Above all, Eric is running to serve the people in Redlands. All people. He is committed to envisioning and working towards a transformative politics that shifts power from capital to the people of Redlands.
Eric recognizes that housing is a human right. Many people, including military vets, in our neighborhood are suffering and living on the streets in Redlands. Meanwhile, the cost of housing in Redlands is on the rise and many are unable to afford steep housing costs. Eric believes we should work under a Housing First strategy to end homelessness and is a supporter of cooperative housing as a way to empower tenants and alleviate the poor. Imagine the societal transformation that could occur if we were to house (not merely shelter) those in need. For Eric this is a moral issue that we have an obligation to pursue.
Environment and Infrastructure
Continued attention must be given to the environment and infrastructure of Redlands. So much of what people love about Redlands is related to our city's environment. It's a major component of the "quality of life" Redlanders so often speak of. Clean water for our townspeople is essential and so is the the preservation of natural spaces. Redlands is currently working hard to improve the roads in town and Eric will support these efforts. However, greater attention should be given to alternative modes of transportation. Redlands prides itself as the host of the Redlands Bicycle Classic and should become the leader in smart bicycle infrastructure design and a model for communities in our region.
Public services and public safety
In a town where crime has risen alongside police spending, we need to re-evaluate the strategy of our public services that are meant to protect our safety. Eric believes that we should look toward restorative justice and harm reduction models rather than incarceration. Expansion of law enforcement, both in terms of officers and technology, offer a false sense of security and ultimately do not benefit the people, especially those who are most vulnerable in our community.
For many in our community freedom is an important concept. When basic needs such as gender equality, racial equality, economic security, good food, health care, and a good and safe home are covered it's only then that we become truly free. We become free from the fear of others around us, we are able to pursue creative and rich lives, we have freedom over our own bodies, we don't have to be worried about how we can afford to have children or afford a place to live. All of these concerns are lifted and freedom arises.