It has been the honor of my life to fight for the residents of the Southside at City Hall. But my work isn’t done yet. The post-Covid recovery of our city requires the most serious, inclusive, and seamless strategy to create a better future that includes and lifts up our District 3 residents. With my record and my vision for the future, I humbly ask for the voters of District 3 to send me back to City Hall to represent them.
I also serve as the Chairman of the City’s Finance Committee, member of the City’s Public Works and Land Use Committee and I am a City representative on the joint City County of Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency.
Over the last three years I have worked with many stakeholders to secure funding to build the Teen Center in District 3, prior to COVID-19 I brought City Council to District 3. Worked with area residents to make the Southside Library an early voting site, and as the Finance Committee Chairman helped craft a fair and balanced City budget through the COVID-19 Pandemic
While the last year and a half has been extremely difficult on our residents, we are now on our way to a recovery. As a City Councilor my focus over the next four years will be on making sure all residents in District 3 have access to vaccination, continue to address inequities on the southside by investing more in parks, recreation, trails, and Spanish language translation and interpretation of City resources. I will continue to advocate for a permanent funding source for the affordable housing fund. I will ensure the Teen Center gets constructed. I will work on getting a Senior/Community Center built in District 3.
For over 10 years, the city talked about building a teen center. When Tiger was elected to the City Council, he made building the teen center a priority. He lobbied the State Legislature to secure the funding for the Center. He helped secure a contract for Earth Care to conduct a needs assessment and interview teens. Groundbreaking on the teen center is scheduled for late summer/early fall.
Bringing City Council to the south side
For the first time in the city's history, regularly scheduled City Council meetings were held at the Southside Library. Tiger will continue to fight for more city meetings to be held at Southside Library as well as other venues outside of City Hall.
Tiger was raised in low-income housing and later worked and lived in Santa Fe as an adult. So, he knows firsthand how expensive it is to live and raise children here. As a City Councilor, Tiger supported several affordable housing initiatives. In his second term, Tiger will advocate for permanent funding to the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Tiger will pursue legislation such as a Property Tax-Mill Levy, as well as the set aside of city land sale proceeds, Capital Improvement Program funds, and GRT revenue from the sale of legal recreational cannabis.
Spanish Language Translation
Prior to serving on City Council, Tiger coached boys and girls basketball at Sweeney Elementary School. Most of Tiger's players lived in homes where Spanish was the only language spoken. Applications, rules and regulations were only provided in English. The burden continues to fall on these children when their parents have to deal with the city of Santa Fe. The burden continues to fall on these children when their parents have to deal with the City of Santa Fe. As the Chairman of the city's Finance Committee, Tiger voted to allocate $75,000 toward Spanish language translation and the interpretation of city policies and procedures.
Extend Jaguar Drive
In an effort to relieve traffic congestion on Airport Road and within Tierra Contenta, Tiger will work with the mayor and fellow District 3 City Councilor Rivera to extend Jaguar Drive to the Santa Fe Regional Airport.
Extend Water and Sewer Service
Several years ago, the city of Santa Fe reached an agreement with Santa Fe County on the annexation of property within the city limits. Much of the area annexed was annexed into District 3. Since this property was in the county, the residents didn't have access to water, sewer, or paved road. Tiger is working toward getting water and sewer lines extended to the properties that are in District 3.
Design and Build a Senior Center in District 3
If re-elected, Tiger will work with the state and federal government to secure funding to build a senior center in District 3 in order to serve the needs of its older residents.