Genevieve Flores-Haro

Genevieve Flores-Haro

Genevieve Flores-Haro

Flores-Haro, 26, is a proud second-generation Oxnard resident. Flores-Haro attended schools in the Rio School District and is a graduate of Oxnard High School. From a young age, Flore-Haro’s parents instilled in her a sense of ownership of her community and the need to give back where possible. A two-time USC Trojan, Flore-Haro has both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration, and refined her leadership skills as an active student leader on the USC campus. Flore-Haro’s professional experience includes her time as a teacher’s aide in a special-needs adult transition program, casework/constituent services manager for Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and she is proud to have worked for local Oxnard businesses during her youth. She currently serves as the associate director of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project, a 501(c)(3) located in the heart of Oxnard.

Flores-Haro enjoys playing guitar, USC football, the US Women’s National Soccer Team and spending time with her friends and family in her spare time. Flores-Haro and her wife, Sade, reside in Oxnard with their dog Nena.

What are the major city issues of concern to you in the future?

As we look toward the future, there are several issues of concern that arise. Most immediately is the city’s wastewater issue. Another issue is the development in Oxnard, and how we can maintain the heart of what defines Oxnard in the face of expansion. Lastly, I am concerned with developing creative ways to diversify the city’s general fund via different revenue streams.

What issues in the past do you feel are not being addressed?

The city of Oxnard is at a crucial point as we seek to step out of the shadow of the mismanagement of previous administrations. One issue I feel that hasn’t been addressed is that of accessibility. The question of accessibility spans across multiple sectors, including transportation, business and local tourism. When I think of accessibility, I think of it in terms of how can all residents access city resources, like the beach, fresh fruits and vegetables, education, or even their own local government.

I would like to see this explored further, with underrepresented stakeholders at the decision-making table so that Oxnard is made available to all.

What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?

I had the privilege of working for a few local business as a youth in the city of Oxnard. Entrepreneurs in Oxnard do not have an easy task, and there were times, as a youth, where I was sent home because the owner wasn’t making enough to cover costs. I am a fan of “buying local” where I can, and it is disheartening to get attached to a local business only to see them close down after a few months.

The city should have a hand in working with the Oxnard Chamber to ensure that local businesses are set up for success. This could be in the form of an expedited permitting process, or working to ensure that local businesses are given orientations or tool kits. The city should attract an array of diverse business sectors to build within the city to create jobs.

What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?

I firmly believe that our law enforcement is a crucial component to ensuring public safety. However, I also believe that the instances of police brutality have impacted the lives of far too many individuals and far too many families within the city to go unnoticed and unaddressed.

There should be collaborative partnerships between key stakeholders in the city, including residents,  community organizations and law enforcement to recommend the effective and proven strategies to establish the true community policing, and more specifically community-oriented policing. I believe that there should also be an emphasis in training police in de-escalation techniques.

What are your housing concerns for the city?  How will you address them in the future?

Affordable housing is an issue near and dear to my heart, given the overall unaffordability of Ventura County, especially for young professionals. I believe in developing and fostering safe first-time home buyer workshops and incentives so that home-buyers are informed and able to purchase affordable properties with no fear of a bursting housing bubble. Moreover, as the city expands, affordable housing must be taken into account so that developments leave no family out.

How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?

As part of the generation who grew up mindful of the effects of global climate change, I am acutely aware of how the decisions of the past drastically impact our future. There are serious discussions of building another power plant on the Oxnard Coast, and whenever possible I will stand firm against any power plant rooted in fossil fuel. I would like to see Oxnard embrace alternate, renewable energy sources and use our local skilled workforce and local-based industries and business to help build them. Moreover, I will do my part to ensure protection of the wetlands at Ormond Beach and the ecosystems they are home to.

For these reasons, I support Measure C and I support Measure L.

Discuss other concerns you have with your city and what you will do to address them. This may include water issues, the state of your city’s school districts, the city’s financial stability, unemployment, etc.

Regarding utility issues, I oppose Measure M because I believe it does not provide tangible solutions in the absence of a rate raise. Although it is unpopular to raise rates on consumers, it is imperative to do so in order to address the city’s aging infrastructure. Unfortunately, poor management from previous administrations, coupled with California’s drought, has brought this issue to the forefront. Keeping consumers safe and ensuring our city’s residents have access to affordable and reliable utilities are a priority for me.

I believe that Oxnard needs to diversify its revenue streams. I would recommend that the city look toward older audits from the State Controller’s office in order to better plan for the city’s financial footing, and I am pleased to hear about the recent findings from the State Controller on our city’s 2015 audit and its federal compliance. There are many issues that need to be addressed within the city’s budget. We should not seek to balance a budget on the backs of men and women who serve our community. At the same time, we should be strategic in the areas that we deem budgetary priorities. To that end, I would support any Measure O extensions as approved by Oxnard voters, and would support creative solutions to increase city revenues.  Additionally, I agree with the current administration’s recommendation to create an internal audit system so that the city is able to maintain checks and balances of its finances, and is able to regain the confidence of its citizens.

It is important to acknowledge the city’s recent victories, but there is still much work to be done. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I have the passion, experience and perspective that is needed on the Council, and I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 8!