In the survey conducted December 3 - January 8 for the campaign of Rafael Espinoza, candidate for the District 1 council seat, 70% of respondents stated they were either “concerned” or “greatly concerned” that they do not have a voice in the city’s decision making process.
“The fact so many people in the district feel this way is a damning statement on the incumbent council member’s performance during her four years in office,” Espinoza said. “Standing up for the district’s residents and facilitating solutions to thorny issues such as development are a critical part of being a City Council member. Clearly she has failed in this regard.”
The survey also found:
- 62% of respondents were “concerned” or “greatly concerned” with development they considered “out of scale” with the neighborhood.
- 54-62% expressed concerns about public safety issues, including bicycle/pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and crime in the district.
- 62% were “concerned” or “greatly concerned” about the quality of schools in the district.
“What we’ve heard again and again from District 1 residents was that too often when they looked to their Council member for new ideas or help in solving problems the past four years, they saw her instead supporting out-of-district developers,” Espinoza said. “This must change if we’re going to have smart growth that benefits everyone: Residents, local businesses and builders.”