Hi I'm Krystal!

We need fresh, nonpartisan leadership to build a smarter, greener economy that directly benefits Lincoln and Nebraska’s future.

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As Lincoln's next Mayor, I will

Provide free public transit for all residents

A typical Midwestern family can save $6,000 a year in transportation costs by living with one less vehicle in their household, says the American Public Transportation Association.

Increased transit ridership will help our bus system operate more efficiently and make better use of those $14M transit dollars.

Cities that have implemented free bus services have seen ridership increase from 20 to 60 percent in just a few months. To best meet the needs of all residents, I will also expand the bus operating hours to include super earlier and late work routes that accommodate even more schedules.

We can give free bus rides to everyone — students, workers, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Most importantly, free rides will stimulate job creation throughout the city, reduce parking and traffic congestion, make us less dependent petroleum, and provide safer, equal access to all Lincoln opportunities.

Prevent potholes

I want to prevent potholes altogether. Our city spends hundreds of thousands of tax dollars each winter clearing snow from our streets, yet they are only half-plowed, the potholes are getting worse, and now officials are asking taxpayers for more money to throw at the problem.

Lincoln needs to install a snow melt system that heats our roads, bike paths, and sidewalks. It’s infrastructure we invest in as a community now and costs little to nothing to maintain in the future.

Instead of using chemicals and plows that create potholes, we divert our power plant’s waste water through a network of pipes installed under all our city’s travel ways. This heated water will melt snow and ice as it falls, making it safer for cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Combined with conductive concrete, even bridges and major intersections will be ice-, pothole-, and chemical-free.

Heated streets also means no rust on our vehicles and thousands saved in tax dollars every winter.

Legalize cannabis possession

By implementing a full cannabis decriminalization policy within Lincoln City limits, residents will be able to legally possess marijuana and grow plants for personal use (no sales).

The City of Lincoln and LPD would no longer pursue low-level marijuana cases (possession and consumption) and actively work to seal all past marijuana convictions en masse.

I know that if we fully decriminalize cannabis, I can save the city thousands in unnecessary enforcement costs and apply that money to city expenses that are currently funded by our massive property taxes.

Approach addiction as a community

The City of Lincoln and LPD must adopt a “do no harm” approach that treats drug addiction as a complex disease rather than a criminal offense.

On Day One of my term, I will allow residents of Lincoln seeking treatment for heroin, meth, opioid, or any type of substance abuse to approach any city police officer and ask for help without penalty or arrest.

Lincoln must also go beyond state efforts and start a city-level coordination program that assists police officers in linking persons suffering from addiction to resources and services.

Vote NO to the quarter-cent tax hike

We should not approve the quarter-cent tax hike that’s slated to be on the Primary ballot. The city already collects more than enough tax revenue. Lincoln taxpayer dollars have been misused and mismanaged for years. This sales tax increase hurts our workers and families and will never go away. It's unreal that we can't even trust our elected officials to do their jobs.

As Mayor, I would never use tax dollars to advertise and advocate for a tax increase. I also refuse to enforce this tax if passed.

Reduce the property tax rate

For some Lincoln property owners, the rise in market values could mean a sharp spike in property tax bills. Residents and business owners alike understandably will have sticker shock, especially if future voter-approved taxes and bonds are approved that will further increase our mill levy.

I will respond by lowering the city's mill levy so it reflects municipality needs, reduces the tax burden for property owners, and adjusts for any increase in home valuations.

Add a LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance

Come on, Lincoln, it’s 2019! I believe in the fundamental freedom for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.

There’s no need for a ballot issue. As Mayor, I will immediately add a comprehensive, citywide non-discrimination ordinance that protects our LGBTQ residents from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment, and public accommodations. No more wasted tax dollars on this issue.

Embrace the e-commerce boon

Changing shopping habits and increased online competition has caused nearly a dozen retail stores to close in the city and state this past year.

Lincoln has the chance to be the first Nebraska city to embrace the many facets of the e-commerce industry, including distribution and fulfillment centers, to replace thousands of lost jobs and revenue dollars.

We can encourage Lincoln’s e-commerce companies to expand and repurpose vacant spaces like the Gateway Mall and shell buildings left behind by big box stores.

Online companies require massive fulfillment centers and thousands of employees in order to fill two-day orders.

