In answering questions, please try to keep your answers relevant to and within the scope of the office you seek election to. Try and list specific policy ideas you think would be helpful in addressing issues. Responses will be published on TempeYIMBY.org.
How would you increase overall housing production?
I would continue to support new market rate, workforce, and affordable housing projects as they come before council. Fight for increased density and height in the urban core to allow for more housing units.
How would you strengthen tenant protections?
The state legislature really ties our hands on this, but I would support increased code enforcement against bad landlords, including directing severe fines against the landlords (not renters) for repeated violations. I would also support making it easier for renters to file hazard complaints again the properties they are renting. I’d also like to take a look at landlord scoring system, the results of which would be public so people to look up better information about who they are renting from.
How would you go about ensuring an adequate supply of affordable housing in the city?
We need to create the market conditions for affordable and workforce housing to be possible, as we are legally not allowed to mandate it. I believe mixed zoning opportunities like the Tempe Maker District are the answer. In the meantime, we need to build as much market rate housing as we can as fast as we can, but every new housing unit takes pressure off the existing supply.
What policies would you hope to enact regarding the issues of homelessness in Tempe?
I served on the Housing First working group, which lead the creation of the regional homelessness taskforce, being led by Tempe. I also created the Tempe Works program, which offers an all-inclusive path to self-sufficiency to those who want a route out of homelessness. In the future, I will continue to advocate for increased human services funding as part of the agency review process.
With the ongoing climate crisis, what city policies would you enact to take on climate change and its effects?
I served on the working group that brought Tempe the most ambitious clean energy goal in the state. I also was a vocal supporter of the recently adopted Climate Action Plan. I supported our urban canopy goals as well. In the future I will continue to support innovative plans and techniques to help Tempe prepare for climate change and mitigate the negative consequences thereof.
Do you support legalizing new and diverse housing options in parts of the city where it is currently illegal to build them?
Yes, I supported the new accessory dwelling allowance, and will continue to support new ways to increase the existing the housing supply in Tempe.
How would you support multimodal transit options in the city? Would you support protected bike lanes and expanding bike infrastructure?
I fought to keep the scooters in Tempe at a time when we were under a lot of pressure to ban them, and I orchestrated the compromise that saved the McClintock bike lanes while expanding the right of way to restore the 3rd lane. I currently lead the bike safety working group, and will continue to work to make sure Tempe is safety for all bikers and pedestrians.
When it comes to public transit, what direction would you like to see Tempe take? What improvements would you make to existing systems? Are there any new modes of public transit you would like to see?
We need more public transportation. I supported the expansion of the Orbit system south of the 60, I’ve advocated for park and rides to allow better access to the urban core. I’m also an advocate for bus rapid transit system connecting north and south Tempe.
In regards to parking in the city, are there changes you would make to current policy? Changing parking minimums, changing the cost of public parking, etc.
Yes, I’ve often supported reducing the parking requirements on projects that have come before council. As far as limiting the cost of parking, that is set by Downtown Tempe Authority, not the city. Also, I will say it, like everything else is driven by supply and demand. So, it will be difficult to reduce parking availability, and the price of parking, all the while the population of Tempe continues to grow.