City Council, District 5
The last proposed police contract was not accepted by the Council and I voted with my colleagues to continue negotiations, both for financial reasons and to create the opportunity to improve accountability. I worked with the Austin Justice Coalition on these and other reforms. I support high standards, accountability and transparency.
I am also currently working with the Austin Justice Coalition and other stakeholders to reform the response system for people in mental health crisis. I helped lead efforts to fund $75,000 for planning a best-practice approach for first response for people experiencing mental health crisis. Ensuring that a mental health clinician is the first person to engage with a person in crisis, wherever possible, can help reduce some incidents.
I am also interested in exploring innovative community models to address violence as a public health issue and to partner with APD to foster trust – as cities like New York have done.