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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Ciudad de San JoseCandidato para Consejo Municipal, Distrito 6

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Erik Nicholas Fong

Tech Manager
2,086 votos (8.93%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Rapid response constituent services for high quality of life
  • Restoring morale and numbers in police/fire departments
  • Alleviating traffic and investing in alternate forms of transportation

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Tech Manager
Manager, Fortune 100 Tech Company (2004–current)
Member, Asian-American Pacific Islander Advisory Committee for Assemblymember Evan Low — Cargo designado (2015–current)
Member, Del Monte Park Public Art Committee — Cargo designado (2014–2016)
Vice Chair, San José Parks and Recreation Commission — Cargo designado (2013–2015)

Educación

University of Southern California Bachelor of Science, Music Industry (2001)

Actividades comunitarias

Vice President, Willow Glen Lions Club (2014–current)
Board Member, Christmas in the Park (2014–current)
Member, Kartma Steering Committee (2014–2015)
Vice President, Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (2013–2014)

Biografía

My inspiration to serve my community began with my parents. My retired father was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, underwent radiation treatment, lost his health insurance due to pre-existing condition, and got priced out of his life insurance. When he began searching for a job again, his cancer came back with a vengeance. At the time of his death, he was $100,000 in debt. After his passing, my mother moved in with me and started to apply for jobs but struggled to find opportunities to get back on her feet. She worked a minimum wage job at a department store from 4:00am-8:00am and was never given opportunities to grow, advance, earn better hours, or obtain health benefits. 

I saw a system that didn’t work my father, who did everything that he was told to do in order to be successful. I saw a system that didn’t work for my mother, who worked hard and followed the rules and still couldn’t claw her way back up from the bottom. It was through these experiences that I was encouraged to make our city a better place for its hardworking residents and make sure everyone can succeed in our evolving economy. 

After my father’s death, I led a life that was professionally successful; but on a personal level, something was missing. I realized the opportunities for personal fulfillment lied with serving my community. 

I took this inspiration and began serving on multiple commissions including the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, the San José Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Del Monte Park Public Art Committee. I also continue to serve on the boards of the Willow Glens Lion Club, Christmas in the Park, and the AAPI Advisory Committee for Assemblymember Evan Low. I have used these opportunities to help neighbors navigate our local government including moderating panels in Willow Glen to give my neighbors unprecedented access to the services that the city can provide, and help others find opportunities to volunteer and serve their community. 

Serving San José’s 6th district is a passion of mine and comes from a personal place. I’m running to focus my efforts on: creating jobs and improving opportunities for our citizens to remain competitive in a changing and more specialized economy; creating a diverse housing stock, including affordable housing so renters can afford to become homeowners in their community to make sure our city can attract the talent they need to make San Jose thrive; and prioritizing the health and wellness of San José’s aging community.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Evan Low, California State Assembly (AD-28)
  • Rob Bonta, California State Assembly (AD-18)
  • Paul Fong, Former California State Assembly (AD-28)

Organizaciónes (3)

  • Evolve California
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • For full up-to-date list of hundreds of endorsements see http://www.erikfong.com/endorsements

Funcionarios electos (6)

  • Jason Baker, Mayor, City of Campbell
  • Paul Resnikoff, Councilmember, City of Campbell
  • Marico Sayoc, Vice Mayor, Town of Los Gatos
  • Darcy Paul, Councilmember, City of Cupertino
  • Gilbert Wong, Councilmember and Former Mayor, City of Cupertino
  • Dr. Michael Chang, Vice President, Santa Clara County Board of Education

Individuos (3)

  • Rich Waterman, Former Mayor, City of Campbell
  • Henry Manayan, Former Mayor, City of Milpitas
  • Margaret Abe-Koga, Former Mayor, City of Mountain View

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters (4)

What experience related to city government would you bring to the City Council?
Respuesta de Erik Nicholas Fong:

My inspiration to serve my community began with my parents. My retired father was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, underwent radiation treatment, lost his health insurance due to pre-existing conditions, and got priced out of his life insurance. When he began searching for a job again, his cancer came back with a vengeance. At the time of his death, he was $100,000 in debt. After his passing, my mother moved in with me and started to apply for jobs but struggled to find opportunities to get back on her feet. She worked a minimum wage job at a department store from 4:00am-8:00am and was never given opportunities to grow, advance, earn better hours, or obtain health benefits. 

I saw a system that didn’t work my father, who did everything that he was told to do in order to be successful. I saw a system that didn’t work for my mother, who worked hard and followed the rules and still couldn’t claw her way back up from the bottom. It was through these experiences that I was encouraged to make our city a better place for its hardworking residents and make sure everyone can succeed in our evolving economy. 

