Fighting for the issues you care about
Citizens should feel safe in our community. They should be able to walk down a sidewalk instead of stepping into the street because the sidewalk is blocked by tents and trash. They should be able to take their children to a clean public park, one free of syringes and other implements of illegal drug use.
Workforce and Affordable Housing
Bend’s Area Median Income (AMI) is $68,000. Our teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and city employees earn between $50,000 and $80,000 per year. Other workers, often service providers, earn much less.
Public safety should be the first consideration in any program addressing the homelessness issue.
This council refuses to listen to citizens’ concerns or to answer important questions. It refuses to engage in any meaningful dialogues on issues which impact our quality of life.
I used to bike from my home in Southeast Bend to the Safeway on 3rd Street. I no longer do so, because the streets are just not safe to ride on. We need physical barriers between traffic lanes and bike lanes, which will require a significant investment that this council has not made.
There are practical solutions to save some of Bend’s iconic trees, achieve the density required by Oregon land use laws and still allow builders to make a reasonable profit and return on their investments.
Trees are not just an indulgence for nature lovers, they are essential to our health and our quality of life. If I am elected, I will introduce a new tree protection code to start a city-wide discussion on how better to preserve our mature native trees.