Daria Ali, Yuba City City Council

Daria Ali: Yuba City City Council

Q: · At FREED, we interact with a lot of people who would like to participate in public meetings, but who are unable to get reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. What are some of the barriers that people with disabilities might find in attending a public meeting, and how might reasonable accommodations be provided?

DA: The meeting agendas are posted at the City website, comments or concerns can be sent via email, fax or regular mail to accommodate input. Council meetings are streamed live to increase access to all community members. Perhaps appointments for transport with the local transit can ensure access otherwise.

 

Q: The numbers of Americans needing long-term care will more than double, from 12 million to 27 million by 2050. Medicare does not cover long-term care. With the aging of the U.S. population how would you recommend your city or county address its current and growing needs for long-term services and supports?

DA: The aging population will at least double and is a great concern. I am licensed to sell long term care insurance and know that most do not want to purchase it until they need it and are not eligible.

Part of what the City might do is increase awareness of this pending reality and educate the population to face these realities to protect people’s assets and provide the needed care.

 

Q: Independent, low income, housing for seniors and people with disabilities is highly impacted. Many low income facilities have 2 year waiting lists. What types of public policy would you favor in order to ensure older adults or people with disabilities who have fixed low incomes can afford to live near vital community services (hospitals, shopping, social services).

DA: There are State requirements in place that establish % of these housing needs. Advocacy at a grass roots level can in some cases expedite the process. I, myself, took someone in who was disabled and suddenly homeless, leaving a domestic violence situation. It took this person with persistence a little more than a month to find the low-income housing near these vital community services. (Perhaps the application was in the system longer)

The General plan could be reviewed to consider these needs which will directly impact future development.

 

Q: As a regional example, Yuba City neglected the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements when remodeling Plumas Street, a primary district for shopping and restaurants, thus creating barriers for seniors, people with disabilities, bicyclists, women with strollers etc. A complaint was filed with the Department of Justice and Yuba City had to renovate the street again, in order to be in compliance. Good planning and guidance from the top down would have saved Yuba City millions of dollars. How can a city council prevent this sort of thing from happening?

DA: Yuba City has addressed this issue and is sensitized, I do not expect it to reoccur. Yuba City has also sought and implemented two grant cycles to improve and educate regarding bicyclists.

 

Q: Individuals who cannot drive face barriers in traveling to work, shopping, social events and city council meetings, because of limited public transit options. How might the city work with nonprofits, businesses, as well as cultural or entertainment organizations to enhance transportation options in a rural community? What kinds of transportation options would you like to see in our rural community?

DA: Your question contains the answer. There could be a summit and ongoing collaboration of nonprofits and council representative and other business and community organizations to determine ways to provide access.