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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I like to delegate.
Public Safety-have a hearing on why dog-nappers and homicide suspects get released back into the community in order too have them strike again.
Fiscal policy-cut wasteful programs.
No. (See US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8.)
My focus is not on 'voting rights'.
deregulate our zoning policies to allow quicker creation of housing stock.
criminals are a root cause of crime. According to the report released by DC's Center for Justice Coordinating Council in December 2021, most homicide suspects have already been arrested 11 times.
Considering this information, i propose the "8 strikes rule"-after committing 8 violent offenses, you go to jail for 30 years. This may drop homicides by 65%.
with my 8 strikes plan, there is no releasing after the 8th arrest.
BA Political Science, The American University
My low-key style is misleading to many; but I do understand the power of the position. Nevertheless, I believe in a collaborative approach with eyes on the ultimate goal: to achieve results. That means patience, and taking the time to explain a bill, ask for support, and contemplate what compromise, if any, may be necessary. Willingness to compromise enables us to be far more successful than the other legislature in town. I take a different approach toward our other key responsibility: oversight. For oversight I put less emphasis on collaboration and more on strategic thinking about how to get the best results – such as learning important information, to giving citizens a platform, or pressuring the Executive to act on an issue.
Crime and affordable housing. Regarding crime, I propose 8 strategies beginning with more resources to MPD to close cases, focusing on repeat offenders, pressing felony prosecutors to be aggressive, and building community trust. For affordable housing I support the Mayor’s proposed $500 billion budget for the Housing Production Trust Fund. I also support a variety of other strategies such Inclusionary Zoning (requiring a mix of affordability) in new residential developments, preserving existing affordable housing through affordability covenants, maintaining rent control, and emphasizing low income housing on District-owned parcels disposed for residential purposes. Get more details on my website: www.mendelsonforchairman.com
Yes. Statehood is the only means by which the U.S. citizens of the District of Columbia will have the same rights and responsibilities as the citizens of the 50 other states. I have testified repeatedly in favor of Statehood bills but currently the legislation is stalled in the Senate. While the goal is Statehood, I support incremental steps. Two important milestones, which were my initiatives, have been budget autonomy whereby we (not Congress) adopts our budget, and for the District to have its own elected attorney general. Recently I introduced the Delegate Voting Rights Act to give our Congressional Representative full voting rights on the floor of the House on any bill dealing exclusively with the District of Columbia.
I have led on this issue. Over the past year I got a 10-year extension for rent control; I rewrote (with unanimous Council approval) the Mayor’s Comprehensive Plan to make affordable housing the highest priority; I authored legislation (just adopted) to reform the eviction process; I authored legislation (enacted last fall) to revise and expand access to emergency rental assistance; I substantially increased funding for the Access to Justice Initiative which provides civil legal services to lower income residents; and I added tens of millions of dollars to the city’s budget for various housing initiatives such as affordability covenants and land dispositions to create affordable housing units. I will continue to pursue these strategies.
The root of most criminal activity traces to the stresses of poverty. Policing – while very important – does not deal with this. The best strategy is job training and employment. Another strategy is deploying violence interrupters to areas with frequent violent crime. Violence interrupters work with offenders, their families, and their victims. The goal is to prevent retaliatory violence and also to redirect offenders away from criminal activity. The long term policy to reduce crime is improving public education. Quality education leads to meaningful high school diplomas, possibly college, and certainly to jobs, and these jobs are likely to pay better. These folks aren’t likely to be committing violent crimes.
This is not an either/or proposition; we can do both. Controlling crime requires policing as well as alternative strategies such as violence interrupters, job training, and quality public education. As for incarceration, the courts should (and do) look at each offender individually. Incarceration has deterrent value, but it is also important as a punishment and for providing an opportunity to provide remedial services to an offender (e.g., job training and GED programs in prison). Depending on the offense, it might be better to provide the remedial services without long-term incarceration. Courts are best positioned to make this determination: whether incarceration may be more or less beneficial than alternatives.
BA,MS.C.Ed., MFA (EDd Candidate)
Chair DC Statehood Green Party; former national co-chair Green Party of the US; Current Cochair of the National Black Caucus of the Green Party.
My management style is Transformational Leadership. I believe and would guide through a strong emphasis on what we want to achieve for the immediate with a long-range vision for DC. As a leader I also believe in harnessing the talent present on our teams by coaching, affirming, and also delegating. This means also empowering people to act and giving them a level of autonomy and responsibility with accountability to execute decisions to meet agreed upon goals. The biggest part of my leadership is to operate and expect others to operate with integrity.
1. Ensuring the council is working towards equitable, just, and advancement policies for all of DC. Reviewing policies and acts that promote inclusion, equitable wages, and access to resources and supports is paramount.
2. . We need a layer of enforcement that is focused on keeping the peace and intervening in non-violent and/or non-life-threatening situations. We need to prioritize the ideas of community policing and a greater community law enforcement partnership where we are not afraid of each other.
This work requires a focus on ending poverty in DC. Poverty sits at the nexus of many of our problems with its opposite being greed and that we may not be able to legislate but we can certainly attack poverty and disparities.
YES, DC should be a state. DC should begin to act like a state. Rename our administration and our departments and begin to craft legislation that mirrors the type of jurisdiction we want to be and begin implementing these changes. Simultaneously we need to a) initiate a listening campaign so that we get good feed back from resident and we can provide education to residents on what we gain with statehood and what we are losing without statehood and b) we need to embark on a full out public relations campaign across the US and globally to put pressure on Congress and the President to act now or to have the necessary number of states initiate the process. Implement a plan with multiple points of engagement and a multi-pronged strategy.
We must invest in better infrastructure that would allow DC government to reclaim blighted properties and have them outfitted to serve as new and emerging housing for people who are most vulnerable. The plan would include a public /government partnership where residents have a stake in their housing and government provides the foundational support needed to facilitate a systemic shift in how housing is procured, supported, and resourced. Housing alone is not the final answer, conditions that lead to homelessness and economic security vulnerability must be addressed. Government does not have all the answers. The people are our greatest resource and we have to invite residents to provide insight and ideas for initiatives to work.
The root causes of crime in DC are poverty, discrimination, and disparities in the access and allocation of resources in DC. Too often the district government have opted to act or not act based on how this would look to the most elite in our communities. . From a policy perspective we review and change laws that can be shown to lead to further issues of poverty, laws that restrict housing based on criminal history, drug offenses, and other issues lead to further disenfranchisement of people who cannot get past these issues if government does not intervene. We can source and supply educational opportunities and how we encourage and attract living wage job creation in DC. We would enact a citizen review board with subpoena power.
Balancing the issues of poverty and also the challenges to how we view people will initiate balance. The ideas of being tough on crime is rhetoric What we need are real solutions. This means building an economy where everyone able to participate. We have to build communities that are safe and livable and we need to ensure that all of our residents have access to healthy lifestyle choices, goods and services that help them have a higher quality of life and where the disparities between those who are wealthy and those are in the greatest need is lessened. Expand diversion programs that have long be available to the wealthy and not to the poor or black and brown communities. People need agency in their lives for balance for DC.