2020 Santa Monica City Council Endorsement: Ana Maria Jara
General Election: October 5 – November 3, 2020
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Councilmember Ana Maria Jara is a longtime renter within Santa Monica’s Pico neighborhood, and has been an important and needed voice for renters and immigrants in Santa Monica. Appointed to the Santa Monica City Council at the beginning of 2019, Jara has quickly settled into her role as a Councilmember and as a champion for the Pico neighborhood. Jara has legislated from the heart, and developed into a dependable ally to the safe streets community within Santa Monica.
Jara’s response to Bike The Vote L.A.’s questionnaire shows her depth of knowledge on transportation policy. She recognizes the links between transportation and housing, both in terms of building housing near transit to promote sustainable mobility options, and limiting vehicle parking to reduce housing costs.
As Santa Monica struggles with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Councilmember Jara’s continued leadership to center the needs of renters will be incredibly important. Bike The Vote L.A. enthusiastically endorses Ana Maria Jara for Santa Monica City Council.