Why I’m Running for Ann Arbor’s City Council (5th Ward)
- I decided to run for Council because I want to help set a course for the city that will nurture and sustain our sense of community and quality of life. The purpose of city government should be to serve the residents and local businesses of the city.
- I stand for open, responsible government that has a service orientation. I’ll work toward a healthy, resilient city where neighborhood integrity is respected and basic services are a given.
The Transit Changeover: What Does It Do for Ann Arbor?
- I am an enthusiastic supporter of mass transit as a societal goal. I am a long-time user of mass transit whenever it is available to me (was a train commuter when I lived in California). I use AATA buses to travel downtown during their limited service hours in my area. Mass transit is an important “quality of life” factor.
- I support the AATA as our community mass transit service and applaud most of their current programs, including the getDowntown program. I am acquainted with many of their staff and hold them in high regard as effective public servants.
- I also support the concept of county-wide transit. However, I do not support the current proposal for conversion to an Act 196 authority. There are many reasons which I’ll have to discuss in a future post.
The Future Face of Ann Arbor
- Development of downtown parcels: Any use of public land should be for the benefit of the Ann Arbor public.
- I favor a public open space or park on the Library Lot. (The actual design of the space should be discussed in a public forum.)
- I support the recommendations of the citizen committee that recently studied the neighborhoods near downtown and campus. (The R4C/R2A committee.) Their conclusions are consistent with the Master Plan and will help prevent over-sized developments from destroying the character and sustainability of these traditional, walkable urban neighborhoods.
- I’m opposed to building a new train station in Fuller Park.