COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
The unprecedented event that is Covid-19 has brought a series of rapid changes to state and county health and safety ordinances. Councilmember Guerrero has been diligent in keeping the community updated to support families in their planning efforts to meet the demands of the day and informed on how to access resources offering needed assistance. She has advocated at the Federal and State levels with the California League of Cities to secure funding to help meet the City’s demand for COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Economic Viability: At the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown of businesses, Councilmember Guerrero has worked with officials to preserve the local economy. She boosted visibility to help local businesses thrive in the economic downturn while shoring up support to reduce overhead costs where the City can contribute. Councilmember Guerrero will continue efforts to sustain businesses operations through local initiatives.
Residents: The Pandemic has resulted in the closure of programs which traditionally supported families in need of food, shelter, and basic necessities. Councilmember Guerrero has helped establish the Saturday morning Yolo Food Bank food distribution and she has been on the ground distributing the food. She supports programs to protect access to housing and other basic needs by urging City Council to contribute to the fund programs which will serve those needs.
Health and Safety: Councilmember Guerrero worked closely with county officials throughout the COVID-19 emergency operations. She has responded to concerns by the community to protect the health of those who frequent local businesses. She has urged access to COVID-19 testing accessible to all West Sacramento, increased communication with populations at-risk, sanitizing businesses and public venues. She opposed a proposed city’s janitorial contract until it was modified to include Cal-OSHA’s health guidelines to protect the workers and the public who will enter the city’s facilities. Councilmember Guerrero activated Public Service Announcements and outreach to the Latinx community due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.
Enforcement to Comply with Health Orders: Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is one of Councilmember Guerrero’s top priorities. She has built a partnership with local businesses to enhance compliance with health orders to preserve the health and well-being of the community. In addition, she has worked to contain the spread by implementing methods such as contact tracing to ensure strengthen personal responsibility in public venues and in social gatherings.
Expanding Access to Economic Opportunities
Councilmember Guerrero’s work on West Sacramento’s Planning Commission and Economic Development Advisory Commission guided the revitalization of several projects in the City including the riverfront’s urban mixed-use business and housing developments. Her long-term plan includes attracting businesses, affordable housing along key corridors of our City such as West Capitol Avenue and Sacramento Avenue. She has spent her career as an advocate expanding access to workforce training and supporting local businesses. In addition, Councilmember Guerrero has expanded access to job opportunities and housing for unemployed parents through the CalWORKs subsidized employment program and bolstering the construction trades and apprenticeship programs. She is a strong advocate in City Council for local workers to be hired by local businesses and is dedicated to eliminating poverty through a living wage, which a critical step towards achieving that goal.
Strengthen Community Programs Healthy Aging
Councilmember Guerrero will work to ensure investments that sustain an age-friendly and liveable community for all residents. As former chair of the Aging Commission, Councilmember Guerrero has advised on the development of the Active Aging Services in the City’s Community Center along with special transportation, as well as other resources for the aged, blind and disabled residents. She will work to support age-friendly projects throughout our community to enforce the City’s designation as a certified member of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Community. In her profession, she strongly advocated for nutrition programs for the elderly, which resulted in $2 million statewide to augment the existing senior nutrition program to reduce food insecurity among our elderly. During the COVID-19 pandemic she championed the implementation of the “Great Plates” program which delivered three warm meals daily to the elderly from local restaurants.
Maintain Critical Flood Protection
Through Councilmember Guerrero’s advocacy, West Sacramento is on track to prevent a flood from levee failure. Securing funding to ensure a 200-year level of flood protection to prevent a disaster to our City is her top priority. Her many years of experience in local government administration and advocacy at the city, county, state and federal levels has contributed to being vigilant and engaged with stakeholders. She has worked closely with the local Reclamation Districts Board Members to oversee levee improvements, and lobbied in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal funding. Councilmember Guerrero partnered with the regional interest who advocate for funding for flood protection. Through those efforts, West Sacramento is on track to secure additional federal funding with the support of Congresswoman Doris Matsui.
Transportation and Roads
Councilmember Guerrero has fought in the City Council to expand public transportation accessible citywide and beyond city limits. It is a driving force for economic prosperity. Although current transportation systems such as Via offer flexibility and access to local grocery stores and restaurants, barriers continue to exist to get to work and medical care appointments outside of the City. Therefore, she will utilize existing resources and funding to enhance public transportation by establishing the necessary partnerships and reduce barriers to strengthen the public transportation system around the City’s boundaries. In addition, Councilmember Guerrero will invest taxpayer dollars matched with other governmental funds to rehabilitate the City’s roads, enhance safe bike and pedestrian trails for recreational use and to work and schools.
