As a land-use advocate, Mandy will collaborate with organizations, agencies, and community stakeholders to advocate for sound planning decisions and regulations. In doing so, she will advocate for the rights of the communities' use of public land, with the intent to protect our shared interests, our lifestyles, and our environment.
Through Mandy's work with the PCPB land-use advisory board, she has gained the skills to be a solution-oriented and efficient land use advocate.
There is a push to "build, build, build" without first considering who will be affected by increased densification, traffic, pollution, and the environmental degradation that may result from such plans. As a community and land-use advocate, Mandy believes we need to assess how the community and residents will be affected by changes to our city. We must prioritize their needs over the profit of outside developers and the highest bidders.
San Diego faces an affordable housing crisis. Allowing developers to continue to profit from our communities, buy out our housing stock, and build market-rate housing for profit will not address this issue.
We need to address this problem with transparent policies that support those in need of housing to get families and first-time homebuyers into the communities where they want to live.
We need to confront the lack of regulation that allows outside developers and STVRS to increase within the city. Mandy proposes an even distribution of the 1% allowance of STVRS across all districts.
Mandy opposed SB9 and SB10, which would end R1 residential zoning.
Mandy believes there needs to be more effective regulations on ADU's.
Our infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and is not in shape to support a population influx.
Mandy believes that the city must prioritize repairing the traffic infrastructure, roads, bridges, and sidewalks as a priority before it increases development within the district.
Mandy wants to see investments into the walkability and cyclability of our community. Additionally, she advocates for expanded bus routes and MTS accessibility with a lower fee rate for more economical use.
Mandy is advocating for parking solutions that support the increase in vehicles on our roads.
Through her work on the PCPB, Mandy has identified dangerous intersections and has worked to find solutions to make these areas safer for all. She will continue to identify these areas and seek out appropriate traffic mitigations.
Mandy believes that the city has bureaucratized homelessness, which has not solved the problem. We need policies that get people off the street and into affordable housing solutions, and a "one-size-fits-all" approach will not do this.
With our current system, people are not receiving the services they need. Mandy would like to see an increase in funding for assistance to uplift unhoused people and give them access to safe and beneficial options.
Mandy wants to expand the funding for agencies to facilitate consistent contact with our unhoused population to build up relationships and support. She wants to look towards utilizing NGOs and non-profit organizations to partner with people who have the care and experience to address this issue.
Mandy wants to stop the sellout of our neighborhoods. She is tired of the lack of transparency in city council decisions around development.
At the core of her candidacy, she believes in uplifting residents' voices and involving the community for input and feedback on the development policies that directly affect the quality of life for residents.
Mandy believes we do not need to sacrifice environmental spaces or quality of life for unsustainable building practices.
We can meet our affordable housing goals without destroying the character and environment of our neighborhoods.
San Diego is facing a plethora of environmental issues. Sea level rise, cliff-erosion, stormwater run-off issues, biodiversity loss, replacement of green spaces with concrete, loss of urban forest, beach degradation, fire threat, and air pollution threaten the way of life within this district.
Mandy believes in taking the appropriate and urgent steps to conform to the climate crisis.
Mandy will expand the "City Cap" program to utilize a tracking system to allow city residents to keep track of progress on the Climate Action Plan.
Mandy wants to make it easier for residents to have access to clean energy sources, which includes expanding solar panels on all public buildings.
Mandy will focus on involving both local and national environmental groups and experts in decision-making to ensure that the plans for San Diego include analyzing the most long-term and environmentally sustainable course of action.
Mandy is a resident of Point Loma and is a candidate with strong ties to the coastal communities.
Mandy wants to ensure that our coasts and beaches remain accessible and supported by the proper maintenance and funding to keep them safe and clean.
As an environmentalist, she advocates for investing more into the maintenance of the beaches that make San Diego such a popular tourist destination and on which many jobs depend.
Mandy has advocated for more city resources during the peak months of summer to handle the influx of people visiting our beaches, along with more investment into enforcement.
Mandy wants to see funding go into creating more staffing positions for public service officers within our communities, including in our parks and beaches.
San Diego currently only has two park rangers who manage Sunset Cliffs through Torrey Pines.
Rebuilding and protecting our tree canopy is one of the most straightforward defenses against climate change. Despite this, in 2019, San Diego cut down more trees than it planted.
The city's current ADU ordinance and its lack of set-back requirements put our urban forest at risk.
The trees confronting our climate change issues and making up our urban canopy are located in people's backyards. We risk losing these to development, and once they are gone, we cannot get them back.
Mandy wants to establish a tree impact fund to combat the loss of our urban forest. She hopes to reactivate the "Heritage Tree Program" and create a memorial tree program open for public donation.
Additionally, establishing a partnership program with surrounding districts would support planting trees in areas of financial need and places traditionally lacking canopy.
Mandy understands the value of planning boards and believes they work to protect communities. She has seen the importance of having a local group assist and advocate for residents.
Mandy has seen community members turn to volunteer organizations for support when they could not find it elsewhere.
Through her work with the PCPB, Mandy has helped residents install traffic and safety mitigations, written letters when the city has been unresponsive to the neighbors' inquiries and advocated for residents when no one else would.
Mandy wants to amend the city charter to ensure Community Planning Groups have a voice within the city to address neighborhood issues.