Candidate for Councilor at Large, Ward 6
Campaign Website: http://www.vickidanberg.com
Vicki Danberg has lived with her family in Newton since 1977. She has proudly worked for progressive causes for many years and has served Newton for 16 years as Alderman and Councilor At Large. Vicki has an MBA in Mgmt & Finance, chairs Real Property ReUse and is Vice Chair of Zoning and Planning.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: Discuss an experience where you made a decision that you now regret.
As a child, I had many opportunities to ask my grandmother, born in Helsinki in 1875 (and saw the moon landing), about her life and experiences as a young woman and what brought her to America. She lived next door so I spent lots of time with her and remember listening to "The Many Loves of Helen Trent" with her after school. But I never asked her about her childhood, so that information remained a void until my adulthood when my Finnish family contacted me. Although I corrected the mistake with my own children, I still feel regret over what I lost with my own grandmother. If I have grandchildren I will orchestrate that conversation.
Question 2: Do you support the proposal to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in Newton by 2050? Why or why not?
Yes, I support the Climate Action Plan proposal to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Newton by 2050. Global warming is an increasingly urgent crisis that will continue to worsen unless we act decisively to reduce and stop it. It has led to more severe weather events, sea level rise, significant changes in local ecosystems and threats to human health. We must achieve net zero GHG by 2050 to avoid climate disaster. The best way to achieve this is through individual, state and regional action, since federal action is presently unlikely. Mayor Fuller says “We must “Think globally, but act locally”. I heartily agree.
Question 3: What is your opinion of the current development proposals such as the Northland and Riverside projects?
Northland & Riverside projects are both before the Council so I cannot comment on them specifically. However, in general terms, such projects afford needed housing options and would develop blighted and underdeveloped sites. Newton is facing a critical housing shortage. We lack housing options for our seniors, workforce and young talent. Municipal professionals cannot afford to live in this City and must commute in. Our housing and environmental crises have a linked solution. Housing our workforce, building to Passive House standards and expanding public transport reduces greenhouse emissions – made possible by denser housing options.
Question 4: There are a number of expenses that the City needs to grapple with: union contracts still being negotiated, tight school budgets, NewCAL (a new Senior Center), the acquisition of Webster Woods, possible rehabilitation of the Armory, etc. What are your priorities and why?
All these things are important so we must find a way to do each of them. Union contracts must be satisfied from within the budget; buildings and raw land can be bonded. It is only fair that we settle our workforce contracts and fund our schools. When unique opportunities present themselves, we must be prepared to act. Acquisition of Webster Woods is our legacy to future generations. We cannot let it be developed. The Armory can serve housing and/or other municipal needs. Acquisition cost for either use is reasonable. The current Senior Center is inadequate; we need to re-think its program and location without compromising parkland.