By Dana Kaplan
New Orleans is a unique city in many ways, one of which is the way our city government and representation is structured. Cities much smaller than New Orleans have twice as many City Council members, which allows them to specialize on different issues. The relatively small number of New Orleans City Council members requires each member to have a broad-based knowledge on nearly every issue from education to infrastructure, blight and ethics to job creation.
That’s why I’ve released a comprehensive platform on my website www.danakaplannola.com. I want voters and residents of District B to know how I intend to address the multitude of challenges and issues facing our city.
Yes, I will focus first and foremost on criminal justice, crime, and public safety because without a safe city and a citizenry that trusts it’s law enforcement, we will never be able to move forward.
Here’s what I’ve done. For the past six years, I’ve worked tirelessly to get the Office of the Independent Police Monitor put into law, helped Safe Streets/Strong Communities grow into a strong voice for our neighborhoods and why, as Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, I’ve worked to create youth opportunities so our kids can find something to do before they find trouble.
But, as a City Council member, I know there are critical issues other than crime, and I’m prepared to address those issues with real solutions.
And here’s what I’ll do. On blight and infrastructure, we need to invest in improved streetlights, traffic lights and fix the potholes as well as coordinate code enforcement programs in City Hall. And we must ensure efficient code enforcement on blighted properties.
The City Council, working with the Mayor’s office, must be a force helping create jobs for our residents. I’ll do this on the City Council by reducing barriers for small businesses and supporting the streamlining process into a “one stop shop”. I’ll work to become a recruiter of new businesses to District B and help existing businesses grow. And, I’ll support the Biomedical Corridor, which could bring over 6,000 jobs to our area.
As your representative on the City Council, I’ll work to make District B and the entire city a better place. Go to my website, take a look at my platform, and email me with any questions – I’d love to hear what you think.
– Dana Kaplan
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