Candidates' names are listed as they appear on the ballot. Questions
1. On which committees of the City Council would you wish to serve during the next council session and what specific legislation would you introduce?
2. 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 would you do to make them better?
3. Are there any specific projects or programs you would undertake as a member of the City Council which would show clearly indentifiable changes in your ward by the end of the next council term?
Mary G. Prahinski (Democrat), 528 of 1901 Plymouth St. NW, was a physiologist with the Howard University Medical School and is now a housewife. She is vice president of the D.C. Government State Health Coordinating Committee and a member of the Adult Education State Planning Committee and the DHR Advisory Committee. She was one of the original organizers of the Ward 4 Democrats and has served on many civic, church and political organizations.
1. Human Resources and Transportation and Environmental Affairs because of my health care experience and work to protect Ward 4 from traffic, uncontrolled growth and sewage. I make no promise on introducing specific legislation. My experience tells me that I may be able to better achieve some of the things I have worked for through executive branch action or by supporting the bills of other council members.
2. Street cleaning, leaf pickup, snow removal and checking for sewer clogging, potholes and dog law violations are not done on a systematic basis. Work is done in response to citizen complaints. Transportation department employes try to plan bicycle, pedestrian, traffic control and bus routing for the whole city. Unless most of their time is spent coordinating with each other, one person's improvements will interfere with the other's work. It is impossible for one mind to plan these for the entire city, although all these could be easily done by one person for a single ward. Contractors, who seek to turn the living wage and pension benefits of government employes into profit, are warehousing the mentally ill, and people with drug and crime problems, in homes in residential neighborhoods. The response to Question 3 contains my proposed solutions.
3. Mini-city halls would provide more efficient, lower-cost government. A ward manager would run local services, planning and implementation independently, just as an Army commander runs his own base. The down-town government would provide general policy guidance, like an Army headquarters, and would run services best done on a citywide basis, like sewage and special schools for the handicapped. ANCs and civic organizations would be provided office space in the mini-city halls to promote citizen-government cooperation.
I would oppose all inappropriate intrusions into residential areas. I would also require job and pension destruction impact statements for all contracting out projects. Crime and public safety impacts would also have to be shown. These would be reviewed by the City Council, before implementation.
Police and fireman disability pensions for minor impairments should be ended. Instead they should be given jobs which they can perform. Guard work in schools, and in crime-prone areas, is one appropriate such job.
Malcom Diggs (Democrat), 41, of 1300 Van Buren St. NW, is a buyer and assistant coordinator for minority business for C&P Telephone Co. He has been a legislative assistant to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, legislative aide to Lawrence F. O'Brien and housing director during the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
1. Finance and Revenue, Municipal Planning and Economic Development (minority business) and Transportation. Legislation to extend the renewal period of Medicare cards from six months or one year to three years; meters for taxicabs or equitable rates; a comprehensive minority business program, and human resource.
2. For the most part, yes. More frequent street and alley cleanups; increase the number of foot patrolmen; adequate funding for ANCs; private minibuses for senior citizens' homes and recreation centers.
3. To promote strong community organization via businesses, senior citizens, youth groups and bringing the neighborhood and community organizations closer together in order to play a greater economic, social, political and educational role within the ward.
Ernest Bowman (Democrat), 32, of 5921 14th St. NW, is a teacher. H was the first president of Everett Community College Black Student Union and co-organizer of a conference that led to similar organizations at all state colleges.
1. When elected I would like to serve on the committees that deal with finance and housing and economic development. I would like to increase the school budget to provide for needed supplies and equipment. I would introduce legislation to strengthen the condominium conversion laws so that many residents would not be forced out of their apartments and eventually the city.
2. City services in Ward 4 are inadequate, but compared to some of the other wards they are not as bad. Crime is a problem in Ward 4 and a return to foot patrol would provide additional public protection. It is also a crime that city officials who live in the ward do nothing about inadequate school supplies, trash collection, snow removal and especially crime around the many apartment buildings where many cars are broken into regularly. I would see to it that this ward receives protection and better services generally.
3. The two major projects that I'm interested in are controlling condominium conversions and economic development. Legislation controlling condominium conversion would allow many residents to stay in the ward and city and at the same time keep the school enrollment stable. This can be accomplished by the end of this council term. Other areas of the city have already been affected by this crisis and there is evidence that it is becoming a problem in Ward 4. The time to put on controls is now.
