City Council candidates were asked:
1. Two of the major problems facing city residents are the availability of affordable housing and rising property taxes. What do you plan to do, if elected, to alleviate these problems?
2. Which city services are most in need of improvement, and, if elected, what would you do to improve them?
3. In your opinion, what is the major problem in the city and how do you plan to address it? Democrats Robert V. Brown, 37, of 5417 13th St. NW., is an educator.
1. To alleviate the problem of affordable, I will initiate a widely available homestanding program, where buyers pay a substantial low price and be given a sufficient amount of time to renovate them. Too, this would generate property tax. I fell with more habitable houses on the market, occupied, could help to reduce property tax for all the citizens of Washington, D.C.
2. The sanitation services are most in need of improvement. I would make it mandatory that the director take charge in a managerial way, and be required to attend business management courses that would help the department to better manage sanitation.
3. Management is the major problem in this city. As I stated above, I would require that all heads of District government agencies be required to take management courses, including the budget office, the audit office, the Motor Vehicle Department - all departments. H.R. Crawford, 39, of 3195 Westover Dr. SE., is a housing management expert and was an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
1. The present housing crisis is a product of poor planning, the economic crisis, apathy and inept management. I advocate a comprehensive housing plan which will provide a wide range of affordable, quality housing for all D.C. residents, with special emphasis on more housing for low and moderate-income families. I would work with my colleagues to develop alternative ways to deal with the housing problems created by the "back-to-the-city" movement. The inconvenience and high cost of commuting have caused many of the more affluent to seek housing in the city, in areas previously considered undersirable, thereby forcing the price beyond the reach of our present city dwellers and displacing many of our poor and disadvantaged.
Proposition 13 has shown us how a citizenry can effectively use the polls to put an end to rising property taxes. The long range effects of such a measure cannot be accurately predicted; however, the immediate result has been a cutting of many of the vital services for many of California's residents. Many states, counties and municipalities are looking at Proposition 13 as an example.We are not desirous of a Proposition 13 situation in the District. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the City Council to bring all forces to bear on solving the problems directly related to raising revenue for the District, i.e., unemployment, lack of business development, inefficiency in the use and management of city funds and services, etc., thereby relieving the tax burden of our citizens.
2. Overall, we seem to be paying more and getting less. There needs to be a complete evaluation of all city services. It would be ludicrous to point at any one or two services when all city services are in need of vast improvements. For example, the time spent in long lines to get car tags and car inspections is ridiculous; the hassle involved in getting correct information about a tax bill is unreal; the condition of our city streets and the filthiness of our alleyways is absurd; services to our youth and senior citizens are grossly inadequate, to name only a few. What is needed is a better management system for the delivery of existing services. There needs to be a complete overhaul of the way our city services are managed with built-in accountability for service delivery. A better management system would keep taxes at a reasonable level and citizens would receive quality services. The major problem in the District is the lack of employment, particularly among the youth. There is an inextricable relationship between unemployment, education, crime and other social problems. The educational system is failing our youth by not preparing them to compete for meaningful employment in the open job market. Our school system is turning out unemployables, and this situation must be corrected. I feel very strongly that we need to build minds, not jails. We need to teach people to respect themselves and others. I support the following: We must let the teachers teach, the administrators administrate, and allow the system to function. We must stop using the school system for political leverage and wasting our children's minds. We must support our superintendents and other school officials. We must allow the school system to function in an orderly fashion and get on with the business of education.
If people are unemployed or under-employed, the likelihood that they will become involved in criminal activities is substantially increased. Lack of employment is a major contributor to family breakdown, social disorganization, apathy and increased demand for social services. The City Council and the District government must seek solutions to this problem. There has to be a joint participation of government and private industry to find innovative approaches to reducing unemployment. We must stop losing small and medium size businesses to the suburbs and spend time developing economic plans and stimuli which would encourage businesses to remain and return to the city. I would encourage the development of an industrial park to be constructed and located in the District, which would provide jobs for professional, skilled and unskilled workers. I would support the construction of a convention center in the District to attract national and international groups, which would provide additional revenue for the District and create jobs. I would also support the revitalization of downtown D.C. as the major shopping area for the District. Goldie C. Johnson, of 1917 Tulip St. NW., is a hairdresser. She has been a self described community activist for more than 20 years.
