We’ve profiled four of the candidates running in the special election for San Diego’s Fourth District council seat. We wanted to give the other candidates running a forum to present their views as well.
Monica Montgomery, Sandy Spackman and Tony Villafranca accepted our invitation to answer emailed questions that came from our time in the district learning about issues important to residents. Their answers are below, and have been lightly edited for spelling and style.
Much of the district is a food desert, meaning there’s little access to healthy, affordable food. How would you help bring better food options to the district and help sustain locally owned restaurants?
Montgomery: I would work with existing grocers and restaurants through the Diamond Business Improvement District as the vehicle to implement a better use of nutritious and fresh foods in our district. Strengthening the BID overall, per our platform, helps sustain locally owned restaurants as well. I would also promote collaboration with our health clinics and centers to frame the issue as a matter of health as well as good business. In addition, I advocate responsible redevelopment for future businesses that want to build and invest in the district; meaning drafting terms and conditions with these businesses that help to achieve the goal to provide 4th District residents with healthier food options.