After my father’s death, I led a life that was professionally successful; but on a personal level, something was missing. I realized the opportunities for personal fulfillment lied with serving my community. 

I took this inspiration and began serving on multiple commissions including the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, the San José Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Del Monte Park Public Art Committee. I also continue to serve on the boards of the Willow Glens Lion Club, Christmas in the Park, and the AAPI Advisory Committee for Assemblymember Evan Low. I have used these opportunities to help neighbors navigate our local government including moderating panels in Willow Glen to give my neighbors unprecedented access to the services that the city can provide, and help others find opportunities to volunteer and serve their community. 

Serving San José’s 6th district is a passion of mine and comes from a personal place. I’m running to focus my efforts on: creating jobs and improving opportunities for our citizens to remain competitive in a changing and more specialized economy; creating a diverse housing stock, including affordable housing so renters can afford to become homeowners in their community to make sure our city can attract the talent they need to make San Jose thrive; and prioritizing the health and wellness of San José’s aging community. 

San Jose budget difficulties have resulted in unprecedented cuts to staff and services. How will you deal with coming shortfalls? Restoring some of the City services? And, if you think the City needs additional resources, what are your ideas for increasing revenues?
Respuesta de Erik Nicholas Fong:

We've felt the impact of shortfalls and loss in city services over the last several years, and we don't ever want to find ourselves in that situation again. I support the pension reform settlement between City Hall and our city employees and first responders, and am proud that we were able to come to the table and find a fiscally responsible compromise that will allow us to rebuild our public safety units while also saving close to $3 billion over 30 years. I also support the upcoming ballot measure to restore city services (Measure B on your June 2016 ballot) and will ensure that the funds are focused on public safety, transportation, and quality of life issues in San José.

What concerns are of particular importance to the city and how would you address them?
Respuesta de Erik Nicholas Fong:

Our biggest social issue is homelessness, and the issue is further exacerbated by a jobs-first, anti-housing General Plan. We need to look at jobs and housing equally and create a diverse housing stock with more affordable housing options while also creating workforce opportunities that give employees a chance to afford to live in Silicon Valley. Last year, I helped create a business called Kartma, which is a coffee cart in downtown San José that employs men and women transitioning out of homelessness and pays them a living wage.

Morale among our first responders is at an all-time low, and City Hall needs to do its part as an employer to ensure that we are rebuilding our police and fire departments and that we are offering competitive wages and benefits to retain our best employees. I live in Willow Glen, which is one of the safest neighborhoods in San José, but we still suffer from daytime home burglaries and package thefts that would be worse if not for our tightly knit and alert community. Additionally, many neighborhoods in my district suffer from speeding vehicles, disrupting quality of life and creating a feeling of a lack of safety. For my district, I will work first and foremost to prioritize the returns of the burglary unit and traffic enforcement.

Crumbling roads, urban sprawl, and lack of a regional public transportation solution have resulted in severe traffic congestion and loss of time for many of my residents. We need to repair our roads and invest in alternate forms of transportation, including bike paths, trails, safer and more enhanced pedestrian experiences, and a real public transportation option that is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and can outperform the automobile.

How would you balance the needs of the City as a whole while also addressing needs of your district as well as those of special groups?
Respuesta de Erik Nicholas Fong:

No one will get their way 100% of the time; as Councilmember, I will not get my way 100% of the time either. But my job, first and foremost, is to listen to my constituents and bring their perspective to City Hall. I have always been accessible and am committed to an open door policy as I have been my entire professional career, and will meet with any and all stakeholders to come to the best decisions for both the district and the city.

Preguntas de League of Women Voters (1)

How much money do you expect to raise/spend on your race, and how will you assure voters that financial contributions will not affect your decisions/positions should you be elected?
Respuesta de Erik Nicholas Fong:

I am the top fundraiser in the race and have hundreds of endorsements from a broad coalition of supporters including elected officials, organizations, community leaders, small business owners, and residents. In order to run a competitive campaign, I need to raise at least $100,000.

In both the private sector and the community, I have a reputation for focusing on the task at hand and doing what is best for the organization. My supporters know this, as I have a long personal history with almost all of my contributors; the contributions that I have received for my campaign have come because my supporters want me to be me, not because they seek political influence. 

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

As in my professional and community work, I am committed to being a listener and a bridge-builder between residents and stakeholders and bringing innovative solutions to best serve District 6 and San José. 

On the Council, I will:

  • Use my management experience in the tech sector to ensure that San José builds an innovative and nimble workforce in which everyone has an opportunity to advance
  • Help small businesses cut through red tape so they can grow, thrive, and compete
  • Provide top-notch constituent services so quality of life issues are heard and acted upon quickly and efficiently
  • Ensure that our neighborhoods are protected as our city continues to grow

 

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