Education might not be directly in the purview of council members, but it is undeniable that Far Northeast Denver needs a community school where higher education courses and trade courses are available. We must work to bring this to the community.
I have proven again and again that my heart is on the side of the community with regards to social justice movements. I will continue the work of making Denver a city that changes structures, institutions, and policies that have exacerbated inequity.
We must overturn the camping ban and adopt housing first policies.
I-70 Central Project/Ditch
I have been opposed to the I-70 Central Project, especially how CDOT, the State, and our local leaders have pushed this project on us. It has displaced residents of Globeville Elyria Swansea and will perpetuate the gentrification of those communities.
I favor that I-70 to be re-routed through the I-270 corridor–the original route for the highway when it was first being drafted decades ago.
I am glad that the new governor-elect has promised to revisit the project, and look forward to residents reminding him of his campaign pledge. I am ready to advocate for the needs of my communities throughout this mess.
Absolutely not! We should not be hosting a worldwide party for two weeks that does nothing to solve the systemic issues of inequity that we have in our city. Instead, the Olympics wastes money and resources that could actually build the affordable housing that we so desperately need.
Workers do not afford to live in Denver. It is a matter of fairness and humanity. We must have a $15 minimum wage in Denver that is tied to the rate of inflation.
Of course, the state legislature must act first to make this a reality. After they do I will be the council person to push for this on day one!
I am in favor of putting everything on the table in order to help make Denver affordable. That is why I am in favor of rent controls and will work to enact the best version of these for Denver when I am a council member.
Gentrification, Displacement, and Affordable Housing
I am tired of seeing the displacement of the working class in my city—displacement that has disproportionately hit communities of color the worst. It is a shame that the most vulnerable in our city, those who need the most help, are the ones being shoved out the door. I ask: where are we supposed to go? Denver is on the path to be an exclusive city for the privileged. I represent the working class that Denver has failed to provide enough affordable housing for. The unaffordability of housing in our city has been allowed to reach a dangerous level. Now even teachers, firefighters, and educated millennials often cannot afford to buy a home in Denver. Doubling the number of affordable housing units built in Denver will be among my top priorities as your city council member.
I will fight to:
- Build more affordable housing by revisiting the linkage fee. All new developments over 8 units should include affordable housing.
- Help seniors stay in their homes by expanding homestead exemptions and making those transferable if those senior choose to downsize.
- Increase down payment assistance programs to 10%, so that the working class can compete with wealthy bidders.
As the State further embraces the idea of Universal Healthcare, and we work to make that a reality, I want to highlight a very real barrier to health care services within Denver City Council District 8: accessing healthcare facilities continues to be a challenge to many in North East Denver.
- There is no hospital within District 8, which means that many times we must travel outside of our district for our healthcare.
- Most of the people in North East Denver that have Medicaid rely on Denver Health for their healthcare, but it is really far and getting there on public transit is not easy.
- Denver Health’s Montbello Clinic is over capacity and it takes weeks to get appointments.
- Montbello, which is the furthest part of District 8 from Denver Health, does not have an urgent care/walk-in facility.
- As transportation problems continue to mount, and the I-70 Central Project (Ditch) construction takes off, problems accessing healthcare facilities will increase.
Women and LGBTQ+ Health
- Women and LGBTQ+ community are impacted the most by challenges of access. Many health care services through Denver Health are only available at their campus downtown including woman’s health, pediatrics, STD clinic, and Center for Positive Health.
- The City of Denver must provide free shuttles for people to access healthcare facilities, especially during the many years of the I-70 Central Project.
- Attract/incentivize, with city funds, a woman’s health care facility for Montbello.
- Incentivize, with city funds, an Urgent Care facility to open in Montbello
Protection of Immigrants
I am an immigrant. Under this president, we must step up our protection of Denver’s immigrant community.What the federal government is doing to our communities right now is heartless.
Expanding the Electorate
Low voter turnouts do not help our city. I want to change the off-year municipal election in May, to November. This would require a charter change that I would be behind.
Please contact me, and lets set up a meeting to discuss issues important to you!
When I say that I grew up in North East Denver, that is exactly what I mean! My family moved to Montbello when I was four years old. I attended Barney Ford Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School, Montbello High School, and graduated from Emily Griffith High School. I love my community and will NEVER be the council member that votes against my community. Instead, I will co-govern with the community!
Community must be at the table where the direction of our city is decided. Lets reclaim our political power from the consultants and big-money special interests! – Miguel