Ventura City Council candidates talk homelessness, jobs, building heights – VC Star

by | Oct 2, 2022 | Jobs

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series on the Nov. 8 general election. For more coverage, visit candidates are running for four seats in the Ventura City Council election. Candidates will face off in Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 for the Nov. 8 election.Alyona Brody, Liz Campos, Marco Cuevas and Helen Eloyan are candidates in District 1. Incumbent Sofia Rubalcava is not running. Candidate Jim Rundle and incumbent Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios will face off in District 4. Marie Lakin and Bill McReynolds will compete in District 5. Incumbent Jim Friedman is not running.For for District 6, incumbent Lorrie Brown faces Jim Duran, Danny Carrillo and Steph Karba.The Star asked each candidate questions inspired by public feedback. Below are their responses, which have been edited for clarity and space.District 1Alyona BrodyAge: 25Occupation: Administrative assistant Education: Associate’s degrees in political science, administration of justice and general studies; enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program What three ideas do you have to address housing affordability and homelessness?Homelessness is a California issue and policies that have been brought down from the state have only increased this problem. As a city, we can only hope to aid in private enterprises that would apply aggressive tactics to find solutions that do not only depend on charity and food pantries. What we need is actual work for food and housing programs to be developed — basically, something that can benefit the homeless emotionally and physically, providing them with basics such as food and overnight shelter is not enough. We must invest in programs that provide them with dignity and a chance to work as we have seen other cities do across this nation.What do you intend to do to attract more high-paying jobs to the city?For one what is the purpose to bringing high-paying jobs to Ventura and who does this benefit? That is the major question we should be asking and looking into. Attracting high-paying jobs to the city at this point in our country would only mean to bring in corporate entit …

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