Affordability. Cost of living is key concern for all Bay Area residents and Emeryville is no exception. With limited housing stock, care in adding new developments is key. I will fight to increase the percentage of ‘affordable’ and ‘median’ priced housing stock in the city of Emeryville and make sure that developers maximize the community benefits of any new housing in our city.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety. In an under 2 square mile city, residents should be able to safely walk or bike anywhere in town. Unfortunately, our bike boulevards see too much car traffic going too fast for cyclists to feel safe. San Pablo is frankly scary to cross on foot. Having advocated for better bike infrastructure at a state level, I will apply that experience to improve Emeryville’s transit options. With the $4 million allocated for San Pablo revitalization from measure BB, our city needs to lead the Alameda Capital CTC Improvement Program for this area in demanding contiguous protected bikeways connecting Emeryville to the rest of Alameda county. Providing protected bikeways on this corridor will improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety, as well as increasing foot traffic and patronization of local business.
Parks. Emeryville has significantly fewer acres of park space per 1,000 residents than surrounding communities. Improving the amount of parks and open space is a benefit for community relationships, health of residents and property values. I will prioritize street level park space in any new developments and seek to improve public spaces by advocating for mini parks and parklets that can add more green for residents to enjoy and play spaces for local families.