Housing, transportation and education are the most powerful levers we have towards a more equitable, flourishing and prosperous city. The status quo is not working for many residents. I'm willing to make changes that will improve our quality of life.
Housing policy is health policy. Transportation policy is health policy. Education policy is health policy. I will advocate for evidence based policies which will lead to healthy, flourishing lives and reductions in disparities.
Redwood City has nearly tripled in population over the past 70 years but our neighborhoods look much as they did in the 1950s. This has resulted in skyrocketing housing costs, crowding and displacement. We must allow incremental changes to our city to meet the needs of the people who live here now. This means allowing for increased height, footprint and number of units per plot. It means letting our city adapt to the 21st century and having a much greater variety and supply of housing at all affordability levels. We cannot accomplish this with zoning from the middle of last century.
There are serious transportation equity issues in Redwood City. The gap between downtown Redwood City and Menlo Park Caltrain stations is one of the largest on the Peninsula. It is scary and unpleasant to get to downtown from District 3 in anything but a car and bus service is infrequent. We will never get less traffic if we do not provide meaningful alternatives to driving alone. It needs to be safe and practical to walk, bike or take transit to District 3 in Redwood City.
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