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Crime & Safety

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

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

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

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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Classic Nola TV

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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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