Well, February flew by so fast with so much happening that I missed sending an email altogether. So here’s a quick look at what’s been going on since then.
First, the City is recruiting for our Boards & Commissions. It’s a great way to get involved in the community and make a difference.
Working backwards, I am very pleased to say that the Council passed a minimum wage ordinance at our March 26 meeting. This was an effort I have been working on for over a year and a half, along with my fellow council members, Alicia Aguirre and Ian Bain. The ordinance will raise the wage to $13.50 on January 1, 2019 and $15 plus CPI on January 1, 2020 with increases based on CPI going forward. It’s part of a multi-pronged effort around maintaining diversity in our community and an attempt to address the higher cost of living here in the Bay Area.
Did you get a chance to join us for the March for Our Lives Rally in Redwood City? Our students were amazing! They spoke without fear in front of a crowd of about 4,000. It was a privilege to be able to support them behind the scenes along with my colleague Councilmember Charles Stone of Belmont and Carlmont Journalism Teacher, Justin Raisner as they advocated for common sense gun control.
In February the Council discussed two important issues for our community. The first, our budget. We currently have a budget shortfall due to flat sales tax revenue and rising pension costs - a statewide issue that we must solve locally. The City is both exploring budget reductions and raising revenue. To that end, on April 9 we will hear from EMC Research about the results of a community survey on potential revenue measures. At our February 12 meeting we provided feedback on our Citywide Transportation Plan, which includes looking at bicycle and pedestrian safety. I have advocated for Vision Zero to be included and our council agreed that it should form a core of the plan. If you haven’t yet seen the plan, please review and let me know what you think. It will come back to us for approval at a future meeting.
Finally, the city will be holding a series of conversations on housing, the first will be held on April 11 at the Redwood City Library. Please consider joining us for the first of several conversations supported by the Home for All initiative.
As always, let me know what’s on your mind. Happy Spring.