Let's Make Housing Available and Affordable
The City of Santa Barbara is in a housing crisis. Employers -- small, medium, and large -- all say we need more housing to keep our economy vibrant and our workforce housed. We need housing units in all income categories, but especially rental housing for working people and low-income residents.
Our City Council must have the courage to support well-designed, dense housing along transportation corridors and make the most of in-fill spaces in the urban core. I support the AUD program going forward with some form of affordable housing, so we get some truly affordable units out of these projects. The Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance will give us much-needed housing units as well.
Let's Take Care of Our Environment
Our environmental assets and open space are what make Santa Barbara so unique. I strongly support diversifying our water sources, investing in renewable energy, maintaining our creeks and beaches and creating new open spaces.
Creating affordable housing in the city center and along transportation corridors will allow us to reduce the number of cars on the road transporting workforce housing and discourages sprawl and development in the foothills and coast. We must plan and prepare for the effects of climate change and look at long-range planning to meet our goals of sustainability.
Let's Grow The Westside's Economy
Coming from the Westside, I know that City residents need educational and job opportunities. I will work with the construction and trade unions to promote apprenticeship programs, and work with Santa Barbara City College to ensure our local youth can use the College Promise program to get an associate's degree then transfer to a four-year university.
I support the idea of bringing housing to State Street and finding new uses for downtown commercial properties that are not being used for retail anymore. Many of our businesses thrive on the tourism industry, and that must continue to have the City's support, but we must diversify our economy to encourage the creation of head of household jobs
Let's Improve Traffic, Safety, and Street Lighting
Since being elected I've fought to improve the west side and city as a whole.
I haven't stopped walking door-to-door on the Westside and I hear your top concerns about traffic congestion, speeding, pedestrian safety, street lighting and have already started to improve those issues with more to come. As many of our Westside residents are renters, I have pushed for more tenants' protections by helping pass renters right ordinances. Finally, the Westside has the lowest number of registered voters of any district in the City.
I have engaged our residents in their local government, increase voter registration, and worked with our neighborhood associations, to keep people educated on city policies, ordinances, and services.