Forum for Raleigh City Council seat
Forum for Raleigh City Council's district D seat opening.
other potential candidates here will have 30 seconds to make some closing comments about themselves. But that's at the end of the program an important note. We should definitely be encouraged and motivated by the fact that Raleigh's residents are definitely engaged in eager. The city of Raleigh received nearly 200 questions for this virtual candidate. Orel. I'm Tamara gives your moderator. But most importantly, let's introduce you to the potential candidate potential. According tease here, they have one minute or less to tell you a little bit about themselves. And so we're gonna go in alphabetical order to start off here. So, Carmen Wimberly coffin Welcome, Carmen. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi, everyone. I'm Carmen Coffin. Um, I was born here in Raleigh. I am a 60 year native. Um, I've been active in the community literally since I was a child. My father had a drug store here. My mother was an educator, and I would follow both of them around. Um, I graduated from brought in high school and attended NC State and worked with with the North Carolina General Assembly writing the journal for the House representatives have been involved in PT a since 2000 and 2018 and various other advance. I decided to be considered to perhaps being one of the first or the first black female on the City Council. And I'm happy to be here and answer any questions that are given to me today. Thank you. Right on time, Carmen. Thank you. And so up. Next. Stormy. Denise Sports Stormy. Are you able, Teoh? Hear us? Sorry, I think I still only you apologized to you. The moorings. Okay. Started about that. Uh, my name is stormy for it. I, um like Harman. I'm a native of Robin. More Karama is well, I also attended. Brought in high school. I attended the University of Economic Chapel. Hell, I got a master's degree there as what was a bachelor's degree there. And then I went to North Kind of Central University School of Long. I've come back into the area and been very active in a number of different organizations in community events are currently serves on the board of the Lightning. Why achievers? I'm a member of the North kind of Commission on racial equity disparities. I serve on the North Carolina Science and Friends advisory board of the Science Museum. I'm also a advisory board member for preparing the sore. And I had the opportunity to participate with a number of community organizations. And remember the wrong week Citizens Association as well as the Wake County Board of Education Coalition. And I volunteered for the Rex Open Boogaloo and a number of other events throughout the city of Ah, volunteer Almost full time. It seems like Thank you for your time. All right. Thank you. Stormy and a warm welcome to Jane. Lindsay. Harrison Jane. Hi, everybody. Thanks for being with us today. My name is Jane. I am an experienced economic and community development leader. I really have ah, versatile background and community based natural resource management, economic development, data driven, decision making, participatory research and education. Um, social and environmental justice are the core of my life, values and work. I have a 20 year track record of effective community organizing and leadership in my rolls at N. C. State University, where I work, I work to ensure a sustainable seafood supply, protect our coasts, natural resource is and teaching empower the next generation of community leaders in my career with sea grant a program of no, um, I see firsthand the connections between economic and social prosperity and hear her environment. I'm also on the faculty in the College of Natural Resource is at N C. State. All right, Thank you, Jane So much. And greetings, Todd. Kiddie joins us. I think Council on my fellow flannels for this opportunity as a resident rally. For over 20 years, I've developed a deep commitment for the city and its people have watched. Probably Grove and I want to work with the current council. Build on the city's progress and entrances challenges on a bridge builder. I strive to listen in here on, I'm driven by data and compassion aside to spell in school, and my wife is a social worker. My education and professional experience with environmental in infrastructure planning and design has given me the ability to understand the needs of a growing city and the skills to solve complex problems. Many years of service on city boards and with nonprofits demonstrate that commitment issues such as equity now community sustainability with those organizations and others. I have been here every said I want to bring that experience, and like a census Building a bridge to the council. Thank you. Thank you, Todd. And hello, Jan Cap and Peeler. Truman Europe. Next. Everyone on gin Truman I have lived in District D for over a decade. Is the place that I came to call home after growing up as an air force breath and living all over the country in North Carolina. I I love this city. Andi shows it for home. I'm a designer of experiences I'm going to replace is I work for an architecture firm and have a background in architecture and civil engineering that has given me the knowledge in how communities get built, how the things that we need in those Canadians get built and how we come together to support diverse local businesses, particularly my volunteer and work experiences has let me get to know many of our restaurants and farms and farmers and our favorite spots in downtown in District E. And that work in volunteerism also led me to be on the Dicks Park Master plan. Work groups to be on the North Carolina board got designed. Thinking is something that we need to solve the conflict issues we're facing on a council today. All right. Thank you all for giving us a chance to get to know you a little bit better. Now, let's dive into those questions again. Submitted by the public. Five questions and all. We're gonna start off discussing the cove. It 90 pandemic. So question number one is in two parts. If the number of Kobe cases starts to surge to an unacceptable degree, what additional measures other than the ones already in place, would you support implementing to prevent and or reduce the potential community spread? Please explain why you would want would not support additional measures or your position, and we're going to start off with Carmen. Right. Um, so, um, if Kobe, uh, continues to surge if the numbers continue to surge, I believe we may need to go backwards a little bit more and have more, um, or have less. Um, more social distancing. I'm sorry. More social distancing in terms of, um, not coming out as much as we were, um, maybe having to close some places again that have been reopened. And I know that's not necessarily a popular idea, but I recognize that there are people who, um I have ah who are disproportionately affected by these, um, this terrible, terrible disease. And I believe that we all have to do some things that we don't necessarily want to do in order to protect more people. Um, there have been shutdowns at nursing homes and retirement care facilities. Hospitals are are overstretched here. North Carolina, not as much as some other places, but I think we would need We need to have discussions about what needs to be done to take care of our population. So, um, wearing mask, Um, and perhaps just the more closing, I'm not sure that it's time for school to reopen. I don't know that that's our call, because that's that's, ah, school board and gubernatorial decision. But I think we have to look at those kinds of things and even with the knowledge that government governing still has to go on. So we also have to find acceptable ways to communicate and increased trust with government. As these issues continue to unfold. It's just hard decisions that will have to be make, and I look forward to having continued discussions with people around this question. Thank you so much. We appreciate your response on Jim Hi. Um, what should we do if Kobe cases start start surging at the city level, I think is really important question because it has so many, um, things