As I go through my week, I can't help but be struck by the degree of fiscal disparity amongst those I meet. From the Corps members who are fighting to overcome personal challenges to earn their GEDs, to the high net worth of Sacramento's business leaders working to bring a new MLS team to Sacramento, as a Councilmember and Vice Mayor, I represent them both and want them both to succeed.
There has always been inequality and always will be. It is, in part, a product of a market economy. Nonetheless, the gap in that separation of where we each start in life can be surprising, when viewed up close.
As an elected leader in the community, I often struggle with how I spend my limited time and resources. It is easy to lose focus on what is truly important, and what I should be doing to represent my community and to also help Sacramento continue to develop into a great City.
Following my re-election in June, I have given considerable thought to my priorities for the coming four years.
The overall focus remains the same:
1) supporting success in our young people in the areas of health and education,
2) Creating jobs, and meeting the challenges of homelessness.
My hope is to work collaboratively with others across the spectrum to build sustainable systems that not only address the issues, but actually solve these problems over time.
I know for certain that my work will continue to take me to unequal rooms, but I am ok with that if we make progress in closing the inequality gap. We are all better off when young people have a better start, and when food and housing are had by all. I welcome your input and help, because we will only succeed when working together.
As always, contact me at:Jschenirer@cityofsacramento.org, if you would like to discuss this further.
In addition to his council duties, Jay works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies.