Long Beach does not have sufficient resources to address the spike in both violent and property crimes across the city. A 20-year prosecutor and a 7-year City Councilmember, Suzie has spent her career leading on solutions to keep us safe. As Mayor, Suzie will invest in the police department and our community by increasing the number of police officers, incentivizing new officers to join and senior officers to stay in the force, expanding engagement with young residents, and prioritizing police accountability and training.
While Long Beach’s homelessness crisis is very complex, what the City is currently doing is not enough to meaningfully lower the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness. As Mayor, Suzie will work with government, non-profit, and private sector partners to get people the help they need and keep our streets safe and clean, including dramatically expanding street outreach efforts and increasing the number and type of transitional home/service communities. By working together to re-prioritize our efforts, we can make a significant impact on our homelessness crisis within the first 6 months of implementation, just as other communities have successfully done.
Long Beach is a thriving City full of vibrant communities and successful business corridors, but if we are going to draw businesses that build on that sense of place, and create the jobs Long Beach residents need, we need to focus on two specific economic development goals: 1. investing in our small business sector and 2. creating industry specific incentives to recruit, retain and grow those sectors in Long Beach. The Mayor’s economic development transition team will be ready to start working on day one to further define these proposals and put Long Beach on the right track.
Suzie was raised in Southern California and understands how important our local environment is to maintain the beauty and health of Long Beach. As Councilwoman, Suzie protected hundreds of acres of wetlands from future development and as mayor, she’ll ensure our beaches, air, and water are clean.
Suzie fiercely believes that all women should have the fundamental right to decide their own reproductive future. In anticipation of the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Suzie introduced an item to the City Council in May of this year supporting an amendment to California’s constitution further affirming the reproductive rights granted to women in our state. As Mayor, Suzie is committed to defending and expanding reproductive access for all in Long Beach – and is ready to take on anyone who tries to interfere with this fundamental right.