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Business owner Lucrecia Deleon running for Dublin City Council

Says the city needs more businesses but 'can't go against growth'

Local businesswoman Lucrecia Deleon is seeking a seat on the Dublin City Council in the Nov. 3 general election because she said the community needs "leaders that will fight for social justice, for equality and for economic development."

Business woman Lucrecia Deleon is running in the Nov. 3 Dublin City Council election. (Contributed photo)

Running her own business in Dublin for a decade and a half, the working mother told the Weekly, "I am not a politician naturally, but I will say this -- I believe now more than ever that we have to be engaged in our democracy."

"I believe that I could make a difference; I bring a lot of positive influence in my community. That is the real reason that I am running," Deleon said.

If elected to one of two open positions on City Council, Deleon said she would prioritize planning for Dublin's future on multiple fronts so residents will continue to enjoy their quality of life, whether responding to climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Fortunately, our city has been experiencing recent growth and that has brought good revenue to our city's office," Deleon said. "The city of Dublin right now remains in a very healthy position and in a positive surplus, so although we have all these issues affecting us, financially, we have enough revenue to help all these different communities and businesses that have been affected."

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Deleon said the city "needs to continue providing support to our small businesses" and prepare for an expected uptick of COVID-19 cases in winter.

"Some companies already have gotten loans and right now are starting to see a bit of light, but I will say in a couple months we're going to be experiencing a different season," Deleon said, noting that businesses will have to figure out how to operate indoors while adhering to health and safety guidelines.

"The best support we could give these small businesses is an easy way for them to get financial help with principal loans," she added.

Drawing more businesses to Dublin would also be a council priority: "I believe that we should bring in more businesses; I will support any plan that calls for that," Deleon said.

Dublin needs more businesses, Deleon said, but the city also "can't go against growth" and needs to come up with policies and strategies that "guarantee access to affordable housing."

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"It's very important to come up with strategic planning in regards to growth and ensuring that people have housing," she said. "It could be for rent or for ownership, so we, as the city, we really have to make sure that our development we want to approve really has some sort of affordable housing.

Deleon continued, "We are very under the goal we're supposed to give low income. We have to come up with better planning in regards to not only ensuring that jobs are close to the area, but also ensuring that everyone has access to affordable homes."

Born in Venezuela, Deleon has lived in Dublin for the past 16 years, where she also works as insurance and real estate broker. She speaks Spanish and English, and is mother to a teenager.

Eight other candidates besides Deleon are also running for Dublin City Council in the Nov. 3 general election: Samir Qureshi, Dawn Plants, Sherry Hu, Shawn Costello, Razi Hasni, Sri Muppidi, Michael McCorriston and Kashef Qaadri.

To learn more about Deleon's campaign, visit votedeleon2020.org.

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Business owner Lucrecia Deleon running for Dublin City Council

Says the city needs more businesses but 'can't go against growth'

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 8:32 am

Local businesswoman Lucrecia Deleon is seeking a seat on the Dublin City Council in the Nov. 3 general election because she said the community needs "leaders that will fight for social justice, for equality and for economic development."

Running her own business in Dublin for a decade and a half, the working mother told the Weekly, "I am not a politician naturally, but I will say this -- I believe now more than ever that we have to be engaged in our democracy."

"I believe that I could make a difference; I bring a lot of positive influence in my community. That is the real reason that I am running," Deleon said.

If elected to one of two open positions on City Council, Deleon said she would prioritize planning for Dublin's future on multiple fronts so residents will continue to enjoy their quality of life, whether responding to climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Fortunately, our city has been experiencing recent growth and that has brought good revenue to our city's office," Deleon said. "The city of Dublin right now remains in a very healthy position and in a positive surplus, so although we have all these issues affecting us, financially, we have enough revenue to help all these different communities and businesses that have been affected."

Deleon said the city "needs to continue providing support to our small businesses" and prepare for an expected uptick of COVID-19 cases in winter.

"Some companies already have gotten loans and right now are starting to see a bit of light, but I will say in a couple months we're going to be experiencing a different season," Deleon said, noting that businesses will have to figure out how to operate indoors while adhering to health and safety guidelines.

"The best support we could give these small businesses is an easy way for them to get financial help with principal loans," she added.

Drawing more businesses to Dublin would also be a council priority: "I believe that we should bring in more businesses; I will support any plan that calls for that," Deleon said.

Dublin needs more businesses, Deleon said, but the city also "can't go against growth" and needs to come up with policies and strategies that "guarantee access to affordable housing."

"It's very important to come up with strategic planning in regards to growth and ensuring that people have housing," she said. "It could be for rent or for ownership, so we, as the city, we really have to make sure that our development we want to approve really has some sort of affordable housing.

Deleon continued, "We are very under the goal we're supposed to give low income. We have to come up with better planning in regards to not only ensuring that jobs are close to the area, but also ensuring that everyone has access to affordable homes."

Born in Venezuela, Deleon has lived in Dublin for the past 16 years, where she also works as insurance and real estate broker. She speaks Spanish and English, and is mother to a teenager.

Eight other candidates besides Deleon are also running for Dublin City Council in the Nov. 3 general election: Samir Qureshi, Dawn Plants, Sherry Hu, Shawn Costello, Razi Hasni, Sri Muppidi, Michael McCorriston and Kashef Qaadri.

To learn more about Deleon's campaign, visit votedeleon2020.org.

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