Lincoln’s central location along the I-80 corridor coupled with Nebraska’s need for skilled labor jobs makes us perfect for the task.

Work to become zero waste

Throwing all our garbage into landfills wastes natural resources, potentially causes human health problems, and wrongly transfers liabilities to future generations.

Up to 95% of the items that we throw away can be recycled, repurposed, or composted.

We can easily start a zero waste program that combines citywide recycling with new economic development to create sustainable and local resource-based jobs.

This would include placing street-level recycle, landfill, and compost bins throughout the city and expanding current waste-reduction programs with local recycling and composting companies.

I would also make recycling and composting less expensive than landfill trash pickup for all households and retail, service, office, industrial, and corporate businesses.

Rezone for tiny house dwellings

Lincoln must restructure building and zoning rules to allow affordable, tiny houses within city limits.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average person’s salary has not increased in nearly three decades, yet a new family home now averages 2,500 square feet — 61 percent larger and at least 50 percent more expensive than houses built in 1975.

Tiny homes are a way Lincoln can offer affordable housing to residents impacted by inflation and the housing crunch.

We can adopt simple, uniform codes for tiny houses less than 500 square feet that keep the dwellings affordable, allow tiny houses to be built on private property behind a primary residence, and approve tiny house pocket neighborhoods throughout Lincoln.

Focus on safe, low cost, sustainable housing

Affordable housing is a safe home that any household can live in long-term without financial struggle, including those working minimum wage jobs and earning below the average Nebraskan salary of $37k.

The current concept of affordable housing (where a house is deemed affordable to those with at least a median income) is biased toward low-income families and bogged down by taxes, regulation, and zoning laws.

Shelter is a basic human need. A stable home keeps us safe and motivates us to grow as a community. Yet, 2,500 individuals (25% of whom were children) lived in temporary shelters and short-term, transitional housing this year alone in Lincoln.

Lincoln residents who are near-homeless, living with others or in vehicles, or struggling to keep long-term housing are not included in this count by the Lincoln Homeless Coalition.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average person’s salary has not increased in nearly three decades, yet a new family home now averages 2,500 square feet — 61% larger and at least 50% more expensive than houses built in 1975.

The reality is that 78% of all US workers live paycheck to paycheck, with housing being the biggest expense each month (reports by CareerBuilder and MarketWatch).

Several opportunities exist in Lincoln that can reduce housing costs, provide more low-cost housing options, and better shelter all our residents.

Immediately as Mayor, I will partner with community members to implement safe parking options for those living in their vehicles. A pilot program funded with grants could consist of two public/private lots to accommodate 20 vehicles and adapt as needed.

I will preserve and build more manufactured home parks with shareholder ownership to fill the critical gap in low-cost housing options. And, I support building income-based apartments throughout the city.

I will adopt a simple, optional set of building and zoning standards, including energy efficiency and construction code, that allow tiny and small house construction and pocket neighborhoods.

I will stabilize property tax for all Lincoln residents by not requiring any additional property tax revenue during my term as Mayor. Property owners are understandably resisting tax increases because their incomes with which to pay these taxes are not increasing, despite rising markets.

And I want to implement smart grids throughout the city for those who are already in homes and want to save on their utilities. This technology, among its many advantages, will allow all residents the opportunity to create, use, and sell their own energy as well as make Lincoln energy independent for future generations.

https://www.kfornow.com/mayoral-candidate-focuses-on-safe-low-cost-sustainable-housing/

Support local electricity and electric vehicle use

Nebraska public power is locally generated electricity.

In part because ratepayers are also owners of our utilities, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Nebraskans pay less for electricity than 95 percent of other Americans.

We can encourage electric vehicle use in Lincoln by deploying more charging station infrastructure, implementing smart grid technology to handle growing energy demands, and incentivizing residents for adopting EVs.

Using local electricity to fuel vehicles in Lincoln, instead of imported petroleum, will reduce fuel costs for drivers and return money to our local utilities.

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Get Involved!

I want you to be part of this grassroots movement to elect a nonpartisan public servant for Lincoln (and Nebraska)

Come to an event and pick up a Gabel for Mayor sign to put in your yard. Your vote matters. Telling your friends to vote can make the difference in our 2019 City of Lincoln Primary Election.

Your support is amazing! Peace and love, Krystal