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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of National CityCandidate for City Council

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Mona Alvarado-Rios

Councilmember, National City
4,844 votes (37.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safe, Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Affordable housing for all National City residents
  • Good paying jobs that would improve Quality-of-Life

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters San Diego (2)

Do you support increasing housing density in National City? What other options might there be for improving the City's supply of affordable housing?
Answer from Mona Alvarado-Rios:

Yes, I support housing density. National City is a completely built out city and we have nowhere else to grow but up. That’s why this past year I supported the City’s Downtown Specific Plan update that plans for over 5,000 new housing units in our Downtown. The City should also look at providing more affordable housing for our residents, through policies like inclusionary zoning and developer incentives.

Do you advocate any changes to National City's current policies regarding recreational and medical cannabis businesses? Please explain.
Answer from Mona Alvarado-Rios:



Yes, we as a City need to take another look at how effective our ban is on dispensaries has been. We’ve seen cities in the County and across the country adopt policies that allow recreational and medicinal cannabis but protect public safety and ensure law enforcement is not burdened. It’s also important we look at the economic benefits such as increases sales tax revenue from these businesses. That’s why I proposed reevaluating our cannabis policy this past year, but did not receive sufficient support.

Questions from KPBS (2)

Are you in favor of the National City residential rent control ordinance, Measure W, that is on the November 2018 ballot? Why or why not?
Answer from Mona Alvarado-Rios:

Yes, I support Measure W. Our National City families are seeing skyrocketing rents and being forced to move out of National City to more affordable areas. The vast majority – nearly 70% of our residents are renters and we are seeing a majority of renter households (62% according to studies) are rent-burdened, paying more than 30% of their incomes on rent. 31% of National City renters are paying more than 50% of their income on gross rent. The current status quo is unacceptable and we need to take action to address unfair rent increases. Measure W helps renters by capping annual rent increases at 5%, and provides relocation assistance for tenants evicted through no fault of their own. 

Do you support any specific projects to promote economic activity in National City? If so, who are the proponents of these plans, and why do think that the City should invest time and resources in them?
Answer from Mona Alvarado-Rios:



The National City Bayfront redevelopment is one of the biggest and most important projects that I support. As a Councilmember I sat on the Port of San Diego Working Group that worked at forming the “Balanced Plan” a land use plan for the waterfront that will expand Pepper Park, allow for hotels and tourist development, and preserve our working waterfront that generates millions in economic benefit for the region while providing good-paying union jobs. I also hope to see projects that add housing to existing commercial centers such as the redevelopment of South Bay Plaza which is currently in concept form.

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

Do you believe that the National City Community & Police Relations Commission has adequate independence, authority, and resources to provide effective civilian review when there are allegations of officer misconduct? What changes, if any, do you think should be made?
Answer from Mona Alvarado-Rios:



As a former member of the National City CPRC, I recognize the importance of accountability and making sure that our community and law enforcement have a trusting relationship. However, there are concerns that I hope new leadership will correct.  A Failure to fill multiple vacancies, resulting in meetings being cancelled due to lack of quorum and having a Council-wide approval of CPRC Board members would improve accountability and not hamper progress.

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