As Chair of the Berkeley Rent Board for the past 2 years (and as an elected Rent Board Commissioner since 2008), I’ve seen first-hand how our city is changing, both in District 5 and across town. An influx of economic refugees from skyrocketing housing costs in San Francisco has pushed our city’s housing costs sky-high for both tenants and prospective home-buyers. District 5’s City Councilmember must be a part of the city-wide effort to end this affordability emergency.
Berkeley needs a safe & sustainable future for all of us– a monoculture of only upper income residents does a huge disservice to the Berkeley we all cherish.
We must be ready for the next major earthquake. I am proud to have worked with City Councilmembers Jesse Arreguin & Laurie Capitelli on passing Phase 2 of the Soft Story Ordinance in 2013. Currently I am working on multi-unit disaster preparation and expansion of the emergency cache system with the City Council.
We need development that serves the whole community. In 2015 there were 2 projects finished or approved in downtown that totaled 324 market rate units with ZERO affordable units (Harold Way & Dwight/MLK). While payments in lieu of affordable units are promised to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund from both projects, our housing emergency affects everyone from the minimum wage worker to middle class families. This emergency demands our city emphasize mixed-income projects immediately.
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