We need to do something in terms of revitalizing Ward 4's business areas. In most business areas we need major economic development to occur to attract business, employment and revenue for the city. Since the council is a legislative body I would support plans by the planning department that addresses these concerns.
Robert V. Brown (Democrat), of 5417 13th St. NW, is a teacher at Eastern High School.
1. The Committee on Finance and Revenue. The specific legislation I would like to introduce would be a fairer and simpler D.C. income tax and a reduction in property tax. Also, I would like to be on this committee to cut out government waste. In addition, I would like to serve on the Recreation Committee. I would propose legislation that would start skateboard parks after careful feasibility studies. The Education Committee is another where I would like to propose legislation that would make it mandatory that all teachers take a qualification examination.
2. Services in our ward are not adequate for the most part. I think that transportation is in need of improvement in the ward. The response of the Ward 4 representative to the constituents should be more expedient. Government-delivered services on a whole should be more expedient including snow removal and trash removal. Proper traffic light control and four-way stop sign controls at some intersections should be implemented. In general, keeping in touch with his constituents.
3. Yes. Specifically I would give energy incentives for people who better insulate their homes and give people a break on their utility bills reflecting their conservation. Further breaks to those who install solar heating systems. A project whereby the streets and alleyways in the ward are swept twice monthly. This is symbolic of my emergence on the council for an 'Operation Clean Sweep.'
Charlene Drew Jarvis (Democrat), 37, of 1789 Sycamore St. NW, is a scientist. She was elected chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Council and Assembly of Scientists of the National Institute of Mental Health, has been an instructor in pyschology at Howard University and Montgomery College and has been involved in science and community groups.
1. Ward 4 is a very stable community with a high rate of home ownership and a broad range of educational and income levels. We are fortunate in having many who, over the years, have been the bulwark of our community-our senior citizens. But Ward 4 residents have a heavy property and income tax burden which maby are finding increasingly difficult to shoulder. As a member of the Finance and Revenue Committee, I will initiate legislation which helps to lighten that burden, but at the same time focuses on identifying additional sources of revenue with which to support our vital social and economic programs. Specifically, I will support property tax abatements for senior citizens and others on fixed incomes, expansion of the homesteaders exemption and the levy of a user's tax on non-District residents (commuter tax). Additionally, I will encourage the development of applications for federal funds from the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, HEW, etc., to support innovative programs for the District. This kind of action requires no new legislative initiatives.
Because of my professional training, I am particularly sensitive to health-related issues. As a member of the Human Resources Committee, I will initiate legislation which establishes an administratively and fiscally independent Department of Health, thereby protecting the budget for adequate health care from the voracious appetite of welfare. In addition, I will introduce legislation whose goal is to provide more intermediate health care facilities, so that our poor and aged are not detained unnecessarily in high-cost, acute-bed facilities.
In addition, I will introduce legislation which establishes ward centers for the delivery of services to our senior citizens-homemaker services, escort services to banks and grocery stores, transportation capabilities, preventive health care services. The legislative establishment of such facilities will make these ward centers eligible for federal funds for the development of model service delivery centers through the Older American Act.
2. While the budget for amd the staffing of a number of agencies providing city services to Ward 4 residents is, in general, indequate, the delivery of those services falls far short of that which Ward 4 residents have a right to expect. My goal is to work in concert with the executive branch of government to make the delivery of those services more efficient and thorough and those who are delivering the services more resposive to citizens' request. Specifically, our alleys and streets need to be cleaned with greater frequency, we need constant street maintenance and repair, expanded recreational facilities, more foot patrolmen on the streets, improved bus service, broom-in-hand refuse collection, better park maintenance and accessible preventive health care facilities, I will act as Ward 4's advocate for the improvement of these services.
3. My goal is to establish in the ward, with the help of private funding, an aggressive constituents service capability to address the concerns of residents, to deal efficiently and quickly with citizen complaints and to monitor the delivery of city services. In addition, I will hold monthly Ward 4 meetings, both to inform residents of pending legislation and to solicit from residents their views on the probable impact of this legislation on the ward and the city; to make known the establishment of new government programs and the criteria for qualifying and to discuss new directives from the executive branch of government.