1. The problems facing city residents in the areas of housing and rising property taxes have reached epidemic proportion and when I am elected to the D.C. Council, I plan to work in the following manner: Devise means to eliminate the red tape where rehabilitation of boarded up structures are concerned; introduce legislation which would find those institutions who block bust and redline to prevent the poor and minority groupings from securing decent housing; would work on securing more joint ventures with the federal government (Department of Housing and Urban Development) to build low-and moderate-income housing; introduce legislation to discourage speculation in housing which would require absentee landlords to bring dilapidated properties up to standard and require that said properties not be sold within a two-year time frame and that the occupants of said dwelling be given first right of purchase at a profit not to exceed more than 50 percent profit of value of property as assessed by the District government. Property taxes in the District need a complete revamping and this will be one of my proposals to try and curb the rising costs of these taxes.
2. City services, in my opinion, need to be greatly improved. The systematic cleaning of D.C. streets and alleys in all sections of the city has diminished greatly in the past five to six years. I would work to step up street cleaning services in all areas and would concentrate on those areas first that have been neglected for so long.
I would organize and develop a war on rats, roaches and other creatures that presently invade and live in our neighborhoods by having alleys and garages cleaned. Where privately owned garages exist which are rat infested, cleaning would be done at the expense of the owner of said property.
Fines would be levied on residents who throw trash and other debris in alleys and on the street and the sanitation department would be charged with the responsibility of seeing that their employees carried out assigned duties. Strong efforts will be made to seek out offenders and prosecute. To accomplish this, I would introduce legislation which would effectively deal with trash and debris in alleys and garages. I would also work to see that exisiting regulations and health codes are enforced, where sanitation is concerned, in all areas of this city.
3. In my opinion, the major problem in the District of Columbia which needs to be addressed is employment and employment as it relates to equal opportunities.
As an elected representative of the D.C. City Council, I plan to look for ways and means to close the employment gap between the races and particulary our young people, while looking at the whole employment picture in the District of Columbia.
I will ask for stricter overseeing of federally financed programs such as CETA to ensure that those who are supposed to benefit from such programs are indeed the recipients. Since programs like CETA are federally financed, I will insist that the trainees are not being trained for positions which are nonexistent.
I will introduce legislation, after careful review of the present employment situation as it relates to District residents, which would set up city employment programs for the adults as well. These programs will be designed as to graduate the trainee into private sector or government employment. To safeguard the intent of the program, I will have guidelines drawn up which would eradicate discrimination in employment by sex, age, color and religion.
I would also work towards establishing meaningful legislation which would prohibit businesses in the District of Columbia from using illegal aliens as employees. Betty Ann Kane, 37, of 118 5th St. NE, is a development officer at the Museum of African Art. She has been a member of the D.C. school board since 1974.
1. The city has no clear housing policy, no concrete goals for jobs and economic development, no real sense of what to do to expand the tax base. As a member of the City Council, I will work to pass a comprehensive housing plan with a vigorous commitment to giving people of all income levels a decent place to live. This will include incentives for building and maintaining low-and moderate-income units in place of present policies that force units off the market, recycling vacant housing, rental assistance based on need, assisting tenant cooperatives, controlling condominium conversion, a central housing information office, and helping families fight displacement by using federal funds, a state finance agency and leverage with private lenders to increase home ownership for lower-income persons. I will work for lower property taxes and to slow spiralling assessments, for an adequate federal payment and commuter tax, and appropriate business development. Rising utility costs spur housing problems also. I will work to ban the automatic pass-through to high fuel costs and for a more consumer-oriented Public Service Commission.
