On Tuesday morning, Matthias from CCDC’s policy team and Sam from the Coalition of Homelessness gave us a presentation about policy. They shared their experiences on working with elected officials and members of the community. It was surprising to learn how impactful an elected official’s stance is on policies. From a community’s perspective it is hard to navigate through different levels of bureaucracy. Prop C was truly reflective of the community’s needs because it was written by people who were not in the government.
For the rest of the week, our team worked on our group project. We started off by surveying people at Portsmouth Square Garage. It was not easy to convince people to stop for a survey. We ended up making a second version to ask street parking users. It was a little easier to approach people on the street because they were often waiting in their cars. We also tried to talk to the attendants at Portsmouth Square Garage but they were reluctant to speak with us despite being a public garage. Using the results we gathered, we will compile it into our presentation and executive summary.
- Maggie Dong