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With Council’s decision to end CodeNEXT, how do you envision moving forward to update Austin’s land development code?
I would utilize the skills I obtained as Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party to try to change the …More >>
How will you help address the affordability problems in Austin?
I will seek to address affordability in at least few main ways: Income, Housing, and Infrastructure. Housing – The goal …More >>
How will you address Austin’s housing shortage? What regulations will you change to allow more housing where people want to live?
Seek to provide greater density on corridors, missing middle housing behind it, and protect the core of neighborhoods to prevent …More >>
What is your vision for the future of high capacity transit in Austin?
From an economic and environmental standpoint, the need for high capacity transit is very important. I want to increase density …More >>
Moving forward, what role should dockless mobility play in Austin?
Dockless mobility options should be part of the transportation system we want for the 21st century. The ability to ride …More >>
What steps will you take to support modernization and digitization of operations within the City of Austin?
We need to make sure that as technology evolves, so does the City of Austin and its operations. I believe …More >>
What do you see as the City’s responsibility toward addressing the digital divide in Austin, and what steps would you take to bridge that divide?
Working with local school districts to ensure that young people have access to technology is key. Additionally, making sure there …More >>
How can the City support the continued growth and success of Austin’s tech sector?
Listening to subject matter experts in the tech sector is important as we consider ways to help tech to flourish …More >>
How can the City better work with Austin’s tech community to bring innovative approaches to civic challenges?
The City can have standing meetings with tech leaders and discuss outcomes the City wants to address. The tech industry …More >>
Affordability is discussed a lot in our community. How do you define affordability?
Affordability is nuanced. Housing, shelter, health care, food, and the ability to get around are some of the basic things …More >>
Issue(s): Economic OpportunityQ
Which bond Propositions on the November 2018 ballot do you support or not support? Check each that you support. Briefly explain your position.
Prop A Prop B Prop C Prop E Prop F Prop G Prop H Prop I Prop A Yes. $250 …More >>
Issue(s): Land UseQ
As you know, the City unsuccessfully tried to change the code, what do you believe needs to be done differently to achieve a better code? Will you support working to revise the land development code to provide and allow for predictability and deep affordability? (Y/N; Explain)
Yes I will work to make the land development code better to assist with predictability and deep affordability. Some of …More >>
Would you support a policy requiring the City’s Development Services department to achieve its goal of 90% permit review completion within 15 business days across all departments/disciplines by April 2019? (Y/N/Explain)
Yes A concern that I have heard on the campaign trail is the frustration with how long the permitting review …More >>
Council adopted the Strategic Housing Blueprint last year, calling for 13,500 new units annually over 10 years. This gets us to break-even in terms of need. Would you support amending the City’s proposed Strategic Housing Plan to increase the number to at least 15,000 housing units per year for 10 years, keeping the breakout across income levels and including permanent supportive housing for those chronically experiencing homelessness? (Y/N; Explain)
Yes Ensuring supportive housing for the homeless, low income and affordable housing, less expensive housing options through density in addition …More >>
Where should we be allowed to build multifamily apartment buildings? Should we allow it in more places in central Austin?
Multi-family apartment buildings should be allowed in every City Council District in Austin. Since the 1984 code came into effect, …More >>
Will you consult with us on appointments to the Planning Commission and Cap Metro Board of Directors?
Homestead exemptions are important tools to help lower tax costs and cap the amount of which taxes will increase in …More >>
How would you maximize the efficacy of the $250M affordable housing bond (assume that it passes)?
Based on land costs increasing, a focus on land acquisition is pivotal in every District in Austin and not just …More >>
What can the city do to lower average rents or at least decrease the rate of growth of average rents?
To assist with lowering rents, the City can permit greater development to allow for more multi-family unit buildings and publicly …More >>
How can we maximize transit ridership and decrease reliance on cars?
You increase ridership and decrease reliance on cars by improving the transit experience and transit efficiency. Improving the transit experience …More >>
Issue(s): Land UseQ
What three items would you most like reform in our current zoning code?
1) The amount of square feet required in a minimum lot size impacts housing costs. Decreasing minimum lot size from …More >>
Issue(s): Economic OpportunityQ
Do you support a budget at the effective tax rate so home and business owners continue to benefit from the “growth dividend” and pay the same amount in property taxes as in the previous fiscal year? How do we balance this strategy with meeting the needs of people struggling to access services due to a lack of service capacity? How do you prioritize additional funding? Where would you look for efficiencies? (Y/N; Explain)
No At the rate at which Austin is growing or in the case of an emergency, I cannot commit to …More >>
Issue(s): Open GovernmentQ
What is your collaborative vision when working with other governmental entities (Travis County, State of Texas, Central Health, etc.)?
As the former Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, I communicated with the vast majority of elected officials in …More >>
Solutions to homelessness exist – they require scaling up social services and housing programs, including the pathways from shelter to housing. To date, Austin has not identified adequate funding to address this challenge. How would you work to identify the funding needed?
