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Why I’m Running

I am running for Pomona City Council because it’s time to take action to address the urgent needs of our community. I am running for District #6 to make a difference. After moving around to several different foster homes throughout Los Angeles County I came to Pomona at the age of 15 years old and it has been my home ever since. I was lucky at 15 years old to meet who I call my heart mom, Lisa. You can’t imagine the joy I felt when Lisa told me I had a home with her. It changed my life. After high school I earned a BA degree from Cal State LA in Sociology, and later studied abroad in London where I earned my Masters degree in Human Rights Law from SOAS University of London. 

As a child welfare advocate, in 2009 I was selected to intern in Washington, DC to work in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While working in Speaker Pelosi’s office, I helped draft a federal policy brief which included recommendations for more evidence based mentorship programs for foster youth.  As a child welfare advocate, I have had the opportunity to work on the local, state, and federal levels to help draft and implement policies to assist lawyers, judges, and social workers to be better equipped to assist foster youth transitioning out of foster care.

My personal life experiences, training and education exhibit the dedication to public service and passion we need in government.

Pomona is where I gained stability and consistency to be my best self. Now it’s time for me to give back to our community what it gave to me. 

I am running for office because I have a plan to take action to address our local issues. 

In my first 100 days of office, these will be my priorities:

  • From blight to bright! I will have the Pomona Planning Department complete a full report of all of the vacant and abandoned lots in District 6. Once the report is completed, I will invite Pomona residents to a special community meeting to hear the details of the report.  
  • Bring down the cost of housing. I will work with our Council to create a vacancy tax for property owners and management companies who do not do their part. 
    • I will work with our City Council to create a housing ordinance ensuring that any future housing developments will set aside 20-30% for affordable housing. 
    • The vacancy tax will ensure that we maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses to contribute to the City’s economic growth.
  • Let’s be smart on crime! I want to increase safety in our communities and reform police practices with oversight committees, and use models that work to improve safety and build community.
  • Expand Arts programs and creative programs for youth. We need to ensure that our young people have opportunities to explore their creativity through arts and cultural programs. 
  • Improve delivery of public services. As a product of the foster care system, I want to make sure our valuable resources are going to the right places and making a difference.
  • Support small businesses, fair living wages, Pomona as a place for business, and improve public transportation.

I am a lifelong Democrat. I live in Pomona with my daughter Jayla and my heart Mom Lisa. I hope to have your vote Tuesday, November 3rd.

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Mondays With Miranda: Eunice Russell

Let’s talk! Join Miranda’s Live Chat on Mondays via Facebook Live

Please join me today for Monday’s with Miranda w/special guest Eunice Russell. Do you know that we currently have a Charter Review Commission? Our City’s Charter is basically the constitution of how our city is governed. Please tune in to learn more about the importance of the Charter Review! #miranda4pomona

Do you know that we currently have a Charter Review Commission?

We will be having the conversation on FB live! Join in!!

Sincerely,

Miranda Sheffield

www.mirandasheffield.com 

Social media:@miranda4pomona

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Mondays With Miranda: Damien Goodmon

Let’s talk! Join Miranda’s Live Chat on Mondays via Facebook Live

Join me tomorrow on Monday’s with Miranda with special guest Damien Goodmon the Executive Director of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition. We will be discussing the future of transportation in Pomona with the expansion of the Metro Gold-line. Damien will share the victories and challenges the Crenshaw/Leimert Park community have faced.

What lessons can we learn?

How can we ensure our community is engaged in what community development looks like in District 6?

Tomorrow we will be having the conversation on FB live! Join in!!

Sincerely,

Miranda Sheffield

www.mirandasheffield.com 

Social media:@miranda4pomona

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Open Letter to Pomona Residents

To Pomona residents,

Yesterday, I and other community leaders engaged in an uplifting protest to honor specifically the life of Breonna Taylor who would have been 27 years old that day. But unfortunately she was murdered in her sleep, in her own home by police officers.  We sang Happy Birthday to Breonna in the streets to honor her life. 

It has come to my attention that many of our Pomona community members have been concerned about the role I played in protesting at the mayor’s house with other Pomona protesters. I would like to make it clear that as a mother, I understand wholeheartedly how much this targeted advocacy may be seen as harmful to Mayor Sandoval’s family and newborn son.

 As a mother I frequently live in fear, feeling concerned for my daughter because she is Afro-Latina, also due to the constant threat of gender violence. I want my constituents and future supporters to know that my intentions for standing with protesters is rooted deeply in wanting to ensure the feeling of fear and need of protection does not continue to flow for so many other Black mothers who constantly feel uneasy whenever their children leave their home, with the threat of police violence. I hope the feelings being shared right now about Mayor Sandoval and his family also help us understand how much of a lived daily reality this is for many Black parents.