With respect to specific programs, I will work with the Office of Planning and Development and the Georgia Avenue Corridor Community Development Corporation to revitalize the business corridors in Ward 4, making those businesss viable economically and providing Ward 4 residents with attractive, well-lighted, accessible shopping alternatives. I will work to increase bus service available to ward residents, to increase the number of foot patrolmen in our neighborhoods and to make our schools into community facilities in which all residents have a stake.
I will work with those in the private sector to provide jobs and apprentice-ship training programs for our unemployed youth, and I will encourage 'fair share' apportionment of jobs available through the D.C. government for youth who are both below and above the poverty line.
As a responsible council member empowered with the right to pass legislation, it is well to remember, however, that the enforcement of current laws is as important as the introduction of new legislative initiatives.
Vickie Street (Democrat), 61, of 1908 Tulip St. NW, is a member of the D.C. Board of Education. She has been a member of the Neighborhood Planning Council No. 1 and has been active in local and Democratic affairs.
1. Human Resources: I would vigorously seek legislation that will (a) guarantee public school nurses' positions (now woefully lacking in schools); (b) extend health services and job training programs for special education students (ages 12-25); and (c) provide subsidies for senior citizens to cover free transportation on buses, Metro and taxicabs; health and personal care services. Finance and Revenue: I would strongly explore ways of increasingly funds for public education to include restoration of teaching positions.
2. No. Additional services needed in Ward 4 include more frequent sweeping and washing of streets and alleys, rodent control, leaf collection, garbage collection, trash collection and snow removal. We're mostly in need of such environmental services as well as more foot patrolmen on the streets. My efforts would be directed to increasing budget items to cover additional personnel, publish schedules of delivery of city services.
3. Establish a Ward 4 city services center where citizens may come to seek information, voice complaints and concerns, get job information (community businesses, District and federal offsprings).
Establish a consortium of ward leaders with regular meetings for review of pending legislation, interpretation of laws and their effect on Ward 4, and seek grants for business revitalization and youth employment.
Richard Clark (Democrat), 42, of 7509 14th St. NW, is a lawyer.He has been a member of Neighborhood Legal Services and customs attorney with the U.S. Treasury Department.
1. I would like to serve on the committee where I can make the most effective contribution to the community based upon my professional experience. Therefore, I would like to serve on the Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Public Service and Consumer Affairs and the Committee on Human Resources.
As a lawyer, these committees would permits me to fully utilze my knowledge and expertise in familiar surroundings I have already experienced. I am very much interested in social legislation and the reformation of the criminal justice system and judiciary.
2. No. There are too many abandoned cars and debris cluttering up our neighborhoods in the Ward 4 streets and alleys. I would make sure that the abandoned cars are promptly removed by the owners immediately or face possible fines. In addition, we need more persons actually walking the streets with street cleaning apparatus to assure cleanliness of streets. Last but not least, we need more traffic devices at certain busy intersections within Ward 4 to reduce the inflating number of automobile accidents and to provide pedestrian safety particularly near the schools and churches.
3. There are several things I have in mind. For example, I would like to remove the massage parlors along Georgia Avenue, introduce a crime victims compensation bill and put a halt to condominium conversions. Also, I would like to increase the number of facilities for senior citizens in Ward 4 and in the city in general.
Goldie Cornelius Johnson (Democrat of 1917 Tulip St. NW, is a cosmetologist. She has served on the Committee on Community and Police Relations and was president of Metro Police Wives Association.
1. Committee on Public Service and Consumer Affairs. Introduce legislation which would give incentive to residents who wanted to explore energy conservation improvements of private dwellings, especially for low-and moderate-income families who otherwise might not have the opportunity to make use of conservation improvements.
2. No. Snow removal is yet a problem since most of the streets are on the upward climb. The most immediate improvement necessary would be covering the potholes. Since the last snow we yet have dangerous pot holes on our streets. The monitoring of the cleaning procedures of alleys and streets. Ask for complete ambulance service units on the basis of the city's population.
3. Compile an analysis of the small businesses to determine those better in need of help. Idetify what needs to be done to make the businesses more viable in addition to what needs to be done to enable businesses to expand. This is economic community development. Next I would make sure that the planning districts of the city conform as nearly as possible to the ANC districts and this is putting development where people are located.
The outcome would be that the resources of the city would then be more closely to the neighborhood because the neighborhood would fit directly in the planning district.
