As our Council Member, Manuel Chavez serves with a steadfast commitment to invest in Westside Costa Mesa. We finally have a City Council Member standing up for Westside families and our future generations.
A lifelong resident of the Westside, Manuel grew up attending our local public schools, including Pomona, Rea, Tewinkle, and Estancia High School. Manuel went on to UC Irvine to study political science, and now works to give back to the community that raised him. Manuel will continue investing in the Westside community so that every kid has an opportunity to succeed in our community just like he did.
INVEST IN THE WESTSIDE
Manuel is committed to investing in public parks, infrastructure and community organizations in Westside Costa Mesa. During his first year in office, the city received a $1 million grant to help cover the cost of the Lions Park playground renovation project here in District 4. Recently, the city received a further $11.2 million in direct appropriations for park funding, the largest state allocation to Costa Mesa in the history of our city through a collaboration between the city council, our State Senator Min and Assembly Member Petrie-Norris. The City is further planning to renovate, expand and develop parks for our District 4 neighborhoods. Manuel has been a steadfast advocate and leader in working to secure these funds.
SAFETY IN OUR COMMUNITY
Manuel will continue to support our city’s first responders and public safety personnel. On council, Manuel has worked to improve trust and safety in our city by keeping departments local with a community-oriented approach to restoring depleted department staffing.
It is vital for our city that future generations can afford to live here, and Manuel will continue working to balance the needs of residents new and old. He has been a strong advocate for the creation of more housing that's affordable. With soaring rents and home prices tied to a rise in homelessness, we need to prioritize lowering the cost of rent while maintaining our quality of life. Manuel has further advocated for walkability and bikability to reduce traffic and improve our quality of life.
In Manuel's first year on the City Council, Costa Mesa opened its first permanent bridge housing facility for unhoused neighbors. Since the project's inception, the facility has connected over 200 folks to housing off our city's streets. Manuel has further advocated for increasing the supply of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), a proven model to combine housing and services for long-term stability. The city has explored creative ways to repurpose and redevelop old, dilapidated motels into much-needed affordable housing and PSH.