that we can do the city and then so many things you have to do to take leadership and advocate on behalf of our citizens, to the county and to the governor. Um, but, you know, the mayor and rockabilly lead with the mass commanding before the governor got there on. And I think we can all say at this point that that was a really good idea. And so we we need to think carefully about how we go about closing things again if we do see a surge. But we also need to recognize that it's really important to protect the health of all of our citizens. There are many people that never got to stay at home. My husband is an essential worker, and he didn't send any time at home. Except for the two weeks when we thought that we might have had exposure to covert. We did not, um, have it, which was good. And our families blessed that way. But there are many families orange There are families that have already have this under recovered here locally, their families that have experienced lost and we need to take that into account as we think of cases rising. And I kind of look at this from the human angle. I think we'll need to see our ourselves, continue to be cautious and use masks and use social distancing. We've got reduced capacity at city facilities on parks. Um uh, right now and maybe those capacities will have to be reduced again. Maybe we might have to close them again. But while we do that, we also have to make sure that we're supporting our small businesses. Right now, many of our small businesses are hurting. We've been able to give them some help on saying grant money, but many of them need more. Um, they need sidewalks, opened up proceeding. They need parking lots, open up proceeding. They need to support like we give them for curbside pickup at our restaurants. But our retell our restaurants, all of our small local businesses and needed have support. So if we do see covitz urging is I do obviously we want to follow the science on the advice of those in the health care we know on and close back down and be cautious and careful and make sure that we be able to keep his many people safest possible. But we have to balance that with keeping people at work or keeping people at work virtually or protecting their businesses from this long term economic impact. Because that can also cause hunger that can also cause health problems. And we need to be sure that we're holding those mome businesses and holding their hands in helping them through this trying time for all of us. Thank you, Jen. Tie. Would you like to weigh in? Yes, thank you. That's a great, very timely question. I I think we're already seeing an increase in the numbers and I never look, really. And we're seeing an increase in hospitalizations, and I wake Mattis is that are getting close to capacity. Eso way. Maybe just about already there. And you know, I'm I'm frustrated, but, uh, way all our but it looks like of it's gonna be here with this for quite some time on dso It's important that we figure out how to operate in that environment. I Willis please that a mass requirements session distance requires were put in place here in Raleigh. It does look like we may need to step up worse in the back. And I think if we can do a better job along those lines we many be able to avoid I'm sort of pulling back on the partial reality. So I want to sort of evaluate that first you talk with public health professionals on the community to really understand what what is the best sort of next steps again, as we see have in surprising numbers. You know, I come from a science background, and so when when I, in fact graduated from school from a school, love like hell pencil. When I hear that, but felt a passion our Kocian, I'll say masks are effective on social distancing is effective. I believe that you come No way would all do well to follow those guidelines and then see where that takes us in terms of numbers. Well and just Gladys. Thank you. Thank you. Tie. Jane. Yeah. Thank you for that question. I think Cove it is on the top of probably everyone's mind. Certainly on mine every day and with cases going up, it does beg the question. What are we going to do? Um, how are we going to move forward and ensure the safety of our citizens? Like several others, I was really glad to see that Raleigh took a stand early on on wearing masks. We know what is effective from other countries and places that taken this seriously from the get go. There are actually other countries that have hardly had to shut down because on the moment they knew about cove it, everyone wore a mask. Everyone thought, You know, when they go out, they were gonna protect one another. Um, and so I really see in some ways, that we have to renew our social contract one another, understand that what I do affects my neighbor. What my neighbor does affects their neighbor on DSO getting that word out and making it crystal clear. How can we stay safe? Many of these cases they disproportionately affect certain groups of people. So essential workers, for example, the Latino community has had a huge number of cases compared the percentage of that population in our city and in our state s. So it's clear to me that not everyone is getting the same level of care or protection in this crisis. I think that's where the city needs to step in and realize and take some action. Um, you know which communities maybe don't have masks? Which communities are their employers? Perhaps not taking this as seriously as it needs to be on DSO just being crystal clear with everyone. These air the rules. This is what needs to happen, and it's so that we can take care of one another. And so really putting that in the forefront of people's minds. I think we understand how to take care of our families on Do we need to see our city as a larger family in this Endeavor Cove? It has been especially troubling in terms of how our federal government has responded and how cities can respond. In turn, um, in my experience, I find solutions. Air worked best for coalitions, finding consensus, working with partners that have an impact. And so I would do my best to work with county partner state partners, even the federal partners as much as possible, so that we can be a safe across the board. People are traveling, You know, people are taking vacations. I think that's important for our well being. Businesses, you know, need to be open, but we need to be thoughtful and careful in all of our interactions with each other to keep that kind of economic activity and connection going. Thank you, Jane. And a finally stormy thank you. I echoed the sentiments of everyone who has participated in the panels before. We certainly need to have, you know, um, increase utilization of Maskin on some other things. One of the other things I would say is I went in front, me to get a a Kobe screening and Kobe test, and it was a free test inside over, and Garner and I was talking to a few people who were working the site. They indicated that folks that started lining up at seven o'clock in the morning for the service that was gonna begin a 10. And I was one of the ones that came on the tail in. I got there around 2 30 They were supposed to end at four. And I didn't end up leaving until right about No. Six oclock Just because it took so much time So you know, one of the things I don't want to do is remember, the City Council is work with our folks over with the county Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the State Health and Human Services, and see how we get more testing sites you know, established throughout the city of Raleigh. Because that's been one of the main concerns I've seen from folks. Is that access to the testing, particularly for folks who can't pay $200 and a co payment with their doctor? And so you know one of the things that you know health officials are saying it's important to have people tested so you could kind of contact, do some contact, try saying no, who's been exposed, who's been at risk, Um, and and every one of the things. Another thing I would do is urge, um, the state officials to start a database, um, with retailers and other places where they've had Kobe outbreaks. You know, one of the