Issues

These are some of the key issues that I believe are facing our city. As I continue to listen and talk with people from every neighborhood, I will add to this list, so check back for more information:

Income Insecurity and Poverty

When people think of Cambridge they most often think about our great universities, our technology and innovation companies or our long history.

Development

Development and re-development are inevitable; cities are living things that grow and change. This can be difficult for some as change is unsettling.

Education

One of the reasons I ran for City Council last year was because after serving 8 years on the School Committee, I knew that if we were truly going to close the achievement gap, then we needed to provide high quality, affordable, early childhood education for all.

Public Safety

As a social worker for 20 years, I firmly believe in funding prevention and intervention programs. If we maximize our education, our job opportunities, our human services programs, and our community outreach, we will resolve many of the public safety issues facing our city. We have a police force and a police commissioner who value community policing and building relationships with residents. That puts us far ahead of other municipalities.

Seniors

I applaud the work of Mayor Henrietta Davis and the Silver Ribbon Commission. She, and the many others who helped in its work, have pointed out the challenges faced by many of our senior residents. I will continue to work closely with my colleagues on the council to ensure that we are prioritizing the needs of our seniors so they are not forced to leave Cambridge as they get older.

Town-Grown Relationships

Having grown up in Cambridge, surrounded by Harvard MIT and Lesley, I have experienced both the good and that bad elements of our relationships with them. These universities bring tourists and revenue to the city; they also provide jobs, offer partnerships with our schools and human services, and attract businesses. However, these institutions have also crept more and more into our neighborhoods, without always paying their fair share of taxes we lose through their expansion.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing continues to be the number one issue facing our city. Recently, the Council was faced with voting on the Mass+Main project for Central Square.

Homelessness

Throughout this term, I have been working hard on issues pertaining to homelessness in our community. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at the ribbon cutting of Y2Y, a new homeless shelter opening in November for homeless youth, see video below. I have worked closely this past year with Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rozenkrantz, the two main forces behind this incredible project, in their fundraising and development of the shelter.

Quality of Life

In addition to tackling the big issues of affordable housing and poverty, I take my responsibility to help improve the quality of life of our residents very seriously. Whether it is holding weekly office hours to hear from constituents, helping residents find housing or work, fixing a pot hole or street sign, I see these as important functions of a City Councillor and I'm committed to maintaining Cambridge as a city with a high quality of life.

Workers' Rights

Fighting for working women and men in our community has been a cornerstone of my work on the City Council. I am so happy to report that, after more than a year of working with the staff at the Harvard owned Doubletree hotel and Unite Here-Local 26, we were finally able to reach an agreement to allow the workers to vote on unionization.

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