After our candidate conversation on Feb 19th and the concerns we heard there, neighbors and local leaders are continuing to organize. At our follow up meeting on March 9th, VOICE and neighborhood leaders identified the following:
We lack adequate police officers for a city of our size as well as an ability to train the additional officers we need quickly enough.
We see insufficient investment in the infrastructure of our inner city including our neighborhoods, schools, public transportation and commercial areas. We feel that our neighborhoods are being left behind.
We see increasing amounts of panhandling and homeless individuals in the inner city and understand it is a complex and not necessarily related problem. We want to seek resolutions that help people get the support they need and not push the problem to other neighborhoods.
Join us Monday, March 30th at 7pm at Church of the Open Arms. We will be narrowing in on some of the issues raised so far and deciding on a course of action. We invite any neighbor interested in meeting these challenges. I hope you can attend.
Voices Organized In Civic Engagement (VOICE)
Please join us in holding city leaders accountable for maintaining and improving our part of town!