McIntyre: Progressive income tax, progressive head tax (but we can't do those now under state law, he notes). A tax on expensive vehicles, we can, to fund transportation.
Suggests head tax on large tech corporations to pay for housing and transportation.
POC (particular Latinx) are highly represented as laborers in the fossil fuel industry. How does the city achieve its climate goals and support those workers?
"As people are disrupted and replaced, it's our responsibility to help them through that transition."
How do you involve all people's in decision-making process?
Friend: We do a pretty good job engaging ppl; there are ample opportunities to engage. We don't please everyone and we can't.
She's "really good" at active listening bc she's a life coach.
Also, "build more affordable housing." Talking about the airport, which he mentioned in our interview.
"These ideas shouldn't be coming from me," they should be coming from the ppl who live here.
(City has explored this in the past but decided it wasn't the right time. But they're going to keep looking at it.)
"RTD is not as good as we want it to be, but it can be better." Provide for last mile, etc. to supplement what RTD is doing.
Also references putting housing closer to jobs so ppl don't have to rely on RTD.
Says the only candidate who hasn't agreed to an interview.
GREAT questions. Ya'll are killing it tonight.
Council taking this up Oct. 1, FYI.
Referencing opportunity zone.
She worked for the state Econ development commission that helped local municipalities nominate and designate these.
Also says Alpine-Balsam is a great opportunity to include lots of diverse housing.
Orba "actively looking" for existing small biz owners to mentor minorities and women to run businesses. "That's my big idea."
His ideas: "Modify our taxation policies" with an equity lens. And reducing regulation on small businesses.
Wallach, a former real estate developer, "there is absolutely no connection between density and affordability."
Light applause from the audience.
Repeats her promise to add 256 units of affordable housing each year.
References reducing parking minimums and other "restrictions" we put on creating housing.
Cure name dropping, like he do.
Brockett: Our city workers are already unionized. "I'm very supportive of that."
She's jumping back to the BI, Inc. q. She's been advocating for the city to end that service; she's an immigration and asylum seeker attorney.
Swetlik: We require commercial development to pay $30/sq ft into the affordable housing fund. He would raise that.
References the change last year to require first-floor retail on East Pearl, with housing above/behind.