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St. Pete City Council Dist. 5

The city of St. Petersburg operates under a strong mayor and city council system.The St. Petersburg City Council is the non-partisan governing body of the City. The Council is responsible for legislating ordinances and resolutions, approving the city budget, appointing the charter review commission, and establishing a code of ethics for city government and city employees. The Council consists of eight (8) Council Members, elected from each of the eight (8) districts of the City. Elections for the Council are held in odd-numbered years, with each election including (4) of the (8) districts. The election cycle for Council consists of a primary election in which only residents of each district can vote for that district’s commissioner, and a general “At Large” election where all voters are eligible to vote on the candidates in the (4) districts included on the ballot. Term: 4 years Salary: $49,281

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    Trenia Cox
    (NP)

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    Deborah Figgs-Sanders
    (NP)

Biographical Information

Do you support using additional city resources to make it more attractive for the Tampa Bay Rays to stay in St. Petersburg? (Multiple choice)

What policies and programs do you think the City should implement, or improve, to attract living wage jobs, support small businesses and generate sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)

What are the City’s most important public safety priorities? How do you intend to address them? (400 character limit)

Rate how well the City is balancing resource allocation between downtown and the neighborhoods and business districts in outlying communities. (Multiple choice)

How would you work with city departments, businesses and the community to create more affordable housing and limit the displacement of residents? Where would funding for these efforts come from? (400 character limit)

The goal of St. Petersburg’s “Complete Streets” plan is to provide more options for public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians. What is your position on this strategy? What, if anything, should the City do to further address local and regional transportation needs? (400 character limit)

What actions should the City take to improve resiliency? (In the short term, that would mean the City’s ability to handle weather-related disasters. In the long term, that would mean covering the ongoing costs of repairing and maintaining the city’s sewer/stormwater management systems.) How would you fund these efforts? (400 character limit)

What are the two most important issues affecting your district? If elected, what specific actions will you take to address them? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)

If elected, what will be your top two priorities for the city, and what would you do to address them within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)

