I believe that our city council should be focused on the needs of Charlotte. We must safe streets an
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I have had the privilege of working for two Congressmen in the U.S. Hosue of Representatives, one of which was during Superstorm Hurricane Sandy providing assistance to displaced families.
One of the biggest issues West Charlotte faces is the rise in crime. It is important that our city council works with the community and CMPD to ensure the proper resources and community building techniques are applied. However, we cannot combat crime without first combating
We must work with developers and create incentives to ensure not only that housing is affordable, but that it is high-quality affordable housing. Our city council must receive feedback from developers, general contractors, those involved in real estate and the community to ensure that needs are met with proper resources.
Our roads and public ways must be a top priority when actually addressing city infrastructure. We must invest in quality roads to ensure that they last longer and are used efficiently. Bad roads lead to car accidents, property damage, congestion, and other negative things.
We cannot allow those born in poverty to remain in poverty. We must fix our local economy, develop opportunities, and become a business-friendly city. By fixing our local economy, we can invest and partner with businesses for new job opportunities, allowing those seeking a better life to do so.
In order to combat crime, we must combat poverty. Fixing the local economy will be a long-term goal, but the immediate action that must be taken to reduce crime is to work with the community and CMPD hand-in-hand to ensure the proper resources and community building techniques are applied.
Government is held accountable to the people. By giving the Citizen Review Board subpoena powers, we allow the residents to act as a check and balance to the powers of government, however, if we do there must be trained legal oversight.
The county, city, and school board must work with each other, not against each other. We must stop acting as if we are all independent of one another. Yes, each one has their own powers, but there must be better communication and unity between all three boards. We cannot and should not be divided on the issues facing our city.
We must be a business-friendly city that allows businesses to invest in themselves and prosper. By removing some burdens of those seeking to open new businesses, such as allowing a 6-month tax break for new businesses, we will start to see a boom in our local economy.
Through diversity of thought and experiences, we can solve many of the problems we face
Charlotte City Councilmember
These include leading the targeted neighborhood Revitalition program for Camp Greene & Lincoln Heights, arranging the Charlotte Premium Outlet First Youth Job Fair, coordinating District 3 Job Fair.
Our most pressing issue is the availability of mixed incoming housing. As Chair of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee we have taken steps by introducing the Targeted Neighborhood Revitalition Program pushing back on gentrification.
Our long term plan for affordable housing would be to find more innovative ways to bring together a diverse set of resources whether that's the private sector or non-profits, so that we could use our current budget and even double our target of adding 5,000 units of affordable housing units.
The biggest component of the city infrastructure needing attention would be our transportation system. Since joining the city council, we have taken steps to advance our transportation system adding a light rail system along with the gold line extension. We need to continue our efforts and find innovative ways to ensure that the bus system is effectively taking the passengers to their destination.
The Opportunity Task Force reaffirmed a lot of problems that we were aware existed. We can support the Task Force by continuing our work by dealing with many factors that effect upward mobility whether that's economic development, better transportation system, and more mixed income housing.
Studies show that lower income areas have higher rate of crime which explains the areas where crime is seen the most in Charlotte. So we can making progress with public safety by having more youth development programs along with programs that would give those in our under development community access to jobs and other opportunities.
I have previously supported subpoena power for the Citizens Review Board along with voting for this while sitting on council. I believe that this will allow the board to have the power to probably ensure that our police department is acting lawfully.
We can do this by more communication between all of the leadership organizations in the region. With this we can allocate resources in an efficient manner to ensure that those who live in Charlotte, the county, and send their kids to a school in CMS are best served by those who they elect. We sometimes step on each other foots, and these simple missteps can be mitigated with more communication.
We should do this by investing more money and time in our small business community by having incubators that will connect those with great ideas to the resources that they will need to succeed. It isn't enough for large corporation to migrate to Charlotte, but more entrepreneurs to migrate to here.