I’m running for Chico City Council (District 6) to make Chico a better place to live.
My vision is simple, I see a Chico that is safe, clean and orderly, where the public spaces are a source of civic pride again and where your children can ride their bikes in Bidwell park safely. In order to make that vision a reality, I will focus on three policy areas if elected:
- Reclaiming our public spaces for the public
- Enhancing and Supporting Public Safety
- Building Housing
Our public spaces exist for the benefit of the public.
Camping in public spaces cannot be allowed. Reclaiming public spaces for the people of Chico must be our first priority. We must consider the plight of the homeless, but now that the pallet shelter is open, homeless people have somewhere to go, but they must go there.
Chico is fortunate to have excellent Fire and Police Departments. Community Safety must be a priority. Today we have less than one sworn police officer per 1000 population, 40% below the average for cities our size in California. Chico needs more police officers which will enable them to regularly patrol Bidwell Park and Downtown.
Chico has a shortage of single-family houses of all types. In 2020 only 250 homes were built in Chico, half the number needed to meet demand. This shortage is driving up prices beyond the reach of working families.
We need to protect our environment, but housing must come first. If elected, I will work to streamline unnecessary environmental and planning restrictions which are restricting the supply of housing.
My wife, Kim, and I moved to Chico because it reminded us of the small towns we grew up in with a strong sense of community, filled with hard-working people who make family and community their priorities.
This is my vision for our great City of Chico. Together, we can make it happen.