Community Economic Development: I want the East Side to be a national example where development does not displace people. We need to ensure quality and affordable housing, support small businesses and make responsible investments, and develop a transportation system that will connect East Siders to other regions. Specific policies include:
Making and Keeping Housing Affordable
Increase & Maintain Affordability
Expand housing density and affordable housing through incentive programs and multi-family developments. Identify and locate vacant homes and lots for home ownership opportunities throughout the city. Promote use of city and other resources to help residents update their homes. Ensure a broad range of public policies and local investments that supports housing opportunities for all residents, including accessory dwelling units, community land trust and cooperative housing models. Leverage Housing Trust Funds and other housing development funds to create equitable housing solutions that prevents the displacement of low-income households, people of color, seniors, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.
Protect and improve the lives of low-income renters and households on fixed incomes - those vulnerable to displacement through allocating money towards housing resources such as rental and legal assistance and foreclosure prevention and borrower education.
Increasing Economic Development & Inclusion
Support Commercial Corridors and Neighborhood Nodes
Support revitalization efforts along Payne, Arcade, and White Bear Avenue commercial corridors. Continue to identify and attract businesses that reflect residents needs and interests.
Create Community Wealth
Support small local businesses and people of color owned-businesses development across diverse sectors with a focus on different ownership options such as worker cooperatives. Increasing the capacity of these local businesses creates wealth in the community by generating job opportunities for residents.
Support Redevelopment of the Hillcrest Golf Course and Smaller Empty Lots
Ensure community engagement on the process for and outcomes of redevelopment of the Hillcrest Golf Course. Update inventory of empty lots and explore housing and community redevelopment opportunities of these lots.
Leverage Public Money
Advocate for funds and equitable contracting and procurement policies to make it easier for small and people of color-owned businesses to have access to flexible lending options, mentorships, alternative business models, and training and technical assistance programs.
Education and Financial Well Being
Continue investment in preexisting youth employment programs like Right Track to help provide these youth with a valuable workforce experience that allows them to gain appropriate financial literacy tools, skills, networks and support necessary for a stable and successful future. Support financial empowerment centers that are helping residents access resources and build savings, invest in their future, and avoid costly debt.
Great neighborhoods: The East Side has always been a great neighborhood for families and businesses. Our strength is in the diversity of our residents. We also have many physical assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, historic buildings and sites, bike paths, and sidewalks. I will continue to advocate for projects and connections between residents, open spaces and businesses. Policies include:
Leverage joint use arrangements by engaging with diverse local agencies to advance health equity and build healthy communities. This strategy allows us to open new initiatives that are safe and suitable spaces for youth leadership and art programs, community gardens, farmers markets, and enrichment programs for adults and children.
Ensure all neighborhoods have access to healthy and affordable food, safe and high-quality parks and recreational centers, clinics, clean air and water, bike and walk trails, and sustainable green spaces-regardless of race or income.
Community Engagement: When we are engaged, we come up with new ideas, hopes and dreams. We can make effective changes if we create safe spaces where people have the opportunity to participate and collaborate in the decision-making processes. Policies and strategies for this work include using the arts as a medium for engagement and storytelling in the community.
Public Safety: We must continue to advance public safety and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and community members. We have to fully utilize city resources such as parks, recreation centers, and libraries as safe spaces. We also need to use strategies such as arts to engage youth and families. We must ensure that justice-involved individuals have a fair opportunity to pursue education and attain employment and housing. Policies here include:
Ensure just and transparent policing by engaging with residents and law enforcement to develop community-based strategies to reduce crime.
Advocate for community-centered policing approach where officers proactively engage communities on foot, bikes, or car throughout specific neighborhoods. This allows for officers to develop positive relationships with the community.
Establish policies and specialized training for officers around de-escalation and conflict mediation to limit the use of force. Also, law enforcement should be trained and collaborate with mental health professionals when responding to young people and mental health crises.