Why I am Running
I’m an advocate, a 20-year resident, and I’m running for County Freeholder to fight for a Hudson County that works for all ages and abilities. My baby girl, Sofia, is truly my inspiration to challenge the status quo and help make our community better. After 375 injuries in crashes in the last 5 years in Hoboken, and having the second county with highest childhood asthma caused by traffic fumes, we cannot wait any longer for my opponent to take action. Vote this June 2nd, and together let’s work for a more homes for mixed-income people, cleaner air, and safer streets.
Promote an Active & Healthy Life
Safe Streets for Kids
The number one summons issued in Hoboken is for “failure to stop” at the intersections. This need for change in Hoboken is even more visible when we look at the 82, 66 and 75 pedestrians that have been hit by cars in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. Those are high numbers when, in the United States, for every 100,000 people an average of 22 pedestrians get hit by cars. This shows that although enforcement may have room for improvement, we need to invest more in prevention through infrastructure; everyone is safer when our street design does not allow space for dangerous behaviour.
NJ law prohibits parking within 25′ of crosswalks to secure visibility and clear crossings for people. In order to improve pedestrian safety, we will work in the expansion of the corners, also known as bumpouts. This shortens the crossing distance to reduce the time people are exposed to cars, and forces drivers to make a full turn at a slow speed. Also, it’s been proven that car travel lanes that are wider than 10.5 feet stimulate higher speed on drivers, and so narrowing down the space for cars near the intersection will help drivers slow down. In order to replace the need to park at the corners, including pick-up/drop-off parking zones on every block can help residents and delivery trucks with temporary parking spaces.
Year-Round Street Art and Music
Promote a more closely-knit community through street music, murals and community gardening across the city.
Art and music will energize our streets! There are plenty of musicians that would love the support from our local government to play diverse genres in various spaces across the city. There’s also huge potential for artists to share their talent through the painting of murals, especially beautifying the entrances to our city. Most of all, our public spaces can also be the host of art and music classes for our kids. These placemaking initiatives will complement our local businesses, bringing added value to visiting Hoboken.
Support Local Entrepreneurs
Attract more economic activity through placemaking initiatives beginning with film festivals, Open Streets (Summer Streets), and by hosting women entrepreneurship programs.
Our city government can become a more proactive partner with local organizations and entrepreneurs to help bring more public events across our city. An example is that on certain Sundays of the year, we can open up Washington Street for people to walk, play and run car-free. This is a proven way that we can help revitalize Washington Street as a destination, enhancing the experience of coming to shop and eat at our main street.
More Mixed-Income Homes
Pay Fair Rent
We will strengthen the enforcement of rent control laws and allow you to see the legal price you should be paying for your home.
The rising cost of rent affects the majority of people living in Hoboken. Properties covered under rent control laws include:
- Any residential property built before 1987
- Any property with less than four rental units regardless of when it was built
- Any post-1987 building that didn’t file a rent control exemption.
You have the right to only be charged a specific legal rent price, and together we will make sure you know how much that is.
Make Ownership Possible
By creating a Community Land Trust we can make sure that more working families, senior citizens and young professionals can afford a home in Hoboken.
Shared equity homeownership programs, such as community land trusts, are used by cities as a way to provide more families with affordable homes. The community land trust would be a municipal nonprofit corporation that provides ownership opportunities for our teachers, senior citizens and working class people. This model allows people to buy their home at an affordable price with the condition that if they decide to sell it, they must do so at an affordable price for the next person of limited means. The homeowner builds equity while the property remains affordable for the next buyer.
Space for Community Partners
The Community Land Trust will secure ground-level space for Hoboken School District’s free early childhood education facilities.
New developments through the Community Land Trust can also provide affordable commercial space for community partners like the Hoboken Library and the School District. That’s the kind of development we need more of in Hoboken!
Tackle High Risk of Floodings and Heat Waves
100% Renewable Energy by 2030
Foster opportunities for the development of zero-emission energy sources in partnership with entrepreneurs and owners of properties qualified for rooftop solar panels, for a cumulative distributed solar power generation of 47.7 MW.
Increase Green, Planted Areas by 2030
Walking around with my 1-year-old daughter Sofia, in the major heat waves was tougher this summer in Hoboken; always looking for the most shade and least hot areas. Vote Bautista for Council and let’s tackle the source by having 50% of the city covered by fully porous, planted areas by 2030.
• Expanding our green areas will help lower surface and air temperatures, and absorb rainwater to address floodings.
• Rooftop gardening will reduce temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air.
Traffic-Free Transit Option
Never get stuck in traffic. We will provide NJ Transit and crosstown buses with a network of select bus lanes.
- Imagine you had the option to move throughout Hoboken without having to worry about traffic jams or finding/paying for parking. Would you choose that option? Of course everyone has different needs at different moments, and sometimes you have to drive your car. That’s why when we think of our streets and our environment, we have to think of everyone. Hoboken is the fourth most dense city in the country, with transportation being one of the biggest sources of our carbon footprint. It’s been proven that the more cars we have in our streets, the worst our traffic jams become and the more the air is polluted. This means that in order to reduce our footprint we need to make mass transit more convenient than driving, we need to green-power our bus and shuttle fleet, and we need to make parking more efficient.
- The network of select bus lanes is a transportation system that has been implemented in the most densely populated cities in the world as a solution to moving more people without traffic. This transit system prioritizes buses so that they can be as fast and reliable as a Light Rail Transit line, at a fraction of the cost and can be quickly implemented in existing bus routes. This will also give priority to emergency vehicles so that the select bus lanes can help ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles get the fastest response time. Hoboken already has a history of prioritizing our streets through emergency snow routes, and it can be the starting point for a study of this transit system.
- There are a total of 8,900 on-street parking spaces in Hoboken, and the search for this limited type of parking encourages drivers to drive in circles looking for parking spots, making traffic jams even worse. The issue is not parking availability, since garages are not at capacity. Instead, we need to make garages more visible and accessible for people. Part of this initiative will be to work in expanding the capabilities of the Parkmobile App, by connecting it with private and public garages to make it easier for drivers to find available parking near them, compare prices and pay through their phone.
Let’s chat over coffee! Call or text me at 201-953-2628