Due to the housing growth, morning and afternoon commutes have experienced significant traffic congestion. Councilmember Guerrero will prepare a traffic plan to reduce congestion and consider all options including building additional bridges.
Strengthen Public Safety
Councilmember Guerrero values the dedicated service provided by our firefighters and police officers. She respects their professionalism to protect and keep our community safe. As a social worker, she has advocated for effective programs to reduce homelessness, crisis calls, and youth recidivism rates. She was active on the Yolo County’s Local Mental Health Board and the Neighborhood Court Program. She established the Crisis Intervention Program for a police officer and a mental health clinician team to respond to crisis intervention calls, thereby securing the successful long-standing work cultivated through Mark Sawyer, the clinician who works for the Police Department. Data shows this program has significantly reduced the frequency of police and fire department emergency calls by diverting individuals to primary care services.
In addition, her advocacy work has helped establish Yolo County’s First Responders Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic in West Sacramento. In Councilmember Guerrero’s two years on City Council, she has nurtured a community-oriented police model to strengthen the law enforcement’s relationship with the businesses and residents. She bolstered youth programs with law enforcement such as the summer youth academy, and summer night lights activities. Recent events have elevated the need for more work to reduce racial tensions. Councilmember Guerrero convened local leaders who serve at-risk youth, and vulnerable populations who experience frequent contact with law enforcement and identified programs to effectively reduce contact with law enforcement. She will continue to invest resources which reduces the use of police contact.
Ensure Transparency and Fiscal Accountability
Councilmember Guerrero has rallied for policies and expenditures which are fiscally sound ensuring the City provides quality services. She has been vocal at City Hall for expenditures which serve the community-at-large, such as fixing roads, strengthening the levees, effective public transportation, meeting service-demands for requests from first responders, expanding outdoor venues such as parks and trails and has identified infrastructure modifications to improve our quality of life urging redirection of funding to meet those needs. Councilmember Guerrero has reached out to community members to engage them issues of interest to enhance transparency in the decision-making process on Council Agendas.
High Speed Communications and Broadband
Broadband connectivity is in great demand in West Sacramento. It is a key factor to attract businesses in certain industries which can boost economic prosperity and the COVID-19 Pandemic has elevated the demand for internet use at homes. Councilmember Guerrero will prioritize efforts to invest resources to secure broadband infrastructure and include municipal conduits for underserved areas.
Work to Effectively Address Homelessness
Councilmember Guerrero has established a city/county/community-based services partnership to provide a whole-person care approach to effectively address homelessness citywide through the implementation of the Mercy Supportive Housing Project. The Mental Health Services Act provides us with the stable source of funding necessary for services to our homeless community members with mental health needs. For this reason, she supported Proposition 2, to help immediately free up the $2 billion dollars allocated by the 2016 No Place Like Home program to provide supportive housing services for homeless people with mental illnesses. Her legislative expertise on state funded programs has been a powerful resource for the partnership to implement these programs.
A public health approach better serves many homeless individuals living on the street due to existing serious mental illness or substance abuse conditions. Councilmember Guerrero understands how trained staff more effectively reaches out to people experiencing homelessness, especially those with unique situations and needs who are not currently accessing public services. These resources will be delegated through outreach services at businesses, along West Capitol Avenue, schools and neighborhoods impacted by unsheltered homeless individuals.
Councilmember Guerrero’s work in the Local Mental Health Board Yolo County has initiated a mental health court, a mental health and police officer clinician team, assertive community treatment, and a local mental health urgent care facility in West Sacramento.
Councilmember Guerrero has been active in securing government funding to address homelessness. She will tap the over $1.8 billion in statewide funding to access housing support for homeless individuals served in Project RoomKey to expand permanent housing through Project HomeKey. She will also utilize $50 million statewide to maintain the Social Security Insurance Advocacy Program which funds support to those with medical and mental illness conditions.
Build Programs for Youth and Early Childhood Education
Councilmember Guerrero has supported efforts to provide quality education and after-school programs for our youth. She supports the HomeRun Program for every youth to have access to a college education, skilled trade program, or job opportunities upon graduation from high-school. She will work with the school district to establish programs that will help keep our youth involved in enrichment activities, support their education, develop leadership skills, as well as ensure their continued involvement in sports. In addition, she has worked on building pathways to higher education to secure opportunities for our residents to obtain fulfilling careers.