One of the potential ways to create funding to help with our homeless population is expanding the convention center and …More >>
Many low-income families and persons experiencing homelessness have debt to the utility companies, which are now barriers to their ability to securing housing. Would you support increasing debt forgiveness programs for 3-4 years to help more people access housing? (Y/N/Explain)
It is important for the City to be looking for ways to help to assist with affordability. I am in …More >>
Austin has long since been perceived as a town of creative innovators. Given the City’s recent regulatory attempts with the sharing and gig economy (Uber, AirBnB, Scooters), what is your position on how the City should handle emerging technologies and emerging markets? What is your view, generally, on the conflict between consumer demands and government interests? Similarly, when non-profits secure grant funding for innovative social solutions that requires a local match, what is your view on city funding being available for the match?
I think the City should work with emerging technologies and emerging markets. One of the complaints that I heard was …More >>
Issue(s): Diversity & InclusionQ
Austin has experienced growth but some constituencies have been left behind. What is your vision for the City’s role in funding/supporting the nonprofit network that provide much needed social services? What is your plan for addressing disparities and inequities in our community?
I support the cities continued support of the nonprofit network to serve our community. The city needs to continue to …More >>
Council has passed 2 resolutions supporting an annual increase of about 2-3% for social service contracts in order to ensure that service agencies can keep up with rising costs of doing business and maintain service capacity. Would you direct the City Manager to include this annual increase in the budget for contracts meeting their performance targets? (Y/N/Explain)
Yes. I generally understand the need to increase amounts to keep up with rising costs. At the same time, I want …More >>
One of the best ways to make Austin more affordable is to ensure we have a diverse set of industries which provide local, skilled and the hard-to-employ talent the opportunity to compete for jobs that have a career ladder. The Austin City Council is considering adopting a revised economic incentive policy, expanding the previous one-size-fits-all policy. If the Austin Chamber of Commerce presents a company that meets the criteria for an incentive as set by City Council policy, will you vote to support incentivizing jobs for both small operators and large in our city? How will you monitor success with the provision requiring employment of the hard-to-employ?
I support focusing incentive packages on local businesses and small businesses. I also think with the level of poverty and …More >>
How will you coordinate with regional partners to meaningfully address our increasing traffic level? What is your long-term vision for addressing traffic in Austin, and what would be the immediate first actions you would champion as a City Council Member to address the crisis?
As someone that has worked at the Texas Department of Transportation, I understand that the coordination of efforts is important …More >>
Do you support maintaining affordable utility costs across Austin Energy and Austin Water that adheres strictly to the City’s affordability goals for Austin Energy, which require AustinEnergy rates to be in the bottom half of Texas ratepayers and minimizes increases to two percent per year for each rate class? (Y/N Explain)
Yes, Water and energy are essential needs for everyone and I support maintaining low-cost lifeline rates. It is very important for …More >>
Transportation is the second highest family cost. When it is difficult to move freely around Austin, access to services and economic opportunities are limited; time spent commuting leaves less room for family obligations and socializing; and Austin becomes a more frustrating place. Do you support the items below? (Please mark each one you agree with)
Agree: Improve high-capacity transit to make it a more convenient, reliable alternative to single occupancy vehicles Support improvements for South …More >>
Which Democratic value speaks to you most?
Equality. It’s a word that is very significant in the Declaration of Independence; “we hold these truths to be self …More >>
Why do you identify as a Democrat?
As a young child, I grew up reading and watching videos about the Civil Rights movement. I learned about pioneers …More >>
Please share your experience and involvement in the Democratic Party in Travis County.
In the past, I served as the Black Austin Democrats (BAD) outreach coordinator and went to youth sporting events, faith …More >>
Affordable housing is a major problem in Austin. Large numbers of people who work in Austin cannot afford to live in Austin. Many families are moving outside the city to find affordable housing. Do you have any ideas to help create more affordable housing or to make existing housing more affordable?
Reforming the Land Development Code can help provide less expensive housing options through density and meeting the demand for housing. …More >>
Issue(s): Criminal JusticeQ
Although Austin has remained a relatively safe city, there have been far too many shootings of African American men. What kind of changes would you institute at APD to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings and reduce the degree of mistrust that exists between the African American community and the police?
I am proud of the work that I have done to raise awareness regarding this issue and calling for accountability …More >>
A respected University of Texas study has found that Austin is the only high-growth city that is losing African Americans, both in terms of numbers and percentage of the total population. Do you consider this a problem? If so, what would you do to reverse or stabilize the decline?
First, seek to stop the displacement of African Americans out of the City of Austin and focus on affordability with …More >>
Issue(s): Health & Human ServicesQ
Rising property taxes are a growing concern. There are a number of people who believe taxes are high because the city provides not only essential city services (police, fire, etc.) but non-essential services (social service contracts, education funding, etc.) If elected, how would you prioritize what is or is not an essential city service?
