Glenn S. Wrightson
Candidate for Atlanta mayor
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What immediate actions will you take as mayor to curb the violent crime occurring in the City of Atlanta?
I would instruct the police be pro-active instead of re-active to enforce the laws; hire more officers; review findings of Mayor Bottom’s elite committee to find solutions; have non-armed officers take police reports; work with DA to encourage faster processing seek; limit repeat offenders; implement neighborhood engagement thru the NPUs; consider closing bars earlier; ask the State to hasten issuing car tags; re-open the city jail; and attend high school assemblies to address students on crime / consequences.
Will you make affordable housing a priority of your administration and continue the commitment made by Mayor Bottoms to invest $1 billion in the effort by 2026?
Part # 1 Yes, and I would work to reduce property taxes while improving deliverables so more people could stay in their homes. Lower taxes equals more affordable.
Part # 2 Maybe. First determine if funds were available before I would “commit.” Candidates offer too many empty promises just to get elected.
Building supplies are now somewhat scarce; even more so after the hurricane that devastated Southern states and the Northeast. Geodesic domes are the most efficient buildings. Mobile homes are an option for necessary domiciles. Would need to modify zoning to accommodate sought measures.
If we so wanted affordable housing, why did the former Mayor arrange to sell Ft. McPherson for pennies on the dollar to one of his friends? People could have lived there.
Will transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor be a top priority and what will your administration do to fast-track it?
Transit/traffic issues will be a top priority. Mass transit is kinder to our environment. To fast-track transit on the BeltLine corridor I would not adopt or adhere to any policies which would compromise initiating and completing the work of the Connect Atlanta Plan.
I would “break ground” and start construction of the Street Car route with the highest prospect of ridership within three months of taking office. We need to start now.
Will your administration recommit to combatting climate change and what are some steps you will take to get businesses and residents onboard?
Work to push construction of Street Cars as part of the 53-mile network of streetcar routes.
Ban plastic grocery bags and gas powered leaf blowers; encourage installation of EV charging stations; convert city vehicles to EV as practical by 2026, build and operate a tire shredding facility; make asphalt for road resurfacing.
Create a major re-cycling center and have the homeless reside at the center where they can sort items and get paid.
How will your administration address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
Follow FDA / CDC’s specific recommendations and urge all city employees to be vaccinated or face termination. I would address the public with statements strongly encouraging vaccinations. I minored in Biology in college – I know this is serious. I would also recommend insurance companies collect a $10,000 per person retainer as a pre-paid hospital stay for un-vaccinated citizens.