During her time on the council, Erin found the funding to bring back our police bike patrols. These patrols, along with her work to rehabilitate the State Street area, have shown a 16% decrease in Part 1 crimes in District 5, including violent crimes.
Erin has spent much of her career as an environmental activist. She previously served as Policy Director of Breathe Utah and is currently the vice-chair of the state’s Air Quality Board. She has worked to expand restrictions on wood burning, reorient the city’s agreements with Rocky Mountain Power to achieve our aggressive carbon-neutral goals, and sponsored an ordinance to index the harmful emissions of city buildings.
Erin has worked since her election in 2014 to support and inform the city’s first Transit Master Plan, a map to multi-modal, resident-oriented transportation for the next 25 years. This work is ongoing and includes a robust public engagement strategy in District 5 and across the city.
Erin championed the RDA setting aside $21 million to address the need for affordable housing in Salt Lake City. She believes strongly in expanding housing opportunities on the east side as well as the west side, where the city had previously concentrated much of its affordable housing. This geographic equity is important to a healthy and diverse city.
Erin supports the “no wrong door” policy, which will connect our homeless neighbors with life-changing resources regardless of how they choose to engage with the city. She is also leading the charge on a women’s homeless resource center, focusing on the unique needs of women experiencing homelessness.
District 5 is home to several economic nodes, including 9th & 9th as well as the new Central Ninth commercial district. Erin has worked with business owners in both areas to cut through red tape and bring collaboration between the city and business owners to improve in all areas. She is proud to have the endorsements of the owners of Publik Coffee, Laziz Kitchen, Atlas Architects, Mazza, and a number of other business owners in District 5.