6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. Johns River?
Those factories and companies along the St. Johns River must reduce their pollution into the river. The city needs to invest in a community volunteer service“clean up our river campaign” and new companies using green technology needsto be brought to the riverfront.
7. How can you become engaged in the city’s high murder, infant mortalityand suicide rates?
Murder, infant mortality, and suicides are the strongest emotional, psychologicaland physical destruction of the family units in our city. As mayor, I will put publicservice announcements with my face and voice addressing all of these issuesand the importance of life. As far as murder and violent crimes are concerned, Iwill mobilize an additional 50 officers on the street in my first year in office. Next, Iwill put JSO sub-stations in neighborhoods for strong police visibility, in thecommunity!Suicides must be dealt with on a values-to-life basis. I say this because duringmy time as Juvenile Corrections Officer, I had to make the call one night when ateenager under my watch decided her life was not worth living and took steps toend her life! That night, her life became more important to me than policy, rulesand orders. I took it upon myself to revive her and give her the chance at life shereally deserves. This year, that young lady will graduate from high schoolbecause I cared enough to reach out my hand. As mayor I will keep reaching outmy hand to this community, teaching the values of living.Our Health Department has to be empowered to reach and teach our communityproper prenatal care and parenting classes to impact healthy childbirth andreduce infant mortality. These programs can be funded through grants andcorporate funding.
8. Has consolidation been a good or bad deal for Jacksonville? Pleaseexplain your answer.
For some services it has been good. For others such as police it has beenquestionable! The process was supposed to reduce government and it’s cost!What consolidation did for Jacksonville was created big government, out of control spending, raising taxes and a plethora fees levied upon our citizens.It has the potential to be what it was originally designed for, but it has to haveleadership that will put this city on a diet, cut lavish spending and streamline theway we do business. I can’t walk into my boss’ office and tell him/her I havesome new wants, and you have to pay for them! The Mayor and Council cannotdo this to the citizens of Jacksonville. We must do better in managing our dollars.As Mayor I will make sure every penny of every dollar of the taxpayers money,