POLITICAL REFORM

Blight

Warren has a blight problem - allowing properties to deteriorate - that some council members have associated with rental properties and absentee landlords. Their solution was to stop new rentals, instead of stepping up enforcement. We need to hire more blight inspectors and also create a position called Renters Advocate to help people where landlords are collecting rent but not doing needed repairs or not paying water bills or taxes. Most renters can't afford time or money to take landlords to court.

POLITICAL REFORM

Infrastructure

We need to invest regularly and properly in quality infrastructure, including roads, parks and water distribution and sewer infrastructure instead of looking always for the low bid. If you use quality materials and methods it costs more but lasts longer. Lets use the right tool for the job instead of what's on sale.
Citizens can pitch in to install rain barrels or rain gardens to reduce the burden on the drain system and reduce risk of flooding. The city could educate, assist, or otherwise incentivize people to achieve this.

POLITICAL REFORM

Transparency

City Council should embrace transparency and televise all meetings and publish minutes. The process used to award contracts should be easy to understand and accessible to all. The public should also know how many police are currently employed by the city and how many live in Warren. If new rules are announced for city council meetings they should be based on a majority vote of the city council, not the whim of the city attorney or mayor.

POLITICAL REFORM

Zoning

Warren is beautiful in Spring when the trees start to blossom. Through zoning or other ordinances we can make Warren an even more attractive place to live. I think we can start by putting a hold on new franchises that make Warren look just like a thousand other cities in America, or at least be more encouraging to unique business ideas. One thing you'll notice about so-called trendy cities, where young people are interested in living, is there are very few franchises. People are creating unique businesses.

POLITICAL REFORM

Sustainability

Our leadership should make decisions while always considering the long-term effects of those decisions on the environment and on the quality of life of the people of Warren and their descendants.