Our city is continuing to change – in many ways for the better, but in other ways, new and more complex problems are emerging. In our council district we see the growing concerns of public safety, needed investments in water infrastructure, lack of affordable housing and more. There are many issues to take on.
Pick up a newspaper or click on a local news site and the first headline usually is about a local shooting, break-in or robbery. Unfortunately, we live in a time when crime is very close at hand. Some want to shrug their shoulders and chalk it up to simply living in an urban environment. But I believe there are very clear solutions to our public safety challenges. Among them is having better coordination between the city and USC on student conduct rules and underage drinking enforcement. Also, more predicative technology should be integrated into the city’s planning for deploying safety resources. Better salaries for our police officers would make a huge difference in retaining trained, experienced and effective personnel. Safe streets mean many things for our community. Our city cannot reach its fullest potential if crime is allowed to become associated with and dominate the city’s identity.
The first job of city government is seeing that the public welfare is both protected and promoted. Along with police and fire protection, critical services like trash collection, water, road and sidewalk repair literally define the quality of life of our neighborhoods. Without the effective delivery, adequate funding and management of these “door step’ services the quality of life across the city erodes. Maintaining, improving and working smarter on delivering these basic but critical services, while protecting your tax dollars, will be Will’s priority when elected to city council.