Families & Homes - San José Endorses HG Nguyen for City Council District 5

March 22, 2022. Families & Homes San José, the grassroots citywide coalition defending the rights of single-family zoned neighborhoods, announced today its endorsement of HG Nguyen for the June 2022 San José City Council District 5 primary election.

Families & Homes has actively urged elected officials to defend single-family zoned neighborhoods since the fall of 2020. The grassroots, all volunteer organization has consistently advocated for the implementation of San José’s Envision 2040 General Plan, and opposed efforts to eliminate single-family zoning, including Opportunity Housing and the recently enacted California State Senate Bills 9 and 10 (SB9/SB10).

In reaching its endorsement decision, Families & Homes asked declared candidates to complete a questionnaire clarifying their positions on pending residential zoning policy decisions. Selection criteria focused exclusively on each candidate’s positions and accomplishments specifically related to the protection of single-family zoned neighborhoods. The endorsement of Ms. Nguyen is based on her strong commitment to protecting single-family neighborhoods in District 5 which many residents and community leaders agree is among the most vulnerable areas in the city to the threat of gentrification and displacement that is likely to emerge with the recent passage of SB9.

“HG is the only candidate in the District 5 race who has declared unwavering support for the Our Neighborhood Voices ballot initiative to restore local control over zoning and planning decisions” explained Families & Homes Co-founder Sandra Delvin. “District 5 needs a councilmember who will work hard to qualify the initiative for the 2024 ballot and who will act quickly to restore and protect single-family zoning in the district upon passage of this desperately needed reform.”

Delvin also noted Ms. Nguyen’s extensive experiences as a volunteer and community leader throughout the city. Nguyen was the founding president of the Vietnamese-American Chamber of Commerce of Santa Clara Valley and has worked with a number of city departments and council offices to beautify neighborhoods, reduce crime, address the housing crisis, and make City Hall more responsive to residents. She’s worked at the City of San José Redevelopment Agency, and has worked closely with San José Police Department, City Park Recreation & Neighborhood Services, and Planning Department. She has served as a City Council District 7 Community Relations Director, a senior consultant for a State Assembly Member, and a senior council assistant for City Council District 4. Nguyen has received numerous awards for her service over the many years, including Mayor Susan Hammer’s Silicon Valley Business Woman of the Year and the National Economic Development Council Award. Donations to her campaign can be made here.