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City Challenge / Problem

Overwhelmed, ineffective court system.

My Solution / Idea

Pass a municipal ordinance to deal with possession of small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia so that minor drug law violations are not prosecuted in state court. Also, allow “domestic violence” cases with no injuries to be handled in municipal court once again.
We have a court system designed for lesser crimes, yet we can’t utilize it to handle this overflow? CDC and Magistrate court are not the place for nickel bags and “She smashed the windows in my car.”

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City Challenge / Problem

Corruption and inefficiency of law entities are causing problems. Children are not monitored and need safe places to be when not in school. Blighted properties provide havens for drug dealers to change locations easily. Parents are not held responsible for the actions of their children. Law enforcement entities are not held accountable for their abilities to do their jobs properly and legally. Racial profiling is common.

My Solution / Idea

Search for a tough police chief who takes no prisoners. First on the agenda will be to clean up the police force, put those in their seats on the streets. Set up a system that requires the police force, the courts, the judges, the sheriff, and the district attorney to manage the crimes efficiently and in a timely manner. Assign police to each neighborhood. They must know each adult and child. Parents of wayward children must attend parenting classes. Find the criminals before they find us.

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City Challenge / Problem

Crime. The Justice System is not focused on lasting solutions. Criminal courts are overwhelmed. The public is uninformed about where the money comes from and where it is spent.

My Solution / Idea

Community policing. Many of us would like to meet and know those who serve our neighborhoods before there is a problem. Focus resources on property crimes and violent crimes. Specifically direct police to issue summons and municipal violations for drug possession where distribution is not the issue. We need to redirect our resources to have the greatest impact. The ‘war on drugs’ is lost. Let’s save the kids we can and marginalize drug offenders until they seek help.

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City Challenge / Problem

We aren’t prepared for another Katrina, or even another Gustav.

My Solution / Idea

PUMPING STATIONS THAT WORK EVERY TIME. We can get to the moon and yet we can’t design and implement a decent pumping system? I would be so adamant about making sure our pumps are of the best quality.

Wetlands restoration! Science has proven how essential the wetlands are to our surival. We need to focus our resources on their protection, or all of the money we have spent rebuilding is worthless.

Individually, we can help by joining groups such as Evacuteer.org.

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City Challenge / Problem

Lack of communication between officials/agencies and citizens. Lack of citizen trust.

My Solution / Idea

It seems simple, but our elected officials simply need to have more integrity. I will define it like the Rotary Club does with the 4-Way Test:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The reason we love New Orleans is because people are just more honest here— about their flaws, passion, fears, and love. We deserve elected officials who can be mature and show us the same respect.

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City Challenge / Problem

Unhealthy kids

My Solution / Idea

It is absolutely essential that kids eat healthy if they are to grow their brain. I would create a food co-op that unites local organic farmers with schools in the area. Local farmers are able to grow their businesses, and kids get healthy options at breakfast and lunch.

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City Challenge / Problem

Violence in schools

My Solution / Idea

We should hire more school psychologists. Violence is a cry for attention that some students may not be getting from parents at home. Adolescents are not immune to the stress lingering from Hurricane Katrina. The watchful eye of a good psychologist can keep a kid in school, out of jail, and on the path to college. The importance of practicing stress management techniques such as exercise, yoga, and healthy eating, should be emphasized for students, teachers, and administrators.

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City Challenge / Problem

General low-quality education for kids going through the RSD system.

My Solution / Idea

Encourage charter schools as much as possible. Whenever a group of idealistic, knowledgeable, committed people unite to focus their energy on teaching children, they usually succeed. Our kids benefit the most from the formation of new schools led by optimistic teachers and administrators. Yes, students in the RSD are left out, but until the RSD can get its act together, it should not be trusted with the majority of our kids.

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City Challenge / Problem

Lack of Funding for all projects in the city. Funding is still 3 years behind and the further from the storm we get, the less likely that anyone but NOLA’s citizens will be responsible for the rebuilding and resurgence.

My Solution / Idea

First, reallocate what resources we have to the items deemed as foundation items and fund them first. Then move on to secondary foundation builders and so on. Keep focusing on tourism and put an extra 2% tourism tax on the stores in and around the French Quarter. All of this money will go directly to fund building projects and continue to only fund these projects. Each project will go in front of community. I would offer 2 Foundation suggestions and with free telephone call NOLA folk would vote.

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City Challenge / Problem

There are so many problems and so few capable individuals able to handle the problems.

My Solution / Idea

As a mayor, the first thing I uld do is reliquish power because 1)it’s corrupting and 2)the city would be better served by a committee system. I would work with a multitude of groups, particularly educated individuals, that do not have a vested interest, to attack some of the problems that the city needs fixed. There are so many areas that need infrastructure help, from the preservation of buildings, to updating various systems from water delivery to sewage.

