ISSUES

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These are my top campaign priorities:


1. Making District 1 a United, Livable Community.

A Livable Community Is One That Is:

  • Safe and Secure
  • Affordable with Appropriate Housing, Shopping, Recreation, and Transportation Options and Access for Everyone
  • Supportive of Community Features and Services That Enhance Personal Independence for Everyone
  • Mindful of All Its Residents Whether Young or Old, Motorist or Bicyclist, Walker, Wheelchair User or Bus Rider

2. Safety and Security

  • A Livable Community Is Made Safe and Secure Through Neighborhood Watch Programs and Other Collaborations with Law Enforcement
  • A Livable Community Has a Safe Pedestrian Environment and Designs Streets with Pedestrians in Mind – Wide, Attractive Sidewalks, Inclusion of Benches, Raised Medians, Better Bus Stop Placement, Traffic-Calming Measures and Safe Crossings.
  • Safe Road-Crossings Enable Children, Residents with Disabilities and Elderly to Reach Nearby Destinations in a Safe and Supportive Environment.

3. Affordable Housing

  • Diverse Affordable Housing Options (E.G., Single-Family, Multifamily, Accessory Dwelling, Assisted Living and Other Supportive Housing) for All Incomes and Abilities.
  • Integrating Residential, Commercial, and Recreational Areas Makes It Convenient for Residents to Reach Daily Necessities and Community Amenities.
  • Various Homes Designs with Features to Serve Various Residents, Including New Homeowners, Renters and Seniors.
  • Public/Private Collaboration and Partnerships to Fight Displacement of Legacy Renters and Homeowners.
  • Create a Senior Home Repairs Program to Assist Distressed Homeowners.
  • Plan and Build Mixed-Use Neighborhoods and Developments.
  • Increase Affordability Options for Low to Middle-Income Families, Educators, Recent College Graduates, Fire, Police and First Responders.
  • Establish a Rental Housing Initiative.

4. Transportation

  • Educate Residents That the One Person per Vehicle Model Is Broken.
  • Transit, Not Road, Expansion and Relief of Traffic Congestion.
  • a Variety of Transportation Options for Everyone – Particularly People with Disabilities and Older Adults – to Get out and Stay Connected to the Community.
  • Ensure Daily Destinations (Shopping and Recreation) Are Close to Home, Accessible by Foot, Bicycle, or Public Transportation to Reduce Car Traffic.
  • Creating Well-Defined Bike Routes, Wide, Attractive Sidewalks, Creating More Transportation Choices and Encouraging Less Carbon-Intensive Transportation.
  • Increased Connectivity Between Different Modes of Transportation.
  • Comfortable Public Transit Stations.

5. Recreation

  • Recreation Planning Creates Destinations and Venues for Physical Activity.
  • Recreation Planning Designs Trails and Parks, Conserve and Improve Access to Natural Resources, and Create Recreation Opportunities to Practice Healthy Lifestyles,
  • Parks and Trails Support Community and Individual Well-Being and Help Increase Residents’ Physical Activity, Support Mental Health, and Foster Community and Social Interactions
  • Shopping and Recreation Reduces Stress and Improve Mental Wellness
  • Parks and Trees Play an Important Role in Maintaining Air and Water Quality.

6. Community Amenities

  • Provide Access to Healthcare Solutions Using Technology.
  • Public/Private Collaboration with the University of Texas, Dell Medical School, Dell Children and Heart Hospital and Others to Provide Easy Access to Internet Portals to Enable Residents to Access Austin’s Telemedicine Virtual Care.
  • Eliminating Food Deserts with Local and Healthy Food Options like Community Gardens and Grocery Stores
  • Planning Adequate Supply Of, Easily Walkable, Bike-Friendly, Livable and Lively Communities to Promote Physical Activity.
  • Reduce Chronic and Diet-Related Diseases and Risk Factors by Coordinating Access to Community and Health Services and Healthcare.

7. Economic Development

  • Economic Development Includes Workforce Development and Skills Enhancement for Workers.
  • Begins with Building Strategic Partnerships with Education, Business and Philanthropic Stakeholders.
  • Austin’s Arts, Entertainment, Medical, and Technology Industries Provide a Rich and Diverse Anchor for Creating an Economic and Workforce Development Environment in District 1.
  • Support Our Creative Class and Nurture a New Generation of Artists with Partnerships with Our Arts Ecosystem, Business and Philanthropic Stakeholders.
  • Concentrate on Underserved Communities That Are Susceptible to Gentrification to Prevent Residents and Small Businesses from Being Priced out as Their Neighborhoods Become More Attractive to Developers and Investors.
  • Capitalize on the Expansion of Healthcare Opportunities Provided by the New Dell Medical School, Dell Children and Heart Hospital and University of Texas.
  • Support Businesses in Navigating the City’s Various Zoning, Planning, Permitting and Procurement Processes.

8. Education

  • Closing the Achievement Gap That Exists Between the Schools in West Austin, an East Austin
  • Initiate the Split of East Austin from Austin Isd to Form Its Own School District, Capitol Isd.
  • Advocate and Advance a Steam Focused Curriculum Initiative Educating Students in — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Partner with Education, Business and Philanthropic Stakeholders to Invest in Early Start and Preschool Initiatives to Ensure That Every Child Receives the Same Strong Start.
  • Create Mentorship Programs to Keep Youth off the Streets and Encourage Our Public Safety Officers to Be Coaches and Mentors.
  • Build Strategic Partnerships That Foster Mentorship, Engagement and Actual Life Experiences.

9. Effective and Efficient City Services

  • Promote Effective Service Delivery and High-Quality Customer Service.
  • Ensure City Employees Have the Resources Needed to Effectively Serve the Public.
  • Provide Targeted Employee and Supervisory Training.
  • Ensure That City Operations Are Adequately Staffed.
  • Seek and Deploy Best Practices in Service Delivery.
  • Improve Community Access to City Services.
  • Deploy Technology Solutions and Best Practices to Improve Public Access to the Programs and Services Provided by the City.
  • Expand Online Services.
  • Support the Business Community in Navigating the Various City Services Procurement Processes.

10. Public Safety

  • Create a Framework for Community Outreach, Education, Information Sharing, Collaboration on Area Problems, Quality of Life Concerns, and the Enhancement of Ongoing Relationships with Community Members.
  • the Implementation of a Community Policing Initiative That Builds and Improves Community Relations and Works Closely with Community Members.
  • Expanding Youth Engagement Efforts to Provide Mentoring and Support Services.
  • Provide Affordable Officer Housing Within the District 1.
  • Protecting District 1 Neighborhoods with Cameras, Security Patrols.
  • Smart Recruiting and Retention Strategies for Police Officers.
  • Create Better Communication Tools Between Police and Residents.
  • a Livable Community Is Made Safe and Secure Through Neighborhood Watch Programs and Other Collaborations with Law Enforcement
  • a Livable Community Has a Safe Pedestrian Environment and Designs Streets with Pedestrians in Mind – Wide, Attractive Sidewalks, Inclusion of Benches, Raised Medians, Better Bus Stop Placement, Traffic-Calming Measures and Safe Crossings.
  • Safe Road-Crossings Enable Children, Residents with Disabilities and Elderly to Reach Nearby Destinations in a Safe and Supportive Environment.