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Q1. What are your top 2 priorities for Reno?
Q2. How would you increase local funding and incentives to develop affordable housing for low and middle-income communities?
Q3. How would you address the displacement of low-income communities and communities of color due to gentrification?
Q4. How would you support the growing number of renters in our community?
Q5. How would you create a welcoming and supportive community for immigrants and their families?
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Oscar Delgado (Incumbent)
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A1. Policy solutions for preventing housing precarity and decreasing homelessness and Better jobs and lots of them — bringing the knowledge economy to this university town
A2. Unfortunately, revenue is not within the power of local government. As a Dillon’s Law state, the legislature articulates what the cities are empowered to do. There may be more fees that we can raise, but I find a fee-based revenue flow distasteful and unfair. Ultimately, we will need to take on Dillon’s Law in order to have true self-governance, but that is a long term solution.
I would like to look more deeply into the fees developers pay and the incentives that might be shaken loose there — how can we as a City mandate and prioritize housing at the $1500-$2200/month point while developers are still free to develop what they prefer? We must identify ways to insert these priorities into the permitting process overtly.
A3. The answer must be in better jobs, and affordable housing. We must increase the incomes of Reno-ites. We also must develop more infill housing, more housing in the 30% range, to impact on the supply side of the housing economy.
This is a difficult balance. And I’ve been collecting research into this topic — I’m grateful for the question,a dn the opportunity to dig into something I need to learn more about.
A4. I’m a renter, and lifelong renter. We need to diversify the kinds of housing we have (townhouses, condominiums, as well as single family homes), because renters want to rent all kinds of homes. We also simply must implement renter protections. The complete absence of these protections is unique to my experience, and does not serve the public good. We need to articulate eviction laws which are fair to both parties, owner responsibilities, acceptable and unacceptable rent increases, really we need a task force that identifies standard renter protections across the country, as well as unusual ones desireable for our community, and we need to bring those forward.
A5. First priority is that I want a Reno which welcomes ALL people. Diversity is one of the essential keys to a successful community. More languages in the street and the schools and across the local community. More celebrations of cultures and people, and opportunities to learn from each other — these are the ways we build community and explicitly bring new (and established) immigrant’s concerns and interests into these festivals and street parties helps us all become one community. I also believe that local law enforcement needs to focus on the work we need them to do, and the work of ICE is not that work. It is both fiscally and morally irresponsible to bend local law enforcement to that work.
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