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City Challenge / Problem

Blight

My Solution / Idea

Appoint Chaz to be the “Blight Czar.”

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City Challenge / Problem

Cooking the books.

My Solution / Idea

From what I have read on some of the local blogs, especially American Zombie, the city is being left in shambles by Nagin and his administration. Whoever takes over the office of Mayor will have to spend the 1st few years sifting through the graft, paybacks, crooked contracts and missing funds.

As mayor they need to keep the previous administration accountable and be very transparent as to what happened and the tough choices we need to make as a city to get in the Black.

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City Challenge / Problem

Lack of reliable transportation and/or not enough!

My Solution / Idea

Many New Orleanians own and use their bikes to get to and from work, school, etc. avoiding the slow-moving and sparse street cars. Bike lanes should be implemented. Bus rides also prove to be unnecessarily lengthy trips; bus lanes should be implemented as well, or more buses should cover the existing routes.

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City Challenge / Problem

There does not exist a public plan that all citizens know by heart.

My Solution / Idea

We should be the experts at dealing with disasters and recovery. If I were mayor I would design a plan for how to prepare for, evacuate from and clean up after each major storm/incident. I would then get Federal funding to educate the entire population on the proper process. When the next hurricane comes and god help us the Federal Levee Protection System fails we will handle it as best as possible and be an example the world over of having cool heads and collective action.

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City Challenge / Problem

Lack of funds to dedicate to a city-wide recycling program, energy efficiency and other environmental initiatives.

My Solution / Idea

Implement taxes on the use of plastic grocery bags, like what has been done in San Francisco and Ireland. A small tax or surcharge for plastic grocery bags would encourage people to switch to more sustainable, reusable bags but also raise funds for a city-wide recycling program and other environmental initiatives.

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City Challenge / Problem

Our school system is too decentralized and without leadership to keep schools on track.

Lack of quality education lies at the root of many of N.O.‘s most serious problems, contributing to a culture of crime and hindering the growth of a strong family-based middle class. Drop out rates are high, graduates from local universities move away to raise families and the city loses valuable human infrastructure. Disparity in access to good schools only darkens the lines between races in the city.

My Solution / Idea

Charters have proven successful on some fronts but too many schools are still slipping through the cracks.

The mayor needs to serve as a leader, even if just as a figurehead, to create a standards for the education of our youth. I am tired of seeing people in our city’s administrations, past and present, shrugging off responsibility for our bleeding and lopsided school system just because they don’t run the school board.

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City Challenge / Problem

New Orleans is a transit-oriented city without any transit.

My Solution / Idea

Create a 20-year transportation master plan with the RTA, RPC, CPC, and other agencies that creates real transportation alternatives in New Orleans, including bicycle & pedestrian facilities, bus lines, light rail, system and stop enhancements, and ADA compliance.

http://www.transportfornola.org/map.html

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City Challenge / Problem

N.O.R.D. not having adequate community recreational facilities is A MAJOR PROBLEM. I feel this is the major (if the the #1) contributing factor leading youth into the street and also contributes to the ultra-violent attitude of New Orleans’ youth. This is a quality of life issue as well as a public health issue. How can we expect people to move back to a city where people don’t feel safe in their own neighborhoods?

My Solution / Idea

Scout commercially blighted properties, create incentives for refurbishing said spaces to create multi-use public rec centers. These places can be retrofitted with indoor Skateparks, basketball courts, game rooms, etc.. Community groups can then begin to take the responsibility of mentoring these kids and fostering positive healthy competition throughout the city. This would be the first step in restoring neighborhood pride and self respect amongst disenfranchised youth.

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City Challenge / Problem

No money (tax revenue) and lots of debt.

My Solution / Idea

Pipeline our purified water to other municipalities with water shortages. Water is the next commodity. Imagine the Alaskan pipeline running from Atlanta to Los Angeles filled with Kentwood (or S&WB;‘s finest!)

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City Challenge / Problem

Access to Data

My Solution / Idea

I was listening to NPR a few days ago and they had a piece that aired about the Obama Administrations new initiative to make information available to the public. The data could be used to search for statistics, trends and see real results. We need that here in New Orleans. The question is though, does the city have anyone who can enter the data and a database that can store it.

I am sure that Meffert never created anything of value to build on so as Mayor I would have to start at square one.

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City Challenge / Problem

Population Loss and Political Division amongst our regional governments despite shared problems and shared goals.

My Solution / Idea

Introduce a Borough system like in New York City to include St. Charles and St. Bernard. A bigger population changes the Federal funds available. We become a larger market, creating new opportunities for selling the region as organized.
It could also be introduced in other forms like a shared Regional port management structure to team New Orleans, a future “Millenum Port” and Gulfport or regional levee management and emergency preparedness.

