Palm Springs is a special place to both the residents who live here and the travelers who escape here to relax and unwind. However, too much focus on the “tourist” parts of town have led to the neglect of our neighborhoods and ignoring the voice of the people who make up the backbone of our communities. I am running for city council to bring a new approach and new energy to local government that will result in:
I will work tirelessly to revitalize the North 111 Corridor to become a true Gateway into our beautiful city, and increase investment into our residential neighborhoods that often get overlooked for the more “tourist-friendly” parts of town.
The North Corridor serves as a gateway to Palm Springs, but when you drive North 111 today it’s full of empty lots and storefronts. We are missing a major opportunity to create good paying jobs for residents, increase the number of small businesses and housing units, and support the tourism industry we rely so heavily on by letting that area sit underutilized.
- Review and update the City’s General Plan with zoning changes and more investment in District 2.
- Bring high-speed fiber optic Internet to PS to help drive business and provide more consistent Internet service for the entire city.
- Support the Palm Springs Innovation Hub, which focuses on early-stage business in the fields of renewable energy, health and medicine, and digital technology.
- Include community members in the planning process to ensure that the needs of the specific neighborhoods and community groups are heard and met.
- Continue Measure J fund oversight to ensure proper utilization of funding for projects.
- Hold developers accountable to building neighborhood improvements like green space, parks, fire houses, new sidewalks, and other public assets when they have approval to build in Palm Springs.
Homelessness & Housing Prices
I will fight to bring new, affordable housing projects to Palm Springs to prevent residents from being priced-out of our hometown, and to create innovative programs at the City to treat the root causes of homelessness and provide wrap-around services to help people get back on their feet. This is not just a moral imperative, but an economic one as well.
Palm Springs is not alone in this housing and homeless crisis that is crippling California. Increasing economic inequality, low wages, limited savings and increased debt, the decimation of pensions and reforms to social security, lack of housing supply and a bias toward building luxury over affordability have created housing insecurity like we have never seen before. When coupled with a lack of investment in mental health and addiction treatment, disproportionate impacts on women, seniors, and the LGBTQ community, we end up in crisis-mode.
- Provide incentives to affordable housing developers and hold luxury developers accountable to building their fair share of affordable and mid-range projects.
- Cut red tape at the City level to allow for more residential zoning and infill development to meet housing supply while protecting the character of our neighborhoods.
- Implement and support the necessary programs recently released by the CVAG Homelessness Task Force.
- Use research-based best practices like Housing First to ensure that we get people off the streets and on their feet while saving taxpayer money.
- Explore a partnership with non-profits to open a 24-hour transitional housing center with wrap-around services staffed by case workers, nonprofits, and other professionals who can identify the needs of the residents and connect them with necessary resources.
New Safety Standards
Public Safety & Healthy Neighborhoods
I will advocate for public safety and fully staff and fund our police and fire departments to ensure that they can do their jobs quickly and safely.
Natural disasters, the threat of gun violence, the rise of hate crimes, and other factors have created a new reality in public safety that requires innovation to keep residents safe. Palm Springs has many communities with specific needs: working-families, seniors, LGBTQ, students and we will bring them to the table to ensure everyone feels safe at home, work, in public, and at school.
- Work closely with public safety personnel and experts to be their voice at City Hall, especially as additional funding needs and safety initiatives arise.
- Prepare Palm Springs for the new realities of climate change, including an emergency plan for flash floods, wild fires, and hospital and road closures from natural disasters.
- Continue to develop and implement natural disaster preparedness for earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and mudslides.
- Support programs that involve community members in their own safety such as Citizens on Patrol, Business Watch, Police Explorers Post 466, and continued partnership with OnePS.
- Listen to the voices of students who feel unsafe at school and work with them, the school board, teachers, parents, and administrators to fight the threat of gun violence in our schools and public spaces.
- Work with the LGBTQ community, Jewish community, black, Latino, and Muslim communities to fight hate crimes and ensure that Palm Springs remains diverse and inclusive.
- Continue to develop, plan, fund, and implement plans to improve existing infrastructure for aging building, roads, and power supplies to prevent accidents and avoid tragedies.