Sukia Akiba for City Council, 2019
Challenger running for City Council for the first time
Background: Global policy analyst | Focuses: Environment, transportation, mental health
From recent public forums.
How did you decide to run for office?
Because I know we can do better. Our system works best when everyone gets a fair shot and plays by the same rules, but this system seems to favor the rich over the rest of us, particularly when it comes to housing, and most residents I talked to share the same concern: They’re worried about being priced out of Cambridge by developers building for the rich and forcing the rest of us out. There are members of the City Council who accept money from developers, obviously a conflict of interest. I do not and will not accept contributions from developers, because we need to help ensure that Cambridge remains a place for all of us, not just those of us that can afford it.
Would you support the creation of a Government Oversight Committee run by the City Council?
Not only do I agree that we should have a committee like that, but I think it’s absolutely necessary. We need to restore faith in government, especially among the youth I work with. We need that transparency. We need checks and balances – and to keep this in mind when the council elected in November gets to choose a new city manager.
If elected, what would be your top climate-related strategies or specific actions you would want the city to take on?
Net zero buildings and restoring the tree canopy. I will back legislation requiring all building projects be net zero compliant and would offer tax incentives to homeowners to bring their homes into compliance.