KEY ISSUES:
Represent Meridian Residents 
It is critical for our citizens to have a strong voice in their local government.  From hundreds of conversations, I know residents want a bigger voice, especially with the amount of growth we are experiencing.  
My commitments: 
  • Weekly office hours for open booking during the week for meetings with residents and local business owners, reach out directly to schedule time to accomodate your schedule outside the posted hours and we will try to accomodate (lstrader@meridiancity.org)! 
 
Virtual Scheduling was activated - please click here for a meeting: 
  • Represent Issues on the Ground:  adequate representation for our specific neighborhoods in Meridian is key to understanding the issues residents face in their area of the City.
 
During my campaign, I was an early supporter of putting voting districts on the ballot, and with the recent action by the Idaho Legislature we are expected to begin forming City Council Voting Districts as early as Fall of 2021 - a move that I fully support. For now, I am informally assigned by the Mayor to "Area 2" which is LInder to Eagle Road, down to Ustick.  Please take a look at my blog post on that topic here for a map.  
No matter what neighborhood of Meridian you live in - I am always interested in hearing what is happening in your neighborhood and about your specific area concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. 
  • Leverage Technology to Access Local Government:  from Day 1 in City Council I have been pushing hard for the use of technology to enhance the ability of the public to participate in our local government.  Now with COVID-19, this type of access is even more critical. ​
 
 
Smarter Growth Philosophy 

The growth in Meridian needs to work for us in the long-run, with high quality development patterns limiting sprawl, meeting the needs of residents and businesses, and protecting our quality of life.  

My approach since taking office in January 2020 has been to hold our development community and other stakeholders accountable to meet a higher standard for the City than in previous years.  I prioritize infill development, putting density in appropriate places, and have a land use philosophy that we should balance the need for housing with the delivery of a high level of city services including fire, police, public works infrastructure, traffic concerns, and school enrollment with our opportunities to grow.  

 
Long Term Sustainability 

Sustainability means long-term, cost-effective decision paradigms that make good use of taxpayer money, protect our resources, and resilience planning for when challenges come our way.  I am a vocal supporter of the need to be strong stewards of our natural resources and the importance of efficient and cost-saving technologies as we scale up.  

 
Family Wage Jobs & Workforce Development 
Housing is just one side of the equation:  we need to preserve and create new family wage jobs here.  Our first priority, during the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be supporting our existing businesses who are struggling to stay open. We have done that in a variety of ways including the development and support of campaigns and resources in partnership with our Meridian Chamber of Commerce, and the creation of a municipal grant program with CARES Act funding to help pay for critical PPE.  
 
In addition to the programs established to date, I have been a vocal supporter of the need to foster better child care solutions for businesses and Meridian residents and workers.  Parents are struggling right now, and unfortunately our State Legislature has not been pro-active enough to keep families and especially parents employed.  Meanwhile, businesses struggle to accomodate parents who are juggling children in and out of school.   
 
Future programs that create a pipeline of skilled talent that will attract employers of good jobs to Meridian in the private and public sector, and real estate solutions to help businesses find contiguous office space downtown would help us develop our local economy will continue to be a focus for me. 

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