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A final letter to Cambridge Voters:
We've done our work and it's in your hands.
I've knocked on over 15,000 doors and asked 2,000 Cambridge residents personally for their #1 vote. It's an old-style campaign for a new City Councilwoman.
I'm joining other Candidates, including my colleagues Nadeem Mazen and Dennis Carlone from "The Clean Slate", for a walk down Massachusetts Avenue on Monday November 4th, 2013. We'll gather at the Porter Square T around 3:00pm and leave at 3:15. Around 2 hours later we'll end at Jill Brown-Rhone Park (intersection of Mass. and Main) in Central Square. Please come and join us along the way!
I am proud to say I rent in Harvard Square, work in Kendall Square and shop in Central Square. I am proud to have canvassed all of the diverse neighborhoods of Cambridge, not just my own. I am proud of my tag line: "One House, One City".
I have promised you that I'll be a full-time, open and collaborative Councilwoman. I have the qualifications to back that up: Degrees in City Planning, experience in constituent services and economic development, and I've shown with worn shoes and aching feet that I'll bring City Hall to the neighborhoods.
Please drop me a line if you'd like to help with donations or time. I am extremely grateful to all of you who've helped so far.
Give your #1 vote this Tuesday November 5th to the candidate who will work hard for everyone in Cambridge.
Statement from campaign kickoff (July 14):
My name is Janneke House and I'm running for Cambridge City Council.
Henry David Thoreau said, "To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." My parents taught me from a very early age about the importance of public service and getting involved in the community. My father was a police officer and my mother was a schoolteacher. My grandfather worked for the department of the interior as a speechwriter under President Truman and Eisenhower on the topic of our national parks and my grandmother worked for the League of women voters and the national Democratic Party. They would call her when a new president would move into the White House and she would unwrap the gifts and write thank you notes to people from all over the world. I remember from a young age being dragged by my mother going door to door working on campaigns and stuffing envelopes. I guess you can say it's in my blood.
After college, I went to work for the mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson. He was a very progressive mayor in one of the reddest states in the country. I remember one of the first projects that landed on my desk was started by an article written about how Salt Lake City was one of the worst cities in the country for pedestrian fatalities. We had to fix this. So we started a program putting flags at all of the crosswalks for pedestrians to carry with them across the street. At first, people wouldn't do it, they were too cool to carry flag, but it caught on and soon the city became one of the safest pedestrian areas in the country.
When I moved to Cambridge, I was the Executive Director of Cambridge Local First and now I'm the community liaison for the Kendall Sq Association. As someone who lives and works in Cambridge, I know that that residents value local businesses, good public transit, affordable housing, green energy, good jobs, a strong local economy, and more responsive city services. This is the Cambridge way.
Filling a pothole on a neighborhood street....that is the highest of arts. Making sure swing sets are fixed in a park....that is the highest of arts.
I am running, because I believe that by getting involved and working together we can imagine and actively participate in making certain that our city, and our neighborhoods can be based on the values of respect, transparency and hard-working good government.
I am running because it is we who must decide how to build a city of lasting value, to make sure that new developments improve our quality of life, not risk what we love about Cambridge. The greatest communities grow and evolve out of the intelligence of many different people working together over time. That is the highest of arts.
With the transition of a new city manager, two councilwomen who are leaving, and the evolution of our neighborhoods, now is the time to elect some new voices to the council. I left my family and friends, moved across the country, left my comfort zone, but landed in the most perfect place. "To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." I am running for Cambridge City Council to affect the quality of the Cambridge day.
Thank you and I look forward to this campaign and ask for your support.
The Clean Slate
We are committed to: affordable housing, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) summer and out of school programs, as well as a fresh master plan for development.
And we're suggesting you " VoteThe Clean Slate" #1 #2 and #3 on your ballots.
It has long been my belief that it’s important to know as much about a field of candidates as possible before you vote. In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to find the information – if it’s available. With that in mind, I’d like to share the various questions and questionnaires I’ve received, and the answers I’ve given.
I’ve also made available two recent OP/EDs I’ve written, to give you a further example of who I am and where I stand.
Net Zero -
Women choosing not to “lean-in” in politics - There is a national dialogue occurring with regard to Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, and the 2012 election cycle. Women are not holding themselves back, as much as they are choosing not to engage in the political process. As a board member for Emerge, MA, the political leadership training program for Democratic women and a current candidate for Cambridge City Council, I am asked“why aren’t there more women in politics?” - Click Here to Read
Responses to Cambridge Chronicle questions:
If the vote were held today, would you support the net-zero petition?
1) The petition, at its heart, is very simple. It requires the property owner to show that the building is not creating any greenhouse gasses. The reporting and approval process to meet this standard is overly complicated and should be simplified.
2) We need to make sure the requirements mandated by the petition are flexible enough to adapt to the everchanging energy marketplace without having to change the zoning law.
3) We should encourage compliance by offering city negotiated RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) to the owners. The city should also consider property tax exemptions for property owners who have zero emission properties (residential and business alike).
4) The petition is a good start, but should be drafted with full input from all stakeholders. The formation of a Net Zero Task Force would accomplish this.
How can the city ensure affordable housing is available to Cambridge residents?
How should money in the community benefits fund be appropriated?
The current City Council has received some criticism from residents about taking votes on issues that haven't been vetted publicly. Do you agree with this assessment? If so, what can be done to increase transparency on the City Council?
When former City Manager Robert Healy announced his retirement in 2012, current City Council members told residents they would establish a visioning process that would include a national search to select the next manager. How should the next City Manager be appointed? What is your plan for selecting the next City Manager?
Is the council’s current relationship with the School Committee effective? How could communication be improved?
Janneke's call-in on Cambridge Inside Out (Oct 1, 2013)
CCTV candidate video (2013)
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