Brooklyn Park needs smart, strategic leadership to guide its development policy. Our small businesses are the heartbeat of Brooklyn Park, but they need more support. Neighboring cities do far more to attract and retain small businesses, and this must be remedied. Small businesses grow our tax base and reduce tax burden on homeowners. They provide much-needed local work (small businesses are far more likely to hire locally). And they preserve our local flavor and community feeling.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in Brooklyn Park, whether they live here or come here for work. Public safety and support for effective policing must be a top priority for our city. At the same time, we need transparent, accountable, and community-oriented law enforcement. Officers, leadership and staff need to be able to work together with all our residents, and honor the pledge to “protect and serve“ all people safely. We are currently lacking in data collection and transparency in our policing. To effectively support the profession and identify growth areas, we need to bolster our ability to create data-driven decisions, training, and programming.
Our educational strength is our future. All our kids need recreational opportunities and programs, as well as top-notch educational resources. Our BIPOC kids are struggling in Brooklyn Park, and it is time to address achievement and opportunity gaps. Let’s create a Brooklyn Park where all children can have access to fresh air, recreation, and a strong education that develops their highest potential.
Brooklyn Park is changing, and issues of inclusion, exclusion, tension and togetherness arise every day. We need to shift the idea that people advance only at others’ expense, and understand that like the trees in this Tree City, all the branches must work together if we are to truly thrive. It is time to address and heal racial injustice and disparities in our city. I will work tirelessly for a more just, equitable, and accessible future that fully includes our BIPOC, LGBTQ, disabled, immigrant and other communities.
There is currently a gap between where our housing needs are heading, and our availability of safe, affordable housing. We need to create a vibrant future by making sure Brooklyn Park is a place where young people can afford a first home, where working people can come to live and find housing near their jobs, and where housing supports the health and community connection in our neighborhoods.