About

As San Leandro’s first openly gay Vice Mayor, I’ve made it my life’s mission to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. 

I’m running for Assembly because I believe that every Californian deserves universal healthcare, affordable housing, and justice.

Victor is running a corporate-free campaign. Can you chip in to bring progressive values to Sacramento?

Meet Victor

Raised in a union-household by parents whose families emigrated from Mexico, Victor was placed in speech therapy classes because of his Spanish accent. His mother fought the school district so that Victor could receive the same educational opportunities as his white classmates—and in the process, inspired Victor’s passion for social justice.

Victor currently serves as the first openly gay City Council Member and Vice Mayor of San Leandro. During his tenure on city council, Victor championed progressive policies by passing hazard pay for grocery workers, a rent stabilization ordinance, and advocating for civilian police oversight. 

Like so many Californians, Victor has experienced housing and food insecurity, at one point receiving food stamps during the 2008 market collapse. This experience strengthened his conviction that healthcare and housing are human rights, and California should lead the way by building universal systems that protect everyone.

Victor’s mother passed away in March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her spirit inspires Victor in his fight for families that have been harmed by the pandemic and for a more equitable future for all Californians.

Victor is married and serves as President of the Board of Directors of Lavender Seniors of the East Bay.

Victor’s Top Priorities

Healthcare for All

Housing for All

Justice for All

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Platform

Healthcare for All

Every Californian should be guaranteed affordable, comprehensive, high quality healthcare.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the inequities of our healthcare system clearer than ever. Too many families have needlessly suffered because they could not receive critical healthcare services. Victor envisions a better plan where every Californian can get the care they need when they need it.

Victor supports: 

  • Comprehensive, single-payer universal health care for everyone regardless of employment, income, immigration status, race, gender identity, or any other considerations.
  • Healthcare cost control systems
  • Funding for affordable and comprehensive mental health care services 
  • Lowering prescription drug prices
  • Improved healthcare access for underserved communities
  • Increased nursing and mental health services in our schools
  • Dedicated state funding for county public hospital systems
  • The CalCare Act – Assembly Bill 1400

Housing for All

Too many of our East Bay neighbors have been forced out of their homes. We must strengthen renter protections, build more affordable transit-oriented housing, provide robust services to our unhoused neighbors, remove barriers to homeownership, and curb displacement. 

Victor has championed tenant protections throughout his time on San Leandro City Council. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Victor organized efforts to pass an eviction moratorium and was instrumental in ensuring rent control for mobile home parks passed in San Leandro.

Victor supports:

  • Stronger state-wide tenant protections
  • Reduced statewide barriers to tenant protections from the Costa-Hawkins and Ellis Acts, such as Assembly Bill 854.
  • Eviction restrictions for COVID-19 related rental debt
  • Prioritizing mixed-income, affordable, multi-family, and multi-unit housing
  • Reducing barriers to safe, accessible and affordable housing construction
  • Supportive services and housing for unhoused Californians
  • Cooperative housing models such as land trusts and co-housing
Justice for All

Victor Supports:

Racial Justice

  • Movements and organizations such as Black Lives Matter that expose disproportionate discrimination
  • Reparations for the lasting harms caused to African Americans by slavery and its continued effects, as well as other people of color harmed by discriminatory policies.
  • Policies that reduce barriers to homeownership and help build generational wealth long denied to Black and Indeginous people of color.    
  • Reducing and eliminating fees and fines which disproportionately impact people of color.
  • Affirmative action to reduce disparities in employment and education
  • Improved access to resources such as healthcare and healthy food for predominantly Black neighborhoods.

