First let’s talk about housing.
Those who truly understand Nature know that a vibrant ecosystem requires a habitat that nurtures many different kinds of organisms. Habitats that can only support a specialized few are not only boring - but will eventually die.
A thriving city supports a rich diversity of species. Different species require different habitats. And city leadership can use many tools to encourage the construction of different habitats.
My top priority as city councilmember will be to focus on implementing practical changes that will expand low-, middle- and moderate-income housing choices.
One specific example is updating the Residential Design Guidelines to encourage higher-density yet human-friendly housing designed to minimize dependency on cars and parking. Another example is expanding residential zoning areas to avoid lengthy amendment processes, thereby reducing the cost and therefore price of housing.
Also, though I realize there are significant legal limits on what the city can do in this area, I would like to review the city policy on vacation rentals and second homes. We have enough pressures on the supply of housing - We don’t need to introduce more.
And finally, when I think about "housing for everyone," I also want to consider our homeless residents. While I will be the first to admit that homelessness is far too big an issue to fix at the city level, I believe we can focus on one big aspect of this problem: the availability of farm worker housing. I will engage with business, government and non-profit stakeholders to identify resources that can help provide humane living conditions to transient farm workers.