What our city needs is a real plan based on real evidence of what our communities need in order to stabilize and succeed. That plan begins with developing new solutions in a new way that begins with community engagement and accounts for systemic factors.
STABILIZING OUR COMMUNITIES
We need to get people off the streets, into affordable housing, and surrounded by mental health and substance abuse services in order to get them fully back on their feet. To do those things, we have to develop new systems and capacities for addressing problems like homelessness and crime because what we’re doing right now just doesn’t work.
Robert will to take the following steps to change the way our city deals with systemic issues:
- Fight for the creation of a public health department which can gather and analyze critical information directly from our communities, and provide it to City Hall with real guidance as to how we can use our city’s resources to address problems like homelessness and crime at their roots.
- Push to fully fund the City’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination so that it can accomplish its mission of organizing communities so that they can better engage our city government on important decisions that affect all of us.
- Develop a list of the top issues for City Hall to address based on evidence directly from the community.
- Fight to fully fund systemic solutions that will raise the quality of life for everyone in Albuquerque.
- Develop stronger outreach mechanisms so all community members have a chance to have their voice heard.
Uniting Our City
We already know that the more social connections a city has, the healthier and more prosperous it is. So the Second phase of the blueprint involves harnessing the power of the diversity in our city. That means that we have to push for initiatives that truly get us closer to becoming One Albuquerque.
As our City Councilor, Robert will work to bring our city together by:
- Close the gaps that divide us up and causes us to discriminate against one another. To do this, we need to push for the Office of Equity and Inclusion to continue its work in identifying gaps in equity across race, gender, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, and nationality.
- Enable a newly created Public Health Department to analyze those gaps in equity and provide health impact assessments on every single gap, so that City Hall is clear on how much we are losing as a city by allowing our communities to be divided and people to be discriminated against.
- Push City Hall to put its money where its mouth is, and fully fund the policies and initiatives that will bring our community together.
- Work internally to ensure that city hall reflects the degree of equity that we want to see in our community.
- Support community organizations directly as well as through the support of community development organizations that can both protect historic neighborhoods and help community members to do things such as help people find jobs and start businesses.
Our communities already know how amazing our city can be. We just need leaders who see that too and will fight for the opportunities and resources we need in order to truly thrive. Robert believes Albuquerque can be a leading city and a role model for sustainable prosperity for the rest of the country.
To help unlock Albuquerque’s potential to become a leading city for sustainable prosperity, Robert will:
- Fight to make Albuquerque the number one city in the country for small businesses, especially those that will help preserve our historic communities and restore our city.
- Push for new incentives to make it easier for all businesses to do business more sustainably.
- Fight to help subsidize the transition to a higher living wage so that small businesses don’t associate fair wages with less profit.
- Push for incentives for the kinds of industries that project environmentally positive impacts, such as renewable energy.
- Coordinate with property owners to keep commercial spaces affordable for growing businesses.
- Coordinate with city departments and property owners to support small businesses to occupy and renovate empty commercial spaces throughout the city.