things right now, retailers are not obligated to report to the state when they have had employees or customers come into their facilities, and they've tested positive. Now I understand From a business standpoint, you want to keep their businesses open and keep people coming in and out. But I think one of the uncertainties in terms of white folks have not ventured out is that they don't necessarily know where people have been that have been exposed to covert. And certainly if there's a way that we can kind of track and then provide some services as a city for those businesses where they've had people come in contact who have been, you know, folks with that cove it then that may give consumers MAWR confidence in terms of places that they can go possibly ever give it the businesses some assistance in terms of being able to get things sanitized. I think that would actually help the economy quite a great deal. But again it would give you our citizens mawr confidence in terms of where they come around within the city. So those would be two of the things that I want to do as a member of the city Council, and again it's someone I previously indicated. We've got populations of folks that are, you know, having a hard time accessing mask, then certainly at the city. I think they did actually give away yesterday to Robin Police Department. Did they give away over at Robert's part with Mask? And so that would be certainly something that I would want to expand to make sure that all of our citizens had, you know, access to proper personal protective equipment as they're moving around the city. Thank you. Well, thank you all for answering that first question. Now let's move on to three topics that were chief among the public individuals who submitted questions. And again, nearly 200 questions came in, but chief among them was economic development, affordable housing as well as public transportation. So this Raleigh residents question is in three parts. Many candidates site, affordable housing, public transportation and economic development as top priorities. What specific policy proposals would you support in each of these elements of the city's comprehensive plan? Todd, let's start with you. Yes, yes, yes. Thank you. That those are some really great topics and great questions. And very kindly, you know, I think starting with with affordable housing, you know, we were in a housing crisis. Anyone does. I believe that is just not looking at the data talking to residents in the community. I think we need affordable housing and housing affordability addressing all income levels that are in need. We need to look at programs that promote both ownership and putting a roof over people's heads. I think the bond is a great step forward. Um, and I think we need to combine that with a variety of other tools such as. And it's sort of connects to the economic development question such as the BRT, the bus Rapid transit on transit oriented district's the Overlays councils. Charlie looking at revising those to make it work better with BRT. That's an area where, you know BRT for me is an area where a lot of interconnected issues come together. So economic development, public transportation, getting cars off the street, providing access but also the ability to address equity issues on and other sustainability type issues on the council outside support is looking at some other zoning for affordability measures. How I think that equity fund is a great idea zoning bonus. I'm gonna have to support really putting all of those tools together. I'm going to tackle that issue on with regard to the the 30 a m I topping comida that's outlined out there. I feel support looking at better ways, but through the bond and with our partners to address that issue again, I need to look at, uh, no addressing bull, both affordable housing and housing affordability. Well, see, 53 seconds and then also just sort of a comment on other sort of transit traffic issues. BRT is a big one. That's I think, that really transform our community a lot of great ways that you do it right. A good community engagement, engagement. So that's accessible, transparent, inclusive. You know, we've got to combine that with a commuter rail. Were more bike lanes are looking at first and last mile issues and working like art itself. I think there's a lot of opportunity there to cover a lot of ground and addressed a lot of different issues. And, uh, you know what? I think I'm ready to help the council. I kinda work through office. Thank you. Thank you. Time, Jane. Yeah, Thank you. What? It comes to economic development. Really? Tie it to community well being. And to me, that kind of well being is achieved by pursuing economic environmental and social prosperity. So thinking of those three things together, Raleigh has been a place of growth. A lot of people come here in flux. Uh, really talented folks. And we have, Ah, homegrown, uh, cool of early, talented folks. I want to see people be able to stay here, to have the cost of living that makes this a place they can call their homes forever on. And so I think that goes really quickly to the affordable housing issue. Um, I'm really thrilled to see this bond on the November balance. Um, this is an $80 million housing bond that, you know, I'm really just so glad this City Council has been bold enough to put forth and, you know, we have to think about those that are being rapidly priced out of the city. I want our retail workers. I want the people who work at the food lion down the street for me to be able to live near their jobs. I want our firefighters toe live here. Um, I want to see our daycare workers able to afford a you know, a home here to have rent that they can afford. And I think our city staff. Ultimately, guidance from City Council about the mix of affordable housing units from that will come out of this pond. So if the $80 million bond is accrued, there's still a lot of questions out there about what the mix will look like. So who will it support it? What income level on the median income level and Raleigh is about $94,000. A lot of people are doing well, but then there's a lot of other people on the spectrum. Let's say if you look at 30% of the immediate income, that's under $30,000.20,000 or less you know, that is actually what the Affordable Housing Committee Murali has suggested should be the focus, or at least some significant portion of our affordable housing budget needs to go there. And so who makes that kind of money again? Those are the folks that work in a retail environment as essential workers. Um, our home health aides, Um and so I would really advocate, um, high consideration for that 30% median income level for how we use our affordable housing dollars. Um and I think in terms of transit you know, ultimately, you know, keeping people here, allowing them Teoh thrive in the city. Obviously, they have to be able to get around. I am committed to affordable and accessible public transportation. Andi. Safe transit for pedestrians and bicyclists by myself for pre Coben times. I fight toe work on the Greenway's on day routinely feared for my life. And I just have to say that there are spots all around our city that are not safe Unfortunately for those who are alive on the room, feet or bicycle to get where they're going. Um, most recently in southwest Raleigh, there was ah, pedestrian fatality on Corman Street. This is on the Walnut Creek Greenway. I'm just crossing Jane. I have to interrupt. You know anyone I think you have in your home, But we appreciate your comments. Thank you. Um, we're gonna move on to store me. Thank you. I hope some of the sentiments that Todd and Jay mentioned on one of the things I would say about the affordable housing bond. Certainly we want to bring some transparency into that process. I agree that we need to figure out what we're gonna do is relates to low income housing as well as workforce housing, which would include you know, our firefighters, law enforcement professionals and teachers and make sure those folks benefit from utilization of that bond. Certainly we've got some affordable housing spaces now that our rental units something