How will you increase the presence of police patrols to combat violent crime and drug activity in our district?
Addressing crime within any community begins with police-community relations. It is a proven fact that residents are more inclined to assist law enforcement in not only solving but preventing criminal activity when there is reciprocal trust and respect. I will certainly do everything within my power as a council person to help facilitate this relationship. I will also work to insure that the Lafayette Police Department is fully staffed and has the tools and resources necessary to provide the protection and services our residents expect and deserve, especially in those areas that have the greatest needs.
How you will provide better access to quality housing and address delinquent and predatory property owners?
The simplest solution is to provide our residents with the education and skills necessary to obtain jobs that pay a sufficient "living wage" so that they can afford to purchase homes. It is a known fact that homeowners tend to take better care of their property than renters. This in turn uplifts the entire community. As far as "slum lords" are concerned, we simply need to hold them accountable by strictly enforcing, and in some cases even strengthening, current ordinances that require properties to be kept up to a certain standard.
How you will navigate competing interests and opinions on hot-button social issues that periodically come before local government?
It is my experience that so called hot-button issues are best resolved by allowing all interested and affected parties to have a seat at the table and the opportunity to voice their opinion. It is my personal and professional experience that most people simply want the opportunity to be heard. My extensive negotiating training and experience has given me the tools necessary to facilitate discussions and search for amicable solutions to any type of problem.
How will you improve the conditions of our roads and provide accessible and more diverse transportation options like public transit and safe paths for bikes and pedestrians?
When it comes to infrastructure projects such as roads, sidewalks, etc. everything starts with available funds. I will search for necessary funds to insure that public roads and streets within the district are maintained and repaired when necessary. It is imperative that we provide cyclists and pedestrians with safe pathways to get around various parts of the community. I would strongly favor a policy that insures that a certain percentage of funds budgeted for roadway construction be allocated to bicycle trails, sidewalks and other safety improvements, especially is areas where there is a proven need. We need to constantly evaluate public transit to insure that it is meeting the needs of the community.
How you will you work to reverse economic decline and bring access to good jobs and better housing in our district?
For starters we need to make the area more visually attractive for both potential businesses and residents. Additionally, I will search for and utilize every available economic development tool and incentive to retain current businesses and encourage new employers to locate within the district.
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