Jose Caballero: District 7 City Council Candidate
How have you demonstrated your commitment to racial justice?
I have been active in marches and events within the community including the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, and labor protest movements. I am also working actively in the Latino communities in Linda Vista, because they are being abused by slumlords that are also raising their rent. We have been organizing a march to fight back and have gotten the media involved and other organizations to ensure that we treat our residents of color with dignity. This story is still unfolding. Stay tuned for updates at http://www.facebook.com/jose4sd/
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges San Diego faces to achieving racial equity?
The biggest challenges that our communities of color face is the lack of rent control. I have seen the effects personally of what lack of rent control is doing to our minority communities. The unrestricted power of developers to raise the rent of our residents with no reason or cause are pushing out working families all over the city. This must be stopped. That is why I am proud to be the only candidate that has taken a stand to enact rent control in San Diego. Racial equity can’t be achieved until our working families have stability in where they live.
Check all of the boxes that describe your perspective about race.
✅ “Race is a social construction.”
“I am colorblind.”
✅ “Institutional racism means that people who are not explicitly racist can support and benefit from racial oppression.”
“White people of all income-levels benefit from privileges bestowed upon them historically and in the current day.”
“We live in a post-racial society. Anyone can thrive if they work hard enough.”
✅ “We live in a country where race impacts one’s educational and employment opportunities.”
✅ “Racism continues to be a problem in today’s world.”
“White people have a responsibility to work for racial justice.”
✅ “I am well-informed about the United States’ history as it relates to race and racial inequality.”
The limitations of the public transit system in San Diego mean that low-income workers face obstacles getting to work and pursuing certain employment opportunities. How should San Diego expand and support its public transit system? What role will you play, if any?
We need livable, walkable, bikeable neighborhoods. This means prioritizing barriered bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, and appropriate zoning. Our public transportation needs to serve the areas people want to go, like our beaches and the airport — neither of which are currently connected to the trolley. We need more frequent buses, more bus routes, and safer bus stops. I will make expanding public transportation in our poorest communities a priority, including fare reductions for residents in poverty.
Clean, drinkable water should be available to all households, regardless of income level. What should San Diego do to make drinking water more affordable for low-income families? What role will you play, if any?
I would fight for subsidies for low income families and individuals. In addition, we need water conservation programs across the city. Water conservation is good for the environment, and, since we import our water, good for our citizen’s water bills too. 40% of our water supply is lost in old underground pipes. We need to fix all of our infrastructure in a comprehensive way, so we are not paying for water that is wasted.
How can San Diego raise employment rates among communities of color in San Diego? What role will you play, if any?
We need to make city jobs a well paid and honorable profession. We have millions of dollars of work to do on our infrastructure. We should be employing local people, paying them livable wages, and fixing our streets in the process. In addition, we need to make sure that public transportation serves the places where jobs are, so getting to and from work is affordable, fast, and easy. Finally, I will fight to ensure the city continues job training programs and expands adult education, such as language support, so immigrant communities have full economic opportunity in our city.
What should San Diego do to ensure communities of color are safe while reducing the disproportionate police presence and contact in their neighborhoods? What role will you play, if any?
We need community policing. Our police officers should live in the places they patrol, so they know people and what issues are important to focus on in order to ensure safety and avoid disproportionate prosecution of non-violent offenses. I will also make sure police officers are not rewarded based on making a certain number of arrests or writing a certain number of tickets, as opposed to being strong public servants.
How should San Diego ensure that children of color receive a high quality education that affords them the same post-secondary opportunities as white children? What role will you play, if any?
In addition to what the Board of Education can do, we need to ensure that after school programs are available to provide a safe, supportive environment for children of color. After school programs can focus on the needs of specific communities, from language and academic support, to cultural integration, to extracurricular activities. Parents should be encouraged to be involved in these programs too, to the extent feasible.
What should San Diego do to support students of color, as well as immigrant and refugee students, in finding employment and high-wage jobs? What role will you play, if any?
The City should provide high quality, well paid jobs in city services. The City can provide internships and partner with non-profit and for-profit companies to place successful interns into quality entry-level jobs.
What does San Diego need to do to better support its bilingual/multilingual communities? What role will you play, if any?
We need adult English language instruction in our communities. We need strong after-school programs focused on the specific needs of bi/multilingual students and their families.
What should San Diego do to ensure that low-income communities of color have affordable housing? How can San Diego support development without pricing out low-income families? What role will you play, if any?
Implementing rent control is my top priority for my first 100 days in office. Too many people who work in San Diego cannot afford to live here, and it is time that ends! We need to end subsidies to large, out-of-state developers and keep those jobs here at home. We need smart development, not development for the sake of development.
The legitimacy of the police is undermined within communities of color because of racial profiling in police stops, police shootings of people of color, and racially disproportionate police contact. What should San Diego do to rebuild trust in San Diego’s police? What role will you play, if any?
Again, we need community policing. I will also make sure police officers are not rewarded based on making a certain number of arrests or writing a certain number of tickets, as opposed to being strong public servants. Our police officers should live in the places they patrol, so they know people and what issues are important to focus on in order to ensure safety and avoid disproportionate prosecution of non-violent offenses. We should also have community and police meet and greets to show the public that the police is there to serve and not only enforce.
What is your stance on the Black Lives Matter Movement?
I stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is imperative for the black community to stand up and declare their rights to basic fair treatment by the justice system, and I am proud to stand beside them as an ally. When I am in office, my door will always be open for the community, including Black Lives Matter activists, to hear how I can legislatively support the goals of the movement.
What is your stance on San Diego’s use of Proposition 21 (Section 182.5) and the San Diego 33?
Prop 21 – The degree at which we are prisoning our youth is a travesty. I will fight to remove the injustice of making our youth guilty by association. We can do better and I will ensure we do. The San Diego needs to do right by the 33 who has been falsely documented as a gang members. They need to be cleared of all charges.
What role should San Diego play in the current refugee crisis?
✅ A) San Diego should be a haven for refugees from Syria and elsewhere fleeing violence and economic hardship.
B) San Diego should not actively welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere.
Any Additional Comments?
I am the progressive candidate that is fighting for community policing in District 7. I will do everything I can to ensure that our voices are heard. Please visit our website Jose4SD.com