Campaign Website http://www.TreniaCox.com
Email Address TreniaCox@yahoo.com
Phone (727) 565-6286
Education Bachelor of Science: Sociology Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI Masters of Arts: Sociology Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI Leadership Pinellas Leadership Development Institute Eckerd College St. Petersburg, FL Internation
Professional Experience Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) Senior Special Services Coordinator: To engage faith-based and community-based service providers to support the strategic focus areas off school readiness, school success, and prevention of child abuse and neglect JWB: Faith-based Coordinator: To engage the faith-based community to support organization’s strategic plan
Public Service  Chair, State of Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council  Chair, City of St. Petersburg Social Service Allocation Committee  Board Member, Homeless Leadership Board  Board Member, Florida Dream Center  Woman in the Making Mentoring Program  Concerned Organization for the Quality of Education for Black Students  Office of US
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In order to create businesses and jobs along with increase a livable wage, the City needs a Convention and Business Center that attracts large industries and corporation to our region with a dedicated approach from our Convention & Visitor’s Bureau along with universities and colleges, State Department of Labor, Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Petersburg.
The overall crime rate in the City of St. Petersburg is down. For annual year 2017, auto thefts were down 10.7 percent. The Opioid crisis is here with an average of three calls per day for drug overdose. Concerns are growing regarding human trafficking; a major bust occurred with the number of major sport events. A homeless unit (PATH) has expanded with 7 officers and social worker.
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The issue of affordable housing is one of accessibility and affordability. The City must move forward with the Jordan Park Housing Development for supply; utilize investor incentives, flexible zoning, CRA and Penny for Pinellas to increase the housing stock. City programs should be publicized and barriers to use removed. More engagement of lenders is needed. A livable wage should be implemented.
" Complete Street" moves the City towards its goal of sustainability by the reduction of greenhouse gas with less cars. However, there must be a measured expansion of "Complete Streets" with the creation of multi-modal options including rapid transit, light rails, trolleys for the commuting workforce. The transportation system must be revamped with adequate designated funding.
The City should implement the Southeast Florida Regional Action Plan to address climate change issues. The upgrade of water and waste management systems should receive priority funding until five-year fix is complete, Dedicated funding could be augmented with from Penny for Pinellas. In CRA communities, tif dollars may be used. City should improve water conservation and reduce greenhouse emissions
Two issues: a livable wage and aging sewage and drainage systems. Livable wage ordnance needs to be revisited and livable wage should apply to City contracts of $100,000 or more and with 10-employee workforce, Increased wages would help cost-burdened families become homeowners along with support from lending community, and maximum use of City programs. System upgrades should be priority funding.
Top priorities: Economic Development and Affordable housing. Targeted undeveloped parcels in shopping centers need to be redeveloped as well as the full execution of the Skyway Marina Plan: Increased investor incentives for a restaurant in Skyway Marina District. To increase housing and homeownership, the City programs should have maximum usage including CRA, lender support, and a livable wage.
Campaign Website http://www.figgssanders.com
Phone (727) 303-4578
Education Master of Business Administration University of Phoenix 2006 Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Magna cum Laude Florida A&M University 1989 Associate of Arts in Business Administration St. Petersburg Junior College 1986
Professional Experience Over 30 yrs. executive and leadership exp. (nonprofit, private), established community relationships, budgeting exp., Child Park YMCA ED., IBM, Barnett Tech. Pinellas County Appointee -Council for Citizens w. Disabilities, Mayoral Appointee CAC, St. Pete NAACP 2nd VP, former 2020 Plan Core Team, SPPD Civilian Police Review Bd, Personal Agenda LLC
Public Service • Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) member (Mayor Appointed 2015-Current) • Pinellas County Council for Persons with Disabilities (Pinellas County Commissions Appointed 2018-Current) • St. Pete Civilian Police Review Committee • Volunteer in Public School Systems Student Advisory Councils • Fundamental District
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(1) Entrepreneur Shadowing Program to accompany a small business owner through the sub-contractor certification process (2) sustainable economic develop, to explore an apprenticeship program led by local large developers and (3) for living wage jobs, it is recommended to support the expansion of non-traditional work force training targeting fields with a skilled work force shortage
A priority issue is the seepage of raw sewage. I’m concerned of potential health hazards due to sewage contaminating the City’s water resources. I will address this issue by continuing to support more aggressive repairs of our sewage system lines and construction of storm water overflow tanks. Unfortunately, this issue is not just happening in low-income communities or only in district 5.
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I would educate myself on current housing programs and present updates if needed. I would engage businesses as resources for housing, who could also join the community as volunteer labor for housing projects. Funding can come from City reserves set aside to purchase available lots, incentive developers to construct low-income units and depending on zoning, federal dollars may be an option
I support Complete Streets and its strategies as I understand them. I support transit options that serve those without cars and reduce emissions. The City did miss a tremendous opportunity when the funding for light rail was vetoed. St. Pete should join other cities using light rail with connecting ground transportation services. The current BRT plan is expected to remove 2,000 cars off the road.
Short term – verify drainage ditches are free from debris, trees are cut away from power lines etc. City should have a plan with Duke to restore power asap. The gridlines must be current to assist servicemen from other counties to restore power quickly. Long term -possible funding sources – Weeki Wachee funds, grants related to storm water projects and the current storm water sewer budget item.
Affordable housing and the storm sewer system. The expansion of working with non-profit organizations focused on building affordable/workforce housing. Second, additional investing into the current affordable housing plan so that we can meet the needs of more residents. Also begin discussions now to increase % proposed affordable housing at Tropicana Field once the Rays have vacated the property.
My top 2 priorities (1) work with council, legislatures and county commissioners on affordable housing and (2) work on a more efficient process to increase small businesses certified with the City. My first 6 months, I plan to request additional funding of current allocations, liens waived on properties purchased by developers for construction of affordable single-family and apartment complexes.