Builder of 27 years Denver. Short term rental owner/builder. HVAC contractor
English Teacher. Saitama Japan, ESL,TOEFL teacher for MIT admission.
Builder 27 years Denver. architect. English teacher, plumber, electrician, regional buyer Nordstrom. HVAC constructor, Airbnb owner.
Briefly describe the single most urgent issue facing the city of Denver and how it should be addressed.
The homeless situation and how it is spinning out of control. I’m from the school of the “housing first “ approach. We need to start building now. I have a concrete plan to build housing for the homeless at 5-10 percent of what the city is spending now. My plan calls for cubicle, monolithic slab, SIP construction with pre engineered trusses designed to take full advantage of solar. Cost $25,000 per 16×16 unit. I’ll build 7,000 my first 18 months. It will be out by airport on annexed land by Adams County. We will work with Adams. Buying elevator loft building downtown and buying hotels to remodel is not the solution. It’s way too expensive. Tiny homes are a horrible idea too. Ask any builder.
What should Denver leaders do to address the city’s lack of affordable housing?
The city causes housing to be unnecessarily unaffordable. Builders’ cost on waiting on permits gets passed on to the consumer. Expensive and unnecessary building regulations that get passed on to consumer. Illegal Airbnbs for years drove rents up. City did nothing for 6 years. Denver only zoned the city in certain areas for ADUs. City should have been zoned entirely for ADU. Would have kept costs down by increased density. I will revamp the building department right away. Permits that take a year will now take one day.
Do you support redevelopment at the Park Hill golf course property? Why or why not?
Candidate’s answer was not responsive to the question.
What should Denver leaders do to revitalize downtown Denver?
Get the homeless out of there in 60 days upon taking office. After 60 days I will enforce the camping ban. The problem with enforcing it now i that we have nowhere to put them. I will immediately establish a legal camping area. Probably out by the airport. It will have fences with fabric to block the wind and act as shade in summer. It will have city funded portolets. It will have electricity so every person can have an electric blanket in winter. It will be the only legal area in the city to camp. It will be temporary until cubicle construction is on its way. Then homeless will transition into the cubicles. The homeless need to be removed from downtown. It’s a breeding ground for disease, drugs, panhandling, crime and rodents.
What is Denver’s greatest public safety concern and what should be done about it?
Getting a handle on the homeless situation. Getting the police more involved in the community they serve. Getting police to live in the districts they serve and allowing them to stay in that district. The police need to have that ownership stake in the districts they work in. We need to reduce gang violence in our city. Nothing hit me harder than speaking on the steps of the capitol during George Floyd and seeing my city in a state of chaos and violence. I cried in front of hundreds possibly thousands. We are better than this. We are. George Floyd can happen again. It can easily happen again tomorrow.
Should neighborhoods help absorb population growth through permissive zoning, or do you favor protections for single-family neighborhoods?
The zoning department and building department has been a mess for a long time. ADUs should have always been legal in all of Denver. I am confident we would not have an affordable housing problem right now if this were the case. I not sure what permissive zoning is but it sounds like something that is a waste of time and we have no time to waste. We need results and we need it fast. Even if we get city wide ADUs passed, it will take a year for a permit
Should the city’s policy of sweeping homeless encampments continue unchanged? Why or why not?
We need somewhere for them to camp legally until I build the cubicles. I will provide a legal camping area within city limits out by the airport . This will be done in 60 days . After 60 days I will sweep the streets. Enforcement will be its fullest. It’s hard to comprehend how big of a problem we have until you pool them all together. Right now they are dispersed. They keep moving them around. It’s simply inhumane and unsanitary right now. They need bathrooms, Electricity for heat , and a legal camping area until we can get them into cost effective permanent housing. I will do this at a fraction of cost
Should Denver change its snow plowing policy? Why or why not.
Yes. We need to reevaluate the situations. It’s not as simple as “we will just plow main roads.” I know some roads and alleys that are ice skating rinks. Why? Because they are constantly shaded. We all know how powerful the sun is when it comes to clearing roads. We need to do a comprehensive sun light study on all of our roads. We need Denverites to help us . Use 311 to report hazardous roads . Some roads that didn’t used to be a hazard have become a hazard due to high rise development. I’ll name the first location. 39th avenue in Berkeley. Between Tennyson and Utica . Someone is going to get killed there. I encourage all Denverites to report all areas. I would also like to talk about the snow and sidewalks. That’s a separate but related issue.
What’s your vision for Denver in 20 years, and what would you do to help the city get there?
My vision is that no Derverite will sleep in the cold. We will be the most humane city . Crime will be at its lowest levels . We will become a pilot city for EV transportation and renewable energy. We will be the city with the most charging stations in public right of ways in the country with the help of directional boring technology. We will be the city that generates the most solar energy in the country. Mother Nature would help us there too. In 2016 I designed and built a house with 28 solar panels. It powers all four of my EVs . I can drive 63,000 miles per year on solar. This is fact. Now that I’ve applied it to my own life … I need to apply this to the city. We are way behind . It’s not too late but it’s getting close.
How better can city officials protect Denver’s environment — air quality, water supply, ground contamination? And should the city take a more active role in transit?
My first week in office I will make perhaps the biggest and most impactful change to environmental policy in Denver regarding air quality. It will cost 0 dollars. It will be a building code amendment within the Denver amendments. It will forbid plumbing penetrations and turtle type roof venting on all southern facing roof plains. The number one killer of an immediate or future solar field are these obstructions. Only ridge in conjunction with eave venting will be permitted. It’s obvious that our electrical infrastructure is not ready. We need mini electrical producing power plants on many many rooftops. This is the sunniest place . Let’s go already !!!! We need to incentivize solar with local subsidies. I will incentivize directional boring projects to get chargers in all right places.
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