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Every great movement is driven and propelled by youth. Now, more than ever, youth need to be at the forefront of political and civic engagement processes to ensure their voices are heard. Youth must be involved, engaged, and be bold when others aren’t willing to take a stand. Our campaign is launching #YouthForD4 as opportunity for youth to learn, develop, and take leadership within our campaign. Participants will discuss current issues in D4, get training from local leaders and take on organizing and canvassing roles all to bring true representation to District 4.
Do I have to live in District 4 in order to participate in #YouthForD4?
No. All youth and young adults that are passionate about making a change in District 4 are welcome.
What are the accepted age ranges for youth?
We are looking for youth between the ages of 16-24.
Is #YouthForD4 a paid internship or job opportunity?
This is a strictly an opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community.
Please email all further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Economic Opportunity for All
We need better economic opportunities in District Four. We see new buildings and structures, but we are not the builders. Our city fails to acknowledge that we have disparities in contracting and in business among people of color. We need more opportunity for our children that are coming out of Lincoln and Morse High School and integrating back into our community.
We will work together to create and retain careers that support income growth for residents and incentivize business ventures in District 4. It is also important that we build capacity of nonprofit organizations and small businesses that are already here.
Without economic relief, many of our community members will be trapped in a cycle of poverty and crime. This is why we will fight for economic justice. We will improve the quality of life for residents through access to middle class careers, business growth and economic opportunity. Listen to my views on Economic Opportunity here.
2. Police Reform
When it comes to criminal justice reform and police accountability, we need change to ensure justice and fairness for all San Diegans. We need common sense reforms to ensure all members of our community are treated equally, and with respect, by the police.
I will ensure that our police department will not only be held accountable for protecting and serving our community, but also urge the department to collaborate in building and strengthening the relationship between police officers and community members.
Our community needs real police reform and we need it now. We cannot continue to ignore how much of an impact bad policing has on our community. We will not accept that the current councilmember turns a blind eye to injustice right here in District Four. Listen to my views on Police Reform here.
3. Safe and Healthy Communities
The city’s current plan for homelessness address the symptoms, and not the root causes of the crisis and we should not wait until the crisis becomes bigger to address the root problems.
Studies show that permanent housing for the homeless population will drastically reduce chronic homelessness. But we must also acknowledge that our community suffers from the lack of economic opportunity, the school to prison pipeline and criminalization of the homeless. Temporary shelters end up masking the problem, but we need a long term, sustainable plan. The average rent in San Diego is almost $1800 per month and is rising dramatically. We need more affordable housing so the working class can afford to live where they work, and young adults can consider starting a life here.
I will fight for balanced development, affordable housing, and critical services to assist low income families and combat homelessness, all with the goal of creating a better quality of life for District 4.
4. Better Neighborhood Services
The lack of comprehensive infrastructure maintenance programs for District 4 has led to massive potholes, crumbling or lack of sidewalks in many of our neighborhoods, among other things. Our 100 year old crumbling infrastructure must be addressed.
We must demand more efficient processes to provide consistency and equitable distribution of services throughout the city, including maintenance of our streets, parks, sidewalks and graffiti abatement.
I will hold the city accountable to maintaining our streets, parks and sidewalks ensuring that everyone from our youth to our seniors will have access to places to peacefully play and commune. We will be the hub of innovative infrastructure development our community can be proud of.
5. Transparency in Government
Openness, accountability, and honesty define government transparency. I will ensure that these values are at the core of decision making when it comes to plans impacting our community.
Our community needs a voice at city hall, and that is why I’m running. We need a seat at the table.
We will value the input from community members while making decisions that will directly impact them. We hope to rebuild trust between the community and the District 4 office, so that community engagement will increase. This will create more sound policies which will benefit the residents.
"I am proud of my community's strength, resilience, and tradition of bold leadership. I will bring vision, experience, and dedication to the council seat, and I look forward to representing the community I call home.”
Monica Montgomery grew up in City Council District Four. A true policy wonk, she is the perfect combination of knowledge and passion. A native San Diegan, Monica’s legal career has been dedicated to the improvement and uplifting of the city of San Diego as a whole and the city’s Fourth City Council District.
Monica earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. After passing the California Bar, she practiced law in the areas of civil rights, consumer, real estate, and bankruptcy. During the economic downturn, she helped community members keep their homes. Before joining the ACLU in 2016, Monica worked at the City of San Diego for three elected officials, including Councilmember Cole, Mayor Faulconer, and Councilmember Todd Gloria during his term as interim mayor.
While at the City of San Diego, Monica served as a Senior Policy Advisor with specific focus in the following policy areas: criminal justice reform and public safety, neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, small business development, equal opportunity contracting, and youth services. As a staffer in Councilmember Cole’s office, Monica strongly advocated for equitable practices in government, including better employment opportunities for people of color and reform on the then Citizens Review Board for Police Practices. She now serves at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties as a Criminal Justice Advocate, leading the local campaign to reform the money bail system.
Beyond her legal advocacy, Monica is highly involved in community work. She serves on a number of boards, commissions, and committees in the city, including the San Diego Arts & Culture Commission (Advisory Panelist), ABC Children’s Foundation (Board member), the Bayview Community Development Corporation (Board Member and Personnel Committee Chair), and the Church Education Committee at her church, New Seasons. Monica is a member of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Black American Political Association of California. A lifelong Democrat, Monica serves as the Political Relations Chair for the Martin Luther King Democratic Club. She is also a RISE fellow.
Monica is routinely sought out for her knowledge on an array of topics that affect our communities. Most recently, Monica recorded a Tedx Talk, delivered the keynote address at Cal State San Marcos Black Student Union Annual Dinner, and was a panelist on the League of Women Voters Criminal Justice Reform Panel and the Progressive Labor Summit Criminal Justice Panel.
Monica is running for City Council District Four because she believes that the communities that make up the Fourth District are vibrant and deserving of resources. She wants to continue to fight for the socio-economic advancement of every person, family, neighborhood, and community in the City’s Fourth District as its elected representative. She has the courage, commitment, consistency, and civic knowledge to get it done.
Monica is the oldest daughter of Clifford and Patricia Montgomery. She is a niece, sister, and proud aunt.
I’m running because the residents of District Four need a voice at city hall. We need a representative who will put community first, without the influence of special interests. I’m running because I want to re-establish our tradition of bold leadership, and I am uniquely qualified and prepared to do so. I'll bring a fresh and informed perspective to city hall that will benefit our neighborhoods. I’m ready to continue my life long work of making the government work for the people of District Four.
Let's work together for real change in City Hall and bring MORE to DISTRICT 4!