If we want Pomona to be a city that grows into a brighter  future, we must reckon with the moment we are moving through right now. We deserve a mayor and a city council that will not only listen, but will also take measures and meaningful steps in uncomfortable moments to address harms in our communities, not just at the national level, but also those impacted by police brutality at the local level. This also serves as a real opportunity to acknowledge our Black neighbors and institutions in our community, so that they know they are seen.

We need courageous and bold leadership that will listen to the working class Black people in our community, on whose labor the city runs. When we fight for Black lives, we all win. 

I ask that if the mayor really values protest, and values community coming together, that he speaks to these systemic harms happening in Black communities. 

We ask that he see this as an opportunity to further engage in transformative actions for a just Pomona. Rather than condemn and shame the protests, we ask that he allow the bravery of those who showed up and took part in civic action/duty.

Those that are condemning the protest on Friday are some of the same people who cannot, or refuse to, say that Black lives matter. They refuse to say the names of those killed by police brutality, or to understand that this moment is much bigger than police brutality. This moment connects to historical harm. We have heard even yesterday from youth, with tears in their eyes, that their lives don’t matter. The protest at the mayor’s house should not diminish the need and call for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Please join me in solidarity at the next protest to continue our collective fight to demand justice for these individuals and many others whose lives were taken too soon.

I invite anyone who is concerned about yesterday’s community led protest to please feel free to contact me directly by email team@mirandasheffield.com or to call me 909-784-5727  on my cell if you would like to discuss this matter further. And lastly, thank you to the overwhelming residents in Pomona District 6 who have sent messages and calls about their support for my campaign.  As a community we will secure this victory together!

Sincerely,

Miranda Sheffield

www.mirandasheffield.com 

Social media:@miranda4pomona

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Solidarity March Sunday June 7

Join us on the corner of Preciado & White in Pomona, CA on June 7 from 3-5pm to march in solidarity and stand up for justice.

E-Mail team@mirandasheffield.com with questions.

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COVID-19 Update II

Good morning residents! 

I am providing an update to you about my recent activities in our city and throughout District 6. 

First, I would like to send my sincere condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one due to the coronavirus. We are currently moving through some very difficult times right now, but I feel very confident we will get through this together as a community. 

In terms of community relief, it has been an honor delivering groceries to our seniors, supporting our essential workers and supporting our small businesses.

We will do our best to stay in communication with residents and be a resource as much as possible while our city and district work together to ensure our mutual health and safety.

Local Resources

Here are some important resources you can check out if you or a loved one in our community need some support right now. 

Business

If you are a small business owner and you are in need of help with your mortgage or other business related expense please find some helpful links provided by the Small Business Administration:

English:

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Spanish:

https://www.sba.gov/espanol

Housing

I believe housing is a human right and we must protect renters as much as possible doing this time.  This is why I spoke on record early on  to ensure all renters in Pomona are not displaced doing the coronavirus crisis. 

Are you struggling with your rent? Please know the City of Pomona currently has a rent eviction moratorium in place where you cannot get evicted for nonpayment of your rent. 

Please find an attached letter created by a local community organizer at our very own Pomona Economic Opportunity Center to assist renters when speaking  with their landlords here: (letter template for renters)

Wellness Checks

I will continue to do wellness checks for our most vulnerable residents in our community seniors, youth and children. 

If you are in need of any support right now please email me at team@mirandasheffield.com or call me 909-784-5727. 

Finally, please check out my website and follow me on social media for more updates.

In Solidarity,

Miranda Sheffield

Pomona City Council Candidate, District #6

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Resource: Renter Letter to Landlords (COVID-19)

I believe housing is a human right and we must protect renters as much as possible doing this time.  This is why I spoke on record early on  to ensure all renters in Pomona are not displaced doing the coronavirus crisis. 

Are you struggling with your rent? Please know the City of Pomona currently has a rent eviction moratorium in place where you cannot get evicted for nonpayment of your rent. 

Please find this attached letter created by a local community organizer at our very own Pomona Economic Opportunity Center to assist renters when speaking  with their landlords:

Sample Letter Template

April 1, 2020

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

[NOMBRE(S) DEL/DE LA/DE LOS INQUILINOS/AS]

[DOMICILIO]

Pomona, CA 91767

[NOMBRE DEL DUEÑO, DUEÑA, O COMPAÑIA]

ATTN: [NOMBRE DE ENCARGADO/A (<—-si aplica)

[DIRECCION DE DUEÑOS O AGENCIA]

[CIUDAD], CA [CODIGO POSTAL]

Re: Inability to pay rent for April 2020 due to COVID-19 crisis

Dear [NOMBRE DE DUEÑO/A O GERENTE]:

I am a tenant at the above address and am party to a standing rental agreement with you. I am writing to inform you that as a result of the current health and economic crisis, I am unable to pay rent this month.

