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Monica Montgomery On The Race For San Diego City Council District 4

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Monica Montgomery On The Race For San Diego City Council District 4


Monica Montgomery, candidate, San Diego City Council District 4


This November, voters in San Diego’s city council district 4 will decide who will represent them at City Hall.

The district covers neighborhoods such as Oak Park, Encanto and Paradise Hills.

Democrat Monica Montgomery is challenging fellow incumbent Democrat Myrtle Cole, who currently serves as council president.

RELATED: District 4 Residents Respond To Myrtle Cole’s Poor Election Performance

Montgomery resigned as a policy advisor for Cole the day after Cole made controversial remarks about racial profiling. Montgomery now works as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Montgomery won in the June primary election by six votes.

Q: You and Cole are both Democrats, how do you differ in terms of policies?

A: One, of course, is criminal justice reform. I am a criminal justice reform A: advocate. My opponent is not. I believe the recommendations that were set forth in the San Diego State University racial profiling report should be implemented by our police department. We also have a difference have a difference on economic policies, economic opportunity for residents of district 4. We live in a district now that some zip codes have twice the unemployment rate of the entire region. And so it’s very important we have strong economic policies that benefit the residents of district 4.

Q: What would you do on economic issues?

A: I am a proponent of local hire. Back in September of last year, we did a press conference in front of Malcolm X Library where solar panels were being installed in the parking lot. We did a quick ask of the men that were working on the job and asked them where they were from. One was from Las Vegas the other was from Riverside County. I think it’s a travesty that we don’t have more local hire provisions in San Diego.

Q: What is your stance on SDSU West and the Soccer City ballot measures?

A: I believe both proposals have too many unknowns on the table and legislating this way through the ballot box for such important land use decisions, I believe, needs more specifics with either proposal. I believe in both the city is giving up too much without knowing what the end result will be. So, I’m leaning no on both of them.

Q: Have you taken a stance on the Convention Center expansion initiative, which includes some funding for homelessness and infrastructure?

A: I haven’t taken a stance on it. I would like more concrete information about how the funding to homelessness will be directed, what the amounts will be. It’s in my mind, vague right now. And I would need more information to be able to support a measure like that.

Q: Would you support a special election in the Spring?

A: I support Measures K and L previously, so whatever Measures K and L allow us to do with a potential convention center measure is what I would support.

Q: What’s your stance on rent control? If Prop. 10 is approved, would you want San Diego to take on a rent control policy?

A: Yes, I am a proponent of Prop. 10. I definitely would be looking into it what would work best for San Diego and our residents. District 4 is a community where we’ve discussed the unemployment rates in some of our zip codes. We’re looking forward to having policies that help working families and working people.

Q: What is your stance on community choice aggregation?

A: Yes, I’m a proponent of community choice.

Q: If you were elected to the council and were given the opportunity to become Council President, would you take it?

Definitely not going to speculate on anything. I’m looking forward to November 6th and we’re working hard, we have 33 days left and that’s what we’re focused on.

Myrtle Cole's campaign has not responded to repeated requests by KPBS for an interview.

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