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Charlotte City Council District 4

Charlotte has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and 11 council members elected every two years in November, and a professional city manager to run the day-to-day operations. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a city-wide vote. Seven council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.The Charlotte City Council responsibilities are: Police, Fire, Water and Sewer services for the entire County; Garbage, Transportation, Infrastructure, Zoning, Land Use, Planning and Economic Development for the City of Charlotte.
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    Greg Phipps (Dem) Retired National Bank Examiner - U.S. Department of Treasury

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Biographical Information

What is your experience, including your 3 most important political/civic accomplishments in the last 5 years?

What is your district's most pressing issue and what steps will you take in response to it?

The city has committed to adding 5,000 units of affordable housing in the next 3 years. What are your long term plans for adequate affordable housing?

As Charlotte keeps growing, what components of the city infrastructure most need attention? How would you address it?

How should the City support the Opportunity Task Force recommendations?

What plans do you have to improve public safety in Charlotte, beyond extra police officers?

What’s your position on subpoena power for the Citizen Review Board for police discipline that received complaints about police conduct? Why?

How can the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools improve their support of each other?

What should Charlotte be doing to attract new jobs, particularly for young people?

Position/philosophy statement "Working for a Stronger Charlotte"
Current occupation Full-time Council Member Charlotte City Council District Four
Age Sixty-four
Campaign Phone (704) 598-4051
Campaign email district4phipps@aol.com
Incumbent councilmember. - Guided unanimous bi-partisan approval of FY2018 budget, first time in 15-yrs! - Implemented first-ever train "Quiet (noise) Zone." - Crafted detailed land-use plans for UDO.
Stolen guns from autos are fueling a steady increase in violent crime in Charlotte. Legal gun owners should be encouraged to secure their firearms with a locked gun safe that can be attached inside the vehicle. I am working closely with CMPD to highlight and reduce thefts.
Leverage the ULI and UNCC studies to seek better ways to incentivize developers to pursue more affordable housing projects. This will likely include buy-in from our Mecklenburg County delegation to the General Assembly to push for more financing tools to facilitate such projects. Use of City surplus land is also an option.
Building out our transportation infrastructure plan is vitally important. Expansion of the BLE to my district by 1Q18 is a highly anticipated transportation option. People are clamoring for more parks, greenways, and open-space. Bike lanes and sidewalks are needed to promote a more pedestrian-friendly environment. I will continue to seek creative ways to fund these projects to achieve our goals.
City Council's Letter to the Community presented last fall outlines a set of priorities crucial to Task Force recommendations. With a focus on more affordable housing options, and attracting good-paying jobs with benefits, we view these as crucial to providing opportunities to move out of poverty.
Gun thefts from vehicles are at an all-time high. I will encourage legal gun owners to safely secure firearms stored in vehicles to prevent theft. A simple "gun vault" device can deter theft for less than the cost of a box of high caliber ammo. I am working with CMPD and gun retailers to highlight the gun theft problem. Public service announcements will be airing soon to educate the community.
After initial reluctance, I now favor subpoena power for the CRB as a means to provide greater efficiency of operations and credibility to the Board's work. At the most recent session, a request was made to the NC Legislature for such authority.
We need to cease operating in silos and seek ways to better communicate and work together more intentionally to leverage each other's strengths. To start, I believe we should initiate periodic small group joint meetings to discuss ways to collaborate more effectively on issues of mutual benefit to the community. I favor a collaborative staff working group to flesh-out issues and seek solutions.
More assertive approaches to cultivating global investment is essential. Companies seeking to relocate to Charlotte by taking advantage of State and local incentives are routinely asked to hire locally, sponsor job fairs, and initiate specific training activities to boost employment opportunities.

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