money could be used towards getting those units out of district painter and a more literal state. We also will probably have a mix of affordable housing and really, you just added, as well as figuring out how folks can get access to becoming homeowners realized. That's one of the ways that we generate well, one of the other things that we want to see with affordable housing Bomb, which ties into economic development, is making sure that our women owned and minority owned businesses have an opportunity to participate as contractors as that bond is being implemented throughout the city of Robbie. Certainly we want to make sure that folks who are paying taxes have an opportunity to read some of the benefits. In particular, some of our smaller on minority owned businesses will benefit from being able to have some contracts. In that process, Aziz relates to transportation. One of things I say you know as I run around, I see these. You really are city buses and they move around the city, and oftentimes they're practically empty. So one of the things I would want to do is work with staff and the different committees to see if there's a way to sort of string line. The public transportation process is that way we can bring smaller, um, you know, buses onto the line and have more expect, and it reads, and then have those as like feeder systems to go into the larger buses that move around the city. So we don't have so many of our larger buses operating throughout the city, MD. And with fewer routes. You know, one of the things I had a conversation with person saying, You know, I would love to take public transportation, but one of the issues for me is I can get from point A to point B in my car in 20 minutes. If I'm using the bus system, it may take me two hours. And so you know, if we're gonna encourage Mawr ridership from the folks who have cars and want to encourage them to park their cars and use the public transportation system. One of the things we need to do is look at how do we make that more efficient and more accessible to folks so that they don't have much of the wait time trying to get in place? A to B and real quickly, as relates Teoh Economic Today Development I know the city has a office for minority and small business owners are minority in small women, minorities, women, small business owners. Wonder things I would like to see is more contracts with the city being given to folks who fit into those categories. I definitely think as we are utilizing more of our minority and are smaller businesses, it creates more of a workforce. And that's definitely gonna build up MAWR economic development throughout the city. Thank you. Thank you so much. Stormy. How Carmen? So first I want to talk about the affordable housing bond. I'm happy that, um, that conversation has occurred and it's been placed on the ballot, but we still do not know exactly what is going in. What amounts of money are going in what portions of the affordable housing bond? The 30% am I unless is probably the most important. We have people who are living in hotels now families, whole families living in hotel rooms because there is not enough affordable housing either houses or apartments in our city. And, um so that that is an important piece of the bond issue that has not been dealt with. So I look forward to continued conversations and that being, um, straight before citizens are actually asked to vote on something. Um, we need to know what we're voting on. And the council members need to know what they're voting on. Not just a big pile of money. Um, and of course, there are other ways to create affordable housing in our city Without it just being apartments and the bus system, The transportation system has got some issues. Uh, I have a child who rides the bus to work, and it does take her almost two hours to get from the overland community to her job in North Raleigh. So and with cove, it of course not as many people can ride the bus because of the social distancing having to be on the bus. So, um, that is something else that we need to work on. in terms of economic development. Um, we need to make sure not only that people have access to contracts or we need to be sure that we're trying to help educate folks who need contracts. And we need that. That's a communication thing. And we have had communication issues even before we were in Cove. It So we need to make sure that people are knowledgeable about what's available to them. And so it can't all be done on Internet. It can't all be done way. We're gonna have to go out into the community and talk to people about what is available with our community. Um, and not just make sure that votes who don't necessarily have needs are getting the money in the contracts for building things in our city. Thank you. Thank you, Carmen and Gin. Thanks. I'm glad to hear that we had a lot of questions on this topic. I think that the combination of solutions for these three issues is really what's critical for the next own coming years for what we're gonna do with Raleigh, a za council and as a community, um, these are issues that I'm passionate about. I've been advocating for you to use for several years and speaking to council Home as an affordable affordability solution and housing. And that's because I think that we need private solutions that increase supply as well as a look subsidy. Affordable housing comes in many shapes and Florence, and we can create a lot of affordable housing in the market by making it easier to build that missing middle gap housing that we have right now. And we need to pair that Bo, as many people have mentioned already with subsidized some and bonus long uses in Arizona code for that subsidized housing inside the housing bonds so that those people who are at 30% and my we're like my household at that 60% am I that we can still afford to own homes that we can still afford to rent and Raleigh because we get not health from our community, the terms of grants that we need in order. Teoh, continue with our elder grants for home improvements continue with, um, small business currents as well. So one of the things I want oh, tied together in this question is that we have a lot of plans around transit corridors, but that transit corridor planning is critical to be linked to they land use planning. It's critical that we build on affordable housing near the transit that we incentivize developers to include affordable housing, whether that's in the form of Conte shorts, whether that's in the warm of bond subsidized housing, those things need to be near the transit corridors because that density makes our transit successful. That density makes our small businesses successful because it provides the kind of place where we need mixed juice and district d. We have, ah, a wide range of places from downtown with big towers and mixed use that's coming in all the way out to South and West Valley and South West. Former CBC boundaries. There was no pharmacy. Um, they need that small business mixed use small retail near their neighborhood in order to have what we're talking about in order to have a transit oriented development in orderto have walk ability and safety within the neighborhood. Um, no to the point about walk ability that is critical to the health of our citizens. Um, and they we need to make sure that that walk ability gets us safely somewhere on the bus had been a bus rider for the entire time I've lived in Raleigh. I now have a car that works. Luckily, after working many years, turn of the money for that. Um, you've got buses letter packed. We've got buses that sometimes aren't packed, but well, we really need to Focus is on is increasing that frequency in those right places along the corridor where we also have the land use policies backing up the density on those transit. All right, well, thank you, Jen, and everyone for your response to that question on again. In addition to affordable housing, Acela's economic development in public transportation ah, law enforcement reform was also cheap. Among the questions that were submitted to the city. This next question is a combination of Cleary's that worst admitted regarding the