I had a great time at the Rally to Save Our Community Centers on Saturday. City Hall is threatening to close community centers that working families rely on for childcare and preschool, and communities are fighting back. This should not keep happening every time there’s a budget shortfall. We must invest more, not less, in our communities.
It’s clear that Portland City Council doesn’t represent most Portlanders. As I wrote in the Portland Tribune, it’s time to end our city’s Jim Crow-era, at-large election system by creating City Council districts. Portlanders deserve real representatives from their own neighborhoods in City Hall.
Currently, all City Commissioners live in SW Portland except one, and none live east of Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. That means an incredible majority of Portlanders lack an elected official at City Hall who lives their own issues and struggles. I live east of 82nd Ave. and I see City Hall’s neglect of my community.
As Commissioner, I will work with people across the city to create City Council districts and a City Hall that represents all Portlanders, and I will fight to keep our community centers open and well-funded.