Karla Alejandra Ramirez On the Issues
Issue statements by candidates are quoted from public media statements either direct or edited for brevity.
The Covid-19 pandemic: preventative practices versus reopening of local business and recreation
We are in an unprecedented time and we should take unprecedented measures in order to keep our families, our communities, each other safe. If we are to help local business to reopen and keep afloat, we need to wear masks, stay at least 6 feet away from others and limit going out. Socializing is important but keeping others alive and healthy should be the priority.
Police reform and systemic racism
Systemic racism is engrained within the deepest foundations of this country, whether we would like to admit it or not. BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color) communities are disproportionately criminalized and policed. Violence at the hands of the police, whether it be physical or mental, is something that is unfortunately normalized when you grow up as a child of color. Millions of dollars invested in police departments need to be divested and redirected into quality of life programs such as housing for all and food security for all.
Wildfire and earthquake preparation and alert systems
California now has a “fire season”. Many people are annually displaced, lose their homes, and many residents have lost their sense of safety. California is also a hotspot for earthquakes. We need to work on improving alert systems that can potentially save hundreds of lives. We also need to normalize disaster preparedness so that every household in our city has a disaster preparedness kit ready in case the worst happens.
Homelessness and affordable housing development
Every year there are new housing developments in Oxnard, yet these new developments are never affordable housing units. Oxnard is made up predominately of working-class people who can barely afford to live there. In Oxnard we do not have a homeless crisis, we have a crisis of elevated rent payments. Homelessness is the result of many social problems and one of them is absolutely the lack of affordable housing developments. We need affordable housing in Oxnard.
Transition from oil drilling and fracking to renewable energy
Humanity is faced presently more than ever with the need to transition from being dependent on finite resources into working to include renewable energy in our day-to-day lives. This coupled with the fact that oil drilling and fracking affects mostly BIPOC communities negatively, is an indicator that Oxnard needs to put resources into incorporating renewable energy within the city. Environmental racism plays a big role in Oxnard. Environmental issues are issues that are tied in with systemic racism. Keeping our BOPIC communities safe means opposing more oil drilling and fracking.
Treatment of immigrants seeking asylum
Not a single human being deserves to be in a cage. The United States sells the idea of the American Dream to people across the world, yet those who come seeking refuge and that dream are punished and imprisoned in the worst, inhumane ways. Families need to be together. Everyone deserves to seek ways to improve their living conditions. No human being is illegal, especially not on stolen land.
Fisherman’s Wharf redevelopment
Fisherman’s Wharf has been neglected for years. The buildings are dilapidated and crumbling. It is true, it needs redevelopment. However, we must be careful that this redevelopment does not aid in the gentrification of Oxnard, which displaces and affects BIPOC people. Rather we must focus on making it accessible to all residents of Oxnard, especially those who are low-income.
Coastal erosion and managed retreat
The Oxnard coast is disappearing. Coastal erosion is something that must be investigated and the proper steps to prevent it, slow it, and save our coast should be taken.
Cannabis growing and distribution
The taxes imposed on cannabis growing and distribution need to be put into programs that prioritize funding for education and for advancing cultural and youth spaces in Oxnard. Oxnard has a possibility of receiving revenue from the cannabis industry which can be invested into improving the quality of life for residents of Oxnard.
Empowering marginalized communities
As a community organizer and as a person who strives for social equity, for years my focus has been on uplifting, empowering and normalizing mutual aid within marginalized communities. Collectivism and mutual aid have been my focus and will continue to be my focus.