We have the opportunity to make the city we want. This means mobilizing people like you and me to think about the future we want and the future we need.
City Council is considered to be a non-partisan body, yet Eric feels that it is only fair to voters to share his vision and the undergirding political philosophy and framework. Some of his views are described below:
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.
Seniors and people with disabilities often face similar struggles as to those who are living near the poverty line but require even more care and community support. Eric recognizes the right of seniors to maintain a dignified life into their old age, free from economic hardship, social isolation, and discrimination in employment and credit. Sufficient income, housing, health care, medication, and access to social services must be guaranteed to all elders.
The working class is essential for Redlands to prosper in years to come. We all prosper when workers prosper, therefore we must ensure the rights and decency of working conditions for the working class. Eric values the work labor unions do and their role in our community. Labor Unions are a major part of the Inland Empire, and we should take pride in this. Eric wants to unite all working class folks. Workers are people who actually work for a living as opposed to the people who skim off the profits generated by those below them. Blue collar or white collar, of various races and sexual orientations we are united by our labor and choose to stand up to the elites that hold so much wealth and power in our community.
Land development in Redlands is an important topic. Redlanders value the preservation of our historical past but simultaneously look forward to what Redlands could become. Too often poor development choices were implemented in Redlands resulting in disruptive warehouses, vacant malls, and removal of green spaces. With more people wanting to call Redlands their home, development should be thoughtfully pursued with a greater respect for the our townspeople and the environment. Redeveloping abandoned spaces and building high density commercial centers would be a step in the right direction.
While immigration is not immediately a municipal issue, Eric recognizes the concerns citizens have expressed at recent city council meetings concerning the passage of SB54. SB54 is state law and Redlands is obliged to uphold this bill. Furthermore Eric supports the bill on moral grounds. Loving one another is fundamental to our identity as members of this community.