Being in a family that has been directly impacted in multiple ways by the opioid crisis and homelessness, I hold the topic of Mass and Cass very near to my heart. We've heard and witnessed broken promise after broken promise from Mayor Wu, Mayor Walsh, and Governor Baker alike. We've watched residents of the South End do more in attempts to clean up the area than the city has ever done. The solution isn't going to come easy, as we'll need input, and participation at the local level and the state level. We need to get addicts the help they need, and stop allowing this to be a safe spot for drug dealing. I will put continuous pressure on City Hall and BPD to get these people off the street, and I will work with BPHC, DPH, and the legislators in the State House to make the treatment and recovery process more realistic and sustainable.
In order for Boston to be livable, we need to address traffic congestion and overdevelopment. I have yet to hear of any new building going up that residents are in favor of. Why is the city completely disregarding our will? We don't need more buildings going up and we certainly don't need bus and bike lanes clogging up traffic.
In 2021, Boston voters made it clear that we wanted to return to an all-elected school committee. Mayor Wu has made it more clear that she doesn't care what parents want - she is 100% against an elected committee, and will only compromise with a hybrid model committee (some elected, some appointed). As City Councilor At Large, I will bring parents back into the decision making by getting our elected committee by the next election cycle, and getting the current committee to return to in-person meetings. As concerned residents and parents, we are very limited on how to address the committee when their meetings are virtual only.
I attended Boston Latin School and I can tell you first-hand that what has happened to the exam schools admission process is a set-up for failure for everyone involved, especially the students. We need to revisit and fix exam school admissions before the next school year, and I will make sure that happens.
The solution to violence, whether it be in the streets or in the schools, starts at home. We need better, more effective outreach for families. If we continue to ask our local government and police to solve our violence issues, we'll only end up with more surveillance and more policing.
What is affordable housing? I've heard it referenced so many times, but I'm still not seeing any. City Hall is not doing anything to make rents more affordable, and it seems to be getting harder and harder for families to stay in the city. I will work with the city, the state, and the landlords to figure out how we can effectively lower rents and still make home ownership in Boston desirable.
Gentrification continues to thrive all around Boston, from housing to businesses, and will be the downfall of Boston if we let it continue. Without small business, families are running out of reasons to live in the city. Boston is losing it's uniqueness. From the North End to Charlestown, Mattapan to Dorchester, Jamaica Plain to Roslindale, I want to see small businesses thrive, not be priced out by big corporations.