2. I have made better management a priority and stood up for accountability all the way down the line. It's time to stop making excuses and get down to business. DHR must be reorganized, buck-passing layers of bureaucracy eliminated, a separate health department created. Personnel reform is needed - to reward production employes, weed out those who can't do the job. The manpower and employment service must get people off the lines and into real jobs. I will continue to be a strong voice for giving our schools the resources they need to deliver quality education. Inaccurate and late water bills, a housing department that puts its money into bureaucrats not programs, a record office that takes months to find a birth certificate, can be made to measure up - if the City Council uses its powers of investigation, oversight and budget approval. My record on the school board shows that I know how to get the job done. I speak up, ask hard questions and expect accurate answers.
3. Taxes that residents pay continue to rise - while the quality of services citizens receive continues to decline. Citizens also feel government is unresponsive to their concerns. To me, the taxpayer's boss. I have a record of insisting on getting our money's worth - and giving citizens a real voice in decision-making. I won't stand for the abuse of emergency legislation we've seen - lawmaking without public input, piecemeal, seat-of-the-pants government. Keeping in touch is the key. At all hours of the day and night people with problems call me, looking for information and help. They get it. I write a newsletter for citizens. I attend hundreds of meetings around the city - to speak and listen. The strength and vitality of the city lies in its neighborhoods. I will be a strong voice for their protection and revitalization. I want to put the convention center and other big projects to direct public vote.
William Raspberry praised a policy I sponsored as "a genuine blueprint for parental involvment" and said, "Betty Kane has been in the vanguard on an incredible number of those (issues) that strike me as particularly important." I will continue to work hard for the kind of responsive, efficient government we deserve. Je Phunneh Lawrence, 31, of 3616 Horner Pl. SE, is an attorney. He is a member of the board of directors of the Southeast Neighborhood House.
1. I will introduce legislation to establish an indirect housing susbidy program through the District of Columbia government with a combination of District of Columbia funds and federal funds. With this indirect subsidy program, home loan mortgage money could be made on a 100 percent bases to qualified low-and moderate-income persons. A deferred repayment schedule will be made a part of the loan package.
I believe that a highway and roadway use tax shold be implemented to tax non-resident motorists who burden our streets.
2. I submit that public transportation in the District of Columbia is inadequate. I believe that the full Metrorail system should be constructed. Further, there should be a city-wide ban on street parking for non-resident motorists.
In addition, the area of police protection needs immediate attention. D.C. residents who live east of the Anacostia River are denied adequate police protection. Commercial interests refuse to locate east of the river because they cannot get police protection for their business establishments. If I am elected, I intend to demand an audit of time and manpower expenditure for the police and fire department.
3. The major problem in the District of Columbia is unemployment and then housing. I intend to initiate legislation to set up a high school student aid program that would afford high school students an opportunity to work in D.C. government and federal government agencies during summer months and on a half-time basis during the school year. As to the matter of adult unemployment, I believe that public works jobs should be set up and all CETA monies made available to the hardcore unemployed. I also believe that all economic and employment discrimination must be eliminated in this city. Further, any contractor awarded a bid on a D.C. project should be required to hire at least 75 percent D.C. residents. Lee S. Manor, 55, of 7316 Alaska Ave. NW, is a teacher. He has been co-chairman of the Political Action Committee of the Washington Teachers Union.
1. When elected, I will introduce a bill for a comprehensive economic development program for credit unions, banks and saving and loan institutions. The bill would place emphasis on the remodeling and building of homes and apartment units in the District. The revenue would come from District funds placed in the institutios, by the government, that cooperate with the program. We will seek matching funds from HUD's community development program. The more homes in the city, the less tax each citizen will have to pay.
In order to alleviate the property taxes, I will form a massive lobbying effort with our congressman and unions, ministers and other organizations across the country to get the commuter tax passed in some form for the District of Columbia. More than 60 percent of the work force in the District lives in the suburbs; with a commuter tax this will cut our own taxes by 50 percent.