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City Challenge / Problem

Literacy Level Low. Customer Service Level Low. Experience Working with City Hall Low.

My Solution / Idea

Anyone who has tried to get something done at City Hall experiences major push back for the most simple needs.

As mayor I would change whatever rules limit my ability to hire and fire in the departments in City Hall for permits, licensing, etc.

Those who wish to build, start businesses, add to the economic recovery of the city need the process to be easy and steamlined.

The days of lazy will be over.

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City Challenge / Problem

Underground Pipes and Potholes

My Solution / Idea

From the debate I understand that there is a massive 500 Million debt the city is being crushed under which makes this issue even more worrisome.

The city’s pipes leak millions of gallons of water. Our streets and very foundation as a city will sink and rot if we do not come up with a solution.

As Mayor I would host an infrastructure conference here and get the world’s best Engineers and Companies to consider investment of their time and capital. Create argument for helping NOLA.

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City Challenge / Problem

disparity in school quality

My Solution / Idea

I think there is too large of a disparity between good and bad schools. I like the charter school system that has been implemented and is growing. I think a more concentrated effort towards these types of ‘public’ school would make all the schools good schools

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City Challenge / Problem

Less Emphasis on the needs of our children and how to provide them resources, education, and keep them off the street.

My Solution / Idea

We need to reclaim our youth and put them first.Provide initial funds to Nord to make their programs efficient.Create after-school programs,summer programs, and others to continue to teach and engage the youth in our community.
Create more community centers in the city that provide local access to resources such as computers,workshops,athletic &health; activities.

Create city-wide initiatives & funding to encourage students to not only receive “trade skills” but college edu.& mentor programs.

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City Challenge / Problem

Police Superintendent Search
Lack of Effective Community Engagement with Police Department

My Solution / Idea

We need the citizens to trust the police department again. We need look at the police we have and make sure they are right and find more.

Then teach them how to interact with the community and get out their and no their areas and the people.

We need to start a effective national search for Police Superintendent, someone who can aid in revamping the police department to help citizens feel safe again.

Lastly, each district should work closely with and engage neighborhood assoc.

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City Challenge / Problem

Employee/Department Inefficiency
Citizen/Employee Accessibility

My Solution / Idea

One step to creating a efficient City Hall is Job Audits, we need to look at all positions and figure out how to make these departments and employees work together and cut out dead weight.We need to encourage a healthy work environment through career advancements and educational opportunities.

Also, City Hall needs to incorporate technology. We need a website thats accessible to citizens and employees to help aid in all needs and provide kiosk in public libraries for citizen to access C.H.

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City Challenge / Problem

While before Katrina the 500 million dollar budget was obviously a waste and the school system a mess, now it is very confusing for parents to know where their kids can go and how to get into a school.

My Solution / Idea

I would create some sort of a system to help track what schools there are in Orleans parish and all of the rules, regulations and processes necessary to enroll your child. Maybe an office someone can go to and have staff knowledgeable of the schools to answer all your questions.

Imagine that. An office run by the city with has people there who help you get something done to improve your life in the city.

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City Challenge / Problem

There is a distrust between the citizens and the police force because of lack of transparency.

My Solution / Idea

I would hire a local firm to help create a database where statistics and crime news can be published easily by all law enforcement AND WILL BE PUBLISHED. This data will then be accessible by anyone who wishes to help publish them. People need to know and the police need to know where the hot spots are in the city.

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Holidays on the Gulf Coast Videos

Saints Videos

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Classic Nola TV

Where have all they all gone?

Videos

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Intro Video 4:16
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Westley Bayas, 26 THE PHOENIX OF NEW ORLEANS
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Sha'Condria Sibley, 28 TEACH FOR AMERICA
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Rafael Delgadillo, 27 PUENTES
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Peter Gardner, 30 FRERET BUSINESS AND PROPERTY ASSOCIATION
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Neel Sus, 31 SUSCO SOLUTIONS
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Miji Park, 25 THE IDEA VILLAGE
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Lauren Rae Sullivan, 24 NOLA CYCLE, LAGNIAPPE ACADEMIES OF NEW ORLEANS (CHARTER SCHOOL)
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Austin Lavin, 25 WORKNOLA
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Brian Denzer, 43 NOLASTAT
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Carolina Hernandez, 33 NOESIS DESIGN ASSOCIATES, LLC
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Damien LaManna, 29 MORGAN + COMPANY
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Fred Neal, 32 VILLAVASO AND ASSOCIATES
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Giovanni Vargas, 27 MONOPOLI PROJECTS
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Jade Russell, 31 ADAMS AND REESE
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Katie Del Guercio, 27 KODA.US

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