We must make Beaverton a healthy city for us today and for generations to come. I prioritize sustainability in three categories: Environmental, Economic, and Social.
Beaverton is home, but it can only remain home if residents can afford to live here. An affordable city relies on three housing strategies, and I will focus on each of them. These include: Supply, Stability, and Subsidy.
Beaverton is one of the most diverse cities in Oregon. With racial equity as one of my highest priorities, I will continually focus on the need for Culturally-Specific Support, Multicultural Spaces, and Representative Public Art.
I have seen the holes in our land use policy and the barriers to creating a true environmental city. I will prioritize:
1. Updating the Development Code (BDC) - We need to update the BDC so that the right development is easier to build while still protecting significant trees on a property.
2. Sustainable Transportation - We need policies that allow people to drive less and walk, bike, or roll more easily, ultimately reducing congestion. 40% of our carbon emissions come from transportation!
3. Habitat Restoration - We need to create more natural habitat for local wildlife and daylight more of our underground waterways so that our community is both more resilient and enjoyable.
I will focus on the long-term consequences of our budgeting and community development policy.
1. Incremental development – Beaverton is ripe with development opportunities, but these opportunities should not only be for people who can afford to purchase full city blocks or put together complex RFPs. I will prioritize developments with small parcels that are affordable and accessible for a broader range of potential property owners.
2. Smart investments – Every decision we make as a Council must weigh the financial considerations and how it will affect our city long-term. Our kids are not going to be stuck paying for my decisions.
3. Focus on downtown – Downtown is the heart of the city. When it does well, the rest of the city does well. Due to downtown’s concentrated form, investments in it reap a huge economic return that can then be used to support the rest of the city.
The City government must be deeply connected to the needs of the community.
1. Community Engagement - The requirements for community engagement in City projects and private development is startlingly minimal. I will push for higher-quality engagement so that the City can be responsive to community needs.
2. Leadership Development - I will work for more community-oriented leadership development programs so that people, especially people of color, can feel more equipped to step up to lead on boards and commissions and to run for City Council.
3. Council Relations - I will collaborate with the Mayor, City Council, and city manager to facilitate a healthy working culture among City leadership.
We need more housing, and we need it urgently. Housing supply has been lacking across the States ever since the end of World War II, and this is true in Beaverton too. Research shows that increasing the amount of housing, no matter the rental rates, helps keep the price of housing down across the rest of a community. I will welcome new housing to Beaverton.
We need to protect the affordable housing we do have. Preserving historic buildings and existing housing inventory helps. Anti-displacement strategies are pivotal as well. I will support the work of the Downtown Equity Strategy and the updating of the City’s historic preservation database.
We will welcome new affordable housing construction. We should prioritize increasing rental assistance, even if that means lobbying different levels of government. We also need more housing support for immigrants, and we should deepen partnerships with organizations that are already providing assistance to communities in need.
The City must continually call-out the need for racially- and culturally-specific support and programming. We need to improve access to government services for people who government has often left behind. As often as possible, we need to work with and support the work many people and local organizations are already doing in this field.
People immigrating into the US need easy access to social services, economic support, and community. I will prioritize creating multicultural spaces across the community so that people from all cultures can feel more at home in Beaverton.
Public art adds life to a community, and the Beaverton Arts Program deserves support. We need to expand access to the arts and add more opportunities for art that represents the diverse international cultures of Beaverton.