City Budgets-- continue to pass an on time, balanced budget—and provide city services. As a city over 134 years old in a time of economic downturn, it is a challenge to keep up with the maintenance of our streets, sidewalks, storm drains, and sewer system.
Negotiate fair labor agreements with employees sharing more retirement and healthcare costs. In the future, we may need to find ways to provide quality public services with a smaller workforce.
2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth: Working with the School District, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College and community partners, continue to progress on ending the achievement gap. Concentrate on, and measure success in, kindergarten readiness, reading and math proficiency, student attendance and discipline, and college/career readiness.
East Bay Green Corridor—developing a uniform permitting system for solar installation in the 9 City project (this will lead the way to strengthen our local economies)
Climate Action— continue implementing our program with greater citizen participation. Provide better transportation options, more bike and pedestrian opportunities.
Downtown Berkeley—with the passage of the Green Downtown Plan continue working with the Downtown Business District to make physical improvements and add 1000 more people living and working in the downtown. Bring Wi-Fi to the public areas downtown.
Telegraph Avenue—Partnering with the merchants, students, and neighbors, we've been working to improve the economic vitality and safety of the Avenue with the Ambassador program, exploring the expansion of hours for restaurants to serve food, and improve transportation access. We are working with AC Transit to improve bus stops and we're rethinking how we can improve the streetscape.
Relations with UC Berkeley—there will be a new Chancellor this fall, and it is important to continue to improve our working relationship with the Campus.
Arts and Culture—continue to support the Arts as they provide incredible entertainment and enjoyment to our community and are a major factor in building our economy.
Regional Agencies—I currently serve on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), Regional Airport Commission, the East Bay Green Corridor, Joint Policy Commission, and the Joint Power Authority of the “Tom Bates” Regional Sports Facility.