Six years into being a member of the Sacramento City Council, I have decided to run for a third term representing District 5. For me, my desire and the continuing ability to improve the lives of Sacramentans through my work at City Hall for four more years is an exciting prospect, particularly with my long-time friend Darrell Steinberg coming in as Mayor of our great city.
For the past six years, I have worked on and led efforts on difficult City issues including homelessness and minimum wage. For the past 20 months, I have chaired the Board of Regional Transit and helped to lead what I believe is, and will continue to be a renaissance of that organization. I am proud of my work helping the City make it through the end of the recession and excited about the prospects that lie ahead. I have participated in the council’s work on governance reform, rebuilding the City’s aging infrastructure, and increasing our resources for public safety. And I continue to lead the fight to provide more resources for our City’s young people, including starting our Summer at City Hall Program (now being replicated in 5 other cities!).
At the district level, we have rebuilt parks and playgrounds, supported old and new neighborhood and business associations, solved thousands of constituent issue, and more. Additionally, I am very proud of our WayUp Sacramento initiative working to improve the education, health, nutrition, housing and employment issues in the Oak Park neighborhood.
With all this said, we are at a pivotal moment in our City’s history. We must continue to move forward, building on the momentum of the revitalization of the City’s core. We must solve the challenges of homelessness and public safety, continue to rebuild our aging water infrastructure, support economic development in our neighborhood corridors, ensure a structurally balanced budget, and create a city that supports the success of Sacramento youth.
I look forward to working with you to make these and other positive changes happen in our great City.
In addition to his council duties, Jay works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies.