Every year more Culver City and Los Angeles residents experience homelessness for the first time. This civic and humanitarian crisis will require both innovative and proven solutions that will address the root problems and generate lasting impacts for our community. The Southern California Association of Governments has charged Culver City with building 3,300 new homes by 2029. This ambitious goal will require all of us to work together towards a common solution. We must continue to protect renters, provide thoughtful affordable housing in strategic areas, and usher in essential services to help people achieve personal stability. There is not a one size fits all approach - as your Councilmember I am committed to working with every Culver City resident, alongside other regional leaders, to implement policies that ensure every resident has a fair opportunity to live a healthy and dignified life.
Transportation & Mobility
Transportation and mobility are local problems that require regional solutions. We must work with the city of Los Angeles and neighboring municipalities to decrease congestion and increase mobility. Culver City is quickly becoming a destination city that will require bold and thoughtful transportation policies to ensure our current communities continue to enjoy the Culver City they know and love, while making the most of the evolving opportunities that allow our city to grow in the direction we desire. I will advocate for safe streets that will serve the needs of Culver City residents first, find innovative ways to serve the first and last mile, and encourage more alternative modes of transportation, including walking and cycling.
A Sustainable Future
Time is literally running out. The United Nations warns that there will be drastic consequences if we do not significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2030. Culver City can do its part to reduce our carbon footprint by improving our public transit system, optimizing buildings to become more energy-efficient, and investing in renewable energy projects. Also, we have to acknowledge the interconnectedness of the environment, housing and mobility when crafting policy. We need to incorporate creative housing options that simultaneously reduce vehicular trips. This means building housing in the areas where people work and play, making alternative transportation a real possibility that reduces vehicular trips as well as our carbon footprint. As your councilmember I will be committed to crafting policies that improve our problems of today with the future always in mind.
The budget reflects what a city truly values. As we look ahead in the coming months and years, it will require tough decisions. Equity and inclusion are my highest priorities and will be the lifeblood of any tough decision I am required to make. I am eager to explore options towards a reimagined budget that accurately reflects our values while effectively responding to city needs. As a member of the City Council I will be a voice and an advocate for funding the resources Culver City requires to provide a sustainable and economically-responsible future for all of us.
We all deserve to live, work and play in a city where everyone is safe, protected and treated fairly. I believe the best way to create safer neighborhoods is to invest directly into the community. This can look many different ways and there is not just a single solution that will solve all our problems. We will have to explore options and work together to address the core causes of safety concerns. But we can and we must work to provide stable housing, offer mental health services and increase community-based organizations. As your councilmember I will support what works, and advocate for change when new solutions are necessary.
Connecting to L.A. and Other Cities in the Region
Building connections is at the heart of what I do. I’ve developed relationships with leaders in Culver City and throughout the region from elected officials to academics to nonprofit and business leaders. These local and regional relationships will be critical as Culver City is one of 88 cities in L.A. County and must work in conjunction with all of our regional partners to implement solutions for problems we collectively face.
Dialogue starts by clearly identifying the issues and interests of the parties involved, recognizing the obstacles to progress, and then working together to finding a solution. At the Culver City Community Conversation, we discussed strategies for civil discourse and respect for others, especially when dealing with controversial issues. I will bring this approach, along with my years of professional communication experience to our city to facilitate civic engagement and dialogue that includes all residents working through difficult and necessary issues facing our City.
Paid for by Freddy Puza for Culver City Council 2020. FPPC ID #1425464