I have been out of work since [FECHA], due to the government response to COVID-19, and have consequently suffered a substantial loss of income. I retain verifiable documentation from my employer that I can provide at the appropriate time.

As you likely know, on March 27, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued order N-37-20, which makes writs of eviction unenforceable during the period that the order is in effect.

Furthermore, on March 19, Director of Emergency Services for the City of Pomona issued an executive order enacting a temporary moratorium on evictions due to non-payment of rent by residential tenants impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

I understand that neither of these orders relieve me from the liability of unpaid rent, but I request forgiveness for this month’s rent. If you are unable to offer forgiveness as this time, I request a reasonable time period in which to pay back rent.

Please acknowledge this letter in writing and inform me whether you will forgive the rent or establish a payment plan with me.

Sincerely,

[NOMBRE]

[TELEFONO]

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COVID-19 Update

Good morning Pomona residents,

I know many residents are concerned about the recent news of the first COVID-19 case being here at the Pomona Valley Hospital (PVH). This morning I spoke to a key spokesperson at PVH to make sure our community is getting accurate information about the nature of this situation.

Right now the exposure level is low. The health associates who were involved in treating the patient diagnosed with the COVID-19 are currently self-quarantined at home until the Los Angeles Public Health Department is able to release the test results for those exposed to the patient.

I was also informed that one of the biggest concerns right now is: access to Coronavirus test kits. Based on information shared with me most states are only getting maybe 20 test kits per state which is a real concern. As of right now, PVH is addressing the immediate exposure within the hospital; the Los Angeles Public Health Department is tasked with investigating and tracking the patients steps before they were admitted to the hospital.

Additionally, the delay of test results is concerning. Pomona Valley Hospital has been able to secure test samples, but the test samples are then sent to the LA County Public Health for processing, where test results take at minimum 3 days to be released. We are in urgent need of test kits for those in our immediate surroundings.

Our PVG staff and professionals are taking all of the necessary precautions necessary to ensure there is a handle on the situation.

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

World Health Organization Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Los Angeles County residents can also call 2-1-1

In Solidarity,

Miranda Sheffield

Pomona City Council Candidate, District #6

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Miranda Sheffield Announces Her Candidacy for the 2020 Pomona City Council Member Elections

Pomona, CA, Release: January 19, 2020. For Immediate Release

At her alma mater, Pomona High School, Miranda Sheffield proudly announced her independent candidacy for Pomona City Council District 6. Sheffield is a long-time resident of Pomona, organizer, student, and mother. Her campaign seeks people centered change in Pomona. Sheffield will face two incumbent council-members in this year’s local district race. 

Surrounded by her family and community, Sheffield’s platform prioritizes greater access to affordable housing, healthcare, and public transportation. Sheffield is determined to run a people-centered and grassroots campaign. Her personal and work experiences in the foster care system, participation with the Pomona Action Solidarity Collective, activism in housing and police oversight, as well as Masters’ Degree in International Human Rights Law (University of London ‘19) are testaments to her community-based efforts. From local to international issues, Sheffield is committed to creating a more sustainable and equitable world. 

“This campaign is about people’s power. This campaign is about all of us coming together to build a better and more just city for us and future generations. This is not another campaign driven on individual interests. This is our campaign,” is one of Sheffield’s key messages. Her campaign tour will encourage voter registration and host a series of people’s assemblies throughout the city focused on a variety of issues to engage community members. 

Amber Rose Howard, Nashon Mitchell, and Jesus Sanchez, all Pomona community members, shared their testimonies in support of Sheffield’s campaign. Their personal, political, and professional relationships with Sheffield span the entirety of her time in Pomona. Their strong endorsements were heard amidst the community’s applause. 

Sheffield’s work with the Pomona Action Solidarity Collective is especially relevant to her people-centered campaign. The collective serves as an organic community space pushing for transformational change in Pomona. PAS is “a collective of the unseen and unheard residents of Pomona that aim to empower community members around learning the local political landscape and alternative forms of governance by building resilient and accountable elected officials, community based organizations, and governments.” Sheffield’s campaign will announce upcoming local assemblies and other events that are dedicated to facilitating community dialogues in Pomona starting now. 

Learn more about Miranda Sheffield and her campaign by visiting: www.mirandasheffield.com

Contact Info 

Miranda Sheffield 2020 Pomona City Council Campaign 

Phone: (909) 784 5727

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter: @Miranda4Pomona

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Campaign Kick-Off

This campaign runs on people power.

District 6, represent!

Join us at Pomona High School on January 19th to kick off Miranda Sheffield’s official launch of her bid for Pomona City Council District 6. Doors to the Gym open at 3:00PM, and the event starts at 3:30PM.