city of San Diego that higher housing density can help alleviate. But, I also believe city policy makers have a responsibility to plan the development of communities so that we combat climate change and increase economic growth. We need developments leveraging solar energy to promote the benefits of the use of combined power and heat.  Additionally, by including businesses, retail shops, community centers and other recreational activities for local residents, higher housing density would be conducive to promoting a sustainable community. Increasing housing density in council district four needs to include all of the resources listed above, otherwise the purpose of housing density is lost, and we are not creating healthy communities.

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?
Answer from Monica Montgomery:

Both Soccer City and the SDSU West proposals are questionable. It seems like the city is giving up too much discretion over the project and land. This will leave the community out of the decision making process and I'm concerned that it will be another project wherein we receive a lot of promises without return. 

What I am concerned with is the state of district four. We have major infrastructure needs that should not be neglected any longer. This is my priority above either proposal. 

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