Over the years, Boston’s New Economy has bypassed much of the City. While affluent newcomers move into established neighborhoods, and gentrify others, too often have the interests of long-term and poor, underserved and working class residents been ignored. I am focused on a number of issues that will make Boston better, more vibrant, accessible and affordable to all who live here.
Residents of Roxbury, South End, Jamaica Plain and Back Bay need and deserve a bigger piece of the "Boston economic pie." More and more of our young people are not able to obtain jobs that pay a living wage and allow them to establish residences of their own, forcing them to live with their parents for years after their high school or college graduations.
As the City of Boston prospers downtown, with new skyscrapers and buildings with million-dollar condominiums being constructed, it seems, in every available acre of real estate, the communities in which Black and Latino citizens live, are being left out of the "economic boom."
We need more financial investment in the 7th District, better educational opportunities and more entrepreneurial and job-training programs. Tourism is the largest economic engine in the State of Massachusetts, thanks to our city's prominent position in the founding of this nation and the historical sites that tourists from around the U.S. and around the world come here - non-stop - to see.
We are not only the "Schoolhouse of America" but also the "Schoolhouse of the World," with all of the higher education students who invade this city every September to attend our high-quality colleges and universities. Yet, our per capital, annual incomes trail far behind those of most other sections of Boston. We cannot continue this way and have hope that our children and granchildren will avoid being cast aside in the increasingly competitive economic world of the future.
We must change the status quo - and we must start NOW, MY PROPOSED SOLUTIONS
Elderly Bostonians and those on fixed incomes are taxed out of their homes by an unaccountable assessing process through the city of Boston. Because of the high costs of property ownership, even responsible landlords are forced to charge rents beyond the ability of many working people to pay. The elderly, now on a fixed income, live under the threat of being taxed out of their homes, losing all that they worked and struggled for during their lifetime. We should see our elderly as an asset and not a liability.
Here is my comprehensive plan to address the needs of the elderly:
"Engraved at the top of the wall of the Boston Public Library, at Copley, on the Boylston Street side, are the words: "The Commonwealth Requires the Education of the People as the Safeguard of Order and Liberty." The Boston City Council voted, 9-4, to increase the Boston Public Schools' budget by only 50% of what the increases were during the previous two years. When did we become a city, a people, that were not willing to invest in the fut ures of our children?
Many of our public schools still do not work. So, there is an uneven playing field. Poorly maintained buildings, untrained teachers and in-school violence remain impediments to creating a first-class public school system that works for every child in every neighborhood. Too many of our schools do not properly educate our children; as a result, many of our students have low self-esteem, teachers are under pressure and parents feel helpless. As State Representative of the 11th Suffolk District , I will urge the following:
To further strengthen our schools, I also propose the following:
Much should be done to improve basic city services, because many residents of the city feel they are not getting the services they deserve. Many are frustrated with City Hall and the State House because it takes too long to respond and are loyal only to developers and campaign supporters.
By working with the people of Boston’s neighborhoods, I will strive to return accountable and responsive government to Boston.
As State Representative of the 11th Suffolk District , I will work to significantly improve city and state services that include:
The City of Boston is "A Tale of Two Cities" when it comes to the issue of Public Safety. We are experiencing an epidemic of homicides in our city, with young people being the most frequent victims. The Boston Police Department has become more of an after-the-fact "clean-up crew" in our neighborhoods, in regard to deadly crimes, rather than a pro-active organization seeking to prevent crimes from happening by utilizing the "best practices" of community policing, including officers from the community; who love the community; speak the language of the community; look like the community and walk the streets of the community instead of cruising the streets in vehicles. Officers who trust the community and the community trust.
Like other residents of the City of Boston, we pay our taxes and we deserve the full services and protection of the Boston Police Department that are afforded to the residents of Boston's other neighborhoods. In The Year 2016, it should not be the case that it is imminently safer to walk down Newbury Street in The Back Bay at 10 p.m. than it is to walk down Blue Hill Avenue in Grove Hall at 10 p.m. We should never accept living in a situation in which a young high school student can be gunned down, mere steps from his school, as was the case recently at the Jeremiah Burke High School. My Proposed Solutions As a former Boston Police Officer, I have particular insights concerning possible solutions to the civic crisis that the residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale are facing now - and have been facing for years: