Taking the lead on employee housing

I hope you'll read this opinion editorial I wrote for the Mercury News, and share if you agree...

Opinion: How school districts can help solve housing crisis

As a former nonprofit director, I believe in the power of partnerships. In order to fund new programs, projects, or initiatives, it is critical to build connections with government agencies, charitable foundations, and corporate philanthropy.

The same mentality should apply to public school districts, especially those like San José Unified that struggle to meet their needs with limited resources allocated by the state based on outdated funding formulas.

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For the price of a pumpkin spice latte

Every day when I'm out knocking doors, I hear a familiar story. It's the story of parents, students, educators, and neighbors who feel forgotten and unheard.

It's this story that keeps me up at night, because we can do better. We can raise our standard for engagement and build a truly unified community in San José Unified.

But it won't happen without you.

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Grab your Fitbit

It's beginning to look a lot like autumn, and for us, that means crunch time.

We have a couple volunteer walks planned over the next two weeks, and I'd love to get you out to knock a few doors...

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Meet our team

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. I don't know who said it first (probably Mark Twain) but it applies to just about every human endeavor — and it's especially true for political campaigns. That's why I’m honored and humbled to have the support of parents, students, educators, and neighbors throughout our community.

In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll introduce you to our team and let them tell you in their own words why they endorse our campaign to elevate standards for our neighborhood schools.

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Young (at heart) Democrat

SVYD_logo.jpgWhile I'm technically "over the hill", I like to think I'll always have a youthful spirit. That's why I'm honored and humbled to be endorsed by the Silicon Valley Young Democrats in my run for San José Unified Trustee Area 2.

As a longtime club member and now associate (aka old) member, I'm committed to supporting young leaders who already do so much to run this valley. As a school board member, I will make it a priority to expand student involvement on key decisions in our schools and at the district level, and I will do all that I can to support our young educators who are struggling to survive in an increasingly expensive region.

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It's go time

This morning, I went down to the Registrar of Voters and filed the necessary paperwork to get onto the November 6th ballot. Thanks to everyone who helped me pay for my candidate statement by making a contribution! We raised enough in the past week to cover most of the cost of getting our core message to every single voter.

Now, it's go time.

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Building a more unified community

As the cornerstone of community, I believe schools and school districts have a moral obligation – and a unique opportunity – to serve as beacons of hope and security for the most vulnerable among us.

I recently came across this piece on EdSource, an education policy website, about programs being offered by Oakland Unified School District to support unaccompanied immigrant students.

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Let's go

In a downballot race that won't get a lot of attention, nothing beats a good ground game. With only 85 days until ballots are mailed out, we need your help to pound the pavement and make sure we reach every neighborhood, block, and door in the area.

If you're ready to go, here's what you can do...

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Thanks for standing with me.

First thing's first: Thanks for putting up with all of my posts, tweets, and emails leading up to the first fundraising deadline of the campaign. Whether or not you made a contribution to help us get started, I appreciate your support.

Now, the good news...

With minutes to spare before the deadline and a million and one candidates asking for money, we hit our goal. This means we have the resources to invest in early voter outreach, which could provide the margin of victory in this race.

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Children in cages

The news from our southern border is suffocating. It leaves you feeling helpless, trapped, impotent, wanting so much to do something, say something – scream – and wondering if anybody would listen.

But we cannot give in. We cannot resign ourselves to the status quo. We owe it to our children and our country to stand up and be heard. Because if they put one child in a prison, they're putting all of us in a cage.

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