Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 4
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What immediate actions can the city council take to aid in curbing the violent crime occurring in Atlanta?
We should hire the appropriate City staff i.e. officers, PAD (pre arrest diversion), 311/911 and code enforcement after an assessment based on data of where the greatest needs are in our City. We need to build a working coalition that includes the City of Atlanta Department of Transportation, MARTA, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Neighborhood Planning Units, public safety agencies that operate within the City of Atlanta, and other community organizations and neighborhood groups to discuss safety planning and to develop a citywide coordinated strategic safety plan.
Will you make affordable housing a priority of your term on the council, and what actions need to be taking to ensure meeting the goal of 20,000 affordable homes by 2026?
Yes. Atlanta needs a city-wide housing policy that’s inclusive of incomes, age groups, and soci-economic backgrounds. We should have in our arsenal the needed tools (land trust where they own the land and structure, preservation funds, down payment assistance, etc.) to create affordable housing needed in Atlanta. We also should look at ways to spur development of affordable housing such as general obligation bonds, linkage fees and affordable housing impact fees, state affordable housing tax credits, and 4 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to create and fund a local level affordable housing trust, separate from the general fund.
Will transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor be a top priority and how will you work to fast-track it?
Current and future transit throughout the City are my top priorities. I would evaluate the current Beltline transit plan, review funding and recommend legislation as needed to support the associated projects. I will also recommend the council update the impacted communities as well as solicit ongoing community feedback.
What can the council do to prioritize combating climate change?
Given that Atlanta has a flooding issue, the council can work with the Department of Watershed Management to ensure that they complete the projects federally mandated to stop flooding in our neighborhoods, get a stormwater ordinance passed that meets the needs of the community and extend our bonding language to allow us to do more stormwater related projects. I would also continue the work of the City of Atlanta to assist energy burdened communities in Atlanta due to high electric bills.
What are three issues specifically affecting your district that you plan to address while on council?
1. Investing in Our Children to develop youth job creation programs for 16-24 year olds that provides job readiness tools and access to speciality training.
2. Building Affordable Housing to expand the diversity and affordability of housing in neighborhoods.
3. Developing Our Workforce by developing local job preference programs on all city contracts and private contracts that receive local or state tax incentives and including the requirement to work with Worksource Atlanta or other agencies for job creation and selection. We can create small business opportunities on all city contracts on big jobs i.e. over a certain dollar value and encourage more local private developments to incorporate a job preference program or a community benefits agreement.