subject of police reform. So question is as follows are you in support of law enforcement reforms to include any or all of the following? Firstly, re prioritizing the city of Raleigh's budget to transfer funds from traditional policing to support community initiatives such as housing and mental health professionals to aid in responding to 911 calls when appropriate. Secondly, an oversight board with subpoena power that would be involved in disciplinary action. Thirdly, please explain why you would support or would not support police reform. We're going to start off with Jane. They hear of police accountability and investment and community safety. Our top concerns right now for Raleigh and across the country, Um, there issues we have to tackle now I'm really heartened by the council's decision to advocate for oversight powers for the newly created Police Advisory Board. I think that's a really smart move and needed move. We have the opportunity to increase transparency between the police and the community, and we need to take that that opportunity. Um, you know, we don't wanna have excessive force or harassment in Greece. Police culture. It's not something anybody wants to see in Raleigh, and so what I would advocate or is additional police trading in de escalation tactics, mental health issues and racial bias? Andi, when it comes to read cry, it'll prioritizing budgets. What I would suggest is, is it possible to look at other models where they've actually taken some of their 911 calls and they have diverted them from the police to the social service providers that could really address the issue at hand. And I would suggest looking at models like Boots in Eugene, Oregon. This is actually a formal partnership between police and a community service organization. White Bird Clinic. What they do, the clinic is providing a variety of health and social support services or connecting the people that call 911 with, you know, those providers in the community eso they actually address about 20% of 911 calls. They fielded 24,000 calls in 2019. Um, and they use unarmed crisis response. Teens, Andi, help people find support and feel safe where they live. I really want to explore unique and unorthodox approaches to improve police and community relations. Um, so I think we have a lot of, um, again models toe. Look at out there. We have to be able to sit down and have these thoughtful conversations and the will to make it happen. So I'm really looking forward to seeing the Police Accountability Board have that subpoena power, have some distance leery power, um, and to, you know, improve that, uh, kind of accountability piece that we haven't had in the past and our police departments across the country. Thank you. Stormy. Thank you very much for the question. I spent some time working as a criminal defense attorney and had opportunity to engage with a lot of law enforcement officers on. One of the things I will say is I mean, if you look at the incident that happened and Wilmington a few weeks ago, where a several officers were called on tape basically saying some very inappropriate remarks as relates to, um, you know, racial situations. Fellow officers were the ones who reported that incident. One of the things I was going to do if I unfortunately FTO to make it onto the council would be to establish an arm Busman's program. I work as a non Muslim before. And if you establish a program such as that, that will create a mechanism for fellow members of the law enforcement community Law enforcement department to have a way to go in and report incidents is related to their colleagues in a safe manner and in a manner that they would feel protected to share that information and have that disseminated going forward without necessarily fit. Fearing repercussions from their fellow co workers. So that would be one of the things that I want to do as a member of the council, as relates to the, um, subpoena powers and some other issues that folks have raised. Certainly looking at different types of training, including diversity and inclusion, racial equity training and all those things would be great. I definitely want to see those things happen. Aziz relates to the oversight with the police board having subpoena power and disciplinary action. You know, one of the things I don't want to do is work with the city attorney's office that also have conversations with the members of our Wake County delegation who are in the General Assembly. You know, that would be something that would have to those decisions will have to be made at the level of the General Assembly, and one of the things I think that would be important would be to bring those members of the Wake County delegation in, have a conversation with the Council and the members of the Police Oversight Board, as well as staff attorneys from the General Assembly to basically no indicate what could be passed as a long and to make sure we're not, you know, suggesting something that's gonna actually be in conflict with other loans that are on the books including, you know, laws that protect, you know, personnel actions. And so I definitely think it's something that we should explore and have more conversation about. But it's not one of those things that I want to say. Yes, absolutely. This is what we're gonna do, and that's gonna be left to another body to make that determination a supposed to the members of the City Council. So I would certainly want to collaborate with members of the General Assembly, their staff as well as the city attorney's office to find out what's a feasible path to go forward. And then I would advocate with my fellow members of the board in terms of finding a path that's actually workable solution and something that could be achievable for the community because we don't want to get people's hopes up and over promise and under deliver. Thank you. Thank you. Store made Todd. Yes. Thank you for that question. I hope that we've arrived on our time looking at with better reckoning, racial injustice. He was a great debt to African Americans on there. Been periods in our history where we've made some good down payments on that, uh, but we have a long way to go. I'm in a moment where I'm coming to really listen to our mode. Um, you know, as a white person, I think that's important. Uh, you know, I think that, you know, I'm not gonna pretend to have all the answers are too placing or some of these, You know, some of these other issues that are related stream that stuff an ally. I mean, I think my sort of, you know, life experience has, has, has, has has demonstrated some of that. I started with my work back as a young undergraduate at U N. C. I think it's Ortho looking. Conceived me, I with regard to policing, I think that again as a part of that listening mode. You know, I hear that from Chromebooks in the community that there is an issue ever policing. So what I want to do is take a deep for a dated driven dive into that and see exactly what um uh It's the current approach in terms of leasing on where we might be able to address these issues. You know, I'm not going to pretend to be someone who is an expert in law enforcement. But you know, there may be some alternative strategies out there, such as focused in terms which is sometimes called are pulling levers that's been so successful places, but also our police right now are largely numbers, and how they respond is driven by 911 call. So in order to reduce our response to 911 calls, we gotta figure out other ways to do that. So I think we're in make sins. We should look at a team approach where we have social workers, mental health professionals, homeless professionals and so forth that you know where it makes sense to either go with the police officer or, in some cases, an alternate, and I also and looking forward to seeing what the chief comes back with in terms of additional de escalation with regard, accountability and transparency, fully ist supports strengthening that I support the sea, and in their efforts to look additional power for the board, I think it's important to have a more community engagement on that. I want to hear more. I want to understand