1917 S St.NW Age: 24
Public information officer with U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation; co-chairman of Precinct 14 in Ward 2; vice chairman, United Way/Combined Health Appeal at place of employment; member of Dupont Citizens Association, Friends of the National Zoo, Smithsonian Associates and American Society of Access Professionals; experienced in working with Congress, federal and state agencies, the public and the media; former consultant to Department of Energy; attended Nassau Community College and Department of Agriculture Graduate School.
1: I agree. Through misuse of its power, the City Council has given up to the mayor's office some of those powers that historically belong to a legislative body. Many council members view their positions as little more than stepping stones to run for the mayor's or council chairman's positions. While my opponent and some of his colleagues have jockeyed around playing their political games, corruption and mismanagement have spread through the District building. Our city's financial affairs have fallen into a state of disarray. The City Council needs to use its oversight powers instead of relying on the media to act as watchdog. We need to weed out the cronyism that has gone unchecked. We must make the bureaucracy more responsive to the needs of the residents and businesses in the District.
2: Rent control in the District needs extensive modification. The current program is subsidizing housing units themselves. The fact is, it's the needy occupants who should be subsidized, not the brick and mortar. Our city cannot afford to maintain this kind of misdirected subsidy. I propose directly subsidizing those needy people who truly require assistance. Another way to ease the rent control burden on our city would be to halt the erosion of existing housing units. Recent reports cite more than 7,000 vacant public housing units, making our goal easily attainable. The city's limited financial resources must go into rehabilitating existing public housing. Working together we can preserve existing units and give stability to the housing market in the District of Columbia.
3: The key for bringing down the District's unemployment rate is to create new jobs. This is done by attracting new industry to the area. If we provide a more competitive business environment, the city could encourage retailers to move back into the District. It would also attract new industries, including telecommunications and biotechnology. To accomplish this goal I propose short-term tax incentives to new businesses that may need subsidies to make business in the city competitive with the suburbs. In turn, these businesses should be required to hire qualified District residents. The need for new job training programs will increase with new industries. A program should be developed linking government interests with business needs. Providing industries with qualified District employees will significantly reduce the rate of unemployment. Qualified city residents will be employed city residents. John A. Wilson (D-Statehood)
1545 18th St. NW Age: 40
Serving third term on City Council; legislative and advocacy initiatives have centered on efforts to provide property and income tax relief, promote historic and neighborhood preservation, enact the city's human rights statute, improve availability and condition of city's housing, curb parole for repeat offenders, cracking down on drug pushers and prostitutes, increasing employment opportunities and promoting revitalization in underdeveloped areas.
1: There is no questi attempt to wipe it out. I was successful this year in convincing the council to reject the mayor's proposal to increase income taxes by 5 to 7 percent. The land use element of the comprehensive plan now before the council presents an excellent opportunity for the council to depart from the mayor's position -- a position which threatens many of our residential neighborhoods -- and fashion a land use and zoning policy that balances the protection of our residential neighborhoods, while fostering economic development in appropriate areas. I, for one, will be pushing the council to meet its obligation on this important issue.
2: I support and have always been a chief sponsor of our rent control laws. I have just cosponsored an extension to the existing law, which is due to expire at the end of April 1985. A majority of this city's residents are renters, and a large proportion of this majority are low- and moderate-income households headed by women. Numerous studies have shown that rental housing will continue to be their primary housing resource. Since more than 40 percent of these households have incomes under $10,000 -- and hopes for increasing our public housing and subsidized housing units are slim -- keeping controls on rent levels in our private housing market is the only method by which government can intervene to assure an affordable pool of rental housing to meet the needs of these renters.
3: Retention of existing businesses as well as attracting new businesses are prime ingredients for tackling our unemployment problem. I have supported a number of measures aimed at retaining and attracting business, including an overhaul of our workers' compensation and unemployment compensation laws -- two laws that in the past presented a barrier to the city's enjoying a reputation as a good place to do business. While government can't guarantee that all jobs created in the city will go to District residents, I was successful in getting "first source" legislation passed that should ensure that all entry level jobs in projects assisted by the city through Urban Development Action Grants, sale or lease of city property, issuance of industrial revenue bonds or use of Community Development Block Grant funds will go to District residents. This law should decrease the ranks of our chronically unemployed. Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-R-Statehood)
Incumbent 1789 Sycamore St. NW Age: 41
Member of D.C. Council since 1979, chairs Committee on Housing and Economic Development and sits on transportation, government operations and consumer affairs committees; MS, Howard University, doctorate in neuropsychology, University of Maryland; has been member of Howard University and Montgomery College faculties and a research scientist at National Institute of Mental Health; serves on Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Private Industry Council and board of National League of Cities.
1: I do not agree that the balance of power has shifted from the council toward the mayor. Although the Home Rule Act establishes a strong-mayor form of government, the council exercises increasing control over executive actions -- especially long-range policy decisions. I intro- duced, and the council passed, legislation establishing a legislative veto for executive attempts to modify the budget after its approval by the council and legislation establishing council control over the disposition of property under control of the District's Redevelopment Land Agency. In addition, the council has confirmation authority for major executive appointments and executive actions including reorganization plans, pay changes for District employes, labor relations settlements, changes in community development plans and borrowing from U.S. Treasury. These are some of the provisions that establish the council's increasing authority over executive actions.
2: I believe rent control in the District should be continued beyond its current expiration date, with modifications. Earlier this year I introduced, and the council passed, legislation creating a Commission on Housing Production in the District, which will help resolve issues raised by modification of the rent control law and look at the larger question of how to maintain adequate levels of affordable housing for D.C. residents. The rent control law was designed to protect low- and moderate-income persons. For this protection to continue, an income-oriented approach is needed to establish and stabilize rents. Rent levels should not exceed a given level of personal income. Such an approach would have the effect of protecting those renters who most need protection, and of providing critically needed dollars for upkeep and maintenance of housing.
3: One of the most effective ways to fight rising unemployment is to create new jobs -- particularly entry-level jobs -- by stimulating new business development and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses. Entry-level jobs may be created by enactment of my "business incubator" legislation (offering a protective environment for small new businesses) and implementation of my legislation creating an Economic Development Finance Corporation (offering inventory, venture capital and capital participation financing to new and expanding businesses). I continue to encourage greater use of federal loan, grant and incentive programs for small and minority-owned businesses. As chairperson of the council's Committee on Housing and Economic Development, I have encouraged inclusion of a job training component in development projects approved by the council. In addition, I support the efforts of the Private Industry Council and the Washington Board of Trade to establish training programs for entry-level positions.