Good Governance

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One of Cambridge’s greatest strengths is our city’s resources and collective intelligence, which leads our leaders to develop plans, conduct surveys, hire consultants, and produce reports. Too often those plans, surveys, and reports are not used in a comprehensive, coordinated way to ensure that goals are met, progress is made and effective solutions implemented.

Climate Crisis

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Nothing else will matter if the planet continues on the current path of truly unsustainable growth. Like most issues, Cambridge cannot solve the problem on its own, and yet we can be more of a leader in reducing emissions, trying new solutions and providing example other cities can follow.

Fostering Neighborhoods

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Cambridge is made up of neighborhoods and our city thrives when people feel respected, their input is honored and they have a say in changes. We rely on neighborliness to keep the spirit of openness alive – we must foster groups working together and encourage connections.

Livable, Welcoming City

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This priority area has many prongs – to be a livable welcoming city requires a focus on the arts, on inclusion, on respecting diversity, on accessible affordable public transit, on supporting multi-modal forms of transit, and on sustainable development.

Affordable Housing

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Everyone knows there is a crisis of affordable housing – and the city is becoming very unequal – where only very wealthy people can afford to buy or increasingly rent, unless a family or person qualifies for subsidized rents. Progress has been made – inclusionary zoning percent increase, higher linkage fees and section 8 rent changes based on zip codes have all led to more units being affordable. We must thoughtfully assess proposals to increase low and moderate income housing in the city in the most effective way possible.

Education

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On School Committee I was a passionate effective advocate for higher expectations, bold goals, engaged classrooms and more programs like Montessori and bilingual immersion that close achievement gaps and are highly desirable by families. City Council role in education is around buildings – where we need to build more schools – and expanding preschools, afterschools and summer program with an eye on quality and joy.

Justice - Divest Now

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Leadership requires clearly stating values and leading with them. I believe that Cambridge can and should divest all funds in its control from fossil fuels, for-profit prisons, and manufacturers of opioids and guns.