The other method of raising funds would be to bring in new business to the District, by using the economic development program to seek new and established business to locate in the District. We could give them incentives by reducing their taxes by 50 percent, for the first two years, after relocation to give them time to reestablish themselves. This will create more revenue and also create more jobs for the citizen.
2. I feel that health and environmental services are in need of improvement. When elected, I will work with the mayor and other City Council members to see that the revenue is found for these two departments. I will seek ways to decentralize the service, so it will be nearer to the people, in the areas where most needed. I believe in efficiency and accountability. I will seek ways for regular evaluation and monitoring of each department.
3. The major problem in the city is the housing and employment. When elected, I will push for the adoption of a mini D.C. Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Bill. Every citizen who desires work will be able to find it. With the Comprehensive Economic Development Program, and light industries, I know that this can create jobs and generate revenue for our city.
For the lower economic areas, I will propose a Community Credit Union Economic Development Program. This will be patterned after the President's Credit Union Economic Development Program; it is in experimental stages now. My plan would include help of the ANC's in their areas to set up credit unions, where needed, and place in the credit unions funds from the District government, that is available on a long-term basis. The credit unions in turn will be able to return a 7 percent interest to the District government. The District government could turn over its boarded-up houses and apartments to the citizens. The citizens would be able to borrow from their local credit union to finance their homes, with a loan up to 30 years. This plan will also create jobs, housing and revenue for our city. I will use the HUD Rehabilitation Property Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan Programs, and use the HUD Moderate Income Housing Program for moderate income households. Marie S. Nahikian, 31, of 1855 Mintwood Pl. NW, is former executive director of D.C. Common Cause. She is a commissioner on the Rental Accommodations Commission.
1. Homes are not a commodity to be bought and sold. Homes are the cornerstone of family life in our city-state and define who will be part of the nation's capitol.
The District has a responsibility to provide equal housing opportunities for families who now live in the District and pay taxes. This issue was the point of initial involvement for me first in my own neighborhood of Adams-Morgan and over the past 10 years throughout the city.
I was the first person in the nation and in the District to focus public attention on the issue of displacement and real estate speculation in 1972 on Willard Street. I began the "vision" of Seaton Street, a good example of a working partnership between people, lending institutions, and the D.C. government. As an at-large Council member, I will propose several programs to immediately address the issue of affordable housing and rising property taxes:
Office of In-Kind Service (patterned after a Hartford, Conn., program), allowing senior citizens, under and unemployed people to apply for a job with D.C. government in return for a tax credit on property taxes.
Changes in the assessment procedures with a special assessment for owner-occupied homes, condos, and co-ops.
Assistance to small landlords (under 100 units), who have provided the bulk of our low/moderate-income housing stock, offering low-interest loans and loan guarantee to leverage additional private investment in upgrading housing stock, contingent upon retaining affordable rents for current tenants.
Mortgage down payment loan pools financed by a bond issue that offers mortgages at below-market rate and at interest on the bonds of approximately 7 percent, administered by participating savings and loans, patterned after programs now operating in at least one major urban area with great success.
Transition of public housing to ownership by the family, in order to stabilize housing and move the city away from the maintenance costs, with support from intensive home responsibility counseling.
Financial and technical assistance to help tenants exercise their right-of-first refusal for single family as well as multi-unit buildings.
The major thrust of these proposals is District intervention in the housing market coupled with support programs of resident responsibility and self-help.
2. District residents have a basic right to equal city services, regardless of where they live. Studies have shown, in fact, that often low/moderate-income neighborhoods pay a higher percentage of taxer per population than do other neighborhoods receiving the same services.
A good example of service inequities is trash collection. Inner city and lower-income neighborhoods are dirtier and alleys are cleaned less often, in part because the residents make fewer demands. All neighborhoods should be kept clean and can be through something as simple as rearranging collection schedules, rather than spending more money.
