We need to change Calexico’s development pattern for better sustainability, affordability & access. Carefully examine what housing developers we allow to build in the city. Enact regulations for use of sustainable materials and designs in housing construction. Mandate/Negotiate for more affordability in housing development projects. Move away from large, land-intensive single-family developments. Move towards more density and affordability with access to well-kept community spaces/facilities.
Bring IID to the table on local-cell energy developments and other sustainable models for electricity in the city. Enact water conservation measures that keep the resource accessible to the people.
Fund affordable, sustainable housing designs across the City of Calexico. Ensure ample access, prioritize senior and low-income community members.
Enact limits on year after year rent increases. Enact just cause eviction regulations to prevent unjust evictions from taking place in the city. Details to be negotiated with the people.
Work with County Board of Supervisors to increase intercity IVT (Imperial Valley Transit) service, more direct connections from city to city. Advocate for Calexico to have a municipal transit system or collaborate with various agencies including IVT to bring local municipal transit that connects all of Calexico. Make necessary infrastructure investments to facilitate the use of transit and enhance pedestrian safety. Make necessary investment for safe biking. Connect bike infrastructure to intercity & municipal transit systems. Invest in zero emission public transit vehicles where possible.
Look into buying existing private lines in the city at a fair price. No sweetheart deals.
Coordinate with Regional, County, State and Federal resources and powers to modernize existing rail for passenger and freight services. Local intercity rail for faster connections, less road traffic.
Goal: have rail to LA ready by next decade to connect with California statewide rail system currently in construction for the Central Valley. Connect to rail to Las Vegas through LA or mid-point. Calexico and Imperial Valley can no longer stay disconnected for regional and state infrastructure project. We need to be reliably connected for our economy to do well. Reduce road deaths, drunk driving.
Work with federal representation to advocate for wider access for pedestrian crossing. Work with Mexicali to develop their transit capacities to have a seamless regional network. Downtown pedestrian crossings are the engine that keeps many marketplaces going in Calexico, transit spreads out the prosperity to more parts of our town and region. Faster pedestrian access gives lower-income laborers in Mexicali greater access to our markets where they can find the American goods they want to buy.
Transit encourages a safer and healthier way to get around.
Look into enacting a hazard pay ordinance to compensate workers working during Covid-19
Applaud State Eviction Moratorium, move for widespread enforcement. City should have acted sooner on its own. They allowed citizens to go unprotected for 5 months while local and state governments across the nation passed legislation to protect against eviction. Take care of anyone allowed to be evicted due to neglect to act swiftly during crisis by the past council.
Urge the County to collect demographic information, comply with county restrictions based on data. Advocate for stronger restrictions where necessary. Make sure Calexico’s voice is heard on safety.
Organize Fund for Undocumented people experiencing hardship in Calexico, they are not eligible for help from higher levels of government. Think about who keeps us fed.
Public Transit and Pedestrian/Biking improvements will significantly reduce emission from vehicles especially those idling at the border. Advocate for a County Ban on field burning where air-friendly alternatives are possible. Work with County and Mexicali on regional air quality plans. Work to coordinate regional infrastructure (including regulatory) on air quality.
Advocate at state and federal levels for strong air-quality control, and investment. Better binational coordination on air quality in the region. Encourage México to adopt better standards, act with leadership on the issue by cutting down on our pollution.
Acting on air quality will keep the community healthy. Lowers rates of asthma and obesity. Increases quality of life, mental health benefits. Health is wealth.
Consult local native groups on environmental clean-up and future sustainability. Include them in upcoming opportunities, offer reparations where needed. Applies to water and waste reduction.
Subsidize households to lower water consumption. Subsidize household equipment that substantially reduces water consumption (e.g. waterheads). Plant native plants to reduce water consumption so we can beautify the city and clean our air while using less water.
Enact, enable & subsidize/mandate if necessary, access to waste reducing materials for businesses.
Make investments where necessary to be able to recycle more types of waste.
Start a composting program to complement biodegradable mandates. Turn trash into food for our gardens. Give Calexicans access to healthy soil for use in their residential or community gardens.
Reducing waste produced means less money spent cleaning up litter or sending waste to landfill.
Lower business license cost. More flexible regulations on all types of microbusiness. Keep up with regulatory schemes for upcoming types of microbusinesses. Support street-vending and support licensed home-based food businesses. Look into funding/partnering with non-profit partners to give Calexicans access to public commercial kitchens that microbusinesses can use to get started.
Make City Hall a center for information on how to start a business or partner with microbusiness development non-profit agencies in the region. Offer help with international commerce/imports critical to all businesses in the city.
Make our processes accessible on our part. Financially and in ease of use. Enforce tax payments evenly.
No more tax breaks and incentives to major corporate projects when local markets like Santo Tomas are begging for basic infrastructure investments, including transit services to connect customers from Mexicali to downtown destinations and swap meets.
Advocate for better access to medical transportation (under public transit plan). Advocate for more local access to specialists and emergency care services.
Collaborate with Calexico Unified School District to engage the community in cultural and academic learning. Ample access to libraries with basic services like wi-fi, printing and a scholarly selection of books in languages and stories that reflect the city’s character and diversity. Engage the City in preserving and promoting local and regional culture. Advance access to recreational activities.
Increase transportation access to IVC.
Work with SDSU-Imperial Valley campus to help them grow without negatively affecting the local housing market or the local community. Help them bring more resources. Encourage state and CSU system to bring more resources to the extension. Work towards an independent institution much like CSU San Bernardino Palm Desert Extension has plans to become CSU Palm Desert. We should work towards having a standalone branch of the CSU system in the city to fight “brain drain”.
Engage the community on community-based models for safety. Enact measures to hold the police department accountable. Prioritize community intervention over violence to solve social issues like drug addiction, homelessness, mental health crises and violence in the community.
Engage community and experts in creating new models for policing.
Reserve sentences for violent crimes. Focus on rehabilitative services.