2019 City Council At-Large Candidate

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Adrian Rivera-Reyes

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: Cancer researcher
Websites:
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Contact information:
info@rivera2019.com
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Rivera-Reyes grew up in Puerto Rico and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Positions

All of these positions can be found on the campaign website, here.

Civil rights

  • Generally supports equality for and increasing the role of the LGBTQ community

  • Supports providing funding for HIV and STD education and care

Environment

  • Plans to transition Philadelphia to 100% renewable energy by 2030

  • Supports transitioning SEPTA to run entirely on renewable energy by 2030, and plans to purchase new electric buses

  • Supports updating the building code to require all new construction to meet LEED Gold certification

  • Supports incentivizing homeowners and businesses to retrofit properties to lessen environmental impact by offering subsidies

  • Plans to end the City’s current system of burins half of all recyclables

  • Opposes any increase in fossil fuel infrastructure in Philadelphia

  • Supports a ban on single-use plastics

  • Supports re-establishing citywide street sweeping

Transportation and infrastructure

  • Supports expanding bike lanes and created protected bike lanes

  • Opposes privatization of Philadelphia utilities

  • Supports reopening and fully funding public libraries and recreation centers

Economy

  • Supports creating a Philadelphia Public Bank to move the City’s money from for-profit banks

  • Generally supports the right to unionize and strike

  • Supports a $15 an hour minimum wage

  • Supports creating a real estate transfer tax for properties worth more than $5 million

Ethics and governance

  • Supports creating a public financing system for city elections

Criminal justice reform

  • Supports legalization of recreational marijuana use

  • Supports establishing an elected Civilian Police Accountability Board to investigate cases of police brutality to be referred to the District Attorney

  • Supports increasing the funding for the Police Advisory Commission from $500K to $1.5 million

  • Supports a ban on cash bail

  • Supports decriminalizing possession of all drugs

Housing

  • Generally supports constructing and rebuilding affordable housing

  • Supports increasing the homestead tax exemption

  • Supports creating grant programs for first-time homebuyers and for home weatherization

  • Supports implementing rental control

Education

  • Supports eliminating the 10-year tax abatement, and the funds would go into the School District of Philadelphia

  • Supports a moratorium on new charter schools

  • Supports increasing oversight of existing charter schools

  • Supports collecting payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) from large nonprofits like the University of Pennsylvania to pay for schools

Public safety

  • Supports creating supervised consumption sites and overdose prevention sites to combat the opioid crisis

Healthcare

  • Generally supports increasing funding for community healthcare centers

  • Supports a Medicare-for-all program (unclear if on the city level, or just the state and federal levels)