Environmental sustainability is vital to Salt Lake City’s long-term prosperity. We have made great strides with our SLCgreen initiatives, but we can do more. We need to expand our efforts to improve building efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, clear the air, preserve natural resources, and move toward a zero waste city model.
The population of Salt Lake City is exploding but the percentage of affordable houses, condos, and rental units is not enough to meet the demand. To avoid a housing crisis, we need to start planning and building with an emphasis on affordable housing for all residents. While there are many factors contributing to this nationwide phenomenon, it is up to local governments to ensure equitable housing opportunities and promote long-term housing market stability.
Neighbors across District 3 have observed an increase in property crime. Package theft, car break-ins, and even home invasions have left many residents concerned for their property and their safety. The solution is a greater police presence and I believe we can achieve that by implementing the type of community policing programs we have seen in other neighborhoods.
With imminent cuts to arts and cultural funds looming at the national level, it will be up to local government leaders to do whatever we can to keep the city’s renowned artistic and cultural scene thriving. By prioritizing the arts in the city budget and reaching out to establish partnerships with private donors and non-profits, I will work to make sure Salt Lake City remains a cultural hub for the state and the region.
Homelessness is not just a Salt Lake City issue. It is a complex problem that requires compassion from community leaders as well as collaboration between public and non-profit entities throughout Salt Lake County. We must approach this problem holistically, with a continuum of care that addresses systemic poverty, crime prevention, mental health services, rehabilitation, housing stability, and job placement.
Outdoor recreation is a fundamental part of Salt Lake City's economy, and our cultural identity. The boundaries of District 3 stretch from Temple Square to Ensign Peak, to City Creak Canyon, and includes the surrounding foothills in between. We must protect these public lands while also providing access to residents (and their pets) to exercise and recreate with minimal long-term impact on the land.
Salt Lake City is a public transit leader for the rest of the state. But on bad days, we have some of the most toxic air in the country. We need to continue to work with UDOT, UTA, and other stakeholders to expand public transit options. At the same time, the city needs to invest in more walkable and bikeable roads and encourage residents to use greener and more efficient forms of travel.
One of my favorite things about District 3 is the unique character of our historic neighborhoods like the Greater Avenues, Marmalade, Capitol Hill and Federal Heights. These are some of the most historic and beautiful communities in the state. We owe it to past and future generations to preserve these neighborhoods while balancing the need for responsible, sustainable development.
From the pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley as refugees, to welcoming the world with the 2002 Winter Olympics, our city has a proud history as a welcoming gathering place. We also led the state in creating the first anti-discrimination ordinance for housing and employment. Salt Lake City must continue to be a sanctuary of inclusion and diversity where anyone can find a home, grow a business, and raise a family.