more. And also look at where the drawbacks there on the board, with the board involvement and if they're already alternatives. But I would absolutely want to work with everyone off to help solve these tough issues. Thank you. Thank you. Tie. Carmen, Hi. Thank you for the question. Um, I believe that we need to do quite a bit of restructuring of our public safety system. I think we need to look in terms of inequity. I think we need to look in terms of, um that said the report that came out earlier this week that black people are stopped in in in all of most of our state mawr than white people in terms of population just from purpose. A little experience. I've been stopped in my house because of where I live. I've been stopped driving. My husband has been stopped driving just because literally, just because we're black and we don't look like we're supposed to be really are. And, um, I have heard that it, you know, it's communication issues that the younger police don't necessarily know how to talk to people. So communication is one issue, but I believe that there are some reforms that are needed. Ah, and I agree that there needs to be community, um, in conversation, and there needs to be there needs to be a trust factor rebuild with the state public safety systems. I don't think we can completely do away with it if some people would like to see done. But I do believe that, um, the Police Accountability Oversight Board that is an important piece. And but the subpoena powers and the punishment powers are also an important beast, and I understand that that is something that has to be done at the level of the General Assembly. But, um, the City Council and the county commissioners and the school board they all go to the General Assembly whenever they need to in order to ask for what they need. And so I don't think that this situation is something that would need to be any different. They go with an agenda every year, so I think that needs to be part of the agenda. Um, I also believe that it is important that we partner with other organizations, um, in the county, um, you know, in terms of mental health re prioritizing were some of the Monday from the police department is spent to bring in the kind of folks who can help with some of these situations so they can be deescalated as opposed to escalating to tensions. Two shootings in tow, harmful actions. So I believe we have quite a bit of work to do in that Ah, in the area of public safety. Ah, and that is not the only area, but yes, definitely. That is something that needs to be done. And I would look forward to, um, walking to help that happen. Thank you. Thank you, Carmen. Jen. Thank you. Um, police reform and police accountability is something that may not fall into my professional expertise and coming from an architectural perspective. But it's something that, um I then turned to my community onto my compassionate kind of human side on point of view. So I think that it's important that we listen to the community on a couple of points. Um, the community has been asking who heard several years that we create a police oversight board. We've done that that we give it subpoena and disciplinary power. We've asked the general simply to do that, I think we need to continue to pursue that avenue so that we can do that. But we also need to give that new police advisory board plenty of work to do there an important board to holding the police accountable and to protecting on the safety of all of our black and brown neighbors and and all of the people that might be targeted by the police. We need to give them a list of best practices from around the country occurred. Several mentioned from the other candidates here. We need to say that they can't wait is great, but we also need to move forward with the whole list of strategies that they're working on nationwide. Um, I mean, you do not in light of the fact that this is not just a national problem, this is a local rally problem. Had several police shootings here in Raleigh over the past several years. You know, when Akyel Dinkins was killed on Broad Street several years ago, I remember going down to Broad Street the day afterwards because we had an urban agriculture, um, event. Planned agriculture is about healing and food and health, and it felt like the exact opposite of that was happening in our city that day a Z Everyone gathered on back street, and at the same time I think that when the community listened for those moments to what had happened, the compassionate heart of Raleigh came out. And I think we need to continue forward without compassionate heart. But give it a warrior stance. We need to be serious about how we're allocating our funds as a city. We need to think about how we convey best assess those values for how we want everyone to be safe, how we want to be sure that does. People who need help the most who have mental health issues who have at risk backgrounds are given the support of services they need. So the police don't have to be called, so their lives don't have to be responded to by an armed officer. We need unarmed civilians and mental health advocates and, um, all of those programs that we're starting to see him, he talked about nationwide. We need to look at them seriously for Raleigh and advocate the amount of funding that would make them successful and be led by civilians while we work to improve the overall police. Thank you, Jin. Now we're gonna move on and chat about Reilly's future. This was a question that came up with questions that were submitted by the public as well. And the question goes, What is your vision? Four. Raleigh's future in light of the projected economic shortfall, what are your priorities for Raleigh? So let's start off with Carmen. Thank you for the question. So my vision of Raleigh's future, um, is an equitable society, a society where, um, we still have business growth, but that business growth is throughout the the community. Um, we have people who are have jobs that our homeless population, um, is not growing like it is today. In light of economic downturn, I think we have to just work harder. We have to figure out some innovative strategies to help people to help businesses in our community. Um, and joined together. We need to do things as a community, not, um, pick out who are favorites are and make sure that they are doing the best. And one of the ways we do that is through community engagement. And so we have to make sure that there is a process where we can talk to each other. Um, and and that's that is my That is my background is bringing groups of people together to find out what it is that they say that they need and trying to make that happen. It's not a quick process. It's not an easy fixed, but it's something that has to happen. Um, the that I think that's my biggest priority is that we make community engagement occur again, Um, and that just takes certain, you know, several different ways. Um, we have to build trust and accountability. We have to make sure that people have housing that they can live in. And that there, um there plumbing and sewage situations are are good. We have to. We have to remember that the history that we have in this city has been a progressive history. Um, there have been things that have been done wrong and the, um and there have been, you know, we kind of forget where we come from sometimes, and so we need to be an inclusive, um, city as well. And we need to make sure that our environmental, our transportation. Our parks and recreation systems are business and job training programs are structures so that everybody has equal access and programs available not just for adults but also for our youth. Because we have to train our youth as well to make sure that they are ready and have the mindset to build on the things that, um, that the adults have learned and are doing. Um, and we have to make sure our budget process is open so that everybody understands it and knows what's going on. Um, and so I thank you for that question. Thank you for your response. Stormy Your on the line. I think my dogs are on the on the band with but no, as relates to the city of Raleigh. You know, one