Andrew W. Coleman (Democrat), 28, of 1206 Longfellow St. NW, is an administrator at Howard University. He has been a Ward 4 coordinator for the Democratic Party.
1. Committee on Finance and Revenue: Take a look at the tax structure particularly as it relates to property taxes of single-family homeowners.Committee on Transportation and Environmental Affairs: Look at the transportation needs of senior citizens and all Ward 4 residents. Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs: Develop laws that protect consumers.
2. Trash removal and alley and street cleaning could be improved. Ways I would make services better would include: encourage direct community involvement (specific clean up days); constituent education on available services; involve Department of Environmental Services personnel. The area of public safety could be improved through foot patrols and team policing. Health care could also be improved.
3. Constituents outreach program to better identify problems and concerns of ward residents; this entails establishing a ward office, Ward clean up program, precinct by precinct; involve Department of Environmental Services; clean up will be headed by ward volunteers.Senior citizens outreach program-work toward suitable and affordable housing arrangements for senior citizens within the ward. Business outreach program-work toward revitalizing businesses within the ward.
Dorothy Maultsby (Democrat), 52, of 214 Oneida St. NE, is a retired senior management analyst. She has been a member of the Democratic Central Committee, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and an officer with many civic and political organizations.
1. I wish to serve on the Finance and Revenue committee or the Government Operations committee. Specific legislation that I would introduce includes: Recognition to comminity residents whose specific recommendation lead to D.C. legislation; more practical property reassessment procedure; home heating oil reforms; monitoring and evaluation procedures (performance measurement system) for reviewing D.C. programs and budget operations; moratorium plan for the collection of property taxes; restructuring of the Public Services Commission to include two commissioners responsible for control of water and sewer and home heating oil; a mandated plan for full implementation of the Older American Act for Senior Citiziens; specific guidelines for the implementation of the Humphrey-Hawkins Employment Bill; an office of grants and administrative management whose responsibilites would include developing grant programs and providing continuing monitoring analysis, evaluating and reporting on grant program and procedures.
2. City services in Ward 4 are not adequate. Improvements are needed in the following areas; library services, full support for the more timely construction of the Lamond-Riggs Area Library as well as the reinstitution of bookmobiles as interim services; the development of a more systematic community plan for cleaning streets and alleys, for identifying and rehabilitating dilapidated properties and implementing pest control measures.
I would also work toward the formulation of a more acceptable plan for trash collection and the handling of bagged trash and trash cans; establish a wardwide effort to identify and recruit, through budgetary or grant methods, full complement of resources for our Ward 4 educational system; with Ward 4 community planning, bring a more effective delivery of health services through the establishment of a comprehensive health service agency centrally located within the ward. Interim measures would include increase in home health care and transportation and financial assistance for the medically needed; the implementation of programs to encourage and teach young people how to own and operate businesses for youths from all economic levels.
3. Specific projects I would undertake are: Establishing a communications network between my office and the community for reviewing legislation; establishing community liaison groups for needed community services categories and the organization of periodic ward, precinct or block meetings through which I could work in arriving at legislation with full citizens participation; crime prevention program designed and implemented by youths; delivery of home health care services and a workable youth employment program.
Gregory A. Rowe (Statehood), 26, of 7721 16th St. NW, is a research assistant. He was a member of the Mayor's Task Force Against Drugs in D.C. Public Schools and of the Neighborhood Planning Council Area 1.
1. Being on the Committee on Education, Recreation and Youth Affairs and the Committee on Human Resources and Aging will allow me to utilize my years of experience as a community worker to see that all of the people receive the most out of government programs. As your representative, it will be my duty to see that the District regains control over its finances and to prevent the continued cuts that occur in city services. I support the decentralization of government services and the creation of a ward-level district building so that the needs of our citizens can be met more efficiently.
2. City services in Ward 4 are inadequate. The tenants and homeowners are being asked to pay more less services. The residents of Ward 4 pay one of the largest amount of tax monies of any ward in this city. Yet, governmental services are extremely lacking. Police, fire and emergency response times are critically slow. Instead of improving because of our high tax payments, our schools are retrogressing. Trash collections should be increased to provide us with a more healthy environment. It is the duty of your elected representative to deal with these and other problems on a personal level as well as on the legislative side.
