Mayor Chris Otten Chris Otten for Mayor
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PLEDGES

Revitalization & Development

  • No More Condos! Condos sit empty, former public housing sits empty... why? Isn't it time to take a breather and assess the impact of recent unbridled condoization of the District? We must call a *Moratorium on Condos* until impartial impact surveys are completed by and for District residents with the help of our Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

  • Within 2 years of my election, the District will have 100,000 really affordable housing units. Why not? We certainly have the resources and connections as the Nation's capital to do this. This expedited plan will help long-time District families stay here. If you are the working poor or a homeless family you will have a housing choice. By then this city will also be in a serious jobs upswing. No more development with massive displacement. My competitors want half of this done in 10 years. That's too little, too late.

  • All neighborhood libraries that have been closed must reopen immediately after appropriate repair. These important knowledge centers of our neighborhoods have been needlessly shuttered since December 2004 (Benning, Anacostia, Shaw, Tenley), why? Not anymore. Rally at Anacostia Library, August 31.

  • If elected, the City will challenge the use of emminent domain in the case of the Baseball Stadium boondoggle. We can win this fight and bring the Nationals to where they belong, RFK Stadium.


Education

  • End Bifurcation of the School Board. We must have a completely elected School Board to keep them all accountable to the public.

  • Charter schools tend to siphon dollars from DC Public Schools into private hands. Accountability is at question. There must be a *Moratorium on Charter Schools* until proper assessments are completed about the efficacy of all District schools.

  • Within 2 years, all traditional public schools will be repaired and a real maintenance plan will be chosen by the principals, teachers and parents with the consultation of mayoral appointees at the State (Colony) Education Agency. My competitors want to wait 10 years to do this.


Crime

  • If I am elected, you will have the option to check out a 24-hour recreation centers which are staffed with trained professionals who are teaching the next generation of District professionals. Staff will be able to work with guests of all generations and nutritious food will be available and so will access to computers and the WorldWideWeb. We need to support our children in positive ways not by arresting them.

  • All ANC Commissioners and the public will have the chance to attend regular 'Know you rights' training classes and meetings with MPD officers and superiors. We must call a *Revokation of Cameras* as these so-called security cameras seem to be insecure shenanigans. Cameras have never proven to help reduce crime.

  • The Office of Citizen Complaint Review will truly become a citizen based accountability organ consisting of City residents with diverse backgrounds. We must see the officers and their superiors see some consequences for illegal arrests and continual harassment complaints.

  • Crime is a symptom of lack of political will and inclination. If the libraries, schools, government agencies, recreational centers, parks, and other important working class issues were truly set as a priority we'd see crime drop immediately.


Jobs

  • It has been demonstrated that small businesses are the main economic engines of a city. We can help promote positive small businesses in the District through tax relief and grants and focus help on minority small business entrepreneurs. Also, we must have strong 'Big-Box Accountability' legislation, requiring the District's multinational big box stores fulfill certain working requirements such as a living wage, sick days, and health benefits.

  • We are campaigning around the Library Innovation & Transformation plan (LIT) whereby each aspect of transforming our libraries, which have been neglected for way to long, offers a learn-and-serve opportunity for our next generation of DC workers. This means people can become apprentices serving the community by helping repair our libraries and schools while they learn a very marketable skill alongside District trade specialists like carpenters, plumbers, masons, electricians, carpenters, information technologists, and others.

  • Let's save the environment and create jobs doing so. By implementing a strong citywide recycling program we can create hundreds of good paying blue-collar positions. By procuring a fleet of next generation alternative fuel vehicles, thousands of jobs will be created. Next generation engineers, drivers, mechanics, suppliers can be trained and marketable right here in the District.

  • DC's vocational schools for adults and young people will be rebuilt within 2 years of my election. And, all residents will be invited to attend free literacy and technology classes at our libraries. And Information Technologist apprenticeships will be made available as we repair the libraries and install comprehensive computer labs, see the LIT plan above.

 

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