Parks, Park Safety, & Preservation

Our city has more than 40 neighborhood and community parks. City parks, open spaces, and desert preserves make our city and neighborhoods an attractive place to live. We must feel confident when we and our families visit our city parks that it will be a positive and safe experience for all.

We must

  •   Listen to each community regarding their needs for their neighborhood parks.

  •  Increase community engagement and use of city parks.

  •  Continue to examine options for increasing safety in parks.

  • Examine data regarding police reports, concerns and safety issues with our city parks to help guide sound decisions.

We have

  •  Developed a Committee of the Whole to improve our desert preserves. This will lead to a Desert Preserves Commission.

  • A plan called Investing In Tempe Parks is in place to improve city parks every fiscal year through 2022-2023. Click here to learn more

  •  Communication with neighborhoods regarding capital improvements to neighborhood parks, we collect feedback and input regarding park improvements. Click here to learn more

  • Completed conversion to LED lighting at 11 city parks so far in Fiscal Year 2018/19.

  • Launched Tempe Play Mobile in the spring of 2019. The Play Mobile is available at various parks Monday-Thursday with games, sports equipment, instructional programming, music, snacks, and more! Click here to learn more 

  • Completed an all accessible water play area – the Kiwanis Park Splash Playground with a one-of-a-kind “cloud” that provides interactive waterplay with sound, lighting, and shade. Click here to learn more

  • The Kiwanis Tennis Center renovation upgrade has been completed. The 43 year old tennis center has new playing surface courts, LED lighting, improved shade structures, new seating, and playsight smart court technology. Click here to learn more

  • Supported a park ranger program and G-4 guards on a limited basis in several city parks where community members have had safety concerns.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of every community. Proper maintenance and repair of Tempe infrastructure is smart money management. Roads, sewage, water, and electric systems are all examples of infrastructure. These systems are vital to our city.

We must

  •  Improve our streets & street management plans.

  •  Repair and replace our water lines.

  •  Maintain our city facilities & infrastructure.

  • Implement sustainable solutions for infrastructure maintenance and use.

We have

  • Made improving our streets a high priority for our 2019/2020 budget.

  • Developed a robust plan for replacing outdated water and sewer lines.

  • Made a commitment to raising our Pavement Quality Index from 59 to 70.

  • In Fiscal Year 2018/19, converted 1,200 residential street lights to LED. The LED street lights have an approximate life of 100,000 hours. Well beyond the life of the lights they replaced.

  • Completed the Transit Asset Management Plan. This plan was adopted by Council in January 2019 and ensures that all transit assets will be maintained in a good state of repair.

  • Finalized the Vision Zero Action Plan (implementation pending Council approval vote May 2019). Click here to learn more 

  • Initiated a system-wide installation of automated water metering infrastructure and a customer-focused online portal, which provides real-time information on water consumption, will be introduced in the near future. Click here to learn more

  • Developed a stormwater management plan.

     

Arts

I supported the November 2018 referendum to renew the existing Arts Tax and I am grateful it passed. I believe arts and culture enhance our daily lives and foster connections among neighbors and our community.

We Must

  • Continue to support public art, as it enhances our environment

  • Create more interesting and welcoming public spaces

  • Increase community engagement

We have

  • Increased programming at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), which has increased attendance and revenue.

  • Expanded Arts to the Parks from 2 to 6 events per year. These events serve thousands of residents in our city. Learn about 2019 Arts in the Parks events or let us know if you would like to bring this program to your neighborhood park: Click here to learn more

  • Promoted local art and artists. In the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2018/19, the Tempe exhibitions programs curated and presented two major exhibitions at the Gallery at TCA.

Diversity & Social Justice

I am a champion of Diversity and Social Justice.

Diversity leads to better decisions and innovation in every setting.

We must

  • Continue to be a regional and state leader in diversity.

  • Advocate for community members of diverse backgrounds.

  • Promote equal pay for equal work.

  • Recognize the link between diversity and economic growth as businesses choose Tempe because of our policies.

  • Coordinate and communicate available services for elderly people and people with disabilities.

