Wards of DeKalb
Protect ALL Minority Voices and Ensure That All of DeKalb's Human Services Are Funded at a Higher Rate
Human services in the community are funded at an extremely low percentage! These services are what truly rehabilitate the community from violence. Violence generally stems from a lack of control over emotions. With all of the human service providers in DeKalb, there is no reason this problem cannot be taken care of!
By cutting funding to the DeKalb Police Department, we are more than able to re-allocate that funding to fund our human services. Thus ending the war on drugs and protecting our BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and disability communities!
Continue to Assist Small Businesses, Particularly Worker Owned Co-Operatives
Small businesses and worker co-ops help build the middle class from the inside out! According to Forbes, “We often hear that small businesses are the engines of job creation in the United States. Their value and the role they play in our economy is sometimes underestimated because, they are in fact, small. But the truth is there’s nothing small about the impact they have on our economy.” According to Entrepreneur Magazine, there are approximately 25 million to 27 million small businesses in the United States of America that account for 60 to 80 percent of all jobs. Also, another recent study by Paychex says that small businesses produce 13 times more patents than larger firms.
Worker co-ops are business entities that are owned and controlled by their members, the people who work in them. workers report that because they have an ownership stake in the businesses their productivity is higher, absenteeism is lower, and they are much more satisfied with their jobs.
Implement Prevailing Wage for ALL Projects Using Taxpayers' Money
Prevailing wages support and help the working class to thrive in our city. When workers are paid prevailing wages, their income enters the stream of local commerce. Workers who earn a livable wage in turn spend their income in our communities at restaurants and other local businesses that help our local economy grow.
Transparency Within the City Council
Local citizens do their best to vet their political candidates to ensure they get public officials into office that are honest, have integrity, and will work for the best interests of the community. When the media comes forth with news about fraud in government, it’s a huge letdown, especially when it happens in local government.
Secrecy creates an environment where there is the potential for the lack of accountability and abuse of power. When information about how a local government operates isn’t forthcoming, it causes the public to be skeptical. Best practices for good governance recommend that transparency is a vital component of good government and strong communities.
By hosting quarterly town halls to answer questions and hear concerns, we can add transparency! By responding to emails and phone calls, we can add transparency! Finally, when we ask questions and challenge the status quo, we can add transparency!
Rebuild Our Crumbling Infrastructure
The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the entire USA an overall grade of a
D+ for our infrastructure... AND DEKALB IS NO DIFFERENT!!! My plan is to
invest in our roadways, energy, public transportation, schools, railways, and bridges
to not only make the city one of the best cities to live in but also create jobs.
Implement a Common Lease for Landlords and Renters
The goal of having a standard lease for all rented units in DeKalb is to clarify the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords in a uniform way for all renters in our city.
With the Common Lease, we can change the dynamic between landlord and tenant by allowing tenants to withhold rent when basic utilities are not provided, or when maintenance requests go ignored. The Common Lease also protects landlords in the case that property is destroyed, the renter will be held accountable. DeKalb is a renter-majority city, and disproportionately people of color live under the neglect of the city and careless landlords.