Pooja’s Priorities

Mobility

Pooja believes in equitable, connected, and accessible transit, streetscapes, and sidewalks. As your City Council Member, Pooja will fight for community-driven transit reform that keeps us safe and expands access to opportunity across Austin.

Public Safety

Pooja believes in community-driven reforms to law enforcement to keep our communities safe. The philosophy behind her Community Centered Services Plan is to meet people where they are. She takes a holistic approach to public safety that emphasizes equitable and sufficient resources, infrastructure, cultivating trust between the community and first responders, and wraparound health services tailored to the communities we serve.

Good Government

Pooja believes good government is transparent, accountable, accessible, engaged, and responsive. As a city commissioner, Pooja has already organized town halls about the City budget. Pooja will seek input from District 10 residents, continue to hold town halls, and form a D-10 Neighborhood Advisory Committee. As your City Council Member, Pooja will make sure citizen participation is a priority and that your government works for you.

Housing Affordability

Pooja believes in eliminating barriers. Pooja knows how important it is to offer affordable housing and encourage community input. As your City Council Member, Pooja will bring communities to the table to drive smart growth and fight displacement in an equitable way.

Domestic Violence and Assault

Pooja believes survivors. As a pro bono attorney, Pooja has years of experience helping survivors of domestic abuse get access to resources and stay safe. As your City Council Member, Pooja will make sure the City of Austin provides effective community services to survivors of domestic abuse.

The Environment and Climate Change

Pooja is committed to protecting the environment. As a member of the City of Austin’s Climate Equity Steering Committee, Pooja worked to shape Austin’s plans to combat climate change. Pooja is will fight to protect our green spaces and ensure Austin water is clean, affordable, safe, and dependable. As your City Council Member, Pooja will work to make Austin greener, more sustainable, and more equitable for everyone.

Economic Development

Pooja is a small business owner who understands that supporting small businesses and local businesses is essential for a healthy economy. As a member of the Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee, Pooja has been working to protect local businesses and build bridges in our community because she knows that small businesses are the backbone of our community. 

Unhoused Communities

Pooja knows we need real solutions to effectively address homelessness. In 2019, the United States Supreme Court refused to review a case that found that camping bans like Austin’s were unconstitutional if the city did not supply sufficient beds for our unhoused populations. Our first priority needs to be getting people who are experiencing homelessness the services they need, implementing a rapid-rehousing plan, and partnering with local organizations to increase the number of beds for our homeless community. Additionally, Pooja would advocate for more complete and accurate data to have a clear picture of our unhoused community and ensure our city’s resources are being used effectively.