Sophia on the Issues

Building Sustainable Lives

People in Lakewood care about the environment, and our community has embraced sustainable solutions before. There’s work we can do at the city-level now to foster biodiversity, conserve water, reduce pollution, and protect our environment.

As your city councilor, I’ll advocate to:

  • Expand green spaces and parks
  • Improve access to transportation, extend sidewalks, and add bike lanes
  • Explore incorporating clean energy into city properties and assets
  • Build out more recycling and compost services

Affordable Housing

The rising costs of housing is on everyone’s mind. We must explore tools like rent forgiveness, eviction moratoriums, and cash bailouts to prioritize keeping people in their homes. Builders must also incorporate more affordable units into developments and create more choices that residents can actually afford. 

As a local renter, I realized that there aren’t enough resources to help folks to grow roots. As your city councilor, I will bring renters’ perspectives and voices into city conversations.

Accessibility & Inclusion

I built my career advocating for an environmental movement that protects everyone. Through listening to community members, I’ve learned that information about how to get involved, like how to give input, can be difficult or impossible to find for many residents.

It’s essential to craft community input opportunities with folks’ multifaceted lives in mind. Sharing information in a variety of ways, organizing meetings at different locations and times, and holding conversations in multiple languages can help bring more people into city conversations.

I am committed to listening to and learning from my neighbors, and to talk to anyone with a desire to get involved.

Community Support

Lakewood can follow the lead of programs that prioritize community service and social supports over punishment.

I want to explore expanding programs that dispatch mental health professionals, and those trained in local support systems, to connect people in crisis with resources. We already have tools at our disposal, like two homeless navigators and a pilot diversion program, to employ, but Lakewood should invest more in compassionate solutions.

Revitalizing Businesses & Art

We live in a vibrant area with a lot of potential for improvement on the major corridors. We should start by completing ongoing projects, like the drainage upgrades on W. Colfax, to improve safety and sustainability.

As a local leader, I want to utilize funds coming from The American Rescue Plan and other federal COVID-19 recovery funds to support small businesses, local entrepreneurs, and public art projects so that we can build back better together.

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