“Newton helped raise me. From Temple Emanuel pre-K through Newton North, the schools prepared me for Harvard and MIT and for a young career in cybersecurity.

And the sense of service that animated so many of my role models – teachers, coaches, friends’ parents, and my own family – motivated my commission as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, where I commanded platoons in Afghanistan and Panama.

I am proud to continue service as a city councilor-­at-­large, representing all Newton residents.”

Three issues to which I’m committed:

  • Tripling investment in road improvement
  • Walkable, affordable housing
  • World-class education

Three reasons to trust my judgment:

  • Make decisions empirically, not emotionally
  • Make decisions regardless of political headwinds
  • Understand & share Newton’s values

– Jake

 

 

Throwing out the first pitch for Little League Opening Day

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Come chat with Jake at his office hours the first Saturday of every month.

10AM — Noon
L'Aroma Café
West Newton

(Coffee is on Jake)

 

 

 

 

JAKE'S VOTING CONSIDERATIONS

1. Whether public safety is preserved. Government’s first duty is to keep the peace.

2. How the schools will be affected. Newton should have the best public education in the Commonwealth, period.

3. How homeowners will experience the change. Buying property is one of the most consequential decisions a citizen makes; the city respects that investment by improving services, developing walkable villages, and preserving bucolic neighborhoods.

4. Whether our kids might pay these bills. The city must not defer its infrastructure investment and employee healthcare liability to the next generation.

5. Whether government belongs here. As a Democrat, Jake shares his party’s commitment to the public sector as a unique force for promoting opportunity, but he also believes that the market and civil society will often solve problems without regulation and taxpayer funds.

 

 

"Jake understands the critical need to invest in infrastructure and the financial advantages of doing so sooner rather than later; his pursuit of more capital investment is far-sighted."

­- Ruthanne Fuller, Vice-Chair of City Council Finance Committee

SCHOOL FACILITIES & ROADS WE'RE PROUD OF

Now is the fiscally ideal moment to invest in the city’s infrastructure. Interest rates are historically low; Newton has two AAA credit ratings; and debt service is 6% of the budget, leaving millions of dollars untapped.

Issuing bonds to fund road repair and state-of-the-art schools replaces an expensive liability – deferred maintenance – with the inexpensive one of municipal debt. In the long run, this exchange relieves upward pressure on residents’ taxes while improving city services.

Newton’s roads, schools, and water system have degraded from decades of deferred maintenance. Pavement condition is poor, many students attend run-down schools, and actionable levels of lead have seeped into water pipes.

City Hall has formulated a data-driven prioritization of all maintenance, which promises public works that are worthy of Newton. Now is the time to build. Jake will continue to support sustained infrastructure investment.

 

 

 

"Jake understands the importance of walkability for Newton's future. Our city council needs members, like Jake, who understand best practices in city planning and development."

- Andreae Downs, Chair of Transportation Advisory Group

 

 

WALKABLE VILLAGES WITH TRANSIT THAT MOVES

As the Ward 2 representative to the Land Use Committee, Jake guides and evaluates planning and development through the lens of walkability. A more walkable Newton will be more environmentally and economically healthy – and more welcoming for all stations of life. When consulting with city planners and private developers, Jake draws on the 10 principles laid forth by Jeff Speck, former head of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, to develop villages that are safe, comfortable, interesting, and useful.

HOW WALKABLE IS YOUR VILLAGE? 

 

 

 

"Any viable policy that addresses housing affordability in Newton must include an increase of the supply of affordable units. Jake's housing strategy will do this; increase the supply of affordable housing for young families and seniors."

­- Jeff Zabel, Professor of Economics at Tufts University; award-winning real estate scholar; Newton resident

HOUSING FOR YOUNG FAMILIES AND SENIORS

Newton is becoming unaffordable. Jake supports three measures to make Newton a more welcoming city.

1. Promote accessory apartments as a way for Newton seniors to remain in their homes.

2. Grant special permits, under a process controlled by the city council, to mixed-use projects that make their host villages more walkable and affordable.

3. Require developers to deed-restrict up to one in four units as affordable, so that young families have a beach-head in the Garden City and seniors can downsize without uprooting. This means updating Newton's pioneering inclusionary zoning ordinance to:

  • Raise the deed-restricted threshold from the current 15% of units to 25%, so that more homes are affordable.
  • Scale that threshold downwards for smaller projects, so that developers do not always have the incentive to build bigger.
  • Graduate that threshold according to the mix of incomes targeted, so that developers build homes for families who make from 30% to 120% of area median income.

 

 

 

 

"Jake has been a leading voice on early childhood education. He will be an important ally for the cause in office."

- Setti Warren

Jake with his nephew, Ryan

EARLY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN

Newton’s schools are its pride. Enriching and expanding our Kindergarten and pre-K curricula will honor that tradition and help our most vulnerable residents.

The science is compelling: young boys and girls who learn and play in positive, stimulating environments are put on a course to success, and their future classmates and teachers benefit, too.

When children participate in high-quality early education, they are 40% less likely to need special education or be retained a grade, and are 30% more likely to graduate high school.

Currently, Newton is falling behind other cities on early education. The city has a persistent achievement gap, surfacing as early as third-grade reading scores, between low-income children and their peers.

Jake supports extending Kindergarten to full-day and expanding pre-K options in order to improve  these children’s literacy, numeracy, and pro-sociality, and to reduce child-care costs for working families in Newton.