Another crucial issue of city service delivery that impacts that largest number of people is public transportation. The council must address the fact that residents in Southeast, Anacostia, and far Northeast cannot depend on public transportation to get to their jobs. Why were buses eliminated in these areas where large parts of the population must depend on public transportation in order to work?
Since the Metro system is functioning as a commuter railroad, the District must improve the inner-city bus system instead of surrendering it to the sole service of the subway system. I vehemently disagree with the Senate Appropriations Committee's recommendation to force riders onto the Metro when it requires more time and added expense burden for those citizens of the District who can least afford it.
Availability of information is another area that needs attention. District residents should not wait six months for a birth certificate, two hours to pay a parking ticket, two years for a water bill.The overriding problem is two-pronged: residents believe D.C. workers don't work; D.C. workers have the opposite view.As a member of the D.C. Council, I will press this issue. I will hold hearings to ask D.C. employees about the work-place: What are the problem? What needs improved? At the same time, residents should make their problems and feelings known. Only when everyone understands that the job they do is important, that it affects the lives of people, will we begin to see real changes in the delivery of services.
I am aware one cannot legislate enforcement, but as a member of the D.C. Council, I will use oversight and public hearing powers to move the dialogue out of the District Building and into the neighborhoods with public herings on issues such as city services, held in the evenings so working people can participate. I will encourage the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions to present an annual agenda for D.C. Council action that will include not only issues to be addressed by the council, but solutions to the issues and recommended legislation. The real need is for a policy that states there will be equality in service delivery.
3. The major problem cutting across all communities in the District, be it Friendship Heights, Anacostia, or Brookland, is the lack of neighborhood self-determination. The District of Columbia has made little effort to involve people in solving their own problems.
The District must be a place where people want to be. It must be an attractive place to live and work and shop for all people.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions have helped considerably but they still are, as their name implies, advisory in nature. The fundamentals are clear. We must continue to reduce crime and eradicate our false image as a center of crime. We must continue the fight against housing speculation. We must address the issues of economic development and unemployment so that we can enhance the quality of life for District residents. We must give our ANC's real control over policy by instituting the annual presentation of an ANC agenda before the D.C. Council.
A development strategy must begin with a frank evaluation for our strengths and weaknesses. If we are to tap our potential good fortune, building healthy neighborhoods, with healthy business centers, we must stop our short-sighted development schemes.
I believes the District should promote urban market, like New York's Orchard Street. I want a rejuvenated Chinatown and unique enterprises like odd-lot emporiums which attract hordes of noontime shoppers and make opportunities for small businesses. I support the identification and preservation of older buildings but with the stipulation that historic preservation take place in both black and white neighborhoods. And I want to promote the most neglected of our resources - the waterfront. A clean Potomac, fit for recreational use, would enhance our economic base and make our city more livable.
Our city has no clear vision of what it wants to become. The District is now fragmented, with our people at an impasse with each other and the business community. Only when we have full voting representation in Congress, only when we have full control over our fiscal budget, only when we have the courage and power to hold our city-state government accountable, will we begin to move toward a new determination for the District and its people. Hector Rodriguez, 35, of 2121 P. St. NW, is an urban planner. He has been deputy vice president of the National Urban Coalition and an officer in other political groups.
1. Restructure and revitalize the management and program of the Department of Housing Establish:
Housing Finance Corporation to finance, through low-interest loans, housing for low/moderate-income families.
Housing Task Force to develop a comprehensive housing plan.
A local urban homesteading program.
A housing court to deal with landlord/tenant relationships, housing and associated matters.
I would support:
An increase of allowable household income (for persons under 62 years old) to $18,000.
Extensive counseling on housing for low-to moderate-income families and tenant groups.
Subsidies/tax advantages which will assist low/moderate income families obtain decent housing.
A real estate speculation tax.
Alternative housing ownership (e.g., co-ops).
