I want to improve safety for all of us moving around our neighborhoods. Whether on foot, on a bike, pushing a stroller, using a wheelchair, or driving, we need streets and sidewalks that allow us to live comfortably.
I will prioritize safe and well-maintained sidewalks, which are often inadequate, broken in some parts, covered with overgrowth, or simply non-existent. I welcome your input on where we need to fix our sidewalks, make them more accessible (including adding curb cuts and crosswalks), and discuss a process for adding them where they do not currently exist.
I will also focus on calming traffic and creating safe crossing points on our roadways through improved road designs, signals and stop signs, and stepped-up enforcement. The frequent crashes and lack of safe pedestrian crossing on 34th Street is a particular concern for me. I want to hear your priorities for safety improvement in the area.
As a homeowner with solar panels and an owner of a fully electric vehicle, I want to make it easier for residents to add solar and EV charging to their homes by advocating the removal of red tape and regulatory hurdles by the Council and District agencies. As a commissioner, I will enthusiastically support projects that come before the ANC that prioritize sustainability. I will also be an advocate for the great DC programs and incentives for both solar and electric vehicles and will look for opportunities to promote their expansion.
Ward 3 schools are overcrowded with limited Pre-K 3. Pre-K 3 and 4 are fully-funded programs and a right for every DC family. Yet, in Ward 3 there aren’t enough Pre-K 4 slots to meet the demand and absolutely no Pre-K 3 slots. Even the new addition to Eaton did not create enough space for Pre-K3. So, we need to start thinking about how else we can get our youngest students into the public education system now without waiting for a new elementary school to be built, which is years away. I want to bring neighbors together to come up with a proposal for educating the three-year-olds in-lieu of John Eaton since the city can’t accommodate them there.
Our area has great public space amenities like Macomb Recreation Center, Guy Mason, and the new Hearst Pool. But without consistent maintenance, these facilities can let us down. Lack of maintenance is a known problem in DC, and I want to be a proactive ANC commissioner that establishes good ties with DPR, DGS, NPS, and the community so we can address repairs and upkeep before they become problems. Clean parks, working equipment, and trash emptied before cans are overflowing are not pipe dreams. They are problems that require proactive attention. Together, we can make it happen.