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.
I will encourage tri-partisan solutions where the use of force is the last option, not the first.
I work for a consulting company on contract for a midsize bank in Charlotte.
1) CMS volunteer addressing student groups on economics 2) Organized party as new chair of LP to run candidates in 2017/8 elections 3) Supported my wife's efforts to install works of public art
The most pressing issue is public safety. The relations between the police and the communities they serve needs to be addressed. I believe in experimentation with technologies and clear lines of accountability for the police and the overseers of safety issues.
I won't undercut the local economy with restrictions on growth or artificial supply goals. I won't erect further barriers for consumers to purchase homes. There are some tools available to bolster affordability, such as stipends or vouchers. I am open to limited measures that are transparent and cost effective.
Congestion and alternative transportation methods would be my focus. I would address it by making sure that competitive rider systems have a chance to compete and offer more high tech and entrepreneurial coordination of travel plans.To be fair, a growing city creates challenges and current leadership appears to be doing admirably from the city consumer's standpoint, compared to other cities.
The Opportunity Task Force is an overwrought work with many good ideas but far too grand and complex for a city to implement. There doesn't seem to be any area of economic activity that the city can't claim an interest in fixing. I am opposed to it for its striking level of interventionism.
When trust breaks down, it has to be rebuilt. Crimes of violence and theft should continue to be the top priority, and lifestyle issues, in particular marijuana, should be low priority. The police need training in dealing with the social habits and cues of the people it patrols. The at-risk youth need similar education to best attune to the core tensions around encounters with the police.
In the research I have done on this topic, I found that there is very limited turnover in the police department. The subpoena power would not change that, therefore it sounds toothless. We need means of increasing competition in labor.
Any large scale operation like the school system need fairly clear lines of accountability in order to serve its customers. The education industry is no different and can benefit greatly by separating out and managing efficiently the tangible measures and routines. Both my children benefited from the dedication of concerned and persistent educators. Let teachers teach their passions.
The city should continue its focus on safe streets, infrastructure improvement, and sound business environment. But it should also support its soul with a bolder culture of music, theater, dance, visual arts and architecture. We cannot push out the people who challenge our tastes and habits with art