Amanda Linehan

Biography & Background 

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts – Journalism (The George Washington University) in 2004
  • Current Employment: Communications Director at Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
  • Spouse & Children: Married to Mark Linehan, a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Daughter Georgia goes to the Beebe School.
  • Endorsed byMassachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Our Revolution Malden, Laborers’ Local 22, Bay State Stonewall Democrats, Sierra Club, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Community: As Editor of the Malden Observer (from 2006-08), Ms. Linehan “personally managed and directed the tone of the opinion page” (ORM). She also worked with the Malden Redevelopment Authority
  • Volunteer Work: Has worked with the Asian Community Development Corporation, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Walkability, the Forestdale Community Church Board of Trustees.

Policies & Experiences

  • Biggest issues: Affordable housing, governmental transparency, environment, and transportation
  • Motivation for running: Ms. Linehan was inspired to run in 2017 when an inclusionary zoning ordinance failed to pass. “[I}f a no-brainer policy like requiring developers to include homes that everyday people can afford fails, it’s time to get some new leadership in power in the city” (MVQ).

  • Citizens

    • Disabled: “We [the MRA] are also auditing the handicapped spaces available to make sure that they meet 21st century accessibility requirements” Ms. Linehan supports using “Deaf/blind interpretation at meetings [and commit] resources to bringing our digital products and civic websites up to full ADA/Web Accessibility Standards (WAS)” (MVQ).
    • Elderly: Ms. Linehan would like protections for seniors such as “greater restrictions on the type of house flipping and condo conversions that often result in displacement” (ORM) and a property tax abatement “to help seniors stay in their homes [as well as] a lower water rate for low-volume users and seniors” (Email 10/28/19).
    • Ethnicity: “I believe that, in addition to elected officials, city employees in Malden should undergo cultural competency and racial bias training, which can promote better understanding of the advantages that some groups inherently experience in our society, and can directly result in better HR policies” (ORM).
    • LGBTQ: “The City of Malden would do well to more explicitly recruit members of the LGBTQ community in its hiring practices and to explore inclusivity training for, at a minimum, management level staff” (ORM).

  • Civic engagement

    • Attendance at Meetings: “I’ll push for childcare and in-language interpretation at important city meetings so that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in civic life” (MVQ).
    • Civic Engagement Ms. Linehan plans to increase civic engagement by: a) holding regular ward meetings; b) communicating regularly on Twitter, Facebook, other social media platforms and e-newsletter; c) partnering with the School Committee to publicize district news & events (MVQ).
    • Governmental Transparency: Ms. Linehan commits to “proactively sharing minutes and records so constituents don’t have to ask for them” (NV 9/24/19).
    • Public Comment: “I’ve made use of this numerous times since it launched last year and consider it extremely valuable and well-managed” (MVQ).
    • Voter Turnout: “I would partner with community and cultural groups to register more voters, host more voter forums, and provide voter education.” (ORM).

  • Infrastructure

    • Addiction: Ms. Linehan supports “continuing to invest in addiction recovery services and in health services in our high school” (MVQ).
    • Affordable Housing: Ms Linehan supports the current proposals for inclusionary zoning, security-deposit assistance, and affordable housing trust fund, as well as a short-term rental policy and accessory dwelling units (MVQ).
    • Cannabis: “I’m glad we have applications moving forward through our local process, although I do have equity concerns … we could look to use long-term tax revenue on infrastructure improvements that would benefit the community as a whole” (MVQ).
    • Environment: “As a city, we must craft a strategic plan to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2040, and we must complete our [Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness]” which could lead to grants and programs (MVQ).
    • Lead pipes: “I’d like us to align lead pipe replacement with street openings … and require utilities to notify residents of lead lines when they are ripping up streets to address gas leaks; I’d also like to open up lead pipe programs run by such places as the MRA to a broader income band” (MVQ).
    • Police: Ms. Linehan proposes “a new advisory committee that could offer ideas, gut-check approaches for newer immigrant groups, flow concerns from these communities to the police (and city) … [and] spread a positive message about law enforcement initiatives back to these communities” (ORM).
    • Property Taxes: Ms. Linehan “supports more frequent re-certification of the residential tax exemption to ensure that those who live outside of Malden full-time don’t benefit from the exemption and take away important revenue from our community [and] additional residential tax exemptions for Maldonians who offer affordable units in their multi-family homes” (FB 9/17/19).
    • Tax Revenue: “[Add] to our commercial base in key locations such as the National Grid site … and in smaller city squares throughout Malden that are ripe for small business investment.” (MVQ).
    • Waste & Recycling: Ms. Linehan supports “reducing waste through encouraging recycling, educating residents about how best to recycle, and implementing curbside compost.” (MVQ).

  • Public Spaces

    • Malden Hospital: “If we can find opportunities to add community space, or attract members of our creative economy to invest here, then we may also be able to benefit from new revenue as well” (MVQ).
    • Malden River: “I support zoning for this area that would guarantee public access to the waterfront while also attracting future restaurants, retail and recreation opportunities” (Quality 2019).
    • Public Parks: Ms. Linehan would like Malden to “add shade and water features to all of our parks, including those we will build in the future, in anticipation of warming temperatures” (MVQ).
    • Roosevelt Park: “I’ve asked for enhanced drainage and alternative, organic field materials to be explored, such as infill composed of cork, coconut fiber and shells” (MNN 5/29/19). “We should investigate grants for water-smart parks and climate resilience that could help fill the funding gap preventing us from keeping the field as grass” (Email 10/28/19).
    • Trees: “Removed trees should be automatically replaced … Trees increase property value and clean our air. Sidewalk safety and accessibility don’t have to conflict with urban forestry” (Quality 2019).

  • Schools

    • Charter Schools: “I am not in favor of negotiating with MVRCS for further land or building acquisition in the city of Malden, and would like to see a better plan from the school for mitigating out-of-town traffic” (ORM).
    • Diverse Staffing: “Electing more diverse leaders to our City Council and School Committee is an important place to start, as is the need to seriously revamp our teacher recruitment practices so that we hire and retain more teachers of color. Representation matters in our government and in our classrooms” (ORM).
    • Equity: “We must ensure each school offers a comparable education in Malden, for every kind of learner … Higher-income families will leave the district if the schools cannot meet their children’s needs, and lower-income families who may not have that choice don’t deserve to be left behind” (ORM).
    • LGBTQ Students: “I am already in talks with our elected leaders to propose a set of inclusive measures around safety in our schools and recruitment and retention of city staff to address gaps in our HR approaches toward LGBTQ employees” (ORM). Ms. Linehan supports “an inclusive health curriculum, that it is consistent across schools, and that it begins early enough to be meaningful” (ORM).

  • Transit Issues

    • Mobility Ms Linehan supports a) greater bus frequency; b) dedicated rush-hour bus lanes, c) enhanced bike infrastructure; d) alleviating congestion; e) raising the gas tax; f) exploring congestion pricing; g) and for Malden to have “a seat on the board that oversees the MBTA” (FB 7/2/19).
    • Traffic Congestion: “Malden must also implement bus-rapid transit on major corridors, expand protected bike infrastructure, institute TNC drop-off zones to minimize circling and dead-heading, promote carpooling and walking to school, and mandate that developers subsidize transit passes and bar transit-adjacent apartments from obtaining on-street permits” (Quality 2019).
    • Uber and Lyft: “I feel strongly that TNC fees should go toward complete streets projects … and I think Malden should join other municipal leaders in calling on Beacon Hill to increase the too-low fees we levy on Uber and Lyft rides” (MVQ).

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