Elkin: I would like to see the Rose Village and Fourth Plain neighborhoods with a shared border of an improved corridor of commerce and housing options. This area is close to Clark College, the Veterans Affairs campus as well as the Vine (rapid transit).
Fox: I have spent the past 13 years working to the east of Vancouver, in the city of Camas. The east side of the city has seen a lot of growth over those years. Some issues such as traffic safety, and increased criminal activity, need our immediate attention. Those issues have been of great concern to the residents that have reached out to me, and need to be addressed. Also, let’s re-evaluate the unique challenges and opportunities, and ensure that we are still in step with the vision of the future of those that live and work there.
Most important issue in Vancouver
Elkin: The City of Vancouver is faced with providing services for our citizens that keep our city safe, prosperous and vibrant. To do this well, we must budget and use our resources wisely. This involves constantly asking our citizens what they consider as priorities and be transparent in how much of our $1 billion budget it takes to fund those priorities. It also involves doing all we can to help our existing businesses to grow and expand and discovering opportunities for larger businesses to establish here in Vancouver. We must continue to be creative and think out of the box when it comes to providing services.
Fox: There isn’t just a single issue of importance to Vancouver. There are several competing issues, which is why the city does outreach to the community and creates planning documents such as their comprehensive plan and strategic plans. It is equally important to regularly assess the effectiveness of a plan and to adjust as needed. I believe that these plans are the best means for the city to accomplish their multiple goals in the most efficient way possible.
With that said, an issue that cannot be stressed enough is the need for more higher-paying, family-wage jobs. With higher wages the concern over housing affordability diminishes as less of your income is spent on housing costs. I support local businesses that are the backbone of our economy. When they succeed, more jobs are created, wages increase and more money goes into the pockets of our citizens. Let’s ensure that a portion of new jobs are apprenticeships, internships and other workforce training programs that will keep our economy diverse and strong. I believe in programs and policies that support, retain and help businesses thrive.