Let’s build bridges, not walls.-Lane Santa Cruz
Functional transportation for all abilities and all modes
Our community deserves to have better and safer connections for people of all abilities, whether they are walking, using public transit, bikes, or other mobility devices. We need infrastructure that supports the movement of our people as they travel from home to work, education centers, commerce centers, parks, places of worship, and other important places in their lives. As a desert community, we also need investment in shade trees and vegetation in areas of high need to encourage the use of comfortable public transport.
Liveable communities through housing, affordability, and historic preservation
Ward 1 is home to historic barrios, houses, and landmarks of cultural significance. It is also home to working families and seniors with fixed incomes who are struggling to pay rising rents and property taxes. I am committed to supporting policies for multi-generational housing for families caring for elders. Our city can do a better job working with neighborhoods to establish or update neighborhood plans that can help guide affordable housing, small business, and liveable community development.
Invest in our youth through city employment and training opportunities
We need to build creative partnerships for working-families and support our youth. This vision can include community-school partnerships, youth trainings about City careers, and trade skill development that will create career and employment opportunities. Our parks and recreation and transportation departments can be utilized for out-of-school programs that include skateboarding, bike clubs, outdoor camps and city ambassador employment.
Flourish our small businesses, arts & culture
I am committed to continuing the investment in our families through the development and support of small and cooperative businesses. We need to continue cultivating a Tucson environment that celebrates diversity and bilingualism. Specifically, recognizing our Indigenous communities and our Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, and Mexican/Latinx relatives that are the foundation and folklore of the Old Pueblo. The culture and small businesses of Tucson have been shaped by our Asian/Pacific Islander American, African American, Irish, and Jewish American communities and we can do more to foster those aspects of our City. Cultural sustainability requires a financial foundation and this is the important role small businesses and cooperatives play for our founding communities.