Accomplishments

“I came into office with two goals in my mind: lead a culture change of ethics in the way business is conducted in Miami City Hall and work to implement solutions to the problems that voters expressed to me at their doors. In the four years I’ve been your Commissioner, my team and I have held ourselves to high standards and delivered some major policy victories. Hopefully, with your support, we can continue doing great things for our community.”

— Ken Russell

 

Pro-Environment & GREENSPACE

  • Helped pass the Miami Forever Bond which allocates $200M to sea level rise initiatives as well as capital improvements projects to fix our streets and parks

  • Remediated six other contaminated parks in the City with the help of Mayor Francis Suarez

  • Banned Styrofoam in City parks and marinas

  • Banned the use of Glyphosate (toxic weed killer) by City departments, reducing toxic runoff into Biscayne Bay

  • Launched the Million Orchids Project with Fairchild Tropical Garden to reintroduce Florida’s native orchids to the neighborhood of Coconut Grove

  • Supported the allocation of $4M towards the construction of the Underline, the City of Miami’s first linear park

  • Leading the fight to clean up sewage discharges that are polluting Biscayne Bay and local beaches. Miami residents deserve high water quality

Tackling the AFFORDABLE HOUSING Crisis

  • Changed the City of Miami code with first ever (in the State of Florida) inclusionary zoning ordinance that mandates affordable housing from new development.

  • Allocated $400,000 to revitalize homes in the Historic Village West in partnership with Rebuilding Together

  • Helped pass the Miami Forever Bond which allocates $100M to affordable and workforce housing to be allocated with the guidance of a citizen-led board

  • Creating an Affordable Housing Master Plan for the City along with the help of Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center

Reduced TRAFFIC & Increased Mobility

  • Expanded trolley routes making it more accessible to residents

  • Worked to create alternative transportation options through new bike lanes, a shared-scooter system, and the FREEBEE electric golf cart ride share

  • Supported the Complete Streets pilot program in Downtown – providing greater safety and walkability components in the area

  • Working with the Florida Department of Transportation to update the hours of operation of the Brickell bridge during peak rush hour times