  • Consider processes and cost for strategies to assist people who are experiencing homelessness.

  • Develop an affordable housing policy and strategy.

  •  Identify and promote substance-abuse programs.

  • Work with appropriate agencies and schools to minimize food insecurity.

 

We have

  • Maintained a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index scorecard for 2018, the 5th year in a row that Tempe has had a perfect score.

  •  Launched a new Life Skills Program (LEAP) focusing on one Life Skill topic each month. Click here to learn more

  • Adopted a Title IV Plan (adopted by Council December 2018). This plan assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of city programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations.

  • Launched the Career Ready Tempe (CRT) program. This two-year pilot program is funded by a city innovation grant and partners Tempe Union High School District students with local businesses to provide CRT internships. Click here to learn more

  • Initiated development of training classes for local businesses to educate them on How to be an Inclusive Business in Tempe. Training will also cover the Tempe equal pay initiative and anti-discrimination ordinance. 

  • Been awarded the “Creating a Diverse Workforce for People with Developmental Disabilities” grant. The grant will be used to develop Tempe’s Building Employment Support and Training program (Tempe’s BEST) which will enhance employee diversity and update hiring policies.

Education

I support quality and affordable education for all. Great schools are essential for strong communities, a strong economy and a prosperous future. In addition to educating our youth, Tempe programs also provide education for adult community members.

We must

  • Develop and enhance lifelong adult learning programs.

  • Partner with Tempe school districts to improve our children’s experience and support at school.

We have

  • An award-winning AARP Job Corps reading program, that is recognized as the best in the country. Click here to learn more

  •  An award-winning Pre-K program for three to five-year-olds who cannot afford quality Pre-K. Click here to learn more

  • Developed new partnerships with educational vendors to enhance youth STEAM programs.

  • Increased the number of workshops and seminars related to memory care and dementia. Click here to learn more

  • Reached over 1,200 Tempe Elementary School District 8th graders through College Connect Tempe to begin preparing students for success in the transition to high school and beyond.

  • Trained Tempe Fire and Medical responders through Banner Alzheimer’s Institute on how to recognize and respond to those with signs of dementia.

Transportation

I support reliable, accessible public transportation. Public transit enhances our quality of life and provides expanded opportunity for our residents.

We must

  • Continue the expansion of Americans with Disabilities Act by creating compliant sidewalks.

  • Continue funding for light rail and streetcar to increase connectivity.

  • Maximize bus-route accessibility to residents and students.

We have

  • Developed financial structure for scooters to pay licensing fees.

  • Committed to increasing our funding for arterial and neighborhood streets.

Sustainability

I have been a leader in the City of Tempe regarding sustainability initiatives for many years. I am also a Certified Sustainable Professional with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

We must

●  Explore and implement fiscally responsible sustainable solutions.

●  Continue conversion of city lighting to LED.

●  Encourage community gardens.

●  Support low water use programs.

●  Utilize more sustainable materials for our streets.

●  Increase our tree canopy in the city to provide shade and lower temperatures.

●  Encourage the use of electric cars and increase the number of charging stations.

●  An increase of the number of participates in the Green Organics program.

We have

●  Implemented the SMART solid waste container program, delivering over 2,635 containers to residents. Click here to learn more

●  Implemented the pilot residential Green Organics program, with 2,640 participants. Click here to learn more

●  Installed Routeware software in all Solid Waste vehicles, which is a robust system to determine how routes can be more efficient and profitable.

●  Continued with yearly increases in alternative fueled and electric vehicles in the Tempe Fleet and Refuse Trucks.

●  Secured a three-year grant to support Tempe businesses and residents to grow more local food.

●  Supported local food efforts at Singh Meadows. Click here to learn more

●  Initiated a pilot program that will begin in spring 2019, to develop a neighborhood green infrastructure project. It will utilize stormwater to support mature neighborhood trees. This program is managed by the Tempe Office of Sustainability and Watershed Management Group and is funded by a grant from the State of Arizona. The pilot project will be managed in coordination with Tempe Transportation and Engineering.

Positions

See the positions I ran on and am continuing to suppport now in the City Council.

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