Housing for All
- Actively supported new housing in the downtown and on transit corridors. Defeated Measure R in 2014 designed to stall or stop the development of new housing projects.
- Proposed a measure to provide more housing for teachers and the City’s workforce.
- Supports the Landlords’ Windfall Profits/Business License Tax on the 2016 ballot to provide resources for more affordable housing.
Compassion for Those in Need
- Developed program for storage facilities and rest rooms for those living on our streets.
- Promoted centralized services and transitional housing for Berkeley’s homeless.
- Supports a “Housing First” strategy and is currently developing a “Tiny Home” pilot project.
Children’s Health, Education and Opportunity
- Spearheaded Measure D, the 2014 Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax to encourage kids’ health and provide resources for health and education.
- Over 25 years, helped to raise millions of dollars for public schools as a Berkeley Schools Fund board member.
- Secured resources for a drug and alcohol counselor at Berkeley High School.
- Developing universal early preschool initiative to provide kids a strong and equitable foundation for success.
Access to Transit / Safe Streets
- As an Alameda County Transportation Commissioner, secured funding for bike lanes, improved sidewalks and roads, and a new I80/Gilman interchange.
- Initiated the “road diet” on The Alameda to promote bicycle, pedestrian and resident safety.
Berkeley as a Regional Arts Center
- Created the Elmwood Theater Foundation to save the local landmark from demolition.
- Assisted Shotguns Players in securing their new performing arts space. Leading the negotiations with the Berkeley Art Center and Theater First in their lease agreement with the City.
- Secured hundreds of thousands of dollars for civic arts programs such as the UC Theater, KALA and the Civic Arts Grants Program.
Common Areas that Promote Community
- Spearheaded the bulb-outs and community-based tree planting program on Solano Ave
- Secured regional resources and process for the downtown BART plaza renovations
- Created a parklet pilot program for Berkeley’s walkable commercial districts
- Simplified sidewalk seating permit process for neighborhood shopping areas.
Fair Wages for Our Workers
- Led the negotiationss to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, then indexing it annually.
- Spearheaded the “Stop Wage Theft” initiative to benefit our local workers.
- Negotiated that City projects and some large private developments pay prevailing wages.
- Exploring with UC and the Lawrence Berkeley Lab energy efficiency opportunities in the City.
- Implement already-approved City plans that would improve our streets while protecting our watershed.
Responsive City Government
- Instigated annual, consolidated report from City staff to insure transparency in budgeting.
- Successfully mediated neighborhood conflicts all over Berkeley.