A mortgage deferment plan (to defer interest for first five years) and a mortgage insurance program to encourage bank lending to low/moderate income families.
Accountability from banks and developers.
2. The Department of Human Resources is of major importance as it impacts directly on the survival of our family unit. It also utilizes approximately $266 million for an estimated 8,000 full time, permanent employees.
My approach is to make the system more creative without eliminating jobs. DHR needs comprehensive reorganization to ensure a balanced efficient program of social services for poor, families, children, senior citizens, women and handicapped.
Priorities: Codify and unify all public laws related to D.C. social services: strengthen organizational structure - the creation of DHR complicated the structure to the point that decisions are delayed or never made; fund office for citizen participation and support; develop comprehensive information system for citizens (bilingual); decentralize direct service delivery system (set up community offices); increase direct service delivery workers to decrease case load and upgrade services; more creative and aggressive procurement of funds for our city from all sources - federal, foundation, corporation; more bilingual personnel at critical service levels.
3. The real problem in the city is how to achieve economic prosperity for the majority of the people in the District of Columbia, 90 percent of which are minorities. We desperately need unity. With unity, we can begin to transform political power to economic property.
First, I would increase revenues. This can be done through a commuter payroll tax (already before Congress), a D.C. lottery, and a tourist tax.
Second, I would clean and develop the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. This would provide jobs and an improved environment. A leisure and recreational industry could be developed along the river.
Light industrial development could be brought into areas like Anacostia, Adams-Morgan, Shaw, etc. The visitors center could be converted to a vendor/craftsman's market. I would encourage greater technical assistance to the small businessman.
Develop a test case for the Humphrey/Hawkins Bill here in the D.C. to establish full employment. Give the preferential treatment in hiring to D.C. residents, and ensure that contracts go to D.C. contractors when possible. Statehood Hilda Howland M. Mason, 62, 1459 Roxanna Rd. NW, is a City Council member. She also has been a school teacher, school administrator and a member of the D.C. school board.
1. Housing: The inadequate supply of affordable housing in the District of Columbia makes rent control necessary. However, rent control is not a permanent solution to the housing problems facing people in the District. The solution lies in increasing the stock of affordable housing in the District. Proposals such as the Urban Homesteading Act, which I co-sponsored, and the creation of a District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency designed to generate funds from private and public sources for construction and rehabilitation of housing will help to increase the number of affordable rental units and single family houses available. Only by increasing the number of housing units can we begin to alleviate the market forces which drive up apartment rents and the cost of single family houses.
Property Taxes: The tax bill on residential properties has soared in recent years as a result of increased assessments which have gone up faster than have individual salaries and incomes. Residential assessments have increased 32 percent and 42 percent during the 1977 and 1978 tax years while assessments for commercial properties have gone up only 5 to 7 percent during the same period. I supported the measures in the council which classified property for tax purposes into commercial and residential, reduced the property tax rate for residential properties from $1.83 to $1.54, and expanded the "circuit breaker" or income tax credit program for both renters and homeowners.
However, making downward adjustments in the tax rate is only half of the property tax equation. The causes of the large increases in the assessed value of residential property must also be addressed. To this end I supported passage of the Real Estate Transaction Tax (D.C. Law 2-81) which was designed to place a high tax on the rapid turnover or "flipping" of property so as to discourage real estate speculation, a primary cause of the increases in property assessments in many parts of the District.
2. Generally there is a need to improve efficiency in the delivery of services throughout the District government. This can be done through improving management capabilities of the District government and holding the mayor and the heads of the various District agencies and departments directly accountable for the performance of their agencies. To that end, I strongly support requiring council confirmation of all department heads.
In the area of education, many of the problems in the delivery of services by the public schools can be linked to the lack of adequate funding. The public schools have made steady progress in implementing innovative programs and taking on a new direction. Their reward has been the imposition of severe budget restrictions and a steady decline in the portion of the District of Columbia resources devoted to education. The District devotes a smaller percentage of its budget to education than does any one of the 50 states. Our children will be the ones who ultimately suffer from the budgetary neglect of the public schools.
