Balancing Housing and Jobs

The COVID Recession is having drastic impacts on our economy that will be felt for years, including long term changes to work locations, commuting, and housing needs. As companies embrace increasing remote work, our housing priorities must focus on those who make up a balanced community: our teachers, nurses, professionals, trade and services workers, and others. 

The new City Council will need strong, experienced, collaborative leaders who can work with state and regional partners to be able to tackle these issues. I’ve done this in the past and I look forward to applying my skills to tackle these issues. 

State mandates to  pre-empt local zoning

Cities throughout the Peninsula are about to be hit with state mandates that will override local decisions on land use with state control. Automatic approval of new mixed-use (office/housing) will be required.  That will generate more jobs than housing; and too little low- and moderate-income housing. 

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Putting People First

As we reflect on recently celebrating America’s independence and our values, I’m reminded of why I’m passionate about local government and local democracy, and why I want to represent you again.  

Local government is where we have our greatest voice.  It provides our essential needs of public safety, good streets, clean water, and energy; and it is what makes us a true community: our parks, libraries, vibrant downtowns, and community centers. 

The COVID emergency and its economic impacts have forced the city to make tough budget decisions. Last month, rather than merely moderating the pace of a record capital budget, the city chose to slash our city services and less visible, but vital, functions like code enforcement, parking management, and development oversight.

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A Better Way To Save Vital City Services

The COVID emergency is forcing our city government to face its toughest financial challenges in decades. The services that define our community are proposed to be cut severely: our police and fire departments, parks and open space, libraries, community centers, transportation, and youth services. Less visible, but vital, functions like code enforcement, parking management, and development oversight are also on the chopping block.

By only modestly reducing investments in big capital projects, re-bidding projects, and curtailing salaries and raises, we can eliminate the most severe cuts to employees and the services that we rely on. The city can also ensure it has adequate reserves to meet essential needs if the economy worsens in the coming months.

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