I will be responsive to the homeowners and to the tenants of our ward and not just the business interest. I will propose legislation that will update and improve the powers of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, this fundamental form of local community self-government should be the first stop for residents' complaints about neighborhood problems. It is the job of your City Council member to be available and to make sure that all government agencies respond quickly and respectfully to your needs.
3. As your representative on the City Council, one of my major concerns will be the housing crisis. The tenants need strong rent control implemented now. We are quickly approaching the time when high rents and decreased services will drive the majority of tenants out of the city. An equally serious problem is that of increased property tax assessments. Homeowners are being asked to pay increased property taxes while our elected representatives are prevented from instituting a commuter tax which would result in decreased property tax. I support an immediate reduction in property taxes.
Full employment should be accepted as an achievable goal by the D.C. government. It is the government's responsibility to see that the coordination of plans for economic development be formulated with the needs of the worker in mind. The development of industrial parks and the stimulation of light industries will have the result of directly reducing unemployment. I support the end of presidential and congressional overishgt of our elected City Council.
Once this interference in local affairs is ended, fundamental changes can be achieved in many areas.
Nathaniel (Nate) Sims (Democrat), 36, of 770o 12th St. NW, is the former chief hearing examiner for the Rental Accommodations Office. His community activities have included serving as president of the board of directors of N.W. Washington Neighbors, Inc., and chairperson of Urban Services Committee.
1. The Committee on Government Operations (because constituents in Ward 4 are interested in a better delivery of city services and maximum use of existing resources), the committees on Education, Economic Development and Finance and Revenue. I will introduce proposals for property tax relief that will increase the income ceiling under the Circuit-Breaker Law. The ceiling should be $25,000-$30,000, which would be commensurate with the rate of inflation. Tax relief shoud be on a permanent basis. I would seek some form of utility rate reform. I favor elimination of the fuel adjustment clause and would propose minimum rate charges for minimum amounts of energy usage. In the area of crime prevention, I would propose compensation for out-of-pocket losses for victims of crime and would explore proposals to provide some form of support for surviving family members of victims of violent criminal death. I would propose legislation to support families who care for elderly relatives in their homes through some type of state tax credit or through payments to families.
2. No. More frequent street and alley cleanings and sewer cleanings are needed. We will either monitor the Environmental Services Agency to be sure they do the cleaning as needed or seek legislation to require it on a periodic basis. We will mobilize the community to participate in a program of enforcement on the pet laws.
3. A Ward 4 Constituents Service Center which will be manned daily. As a council member I will be accessible to individual members of Ward 4 on a two-day per week basis. Through participation in individual meetings in Ward 4 and a newsletter which will go out to all members of the ward, communication between representative and constituents will be improved. The newsletter will be published in coordination with the ANCs and the community. I will have more direct interaction with all ANC commissioners.
Norman C. Neverson (Democrat), 35, of 4828 Fort Totten Dr. NE, is an executive with the Xerox Corporation.He has been an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for three years.
1. Committee-Oversight for Department of Human Resources. I would reorganize the DHR. This agency has been in violation of HEW guidelines under Title XIX for 10 years and this condition/practice must be corrected. Because of DHR mismanagement the tax-payers are spending millions of wasted dollars annually.
2. City Services are not adequate for Ward 4 residents: (1) Residential facilities for Ward 4 elderly citizens-I would aggressively seek Community Block Grant Funds to provide residential facilities for those 5,354 senior citizens in Ward 4. (2) Vigorous enforcement of housing violations-I would introduce legislation to give the Department of Housing and Community Development enforcement powers. (3) Enforcement of truancy regulations-I would seek to take our school children off the streets during school hours and to put them back in school.
3. I would organize Ward 4 with the civic associations and rid the ward of filthy alleyways and streets. Norman Neverson would rid the streets of the hundreds of abandoned autos in Ward 4. This would be called 'Campaign to Remove Blight.' I would obtain contributions and gifts from private industry which would help provide our school children with much needed instructional remedial resources. This effort would help to increase the reading and math scores for all D.C. school children.
Barry Campbell (Democrat), 32, of 419 Emerson St. NW, is an engineer and program manager of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Projects at the Institute for Economic Development. He has served as the executive assistant to the Ward 4 councilmember for more than three years.
