Candidates were asked:
Committee: On which committee of the City Council would you wish to serve during the next council session and what specific legislation would you introduce?
Ward services: Are city services in your ward adequate? If so, what additional services do you think the city should offer its residents? If you believe services are inadequate, which are most in need of improvement and what woudl you do to make them better?
Projects: Are there any specific projects or program you would undertake as a member of the City Council which would show clearly identifiable changes in your ward by the end of the next council term?
Alexander Cartner, 46, of 4608, 48th St. NW, is a Republican. He is employed by International Business Machines, Inc.
Committee Education, Recreation and Youth Affairs Committee. The Boatd of Education is to be recognized as the governing body for educational needs in the District of Columbia. The setting of budget requests for their needs is provided through the City Council. We must return to basic education - reading, writing, arithmetic, English language, nutrition, civics - and the options necessary to fill each student's particular desires.
Our city problems here have been spawned by the lack of basics in the young students as well as the lack of knowledge of government with the adult group. To have shortchanged the students and the public of basic curriculum in the 1970s is the direct failing of the present D.C. council, which has had the full four-year term to make a substantive record but has failed, only to create more funds in a desperate effort to buy success. To return any of these members to legislative position is to sponsor the same frustration for another term of some students' irreplaceable years. Wake up, voters of the District of Columbia, use your best thoughts on Nov. 7, 1978.
Ward services: City services are constantly asked about in the phases of his campaign. I am of the opinion if the city administration is in need of knowing what to provide for citydwellers in 1978, then they should not be rehired for they have just completed four years of fumbling and guessing when they should be providing. No one should be returned to a job if he is not succeeding with his duties.
The demand in Ward 3 for city services is large because the citizens are responsible and decent and will do some services on their own when their tax dollars should go for these expenses.
In past administrations of D.C. government, city services were provided at all times without asking the citizens what they need or how to apply them, and all this at affordable tax levels.
We have now a budget each year of $1.4 billion, an amount sufficient for a city of 700,000 citizens to have the needed services without raising the budget. The public needs a mayor who can provide management skills for services which come from his office and council members who can govern the budget to be sure we don't waste your dollars. At the present time, this city does not have this kind of management or legislature, but you do have the opportunity to change this on Nov. 7.
Projects: Needs in Ward 3 are of educational and development nature. Renters are going to become extinct unless legislation is provided for renters and owners to occupy this ward at affordable prices. Educational needs are for the citizens to know what the D.C. government consists of and have a participating role in this election.
There are approximately 45,000 voters in Ward 3 and 200,000 citywide. If the electorate do not turn out on Nov. 7, they will be constructing a government by the few. Let us think carefully and choose for the future. The past of politicians is not to be glorified, just the end result of what this city has become while they have been serving. Please turn out 100 percent and vote. Thank you.
Mark W. Looney, 27, of 2237 40th Place NW, is a D.C. Statehood Party candidate. He is an economic development specialist for cooperative businesses and housing projects.
Committee Since City Council members serve on more than one committee, I am most interested and qualified with these committees: With the Housing Committee, I would introduce legislation that would establish a low-interest loan fund for home purchases and tenants cooperatives, expand loans for owner-occupied renovation; allow all tenants to vote on condominium and cooperative conversion; end evictions for "discontinuance of use" and "luxury rehabilitation," establish a vacancy tax on landlords with empty, livable apartments; cover all rental buildings under rent control; increase funding for the housing inspection office; introduce price guidelines on home and apartment sales.
In the Finance Committee, I would propose bills to limit property tax increases to an annual maximum ceiling no higher than the rate of inflation; increase taxes on commercial property; establish a tough speculation tax without the warranty provision; work to establish a commuter tax.
With the Economic Development Committee, I would introduce bills to reallocate convention center funds for a small business loan fund; increase substantially government funds for youth jobs; increase the minimum wage to $3.50; establish a citywide economic development plan with an effective economic development office; establis municipal ownership of the local utility companies.
On the Education, Recreation and Youth Committee, I would offer bills to restore adequate, funding and staff for our schools' libraries and recreation centers; increase funding for our Neighborhood Planning Councils, support funding for parochial schools, expand adult education programs.
Ward services: No. We need to restore adequate funding for our schools, recreation centers and libraries. Our school budget has not kept up with inflation, causing teacher layoffs, summer school to be curtailed, books and supplies reduced and other cutbacks. Recreation center staff in Ward 3 have not been replaced when they leave. Since 1971 library hours have been cut in half and the staffs cut by 25 percent. The bookmobile service has ended. Polly Shackleton and the City Council have initiated these cutbacks - which I oppose.
We need more police foot patrols in Ward 3. We need better zoning regulations, which protect residential areas from commercial development. We need affordable, intermediate, public-care facilities for the aged.
A minibus transportation program is needed. We need more public recreation facilities. We need stricter air pollution controls and enforcement of the parking ban.
Projects: In addition to previously mentioned concerns, I would establish city-operated recycling centers through the ward. I would provide funding and organizational support for additional day care centers in the ward. A door-to-door leafleting campaign to inform homeowners and tenants about city housing legislation and programs would be organized. I would establish an active, effective historic preservation program to preserve locations such as Hamilton Arms in Georgetown. Adequate funding for the ANCs would be sought. New social, recreation and service programs would be established for the elderly, such as mutual aid hotline in each precinct that facilitates labor exchange trades; i.e., a resident drives an older resident to a food stores and in exchange receives some food.
Polly Shackleton, 68, of 3232 Reservoir Rd. NW, is a Democrat. She is the present council member from Ward 3 and has served on the council since 1967.
Committee: Committee on Human Resources and Aging in order to continue recent progress in delivery of health, day care and social services. Approximately one-fourth of the entire D.C. budget goes to the Department of Human Resources. The committee monitors DHR's operations in order to try to achieve the best possible use of available resources and hold down costs, particularly the cost of health care. Principal legislative effort would be the reorganization of DHR.
Ward services: While the police department's performance is generally looked on with favor, there is growing concern about the increase in crime. Many complaints are received about nonenforcement of traffic and parking violations, especially in the residental parking sticker program. With the advent of the Comphrensive Enforcement Program, under the direction of the Department of Transportation (although police may still ticket), the police may devote full energy to crime prevention. Inadequate environmental services, including skipped trash pickups, erratic street and alley cleaning and nagging problems of the water billing systems continue to come to my attention. With the help of my constitutent service office volunteers, I will continue to press for action by the appropriate executive department on the various complaints received.
Project: Lack of affordable housing continues to be a major problem in Ward 3 as well as the rest of the city. I will push the executive branch to formulate a housing policy and manage it efficiently. In view of the massive conversion of rental properties, I will continue to support measures to make it possible for tenants to remain in their buildings, particularly senior citizens for whom I have proposed life tenancy. As a member of Marion Barry's Finance and Revenue Committee, I have been involved in far-reaching property tax reforms and will work hard to limit any future property tax increase. I will do everything possible to further the cause of self-determination and full budget control for the District of Columbia so that we may make final decisions on the use of our taxpayers' money for the maximum benefit of our citizens. I will oppose development that disrupts residential neighborhoods and will continue to support citizens' planning efforts.