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Joshua Rodriguez: Mayoral Candidate

Joshua Rodriguez: Running for Mayor of Long Beach

Why are you interested in this position?

I am running for Long Beach Mayor because I feel it is my calling and because this is where I want to raise/ keep my family. Politicians are not representing our best interests and are focused on ideology, pleasing special interests, and finding how they can benefit themselves. I want to represent our residents, business owners, and workers in our city equally.

What relative experience do you have in this career field?

I am currently employed as a full-time police officer and have over ten years of experience. I am a dedicated public servant and work on resolving community issues that affect the community I serve daily. I find reasonable and tangible solutions to resolve issues like; business/ neighbor disputes, homelessness issues, and creating the best quality of life that I can.

What are 3 changes you would like to make while in office?

  • Have a total of the1000 officers we need.

  • Decrease/ eliminate our homelessness problem.

  • Repair/ Replace all broken infrastructure.

What are your top priorities for small businesses ?

As your mayor, my priorities would be to encourage new small business owners and find the best way of keeping large competitors from taking away from your business. I would seek to house our homeless population immediately, to stop chronic issues like; public urination/ defecation, littering, loitering, open drug use, public intoxication, and general petty theft. The next priority is to create a future policy to stop the city from mandated closures that handicap our small businesses. I would instead ask Long Beach's Health Department to give recommendations on reducing the spread of any future outbreaks, to encourage our businesses to select what precautions they need/choose to implement. I would also convene with the city's attorneys, city manager, and city council to permit partial ownership of all city sidewalks to small businesses. These permits would empower our small businesses to keep their sidewalks free of, littering, loitering, petty theft, and sidewalk sleeping.

What are your top 3 goals or concerns for District 3?

  • Public Safety

  • Homelessness

  • Clean Beaches and Oceans

How would you address people who are concerned about the City and States Affordable Housing plan and its impact on their neighborhood?

As your mayor, I would treat all those concerns as valid and would seek to fight against/ reverse SB9 and SB10. I would also assess our current and local policies on any new developments in the city’s effort to create affordable housing in a sensible way. I would also do my best to ease the restrictions on building ADUs.

Do you have plans to strengthen Homeless Outreach Programs such as the Quality of Life Team, Project Homekey/Roomkey, etc...? Do you have ideas of your own you would like to implement?

As your mayor, I would leave the current homeless programs in place and begin to request outside resources like more; federal/ state aid to house our homeless rapidly, utilize mainly non-profits to help our homeless and find a way to implement job resources/ training to help homeless people find careers. I would seek to create tiny homes to the west of the 710 freeway to keep our homeless population away from our populated areas to reduce their access to drugs. I would centralize their resources nearby to get them proper care and treatment immediately.

What plan do you support/propose for The Queen Mary?

I would leave the approved plans to finish the repair for The Queen Mary in place. I would seek to allocate funds to maintain The Queen Mary to avoid more costly repairs and request several proposals on what we should do in the future with our beloved landmark, during its repair. The proposals I would request would be for plans to keep, sell, convert, or sink The Queen Mary. If the repairs and maintenance are sustainable to keep The Queen Mary, I would propose to leave it alone. I would personally not feel good about spending millions of dollars when we have other more important issues in our city.


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