of the things I want to see is more equitable distribution of services throughout the city, For example, I had a conversation with someone in the district and they were saying that the gym over the Method Robe facility does not have conditioning. And you know, this is the year 2020 and we've got, you know, Jim's throughout the city and parks and RECs for similes throughout the city that don't have adequate air conditioning. But those those facilities are used not this summer but during the summer months as park and recreation summer camps. And so certainly if our use, they're gonna be access in those facilities and folks Or, you know, we want folks to go in and be able to, you know, exercise and do different things. You know, we wanna have adequate facilities for everyone. Now, I know, you know, one of the challenges we're gonna be facing with the city is, uh, some shortfalls in income and revenue based on Kobe it because, you know, folks were out buy houses, they weren't out buying cars. A lot of things happened, so the tax revenue actually decrease. And so certainly we do have to look at what are the best uses for the funds that were gonna be having available for the city. We certainly touched on affordable housing. We touched on transportation issues on day. There are a number of other things that the city actually provides that we need to look into. The city used to be one of the biggest employers of our summer of our youth during the summer, but again because of Kobe. That's one of the things that's not gonna transpire on. The city's done a great job with giving our young people access to bus services. But one population that I think needs more accidents is our disability community. We've got folks for disabled who need better access to transportation and things like that. So when I look at it across the board, you know, I want us to be able to have more equity in terms of, you know, everybody's paying taxes into the city. We want to make sure everybody is getting better utilization out of the city. You know, Is there a way that we can come up with more projects to help? You know, folks get a down payment for a house when they are, you know, a single parent. You know, there are a number of initiatives that we needed really think about as we move throughout the city. So you know, when I look at my vision for the City of Raleigh on, you know, five or 10 years and I want people to feel like they are included in the process and that they're getting a bank for their book as they're paying taxes have able to get something out of it, and they can articulate what they're able to get out of the city. Thank you. Thank you, Jane. Yeah, Thanks for that question. Um, you know, I'm really proud to call rolling my home. This is where I've decided to put down my roots after moving around quite a bit for education and find my career. Um, And if I was on city council, I want to make sure everyone is just as bad as I am of this place. Um, you know, to really thrive for all of Rawlings and drive. I have 33 things that I would be doing first, fostering transparent community dialogue about budget priorities and tradeoffs. Um, our district and the city at large are residents. They need a robust They deserve They should have a robust in a community engagement process. Um, we need to have a voice in decisions that affect us. And it can't just be a few that Get Teoh be in that, um, I would initiate monthly community listening sessions in order to hear from the residents of District D on a regular basis. We really need a multiple, you know, kind of array of avenues or this community conversation. One of my primary roles at N. C. State and with Sea Grant is extension or community outreach. Um, and so what I do on the regular work is liken being groups of stakeholders to talk about challenging contentious issues in coastal developments, though in coastal regions of our state. Andi, before coveted, I get people together on DNA. Nowadays, it's in the Zoom online virtual world, but we also need in person conversation. I am willing to talk to people outside safely wearing masks. When I started this campaign, you know, I went out to the parks. I went out to like Johnson's the boathouse. I wore a mask I gave about pop schools, asked people, What do you want to see? You know what matters to you, just these regular kinds of things on. I think a lot of people don't hear from their leaders in that regular way. We can also have ongoing input, whether that's online or written, that's not in those kind of live or or virtual spaces, and really, you know, my top concerns or the things that I want to see us having our future, Our community well being, um, you know, great police relations, police accountability, affordable housing, many methods of safe transit and transportation and then green space protection and flood prevention. I know I've got about a few seconds left, but I just want to be clear that we have a big flooding issue and are us in South Raleigh. When you look at Walnut Creek and the way it flows east, I'll work on that issue. Thank you. Jane. Thank you for wrapping up on time. And, uh, Gen would you like to weigh in? Hi. Um, uh, my priorities. I stayed them on my website at gentry man dot coms. You guys can read more about them, but are equitable and sustainable growth. Taking a hard look at our budget and values and walk ability and transit. I want to say the mall in case I run out of time. Um, and given that we are looking at a budget shortfall, I been thinking a lot over the last couple of weeks. Even before I thought about putting in my application about what are the smallest things that don't cost a lot of money That we can do to accomplish those things. And I think that a lot of these other applicants are correct that it involves some going to the community first. That's what I've been doing for the entire time I've been living in his rig. D So I remember when Thomas Crowder in the Southwest Riley campaign I was an NC state and got to work as an r e going around, interviewing people and asking what they liked about selfless rally. A soon as I knew then I found out where the CHC meeting was. That could go, um, and have been, um, humbled to be able to go to the d d n A. Meetings that, um, that cake was running every month whenever I could get child care cause babies and public meetings don't always get along. But I also think that we have a long way to go on community engagement. We've set good examples with our major parks projects, So dicks park hod un expounding outstanding community engagement process that kind of change the shape of what planning looks like the Southwest. Sorry. The Southern Corridor study also did not. We're moving in the right direction. We need to keep going in that direction so that we can talk about equitable and sustainable issues that surround the growth. Because our District D is going to see a lot of growth over the coming years. Even with this economic john turning that may be caused by Covic. The growth and the city has moved north for a long time, and it's coming south and we're seeing changes, and those are great changes. They bring density, living transit. They bring opportunities for businesses and things we wanted to see in our neighborhoods for a long time. Like the Carolina Pines Avenue designed while project like better crosswalks and and things like that on the Gorman street of the Trail of Bridge. Things like that, those air coming because we have growth now in our district. But we need to focus also on not just the big projects, but how we get to there. We need to think about crosswalks. We need to think about sidewalks. Need to think about signing. Those are things that are low budget. We can do a lot of that work of installing better paint on the ground for bike lanes and for crosswalk so that that people don't have to die when they're crossing the road anymore in our district. So that doesn't take two years like I did on South Saunders for that stop light to get fully installed to make it safe to cross. I can't find we have small changes that we can make like that Onda. Also, I have to add that on the development side of