Byron Amos

Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 3

Website: byronamos.com

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What immediate actions can city council take to aid in curbing the violent crime occurring in Atlanta?

Using the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as a road map, first, I would make sure that the City of Atlanta’s police force reaches 2,000 active officers. This goal has been achieved before and will make a significant difference in the safety and security of our city. Simply put, more officers always make a difference. Second, I will bring new focus on ensuring that the 500 repeat offenders who commit a disproportionate amount of crime are appropriately sentenced by the Judge. Third, I will support expanding the At-Promise youth intervention model developed in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation. Fourth, I will work to expand the effort to provide police officers with housing that is made available to them for purchase. Neighborhoods that have police officers living in them have enhanced safety and security. Fifth, I would significantly expand the use of video cameras and license plate readers as has been done throughout the city and improve the monitoring of them. For each of these initiatives to work, they require the cooperation of organizations such as the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, the Atlanta Police Foundation, and our neighborhoods.

Will you make affordable housing a priority of your term on the council, and what actions need to be taking to insure meeting the goal of 20,000 affordable homes by 2026?

Yes, this must be a priority for the entire City. Public-private partnerships are essential to providing housing options that are accessible and affordable for the residents of the city. My District for example is composed of close-knit working-class communities, so I intend to build on the work of the House Atlanta Task Force recommendations. Specifically, we must expand initiatives like the anti-displacement initiative, which is a national model that is focused on reducing the tax burden in gentrifying communities. We must also use and activate real estate which is owned by the City of Atlanta, APS, the Atlanta BeltLine, and the Atlanta Housing Authority, to create affordable new communities.

Will transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor be a top priority and how will you work to fast-track it?

Transit of the Beltline will be a priority but not one of my top priorities. Transit on the Beltline is important, but we have bigger issues in District 3 and well as the City. I will work to fast track the clearing of all backlogged infrastructure and transportation projects. As we develop a District and City for all that desires to live within them, we must develop a transportation and mobility system for them as well. We must have a city that has a robust system that finds a medium for all transportation methods.

What can the council do prioritize combatting climate change? 

Within my office, I will create a Committee on the Environment for District 3. This committee will be focused on below-ground, grade-level, and air-level environmental issues. As a Council, we can seek out the best practices of what other cities have done to help combat climate change. Some of these best practices are, Reducing the city’s carbon footprint, offering subsidies for renewable energy and LEED Certified properties.

What are three issues specifically affecting your district that you plan to address while on council?

Public Safety 

  • True Community Policing
  • True Criminal Justice System Reform 
  • Better training and training facilities 
  1. Neighborhood Identification and Preservation 
  • Affordable neighborhoods
  • Neighborhood friendly Zoning
  • The “We are District 3” campaign 
  1. District 3 Infrastructure and Workforce Readiness
  • Committee on the Environment
  • Balanced business and economic growth
  • The District 3 Office of Small Business and Workforce Development 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.