Prioritizing what is and is not a city function is nuanced. One focus of mine would be to strive to …More >>
In a recent poll, residents of Austin cited rising property taxes as a major issue they face, iconic business are having to close their doors and longtime residents are moving out citing rising property taxes. Some have also cited homelessness as an impediment to business. How would you slow or stop the increase in City property taxes, encourage other taxing entities to do the same, and balance the requests for more funding coming from the City Departments and the public? One example of the request of more funding is to expand social service contracts to meet needs, including to provide more supportive housing programs. How do you balance less taxes and increased demand for social services? Please explain.
An honest conversation about property taxes must include the fact that it is Texas not paying for public education that …More >>
What are the most critical issues in your district and how will you address them?
Affordability, transportation, health care, criminal justice reform, and education are critical issues in District 1. I want to improve affordability …More >>
What is your top environmental concern and how would you address it?
Concerns regarding adequate water supply, water quality, water costs, and prevention of water flooding are very important environmental concerns. Implementing …More >>
Issue(s): Land UseQ
Explain what important aspects of the land development code revision you support.
The next code should provide greater density on corridors, missing middle housing behind it, and protect the neighborhoods to prevent …More >>
What policies do you support to make Austin a more affordable place to live for all residents?
Austin can address affordability in at least a few main ways: income, housing, and infrastructure. City bonds and the budget …More >>
What policies will you advocate to address the increasingly unaffordable housing, transportation, and utility costs that are economically segregating our neighborhoods?
First and foremost, it is pivotal for City of Austin voters pass the affordable housing bonds. I will seek to …More >>
Issue(s): Diversity & InclusionQ
What policies will you advocate to accommodate and welcome the full abundance and diversity of people who aspire to live in Austin’s neighborhoods?
My campaign foundation is built on the phrase, “all hands on deck.” I want to help build a coalition of …More >>
How will you resolve policy issues and cases that come before you when the wishes of some incumbent residents in a neighborhood conflict with the interests of other residents and the larger, city-wide community?
As former Chair of Travis County Democratic Party, I not only weighed the interest of elected officials, but precinct chairs, …More >>
What policies and approaches will you advocate to promote neighborhood improvement, and avoid neighborhood protectionism, as Austin changes and grows?
I believe my temperament and experience will help me build coalitions and find compromises. As Chair of the Travis County …More >>
Yes. Green spaces are an important asset for the community and are something that non-Austinites talk about as being one …More >>
Ensuring equitable access to quality parks for all Austinites is a key priority for Austin Parks Foundation. How might you work as a decision-maker for both your district and the city as a whole to move the needle on equitable access to quality parks?
Currently, I am supporting the bond package for Parks and Recreation. Parks and recreation are a community asset and contirubtes …More >>
My favorite park is Dottie Jordan Park. It is my favorite park. The diversity of people that use the park …More >>
Parkland dedication fees are one mechanism by which the city funds park acquisition and improvements. What is your stance on parkland dedication fees, and are you in favor of maintaining them during the Land Development Code updating process?
Yes, I am in favor of maintaining parkland dedication fees in the next land development code. The fees should be …More >>
Austin Parks Foundation is continuously involved in community engagement to ensure that our projects and work align with community values and needs. What is your philosophy on community engagement, and how would you engage with the community to ensure that their needs around parks and open space are appropriately addressed?
My philosophy on community engagement is grassroots advocacy through town halls, door knocking, phone calls, being present at community events, …More >>
What do you believe the role of private partners should be in maintaining and improving public parks? What actions would you take to strengthen and improve public-private partnerships?
Private partners should maintain public parks to the extent they are partner is impacting nature. As an example, the development …More >>
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department faces $125 million in deferred maintenance each year, ranging from playground maintenance and aquatics needs to mowing and servicing trash and recycling receptacles. What would be your strategy for addressing this need?
With the Texas Legislature not paying for public education, it puts pressure on every local entity as it relates to …More >>
In the 2017 legislative session, state representatives and senators discussed how Texas will use the billions of dollars in expected …More >>
How would you address the issue of declining enrollment in Austin’s schools and bridge the achievement gap across AISD?
As I have done in the past, I will go to the Texas Legislature and advocate for more funding for …More >>
What role can Austin play to improve access to affordable healthcare?
First, we need to invest in the healthcare facilities of our underserved communities. I will monitor the continued operation of …More >>
How do you plan to accommodate low-income neighborhoods who need alternative transportation methods?
A main tenet of my campaign is equity. We need to ensure that we are investing in public transit for …More >>
How would you improve access to affordable housing for both renters and owners in Austin?
Affordability is nuanced. Housing, shelter, health care, food, education, and the ability to get around are some of the basic …More >>
How do you plan to to improve access to public transportation and ensure its affordability?
We must invest in multi modal transportation options. As we do so, we must ensure that these investments are equitable, …More >>
How can you make healthcare more accessible and affordable to the large population of small business owners and entrepreneurs in Austin?
I support continued investment into the health facilities in the City of Austin, I support the paid sick leave ordinance, …More >>
How would you counteract anti-immigrant sentiment to make our local communities welcoming to all?
We have led the way in fighting back against the state and national governments that attempted to bully our city …More >>