Everyone deserves to live within an easy walk of a park or a trailhead. I support this goal as a board member of the Bend Park and Recreation District and I want to expand on it as a city councilor. Let’s keep our short commutes to things like schools, jobs, and shopping close by.
Camping in the street, in parks, or near schools is not a solution to homelessness. We should follow the research that says homelessness is a housing problem. Building more homes will help with that in the longer term. In the short term, we should keep building shelter space.
Quality of Life
We need to preserve Bend’s best as we grow, including access to nature, trees, and other amenities. If a city works for kids, chances are it’s going to work for everyone, including older adults, people with disabilities (I myself am hearing impaired), and communities that have been historically left out.