Housing– Rental rates in Vancouver are some of the fastest rising in the entire country. This is unacceptable and it won’t continue to happen on my watch. We need to ease building restrictions and government red tape, and encourage efforts to build affordable housing. Housing rates will decline on my watch.
Jobs– I will promote job growth by fostering an environment that encourages businesses to come to Vancouver and stay in Vancouver. It’s vital to me that jobs in Vancouver offer living wages for everyone and stay on this side of the river.
Transportation– I will institute a program aimed at fixing all potholes within 72 hours, and hold people accountable to meet this goal.
Also, our bridges, roads and freeways are a mess. Vancouver is the 4th largest city in the state and I will fight for more state and federal dollars for repairs. When the new bridge is built, I will NOT stand for tolls on Vancouver residents; unlike other candidates want.
Crime– When it comes to the safety of our town, the more police the better. Crime is out of control in Vancouver. I will push to increase the number of officers and cut response time. Our police staff is extremely understaffed, and our current elected officials have dropped the ball.
Homelessness – I will work directly with city officials from other cities that have had success dealing with the homelessness issue and implement those policies here. This is a problem that can be fixed with fresh ideas and some hard work.
We need to focus on getting people back on their feet and breaking the homelessness cycle. Making sure people have access to substance abuse help, job placement and long-term affordable housing. A hand up not a hand out
Public transportation – Public transportation is an important part of city life, and in Vancouver it is no different. I will push for more C-Tran routes that make sense for the people that use public transportation. More routes, better routes, and more frequent service is crucial.