3. Lack of full self-determination is perhaps the greatest problem facing the District of Columbia. The present home rule government is free to manage the affairs of the District only to the extent that it does not alienate either the Congress or the President. Congressional delay and interference, especially in budget matters, continue to be a fact of life for the District. We have only to look at the most recent actions taken by the House and Senate in cutting the District's Fiscal Year 1979 budget, a budget financed primarily from local revenues. This process of second-guessing decisions made by the local government is unique among all the jurisdictions in the country.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to run a government effectively, establish a comprehensive housing policy, deal with crime, stimulate economic development, raise revenues, improve public transportation and the environment, or address any number of other problems which are crying for solution with Congress having the final say over our legislation and budget processes. The District government functions in spite of Congress, not because of it.
Statehood for the District of Columbia would give us the power to control our local affairs and finances and would enable the citizens to hold the elected officials of the District truly accountable for their performance in office. Statehood would not guarantee solutions to all of our problems; it would only provide us with the power and capability to address and solve them. U.S. Labor Stuart Rosenblatt, 27, of 1701 16th St. NW, is chairman of the Washington Labor Party. He has been a Labor Party spokesman for six years.
1. The price of housing and taxes are the result of Federal Reserve Board Chairman Miller's high interest rates, and the general flight of funds into non-productive outlets, as productive markets shut down. To reverse this, Miller must be fired; the U.S. must invest its capital into the most productive ventures opening up internatiomally - a global development policy initiated by USLP Chairman Lyndon LaRouche, with the Japanese, European, Arab and Soviet leadership at the July Bremen and Bonn summits. The new monetary system created at Bremen will funnel excess dollars into productive investment around the world. The District must join this grand design and encourage an influx of productive business into the District such as computer, electronics, nuclear and related ventures. With a stable industrial base and a new work force in the tens of thousands working at high wages, we will have large rental grouping, and the business income to generate taxes. We can build houses and cut taxes for business and homeowners (renters) alike. I oppose all irresponsible banter about Proposition 13. Cutting taxes without locating revenue-generating industries will ruin city services and employment. You must elect a city builder, not a city wrecker.
2. All services need improving to one degree or another. The above answer situates the proper contact for increasing city revenues as a whole. With increased revenues we can repair potholes, extend Metro (without strikes), and increase services for the elderly. But under my administration, we will focus on education. D.C. public schools must be transformed into the finest in the nation. The special science programs must be greatly expanded and fully equipped.We will be raising a whole generation of Pasteurs, Franklins and Riemanns. The University of the District of Columbia must be made a centerpiece of high quality education in all areas and it should simultaneously run a massively expanded number of training programs in the skilled trades (with union collaboration). Washington Tech and Howard must be greatly expanded and serve as well as a center for even more foreign students coming to the nation's capital for training as part of the grand design. This education system must be the envy of the world, the fulfillment of George Washignton's dictum to make the capital the science and culture center of the world. Thus we will educate a generation capable of running a fusion-based economy.
3. The major problem is lack of leadership. By solving the latter problem through my election, we will give the city the leadership it needs. We must elect city builders to office, in the tradition of Lincoln, Washington and Franklin. What is needed are people like Margaret B. Wilson of the NAACP, who are not afraid to fight for growth through high technology development. In this city, the Labor party is the only organization capable of fulfilling this demand. We already have too many jerks in high office; we don't need any more "little people." Anyone who is not versed in world affairs from a City Building perspective is not a qualified candidate. Local control has failed. Zero-growthers like Hilda Mason have failed. Drug supporters like Mason have failed. The Labor Party has provided leadership on a global scale; this summer we enacted the Bremen Monetary System and the near achievement of Fusion Power, unlimited energy. All this with no one in office. Now elect us.