things, it's hard as a small business to start a business and open a brick and mortar in Raleigh. And that's because of a couple of small things that could be changed in our zoning code on. They wouldn't impact negatively our environment or our neighborhoods. They would just make it easier for small businesses to get open and start going. Thank you, Jin. I appreciate your response, Todd. Yes, Thank you, General. I I want to work with the community and with the current council to to navigate these turn crises and then come out skull over more just more resilient, and we're engaged. I'm so I'm gonna kind of break down some of those pieces there. Stop community engagement, as I mentioned earlier, and its Yeah, I think we need to keep saying this over, and I never will get community engagement as accessible, transparent and inclusive Council is. So we're down a path to develop a new framework for community engagement. And through that, we need to get something that's really read lot with us, really responsive to the community that underlies just about all of these issues. Everything continue, so that's gonna be really important. And we need good community engagement to do that. And so I'm looking forward, Teoh on the council or as a resident, have you or that effort. I'll talk also about resiliency. You know, we've been dealing with covet, and, uh, I had a question about earlier is what I repeat myself. I did when I had that. One of the strategies that will come of it needs to be filling those gaps that are, all the partners have been able to feel their workers small business and residents beyond that way developed a resilience. College resilience. Uh, zillion Raleigh, this is a plan that weaken Start now where we can start sort chronicling the lessons learned best far. Start preparing for the next bend in it. Now we can combine that with other natural and manmade hazards like climate change, to really prepare Riley for future. And that's kind of part of its questions out. The other thing. I would address equity talked a bit about for housing, justice and policing, so I won't get back over those. But, you know, we need look at infrastructure. Do we have equitable infrastructure and assure communities and, um, other, some flooding issues that air due to sort of one. No historical housing policy and so forth that would become refusing systematic bias in all of our city services and programs apart. So I think we can do Chavis and Dicks at the same time. And I also have a strong following responsible growth, one that addresses sort of triple bottom line of environment on the economy and social equity. BRT I talked about that earlier. That's a really big project that's coming. The Winston Group of our great opportunity sort sort of addressing. Combine all of those issues on, And then I had to respect to the man brainstorm or infrastructure. I'd like to see that as the first choice for managing small Moreover, instead of transit. All right. Thank you. Time. Well, you all we've made it to the fifth question. Our final question, which I think is a burning question on everyone's moment. We'll start off with Jane with this question at this time if appointed. Do you intend to run for office? Please explain your decision. Okay. I assume running for City Council again is the office. Yes, I would expect Teoh if I were Teoh, get this position and, uh, and feel like I was a good fit for it. After the year, year and 1/2 of servings that it would require. I would expect that I would I would run and, um, and see what the residents of District D one at that time. It's unfortunate that Mr de residents don't get to have a voice in this in a regular way in terms of voting and picking their representatives. I realize this is a special appointment election that, you know, by law, I the process that was on the books. This is this is how it is. And so I know some folks are disappointed that they don't get to put in their boat and say who they would like to choose on dso You know, I would really? You know, if appointed here, I would be wanting to really stay in dialogue with everyone in Southwest Raleigh about what it is you want to see. I want to be a bridge. I want to be a voice for all residents. I don't have any special hidden agenda. If if you asked me why. One thing that I truly care about it is community engagement. Um, and and then equitably providing, you know, city resource is, um so, yes, I would expect that I would I would run again and see at that time, you know, what is the will of the people? And it may or may not be me. It may or may not be whoever is appointed in the special election. Andi, I look forward to having a really robust voter turnout. I hope to see more people in Southwest Frawley, you know, recognized that you know who's on our city council. You know, it really doesn't act. A lot of he decisions and the immunities and services that we all, you know, use and rely on here. So it's not just important toe, you know, get out their vote for president. But we also need to make sure that we are are voting at this very local level. So I think I'll stop there. All right. Thank you. Jay Stormy. I think Stormy may have been having some technical issues, so we'll float down the list here and then circle back with her. Jen, I think this is a really good question. I know a lot of people have been asking this since before we even knew what this process is gonna look like or who the applicants were. Um uh, well, servicing a lot can happen in a year. I think 2020 has proven that. So whenever I say right now, please know that it will be thought about and considered and on your opinions are community or welcome. I think I would consider if I was appointed now to run for re election for a couple of reasons. One, I think that City Council terms are other short. The only spent two years in office. Disappointment makes not even shorter on. There's a lot of work to do where consistency is important. There are a lot of long term projects in our district. Have named a few of them Dicks Park is probably the most recognizable little also the BRT corridors and some of the other smaller projects with our parks Onda, the services that we as a city actually distribute needing improvement. So those kinds of projects need, um, a level of commitment and a level of knowledge that you would acquire on the job. I don't have all that knowledge yet. How is the community member? But if I was appointed, um, that would be on the job learning that would be really valuable in the next elections. So I think that Azaz I come at this from the perspective of providing the skills and the knowledge that I have to my community. That's what I see as the role of a city councillor is to bring when I know and what I do well in terms of consensus building. And I'm solving conflicts, problems and finding a critical capsule rude to the community and service of what they need. S o. I played to keep my year open plan Teoh, talk Teoh everyone and hear them out on. We may not always agree on the final decision, but the conversation that we have along the way will help us build that common ground and strengthen our unity is community on. If I can do that successfully, if I'm chosen to fill the seat over the next year, then yes, I think I would want to run and have the public's permission to continue to do that. An important part of our democracy to give that food. And thank you, Jen. I appreciate your response, Carmen. Um, hi. Though, before I made the decision to offer myself core, um, this vacancy that was a deficient that I had to make, Um, because the filing deadline will be near the end of the year, this year for the next election. So, um, I would not have put my name in the hat if I was not willing to run for election. And so I went ahead and decided that I would run for election, whether I'm appointed or not. Um, so I would go ahead and put that out there. Um, I have made it my, um, business. My mission since I was a young child to be involved in changed to be an open voice, not just for myself, but the others around me. And so, um, I have tried to live that out wherever I am from elementary in middle school an