Sunny Park

Key Facts

Background

Sunny Park has a B.A. from Yonsei University in South Korea, a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, and an LL.M in Tax Law from New York University School of Law. She is an immigrant, attorney, and the first Asian American Pacific Islander to be elected Mayor of Buena Park. She is on the Community Economics and Housing Development Committee of the Southern California Associations of Governments. She previously served as a State Commissioner on the California Board of Accountancy, where she regulated certified public accountants. She has provided free legal services to working families in Orange County, and is a counsel attorney at Asher Law Group [1].

Key Issues

Homelessness

Park wants to alleviate homelessness. In the past, she has worked with other cities in order to create an emergency shelter that provides health care and job resources [2]. She also wants to expand supportive housing and hire more social workers to assist homeless members of Orange County. Park also plans to increase access to services, such as mental health treatment, drug and alcohol treatment and job training programs [1].

Public Safety

Park has proposed more security cameras in local parks in response to complaints of break-ins [2].

Economy

Park wants to attract new businesses to Orange County by providing grants to small businesses. She also wants to increase wages to outside of the poverty level to attract new workers [1].

Transparency

Park hopes to increase transparency within the Orange County government, and wants to improve the tracking of results. Additionally, she plans to reduce spending and government mismanagement [1].

Healthcare

Park wants to expand access to healthcare, and specifically increase access to mental healthcare [1].

Environment

Park wants to change the clean energy goals within Orange County to become more aggressive. She also wants to expand offshore drilling and maintain open green spaces [1].

Housing

Park wants to expand affordable housing in Orange County. She wants to reduce regulations on housing development to expedite housing projects and increase housing supply to respond to growing housing demand [1]. 

Seniors

Park wants to provide seniors with resources to avoid rising medical and housing costs. She also wants to enhance the long-term care system to provide more consistent access to healthcare for Orange County seniors [1].

Drugs

Park wants to increase regulations on the cannabis industry in Orange County and create public health measures such as geographic restrictions that keep neighborhood schools away from cannabis businesses [1].

Infrastructure

Park wants to improve digital and technological infrastructure across Orange County and increase access to this infrastructure [1].

Criminal Justice

Park wants to reform the criminal justice system by ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Her goal is to prioritize rehabilitation to reduce recidivism [1].

Social Programs

Park wants to implement paid family leave for workplaces across Orange County [1].

Civil Rights

Park wants to institute policies in Orange County that provide protections from discrimination for people of al ages, genders, ethnicities, and the LGBTQ+ community [1].

Women's Rights

Park wants to ensure gender equity in the workplace and that women are paid equally for equal work [1].

Endorsements

Democratic Party of Orange County; International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 36; Korean American Democratic Committee; Orange County Professional Firefighters Association; Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters; UNITE HERE Local 11; Vote Mama; U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter; California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA; Former California State Treasurer John Chiang; California State Senator Bob Archuleta; ​California State Senator Dave Min; California State Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva​; City of Fullerton Mayor Fred Jung; Fullerton Union Joint-High School Board Member Joanne Fawley; Fullerton Union Joint-High School Board Member Chester Jeng; Centralia School District Board President Elizabeth Gonzalez; La Habra City School District President Cynthia Aguirre; City of Artesia Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj; City of Cerritos Councilmember Frank Aurelio Yokoyama; City of Cerritos Mayor (ret.) Joseph Cho; City of Cerritos Mayor (ret.) Mark Pulido; City of Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens; City of Diamond Bar City Councilmember Andrew Chou; City of Garden Grove  Mayor Pro Tem Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen; City of Fountain Valley Councilmember Glenn Grandis; City of Huntington Beach Councilmember and State Senate Candidate Kim Carr; City of Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan; City of Irvine Former Mayor Sukhee Kang; City of Los Angeles Councilmember and former California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León; City of Los Angeles Councilmember John Lee; City of Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick; Democratic Party of Orange County Chair Ada Briceño; Attorney and Orange County District Attorney Candidate Pete Hardin; Buena Park School District Board of Education Member (Ret.) Barbara Michel; Kathy Anderson, Buena Park City Commissioner; Tony Bedolla, Former Political Director for the OC Firefighters Association; Loreen Berlin, Stanton City Commissioner & Buena Park Noon Lions Club, Director; JoAnn Butcher, Buena Park Elementary School Foundation, Director;  Jose Trinidad Castañeda III, Buena Park City Councilmember District 2 Candidate & Activist; Chris Dong Kim, MD, President of PUAC OCSD Chapter; Steven Suk Dae Kwon, President of the Korean American Federation of Orange County; Sean Sang Il Noh, President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce in Orange County;Maya Dunne, Dunne & Associates; Dale Eichman, Buena Park Noon Lions Club Director; Dan Jacobson, Immediate Past Chair, Democratic Foundation of Orange County; Lauren Johnson-Norris, City of Irvine Commissioner & California Democratic Party; EBoard & ADEM for AD74; Mirvette Judeh, Buena Park City Commissioner & Activist; Yikwon Peter Kim, Buena Park City Commissioner; Ana Lety, Community Activist; Manny Libeta, Buena Park City Commissioner; Claudia Oliveira, President, Downtown LA Neighborhood Council; Sharon Quinn Desai, Buena Park City Commissioner; Corey Sianez, Former Buena Park Police Chief; John Siebert, Buena Park City Commissioner & Former Los Angeles Police Officer

Sources

1 Sunny Park for OC 
2 OC Register 
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4 Ballotpedia
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