Danielle Soto, Pomona City Council District 1 candidate

My name is Danielle Soto. I am the granddaughter of former Assemblyman Phil Soto and current Assemblywoman Nell Soto. Inspired by their lifetime of dedication to public service, I intend to continue the good work my grandparents have accomplished over the years by offering myself as a candidate for Pomona’s City Council, District 1.
My background includes graduating in December 2008 from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. I have served as an intern at the South Coast Air Quality Management District and as a research assistant at the Coalition for Clean Air. I have also served as a personal assistant to my grandmother, Assemblywoman Nell Soto, in the State Capital where I gained first hand insight to the legislative process.
I have lived in District 1 for 16 years and am a product of Pomona schools. Growing up here has given me insight to the challenges and opportunities in Pomona, however if elected, I will hold at least two District 1 town hall meetings per year in order to assess the concerns of my constituents.
Another issue I will work to find solutions for is crime reduction. Public safety is very important to quality of life for any community. I feel this issue is tied very closely to another issue, economic development. It is imperative to offer all citizens, including youth, viable ways to participate in the community and greater society and that means jobs.
It is my intention to help create a business friendly environment for companies to view Pomona as a place to come and partner with the city and its citizens. Programs such as the Youth and Family Master Plan are an important part of this effort and I will work to integrate the goals of the YFM Plan with Pomona’s economic development.
I am aware that these are lofty goals and that one person cannot bring about these accomplishments alone. With that in mind, I hope to bring a new energy and perspective to the Council that will allow a more harmonious, productive environment to take hold. A perspective that allows the Council to move beyond individual district concerns to viewing Pomona in a more holistic and unified manner.
It is with this hopeful eye to the future that I humbly ask for the honor and consideration of your vote on Tuesday, November 4th. Thank you.