Ana Sol Gutierrez

Candidate for County Council - District 1

On May 10, 2018, Democratic candidate for District 1 in Montgomery County Maryland, Maryland, Ana shared her vision for the county as influenced by her state legislature and board of education experience.

Hear Ana's Thoughts On:

 

SAFE ACT

 

  • Taking a second attempt to protect immigrants that are living in fear

  • Ensure people can approach police in confidence to report a crime or report a crime against themselves

  • On lack of support from Ike Leggett and the County Council

 

ANNAPOLIS

 

  • Not friendly to progressives

  • On experience introducing a bill to create a statewide bank

 

ON PUBLIC FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS AS A GAME CHANGER

 

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BUDGETS

 

ON THE WINDFALL OF TAX REVENUE COMING TO MARYLAND

 

  • $400 million expected due to federal tax changes

  • Therefore complaints about the budget are unfounded in Montgomery County

 

The Council Should Be Stronger On Adjusting Proposed Budget by the Executive

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Must be the top priority

  • Must ensure resources for schools

 

QUALITY OF LIFE

 

  • Seniors

  • Divide between haves / have-nots

  • Environment

  • Transportation (at its breaking point - congestion / accessibility)

 

PURPLE LINE

 

  • Social Justice Issue - faster to get to work for working families

 

BUDGET ANALYSIS SHOULD REFLECT SOCIAL EQUITY CONSIDERATIONS

 

LAND USE PLANNING NEEDS TO BE OVERHAULED

 

  • When on the school board, development had been stopped if school capacity was not keeping up (this has been weakened)

  • Council has turned a blind eye to the development

  • Ghost items in the budget (placeholders in case new development comes up) - these need to go

 

SOME SECTOR PLANS ARE VISIONARY (e.g. White Flint)

 

  • Eliminate cars

  • Put 2 miles of 355 underground

  • Add a MARC station

 

MPDUs

 

  • Not affordable

  • Not helping with affordable housing

  • We need real affordable housing

 

INVESTMENT OF PUBLIC DOLLARS NOT EQUITABLE

 

  • A lot going to Bethesda

  • Not going to Silver Spring

  • Selling public land for private development

 

DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES ARE TOO LOW

 

  • Taxpayers are suffering to pay for infrastructure

 

ON THE POWERFUL COUNTY EXECUTIVE

 

  • Requires vigilant oversight

  • Council currently has weak oversight

 

ON NEGOTIATED CONTRACTS WITH UNIONS

 

NEED BETTER LONG TERM BUDGET PLANNING

 

HIGH SALARIES IN COUNTY GOVERNMENT POSITIONS

 

COUNTY REVENUES ARE STRONG

 

  • Due to property tax

  • And windfall expected from state income taxes due to fed tax changes


WE DON’T GET OUR FAIR SHARE FROM THE STATE

 

  • MoCo Doesn’t apply for grants in some cases

  • There is no clear / common agenda from the county to the state legislature

  • The County Council must play a stronger role at the state

  • The county should hire a lobbyist

 

ADDRESSING WEALTH DIVIDE

 

  • Low Income Areas Face Different Educational Challenges

  • Lack of child care in poorer areas

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

  • Experience on Board of Education

  • Budgeting

  • Set school district boundaries (very challenging)

 

SCHOOLS

 

  • Should have dual language instruction

  • MCPS is largest employer and bus system in the county

  • Has a transparent budget that the county budget doesn’t have

  • School construction are underfunded

  • Development has allowed a lot more housing to serve a school population

 

POOLESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

 

  • Much can be done to renovate the school; new construction not needed as population does not justify new construction

 

HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS NEEDED

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