Kate’s rigorous education in public policy and experience applying economic concepts show in her work on everything from international development to county-level budgeting. Kate has a remarkable ability to combine level-headed fiscal sense with compassion for vulnerable people. That's an unusual and much-needed combination. ~ Cyndi Spindell Berck, JD, MPP, Owner and Principal, International Academic Editorial Services
Creating a legacy for the next generation
Berkeley: A special city with unique character
The budget should reflect our principles and direct our actions
Make Berkeley a place in which residents are eager and proud to participate
Those who have benefitted from the incredible increase in housing values should contribute to funding affordable housing for those less fortunate.
Our greatest need is housing for low and moderate income residents, for whom we have fallen far below regional standards. To make this a reality, in addition to pursuing the funding ideas above, we have to be smart and nimble in identifying and approving affordable housing projects.
There is no single answer to homelessness. What is certain is that raids on encampments are inhumane, ineffective, and expensive. They punish a group of people based on the possible illegal behavior of individuals which should be dealt with individually. In addition, the destruction of the property of homeless people must stop.
We can create a community that’s safe for working, walking, and visiting.
Buildings, agriculture and transportation are the biggest contributors to climate change. Berkeley can be a leader in tackling climate change and improving our quality of life. As chair the Parks Commission Sustainability Subcommittee, a member of the Infrastructure Committee and a former member of the Downtown Streets and Open Space Planning Committee, I know what can be done.
Reduce use of fossil fuels and water by:
Encourage use of alternative modes of transportation, through:
Recognize that parks and open space are our greatest green asset:
A lot has been said about solving the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis. We also need to focus on creating secure, well paid local jobs. Berkeley’s unemployment rate, below 4%, is one of the lowest in the region, state, and the nation, but many of our residents are underemployed at wages that are not enough to support a family. I want to fix that, through training programs, protecting existing jobs, and creating new living wage jobs in green tech and health care, and ensuring that we are a welcoming environment for new small and cooperative businesses.
I pledge to: