Joey Brunelle's Platform for Portland
Joey is working to build a city for all of us—not just the wealthy few.
Will stop the sale of city-owned land to private developers without commitments to build affordable housing.
Will propose implementing a progressive property tax, where a taxpayer's rate varies based on their income.
Will propose strengthening the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance to require 18% affordable units—instead of the current 10%, the lowest in the nation.
Will implement a "Vacancy Fee" on vacation homes, which take housing away from Portland residents.
Will implement "One Person, One Listing" short-term rental (e.g. Airbnb) regulations so housing in our residential neighborhoods stays available for Portland residents.
Will digitize the city budget so every citizen can see how their tax dollars are spent.
Will work with citizen groups to implement a publicly accessible database of City Council voting records, video recordings and transcripts.
Will introduce Participatory Budgeting to all Portland neighborhoods by 2020, so ordinary folks—not politicians—can decide how to improve their neighborhoods.
Will mandate that all official City of Portland announcements be distributed in our five most commonly spoken languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Somali.
Will implement Ranked Choice Voting for all municipal elections by 2020.
Will work more closely with our state legislators and senators to make sure Portland schools are not harmed by budget cuts in Augusta.
Will reinvest in branch libraries and parks & rec. programs which have been cut in recent years.
Will work with neighborhoods to make sure all children have access to safe playgrounds.
Will create a permanent City Council/School Board joint committee to foster better communication and to ensure that our schools are properly funded.
Will build 20 miles of protected bike lanes by 2021.
Will work with large employers to provide free bus passes to their employees, so we can take more cars off our congested roads.
Will invest in METRO to increase bus frequency and line accessibility.
Will begin working with State officials to bring back passenger/commuter rail service to the Peninsula, via Tukey's Bridge and the Eastern Waterfront.
Will finally bring a municipal composting program to all Portland residents.
Will implement Carbon Impact Fees on new developments so all new buildings are incentivized to be carbon-neutral.
Will work with regional cities to develop a region-wide Climate Change Action Plan.
Will impose Environmental Impact Fees on cruise ships that anchor in Portland Harbor. (Cruise ships are some of the biggest ocean polluters.)
Will regularly publish statistics about residential and commercial solar installations, and encourage more of both.
Money in politics
Will propose limiting contributions to municipal campaigns to $200.
Will propose prohibiting campaign contributions from anyone actively seeking a license, permit, zoning change or approval from the City Council.
Will introduce a public financing program for municipal campaigns, to allow everyone to run for office to represent their community—not just those with connections to wealth.