Channel 4 did this story regarding the downtown walking tour to discuss crime.
I was glad to see that all eight (8) candidates for Mayor participated.
I hope more of these tours are scheduled throughout the city and perhaps in each City Council District.
Most of the candidates like Republican City Councilor Dan Lewis still stuck to their scripts of meaningless talking points saying we need far more police officers and we need to change our spending money priorities, yet he has been on the council for the last eight (8) years when he could have done something.
A few of the candidates finally started to offer real solutions.
Gus Pedrotty once again came up with a realistic solution regarding using different model for crime fighting by saying “When we try and get more police officers we know that’s a long-run change; no way we’re going to hire all the officers in a single year” … We need a new service model to reduce the strain on those officers now.”
When the candidates attend candidate’s forums, they give their canned answers and slogans to questions sounding like they know what they are talking about but not really understanding what the problem is associated with the question.
I for one hope that all the candidates get away from their talking points and slogans and start articulating real solutions and not just parrot what we all know our problems are.
When I was Director of the Safe City Strike force dealing with crack houses, meth labs, slumlords and properties that had become magnets for serious crimes, I had to go out and interact and meet with the neighborhoods and citizens affected by crime.
When you see fear, anger, desperation and hopelessness in people’s faces, eyes, and voices, and they are asking for help, you listen and learn.
You become determined to find solutions to the problems and forge a desire to help.