I am in awe...
I can’t let another day go by without telling the people of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix I stand in awe of you all. Since the Almeda fire, I’ve been struck again and again by the kindness and humanity I’ve seen people demonstrate. In addition to the generous donations of money, clothing, and supplies, I’ve seen folks open their homes to people in need, even donating RVS and cars.
I know of several families who are hastily converting rooms or building additions to accommodate people they don’t even know. Others are working night and day to help people find work or help them find tools so that they can get back to work or help children get laptops so they can go back to school. All this amidst a pandemic. And in a region already suffering from a housing crisis. We’re a community of heroes and it makes me love the people of Ashland even more. Even with all the issues we’ve faced this year, I can’t think of a time I’ve been more proud to be an Ashlander.
As a member of City Council, I will fight for affordable housing as this region recovers from wildfire. Every action we take from now on should be with consideration of our climate goals and reducing consumption. Climate change is a major factor in the increase of wildfires over the years, so our decisions must keep that in mind. I will fight for our safety, focusing on having a clear evacuation route system and making sure every citizen is on our public warning system. The fire drew attention to some serious issues in the region, but it also shined a light on the resilience of a community that can take on any disaster with grace, grit, and humanity.