Where Kristen Stands
City Council candidate Kristen Mobilia talks about her community advocacy in the district, her strong connection to the neighborhoods of District 8, and what she can offer to Boston in the role of city councilor.
Public Health & Safety
- Prioritize an opioid crisis response plan
- Strengthen community/police partnerships
- Promote a diverse police force
- Make our streets safe and accessible for all
I care very deeply about the community I have lived in for decades and believe that Boston has the ability to serve its diverse and deserving population even better. Community safety is a partnership between police, residents, and local businesses. For many years as a community advocate, I have regularly attended community police meetings and have developed relationships with officers and my neighbors. We share information and ideas and collaborate on initiatives. The more we can engage our community the safer our community will be. My approach has always been to promote city initiatives and take part in community outreach programs to help ensure that the Boston Police Department mirrors the diverse population that it serves. A more diverse police force creates better understanding within the police department and that translates to better serving our city population, including women who make up over 50% of our residents.
The opioid crisis touches all families and all neighborhoods in our city. I see this crisis as a serious public health issue as opposed to a strictly criminal issue. Currently, we do not have enough health professionals to address the volume of opioid cases, so solving that is a top priority. Also, we need to increase opportunities and training for short-term and long-term treatment programs versus filling more prison cells. I am in support of channeling more upfront dollars into health services programs instead of paying the price for increased incarcerations. The opioid crisis has only worsened what has been a long-term urban issue. I will work on workforce development for our homeless population to provide opportunities for our residents to participate in career planning and gain skills that the employment market demands. Also, I support providing financial coaching so that homeless residents have a road map for the stages of getting to a more sustainable living situation.
Do you support exploring new ways of raising revenue to provide the city of boston with more tools to improve conditions for people walking, using mobility assistive devices, and biking (e.g. congestion pricing)?
Yes. Local institutions should pay their fair share through the Payment in Lieu of Tax program. Additionally, as developers continue to build more structures within the city, our revenues will continue to rise. We need to be sure that all new buildings are taxed appropriately. Also, we need to be sure that BPDA agreements are reviewed so that all potential revenue sources are exposed. I believe that traffic calming measures save lives. It is important to be sure that planning across neighborhoods is taken into account so that we don’t solve one problem while creating another at the same time.
Do you support the increased use of curb extensions to improve safety and visibility at intersections, even if it requires the removal of one to two parking spaces?
Yes. To balance the potential loss of parking spaces, I also support studies on other types of parking solutions that may benefit the community (20-minute drop-off areas, meter conversions to resident parking, etc.).
Will you address age-friendly walking in your community — an issue raised by many seniors as critical to their ability to “age in community”? If yes, how?
Yes. We need more ramps at street corners and accessibility at crosswalks, especially ones that cut across T tracks. Also, we need to commit to repair schedules for heaving issues found in sidewalks and streets, which are major tripping hazards. We need to increase the employees within the transportation department at least for a year or two to play catch up. I recently called to request a traffic study at the corner of Kilmarknock and Boylston in the Fenway and was told that it would take a number of weeks to reach the top of the pile. Meanwhile we have seniors and others with mobility challenges who cannot safely cross this very busy roadway. I would first be sure that transportation surveys are up-to-date. Also, I would check 311 data to see if a heat map of issues would help to prioritize areas to address in the short and long-term. I would support Vision Zero initiatives and make sure that there is a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-Related) plan that holds designated city departments and leaders accountable for agreed upon deadlines and goals.
How will your top priorities as a candidate for Boston City Council impact poor and low-income women in the city?
Housing & Development
- Greater community input on decision-making
- Affordable housing across all incomes
- Facilitate aging in community for older adults
- Uphold historic preservation citywide
- Support community-driven school initiatives
- Increase equitable public education funding
- Promote early childhood education
- Increase technology partnerships in schools
Parks & Environment
- Protect and improve parks and open spaces
- Prioritize public transportation and efficiency
- Address our city’s climate change challenges
- Pursue innovative clean energy solutions