1. The committees on Finance and Revenue and Housing and Economic Development are two of the council's most critical because they deal with revenue. Underlying all of our problems in Ward 4 and the city is the lack of sufficient resources. Efficient use of existing resources and the identificiation of new revenue programs are both essential. Additional revenues will result from economic planning and development. We need to develop comprehensive strategies to generate new housing and business. As the executive assistant to the Ward 4 council-member. I was responsible for these program areas. I attended the meetings of these committees, monitored their activities and prepared legislation, some of which is now law.
I would introduced legislation to fund to rent subsidy program for those whose incomes do not allow them to afford current rents; to grant greater property tax relief; to bring legalized gambling to a public referendum, and to bring a commuter tax to an advisory referendum. Under the current Home Rule Charter, an advisory referendum on the issue of a commuter tax is the only action the city is allowed. If the majority of citizens express a desire to have the authority to levy a non-resident income tax.I will take an aggressive leadership role to bring it about. I plan to also take an aggressive role in bringing about full congressional representation.
2. I do not think the service delivery in Ward 4 or any other part of the city is as efficient or effective as possible. We in Ward 4 need street repair, reliable and regular street and alley cleanings, better health and education facilities and services for our elderly citizens, to name a few. The problem of inadequate service delivery is two-fold. On the other hand, we must ensure the efficient use of existing resources. The council, through its oversight function and its budgetary authority, can greatly influence the operation of city agencies. I think the council should take a more aggressive role in ensuring the cost effective and efficient delivery of services. All agencies and their functions should be reviewed periodically. Unnecessary or inefficient functions should be improved or eliminated. Accountability at all levels of an agency is key to achieving efficient service delivery.
On the other hand the lack of sufficient revenue contributes to this poor service delivery, D.C. residents and businesses are already paying higher taxes than their suburban counterparts, while over 40 percent of the high-paying, professional jobs in this city are held by non-residents. We lose over $66 million per year because we don't have the authority to tax incomes earned in this city by non-residents. If that $66 million were equally divided among the eight wards of the city, that would give Ward 4 over $8 million next year to improve upon existing service delivery and to improve additional services.
While on the council staff, I helped to establish the Ward 4 council office to ensure that residents would have access to their council member. The Ward 4 office was the first ward office in the city. My experience as the senior staff person in that office has given me an opportunity to deal with Ward 4 residents and their concerns on a first-hand basis.
3. The special election is to fill the remainder of the Ward 4 term. This allows 17 months to undertake policies to change the ward. There are major items, which I intend to address legislatively, whose full impact cannot be judged in this short period of time. Again, my major concern is the identification of new sources of revenue. Community-based economic development is another of my priorities. Revitalization of Ward 4's commercial areas should be the first step of such economic development programs.
I plan to achieve a greater involvement of citizens in the council's decision-making process. Neighborhood groups and other ward organizations should be continuously involved in governmental decisions.
In addition to the legislative proposals outlined above, my constituents will be able to judge my performance by their ability to have their concerns and problems satisfactorily addressed from the Ward 4 council office.
William Revely (Democrat), 38, of 617 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW, is a pastor and a social work instructor.
1. My experience is in human services, criminal justice and youth services. I will seek to apply my talents where they can best be used. I will serve where the greatest need exists, and work to establish myself with the council during the initial phases of the term.
2. City services in Ward 4 are steadily declining. The streets and alleys are a disgrace and health servies are getting worse and worse. The city should provide more street and alley cleaning, more social service assistance, better bus service and cheaper fares. There is a need for more social service workers, better senior citizen programs, more convenient food stamp centers and more jobs for the unemployed. The city services should be brought up to standard and expanded and all planning should have community input.
3. I would enchance the communication between the councilman and the Ward 4 residents. I will initiate a quarterly town meetin, a weekly prayer breakfast and a walkathon to cover the entire ward after a while. These programs will help us to more significantly pull residents together. Opern communication is very important and necessary for improvement in any area. CAPTION: Picture 1, Prahinski; Picture 2, Diggs; Picture 3, Bowman; Picture 4, R. V. Brown; Picture 5, Jarvis; Picture 6, Street; Picture 7, Clark; Picture 8, Johnson; Picture 9, Coleman; Picture 10, Maultsby; Picture 11, Rowe; Picture 12, Sims; Picture 13, Neverson; Picture 14, Campbell; Picture 15, Revely