Community-First Public Safety
Neighbors know they belong when they feel safe. We must create a public safety system that is rooted in public health, racial justice, and prevention. We must also reimagine the public safety response to crime. When neighbors call for help, they must be able to trust the responder to safely address the situation and seek to repair the harm done.
Creating the public safety system we want will take inclusive conversations and innovation. We must come together as a city, engage with our neighbors, and elevate the voices of those whose lives are most impacted. We must live our belief that Black Lives Matter, that Native Lives Matter, that Trans Lives Matter.
As your city council member, I will champion change in public safety by:
● Supporting our neighbors in need. We must deliver appropriate mental health and substance abuse resources. We must provide homes for the unhoused. We must give a pathway to homes and jobs for formerly incarcerated people.
● Increasing accountability. To meet the community’s needs, the City Charter must be amended to give City Council authority over MPD.
● Reallocating current public safety resources into more appropriate spaces. Public safety is more than just policing, and it is important that we take the most effective and humane approach to keep our community safe by using the right tool for each challenge our city and its citizens face.
● Prioritizing violence interventions that target known patterns of violence in our communities, like the proven Group Violence Intervention model.
● Investing in restorative justice. Jail time is blunt force punishment that isn’t always the right tool to repair the injury of a crime. Restorative justice emphasizes accountability and making amends.
● Supporting useful and preventing harmful technologies. Body cameras aid in accountability while facial recognition technology reinforces racial biases, is prone to hacking and misuse, and contributes to privacy erosion.
Homes for All
Everyone needs a home in which to belong — one that is safe, accessible, and affordable. We need a housing market that is fair and provides abundant, dignified options to meet the different needs of our neighbors. We must expand rental housing and ownership opportunities for residents of all income levels, backgrounds, and family structures.
Buildings are critical infrastructure that stay with us for decades. Let’s reimagine how buildings can be flexible and responsive to changing needs. Let’s construct and retrofit buildings with sustainability in mind to keep utility bills low.
As your council member, I will fight for homes for all of our neighbors by:
● Developing dignified housing solutions for the most vulnerable. Our unhoused neighbors deserve safe, dignified housing. We must invest in innovative, community-driven ideas like the Indoor Villages model.
● Expanding home options such that residents have the opportunity to find housing as young singles, families, or as seniors wanting to age in place – all in the same neighborhood.
● Leveraging new development to address multiple local needs such as affordable housing and child care.
● Increasing flexibility for new construction and retrofits in terms of design and building materials so we can build more sustainably for the future.
● Increasing funding for affordable housing in coordination with County, State, and other partners.
● Promoting renter protections including securing the right of first refusal to allow renters the opportunity to band together and purchase a building before it is sold.
● Supporting homeownership with models like cooperative housing, land trusts, and encouraging small rental property ownership.
Transportation & Public Space
Everyone is better off in a 15-minute city, where neighbors can meet their everyday needs within a 15-minute walk, bike, roll, or transit ride. Kids can safely bike to school, seniors can walk to the store, and commuters can affordably and reliably take an electric bus or train to work. Lives are made safer, more convenient, and less stressful. No one is at a disadvantage of getting around because of economic or physical challenges. The 15-minute city is sustainable – expanding green space and eliminating tailpipe pollution. And it’s equitable – opening new opportunities to everyone while reducing noise and air pollution in our neighborhoods.
We need and deserve complete streets and neighborhoods that give options to safely, reliably, and affordably get to where we need to go.
As your council member, I will lead the drive for safe and sustainable transportation by:
● Piloting new approaches to street layout that will improve safety. As a result, it becomes more comfortable to travel by walking, biking, rolling, and taking transit. We can achieve our Vision Zero goal of eliminating injuries and deaths on our streets.
● Reversing past harms caused by road decisions that severed neighborhoods – from the Nicollet K-mart to the interstates by coordinating with our County and State partners.
● Broadening low-cost transportation options. By expanding the networks where it is safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, and roll to their destination, we lower transportation cost burdens.
● Proactively soliciting ideas for street projects. Residents should be able to submit ideas for public space infrastructure. Ideas with broad and representative support should become real projects.
● Providing greater access to electric transportation through electrified transit, car sharing, and the build-out of a charging station network throughout the city focusing first on underserved communities.
● Promoting a vibrant street environment along our business corridors where people want to stroll, gather, and shop.
Making the planet sustainable and the community healthy begins with decisions at the local level. Regardless of race or income, we deserve city systems that support the basic needs of people – clean air, water, and a stable climate. The City’s Climate Action Plan, Green Zone initiatives, and climate emergency declaration give us roadmaps. To achieve this, we need to move with urgency and intentionality. Our city’s two largest sources of carbon pollution are building heating and transportation. We must quickly find, create, and scale models that work to bring emissions from those sectors to zero.
As your city councilmember, I will lead efforts to make it easier to live sustainably and tackle climate change by:
● Spearheading an update to the Climate Action Plan to include a focus on equity and the latest science. This must lay out a path to decarbonize heating in residential and commercial buildings.
● Investing in clean energy workforce development. We will need a robust workforce to retrofit our buildings for decarbonized heating. And to ensure equitable benefits of this clean energy transition, we must focus on developing job pipelines and fostering entrepreneurship in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities.
● Expanding organics recycling access to all renters.
● Creating incentives for sustainable design in collaboration with local energy and architecture experts to both provide additional and more sustainable housing and businesses.
Fair Economy & Local Prosperity
Local businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. They give our neighborhoods character, and we feel a sense of belonging when we see ourselves reflected in them. In 2020, the pandemic, economic fallout, and civil unrest have taken a toll on businesses around the ward – from minority-owned businesses on Eat Street to traditional retailers in Uptown. Even prior to 2020, the retail landscape was moving online, changing people’s interactions with local businesses. These events have only worsened the wealth gap between rich and poor, and white people and people of color.
We must reimagine a future for local businesses that lowers barriers to entry, allows space flexibility to control costs, and emphasizes the value of gathering. In creating this new local economy, we must ensure workers rights and work to address the wealth gap among residents.
As your council member, I will promote a fair economy and economic wellbeing for all by:
● Removing barriers and expanding supports to local businesses, especially BIPOC communities and those affected by COVID-19 and civil unrest.
● Centering local community needs as we rebuild.
● Ensuring instances of wage theft are investigated and justice is served
● Pilot a city UBI program with a priority of helping neighbors from historically mistreated populations.
● Supporting the right to organize and worker protections that give low-wage workers more fairness, predictability, and safety in the workplace.
● Investing in city-level training programs that bridge the skills gaps in local industries.
● Defending undocumented, immigrant, and refugee neighbors such that they may fully join and benefit from our local economy.
● Convening our community to find ideas to promote the success and viability of local businesses.