Economic Justice

  • Raising taxes on large corporations and the ultra-wealthy
  • Raising the minimum wage to $22/hour
  • Bridging the digital divide and ensure internet access for all
  • Extending stimulus and jobless benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Tuition-free community college for Californians
  • Universal preschool and aftercare programs
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Expanding collective bargaining and union organizing rights
  • Expanding funding of programs to address food insecurity & childhood nutrition

Environmental Justice

  • Investing in the training, salaries and full benefits of new Green Energy jobs
  • Access to clean air and water
  • Beginning the transition to public ownership of the California power grid
  • Proactive measures for prevention of wildfires and deforestation through comprehensive forest management
  • Confronting the disproportionate impacts of California’s climate crisis placed on marginalized communities
  • An end to fracking in California
  • Protecting our state/national parks and wildlife reserves
  • A commitment to exceeding carbon emission reduction goals for our state
  • Funding for cities and counties to aid local mitigation and resiliency efforts

Immigration Justice

  • Ending private immigration detention centers
  • Abolishing ICE from our courts and schools
  • Access to healthcare for immigrants regardless of status
  • Recognizing the vital role undocumented immigrants play in our economy
  • Include undocumented immigrants in state safety-net programs that help with housing, food and unemployment benefits.

LGBTQIA+ Justice

As a gay Latino, Victor is committed to ensuring more protections of our LGBTQIA+ communities, especially trans women of color. Victor was the first openly LGBTQIA+ elected official on the San Leandro City Council. Throughout his political career as a member of the San Leandro School Board and on the San Leandro City Council, Victor has been a fierce advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Victor has also been on the Board of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, which helps to elect more LGBTQIA+ elected officials, as well as the Lavender Seniors which works to improve the quality of life for older LGBTQIA+ adults in the East Bay.

  • Supportive services and policies that reduce risks of harm to our transgender and gender non-conforming community
  • Improving quality of life for LGBTQIA+ Seniors in California
  • Implementing more competent LGBTQIA+ education in public schools
  • Banning conversion therapy statewide 
  • Banning unnecessary and harmful surgeries on intersex youth

Gender Justice

  • Protecting pregnant and parenting workers and students
  • Expanding abortion and contraception access as part of comprehensive, universal healthcare
  • Identify and resolve gender pay gaps
  • Universal preschool and aftercare programs
  • Require prompt testing of rape kits and eliminate backlog

Disability Justice

  • Making government meetings permanently accessible via video conferencing
  • Increased employment opportunities and protections
  • Safe and accessible housing for everyone
  • Expanding in-home healthcare options and support services 
  • Funding for affordable and comprehensive mental health care services

Reimagining Policing and Incarceration

During his time as a San Leandro City Councilmember, Victor has worked closely with residents to support the creation of civilian police oversight and other policies that reimagine and prioritize public safety.

Victor supports:

  • Holding police accountable for misconduct
  • Emphasizing a non-police response to mental and behavioral health situations
  • Investments in public health and social services
  • Prioritizing restorative and transformative justice programs
  • Lowering the incarceration rate and providing more supportive re-entry services
  • Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline in all its forms
  • Decriminalizing adult, voluntary, consensual sex work
  • Abolishing the death penalty
  • Ending mandatory minimum sentencing
  • Expanded legal protections for vulnerable populations
  • Decriminalization of certain hallucinogenic substances, Senate Bill 519
Reinvesting in Education

As a former member of the San Leandro Unified School District Board of Trustees, Victor understands the vital role schools play in our communities. It’s no secret that our public schools are struggling, and these issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Victor believes that teachers deserve a living wage, and all children deserve access to quality, engaging, and culturally competent education.

Victor supports:

  • Universal preschool and childcare
  • Tuition-free community college for Californians
  • Split-roll taxes and Prop 13 reform so corporations are paying their fair share
  • Ensuring collective bargaining for teachers and their unions
  • Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Utilizing restorative rather than punitive justice in our schools
  • Closing the equity gap in the college application process with free SATs, ACTs, and AP Exams

Endorsements

Victor is proud to have the support of the following individuals and organizations.

Political Leaders

Bryan Azevedo, San Leandro City Council

Fred Simon, San Leandro City Council

Andrea Luna Bocanegra, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee

Paola Laverde, Rent Stabilization Board, Berkeley

Tim Rood, Piedmont City Council

Royl Roberts, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee

Stephen Cassidy, Former Mayor, San Leandro

Alice Sarafian, San Leandro Human Services Commissioner

Zachary Borja, San Leandro Human Services Commissioner

Community Leaders and Organizations

Marga Lacabe & Mike Katz-Lacabe

Dan Dilman, Owner of BAL Theatre