Housing in our city is getting expensive- no one will work harder to keep Boise affordable. Because livability without affordability is not really livability.
- Boise has a shortage of affordable housing, making things hard for so many in our community. This affects almost everyone I've spoken with in one way or another. Addressing this problem is both necessary and urgent; we cannot be a livable city if living here is not affordable. It is also a broad and complex problem that will take a lot of hard work to solve. We can start by changing the way our city makes agreements with developers. Right now when affordable units are built with assistance from taxpayer dollars, they are only required to stay affordable for a few years. After that rents can be raised and families forced out. This puts more people in the market for affordable housing while simultaneously removing affordable units from the city's inventory- no wonder we have a shortage. When our tax dollars help build affordable homes, those homes should remain affordable.
We must stand in solidarity for a fair and just society. When it comes to fighting for civil rights- I have, I do, and I always will.
- We must make it clear that Boise is no place for racism or white supremacist behavior. We will do whatever it takes to make sure everyone in our city feels supported, protected, and safe. Unfortunately we have real work to do here as racially motivated vandalism and harassment have recently become more common.
- We will continue to make Boise a safe haven for gay and transgender Idahoans in a sea of country where they remain unable to live, work, and do business without fear of discrimination.
This is one issue that affects us all, and virtually everything we do is intertwined with transportation in one way or another. We have been lagging behind where we ought to be for quite some time now, the need for increased public is urgent and we must find a way to address it.
- I’ve listened to several voters saying Boise had a great bus system back in the '70s. Now with the short operating hours, and common waits of a full hour between buses, the system is barely usable even for those who have no choice but to rely on it. The Mayor has his plan to put rail downtown. While I agree that rail is an important part of Boise's future, right now we have a very real need for more buses running more often on more routes to provide reliable transportation for all of Boise, not just downtown. A robust and user-friendly bus system would cost less, benefit our city sooner, and make future rail projects even more successful. I'm excited for rail in Boise too, but first things first.
Ending Stigmas and Improving Outcomes
We will allocate more city resources to address mental health and substance abuse to heal families and help neighbors through difficult times. Those struggling deserve treatment, not jail time.
- When adequate support exists in our community, people struggling with mental illness receive the care they need and crises are prevented. When that support is lacking it is the police who are all too often called in to deal with the emergencies that arise. This is not the reason our city hires and trains our police officers, we do not equip them to give the kind of assistance people need in these situations. We need more social workers.
- There is no simple one size fits all reason for homelessness, each and every story is unique and complex. We must develop and invest in a more robust strategy to help people in the way that will best serve each unique situation. Housing First is an important part of any strategy for addressing homelessness.
- The healthcare gap created by our legislature is harming our families and slowing our economy. It must be fixed.
Together we can make Boise a world leader in sustainability, alternative transportation, and protecting clean air, water, and open spaces.
From our many parks across the city, our beautiful river and Greenbelt, to the miles of trails in our foothills- open spaces are a big part of what makes Boise so livable. Boise simply would not be Boise without them. Please join me in voting yes for the Levy on the ballot this year, and make sure your friends know to vote November 7th so that we can all pitch in to protect the Boise we know and love even as it continues to grow.
As city leaders we must not sacrifice our sustainability or our clean air, water, and open spaces, for the sake of low wage jobs or fleeting opportunities which benefit relatively few residents.
- Climate change is an urgent and serious problem that cities around the world are beginning to take the lead on. We cannot wait for our federal or state government, the time has come to step up as a city. I would like to see our Urban Renewal Districts used for more than beautification and economic development; they are the perfect tools for updating our city with renewable infrastructure in a significant and meaningful way.
As a small business owner I am dedicated to improving our city's economy by developing local businesses rather than serving national chains.
- City projects should create local jobs but some contractors use crews from out of state. Our bidding process must reward contractors for building our economy by using Boise workers on Boise job sites.
- Apprenticeships are vital to training and maintaining a robust workforce. Our city's bid review process should reward the use of federally registered apprenticeship programs on our city job sites.
F-35's in Our City
To keep Boise livable, its time the city council participates in an open discussion about the pros and cons of bringing F-35s into our city.
- Many are unaware that hundreds of Boiseans will have their homes condemned as unlivable if we bring F-35s into our city. Its time to discuss the real impacts for our families and our community.
- A-10s are slated to be retired in several years and Gowen Field will need a new mission to replace them. Gowen Field has the prestige of being among only 5 bases nationwide in consideration for housing F-35s. Unfortunately these jets are among the loudest ever made, and the runway sits nestled in our city. This powerful military machine is simply not well-suited to be based inside our state's urban center. I've heard from doctors concerned about the health problems they will cause, from parents concerned about their childrens' schools and the well documented effects of noise on learning environments, and from families whose homes will become legally unsuitable for residential use. The negative impacts are significant and must be a part of this conversation. We are not in danger of losing Gowen Field just because we don’t win the competition to bring in this super-jet; city leaders should be working to ensure that whatever replaces the A-10 is the best possible fit for Boise.
Oil and Gas drilling in Boise
- We must protect people and their property from the industrial oil and gas extraction that is growing in our valley. Before fracking, oil and gas extraction was not commercially viable in our region. Now thousands of acres in the Treasure Valley have been leased for oil/gas drilling and as that number continues to grow, the leases get closer and closer to our city. While the state has stripped cities of their right to stop this activity inside city limits, we maintain the ability to regulate it. 300 feet is way too close to Boise homes, schools, and businesses for oil and gas drilling, I will work for a more reasonable setback of 1500 feet.
- I have a lot of concerns about the stadium proposal. I am concerned with how it will affect affordable housing in the area, how it will affect our shelters and homeless population. I am concerned about the effects of that level of noise and light pollution on the neighbors. Will it really bring the revitalization promised, or is it just good old fashioned gentrification?
- I plan on having many more conversations with people in that neighborhood and other concerned citizens before making up my mind; though I currently do not think it wise to invest tax payer dollars into such a project. Either it is going to be a revitalizing and vibrant boost to the economy as promised, in which case developers and investors don’t need tax payer subsidies to be extremely profitable; or it is not, in which case we don’t need our city to be in debt for it.
We have controversy in our city not because anyone is trying to be difficult, but because a single project will always affect individual people and various areas of our city very differently. We need city leaders to do better at educating the public on upcoming issues and decisions that will affect us, and fostering meaningful public participation. I know it isn’t easy- it takes a lot of hard work and patience, but the difficulty and messiness that comes with including many perspectives is what gives birth to the solutions best suited to reduce harm and maximize benefits. It is through this labor that we leverage the greatest benefits of democracy and craft a plan that everyone has a stake in.