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The next 300 starts here.


We’re going to:

  1. Level Up
  2. Do it Better
  3. Always Be For NOLA

Here's my basic plan.

 

Elect me and hold me to it.


LEVEL UP


Since 2005, we’ve rebuilt New Orleans. Now it’s time to take it to the next level.


PURSUE THE FUTURE

 

We’re already a great place for tech start-ups. But this is our future and this is where we have to invest with local programs that integrate into our economic development strategies ways to revolutionize our port, our health care industry and our public institutions, especially municipal government, with the latest innovations. Technology is the key to jobs.


My jobs plan will focus on maximizing our investment, modernization and growth in these areas:

  1. Educational and teaching innovations
  2. Our port and added-value trade
  3. Our revitalized medical corridor
  4. Our new entertainment corridor between Poydras and St. Claude
  5. Maximization of our universities as research hubs
  6. Promotion of our seafood and culinary industries
  7. Building green industries that utilize our native resources, and the arts

SUPPORT CREATIVE INDUSTRY

 

We’re great at tourism. But that’s because we’re great at culture. Municipal government, in partnership with our K-12 schools, colleges and universities, can do more to leverage our thriving arts, music, culinary and hospitality industries by encouraging their growth and promotion. But to make that happen we have to

protect the integrity of our neighborhoods which nurture this culture. I will:

  1. Reinstitute community policing programs;
  2. Regularly meet with and LISTEN TO neighborhood council and organizations;
  3. Enhance the decentralization of city government so that more services can be applied for and delivered online;
  4. Continue to promote the development of bikeways that link our city;
  5. Focus on walk-able neighborhoods with sustainable retail corridors

ACCEPT NO EXCUSES FOR CRIME


There is no reason we can’t afford adequate public safety. Thanks to your hard work and rebuilding, New Orleans is not a third-world economy or city. It is thriving. So let’s put our fiscal house in order: Let’s give our police, fire and safety networks the technological tools and supports they deserve and need to stop the very small number of people who seek to tear down our progress rather than move us forward. There are no short-cuts to public safety so let’s harass this city’s energy into united purpose. I will:

  1. Stop the morale loss at NOPD with decent pay, decent retirement and innovative training strategies
  2. Reinstitute at local universities a concurrent curriculum that produces recruits with us, with advanced training and a strong commitment to serve
  3. Give our criminal justice system…including our jails and District Attorney…an adequate budget. This must be our #1 priority.
  4. Return the Community Policing Program, but enhance it with technological tools and renewed citizen engagement.
  5. Enforce vagrancy and truancy laws while providing humane options for the chronically homeless.
  6. Target the drug pusher and make New Orleans inhospitable to their business model by waging a legal but non-stop war against drug dealers with one united front from the schoolyard to the jail house

DO IT BETTER

 

There can’t be any sacred cows when it comes to municipal spending. If we want better business investment, our neighborhoods have to look better and our schools have to continue to improve. I can be a strong partner to support our innovative approach to public education. I am also be an excellent manager so that our limited tax dollars are:


COLLECTED FAIRLY AND EVENLY

This basically means:

  1. We have to do a better job at collecting revenues already on the books
  2. Use technology to monitor and enforce a fair, efficient revenue collection system
  3. Work with partner agencies, like the Sheriff, when enforcement is needed. 

ALLOCATED TO REAL NEED, NOT ENTRENCHED  BUT OVERFUNDED ENTITES

  1. We’ll seek charter reforms to build a new city government if voter-approved changes are necessary to promote progress and fairness
  2.  We’ll utilize technology to collect property and sales taxes already on the books by enforcing a fair, efficient revenue collection system

PRIORITIZED FOR STREETS, BASIC SERVICES, DRAINAGE, PARKS, LIBRARIES… AND THEN for all the extras we want to take from dream to reality. With good management techniques, we’ll yield a surplus for the annual operating budget, eliminate nuisance charges, and consolidate public service into a smooth but productive enterprise that promotes growth for the next generation.


ALWAYS BE FOR NOLA

 

I’m excited by all the new blood and new ideas in our city, but no one knows New Orleans from the ground up like I do. I was raised in the Desire projects, and my mom didn’t let me for a moment think that was the best Michael Bagneris could do. I got a scholarship to Yale; I got a law degree; I worked my way from municipal government with New Orleans first Black Mayor to becoming the Chief Judge at Civil District Court. I’ve seen it all. And there are three principles I’m going to keep in mind as I help us take New Orleans to the next level and be ready for the next 300 years:

  1. We do better when we have strong, enforceable laws and we hold to those rules. Then we are all able to know what’s fair and expected.
  2. We are best when we recognize and celebrate our diversity, our uniqueness and our home-grown excellence.
  3. We have all we need to succeed right here.


I may be the oldest candidate in the field, but I’m also the most experienced. I have a proven track record of making the tough decisions and exercising capable, fair leadership. I’m more concerned about our future and building upon our renewed energy than accepting excuses.


Excuses don’t work; blame doesn’t work. Action does!

Make me produce results. I’m ready.




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