Top five Priorities of the first 100-day transition plan:
Expanding bus routes to the VA Hospital (Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center).
Improving Legitimacy and Trust in HPD-Bridging the gap between Houstonians and police officers.
Address plans to pass citywide ordinance to generate affordable housing.
Reconstruct the Houston Pothole tracker. Making the pothole tracker more user-friendly. In addition, appointing city workers (PWE’s street maintenance) to assist Houstonians by observing potholes before we encounter them.
Bringing awareness to the silent elephant in the room. Mental health must be addressed. “There are approximately 400,000 people who suffer from mental illness living in Harris County. One in five Houston area children has some form of illness. Nationally, three to five percent of all children under 18 have a severe mental disorder.”
Fiscal growth and sustainability:
Meet and engage with city employees on pressing issues on fair pay, health benefits, and creating an organic work experience.
Work with city council members on creating a responsible and balanced budget. In addition, work on generating sustainable resources that maintain a healthy budget.
Launch a realistic plan to make city government more effective and bring back genuine customer service.
Work with city leaders to bring a more friendly approach to customer service by allowing citizen input.
Economic growth and job creation:
Focus on supporting small businesses (mom/pop businesses owners, proprietor entrepreneurs, and family businesses). Also help sustain small businesses and ensure fair competition.
Meet with leaders from different cultures (African, Latin, Asian, and European communities) in hopes of strengthening international business relationships.
Produce a team that will assist with generating and helping create solid jobs for Houstonian’s.
Improving Legitimacy and Trust in Our Police Department:
Meet with the public/ different communities to engage in active listening sessions; understand and learn the dynamics of each community. In addition, genuinely listen to their concerns on public safety and community policing.
Hire an additional XXXXX new officers to help address and abate crime, relieve stress from understaffing.
Hold all key departments accountable for promoting public safety and unify the anti-crime efforts; hire Chief of Police and Deputy Mayor of Public Safety
Investing in a SMARTer Cities approach on crime: Expanding the citywide camera project and reinvesting in a Real Time Crime Center
Providing officers RTC info in their vehicles
Upgrading data driven decision making tools
Revamping any COMPSTAT approaches
Work with the ACLU and accept public input on emergent technology
Engage all law enforcement agencies covered in/around our jurisdiction to create a safer Houston Metroplex.
Address response times and deployment issues with smaller beats; ensure officer’s:
Take ownership of their beats
Reduce logistical issues that affect deployment of calls for service (CFS)
Engage in community problem solving by precisely targeting offenders, reducing the possibility of the disparate and generational affects collateral damage of over-policing some areas can have in underrepresented communities; decriminalizing poverty
Know and interact with stakeholders in the community, are visible, and address calls in a courteous, effective, and timely manner.
Investing in an officer wellness program; evaluate current officer safety and wellness practices and using those findings to improve officer health and wellness while reducing worker’s compensation costs
Focus on Violent Crime: invest in interrupting the proliferation of illegal guns into our communities; target and hold offenders accountable for the public health trauma they create; improve homicide and cold case staffing.
Refocus on creating opportunities for positive police/youth interactions through mentoring, Police Athletic League and Police Exploring Programs
Compare our Crisis Response to best practices across the country. Proactively engage with mental health risk population to reduce call load and to establish partnerships with corresponding entities.
Hold the PD and other City agencies accountable for enforcing safety programs that will reduce workers compensation costs
Improving internal accountability: randomized auditing of BWC and In-Car videos
Children and education:
Meet with HISD (Houston Independent School District) board of education with the goal of advancing and improving education in every neighborhood for all children.
Visit and meet with schools to learn what needs to be improved, to ultimately provide an organic learning experience for children.
Meet with parents and understand their concerns for school safety protocol. In addition, making sure educators are providing all children with the best possible learning experience.
Promote and endorse candidates that are willing to reform a new change of direction in education.
Audit and reassess the City Budget
Flooding in communities
Expanding public transportation
Affordable housing: Create a foreclosure reduction strategy
Pay increase for city workers
Livable wage for first responders
Address Houstonians paying to park in residential neighborhoods
Highlight the homeless population in Houston, TX. There are currently 3,000 plus homeless Houstonian’s.