Councilmember Dona Spring has the
experience and dedication to continue
representing District 4.
25 years of Community Service
Neighborhood and Tenant Organizer
Advocate for Seniors, Disabled, Youth and
Health Care Reform
Re-elect Dona Spring--An Outstanding Record of Positive Leadership
Increasing municipal services in our neighborhoods with more street lighting, tree trimming, sidewalk and street repair.
A Champion for Our Parks and Recreation facilities:
Dona helped obtain funding for Ohlone Park improvements like additional children's play equipment and a mural to commenurate Ohlone Indians. She is trying to get additional recreational opportunities at Ohlone Park and our waterfront.
More Affordable Housing: Dona's advocacy is for federal loans for tenants to purchase their units and for loans for lower income people to make home repairs. She has created educational and assistance programs for tenants. Dona is working to prevent the loss of long-time tenants and small businesses.
Protecting the Environment:
Protecting our soil, air and water from toxic pollution has been a life time committment for Dona. She has spent years working for accountability from the University and the city in the use and reduction of toxins. Dona's leadership is reducing the flow of heavy metals into the storm drains. The Harrison street playing fields was the only available space large enough to accomodate construction of playing fields and a skateboard park for our young people. After excavation for the skateboard park toxics were discovered and removed. It is located nearby Albany playing fields.
Dona's advocacy for a healthier environment includes:
1. Combining car trips to reduce automobile use--fossil fuel consumption is a leading polluter of our environment.
2. Eating lower on the food chain to reduce habitat destruction, polution, water and fossil fuel consumption.
3. Precycling and recycling. For more information contact the Ecology Center 527-5555.
4. PleaseVote for the bond measure on the November ballot to build a new Animal Shelter Call 644-3662 to volunteer.
Creating Confidence in Our Commercial Areas:
Dona's leadership has helped to create:
* Clean Cities Program: which reduces graffiti, increases sidewalk cleaning, and improves trash removal in the commercial areas. (Homeless people were hired to assist with these tasks.)
* More Mixed-Use Development: commercial and residential projects on Shattuck and University Avenues. These projects attract new residents and businesses which result in safer streets, more jobs and a healthier tax base.
* Low interest loans to new small business who hire Berkeley residents.
* Promotion of Arts and Cultural Events: Dona secured funding for major arts groups to move to the downtown Art's District and doubled funding to arts groups in Berkeley. She has sponsors cultural events such as Indigenous People's Day, Earth Day and Cinco De Mayo in Civic Center Park.
* Downtown Streetscape Improvements: Dona recommends better pedestrian crossings, more trees, increased lighting, building facade improvements and further development of the arts district on Addison Street.
Improving Public Safety:
*Voted for additional police officers--Apply for federal funds for increasing safety personnel and programs.
*Restricting the Sale of Fortified Liquor: Dona has worked with business owners for a more responsible sales of fortified alcohol products.
* De-tox and Rehab facilities: Dona will continue to lobby for medical treatment and services to reverse the downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. Essential to this effort is the funding for the creation of several detox facilities in the East Bay area. Without such facilities, we will be deprived of a critical component needed to help reduce homelessness, aggressive behavior, addiction-driven panhandling and crimes associated with drug and alcohol addiction.
UPDATE SOON THE ABOVE INFORMATION WAS CURRENT FOR 2002 CAMPAIGN
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