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Cara’s administration will be committed to breaking down the silos that separate the 79 neighborhoods in the city and ensuring that each is treated under the same standards.
Her administration’s approach will be to run City Hall as efficiently and professionally as possible. Each office will be expected to form partnerships with residents and businesses to meet their needs. Technology will be upgraded, and employees will be trained to use it effectively.
- The city Health Department will work with the Police Department on the public health crisis of violent crime. The department will be guided by awareness of the effects of social determinants on health disparities among races and ethnicities.
- The administration will reach out to other municipalities and regional institutions to combat persistent attacks on the lives and health of residents because diseases like lead poisoning, asthma, STDs and opioid addiction don’t stop at city lines.
- The city will use non-political systems and data for basic city functions like garbage collection, street and sidewalk repair, and park improvements. Departments will be required to set citywide goals and layout plans to meet them. Over the past five years, every physical improvement in the 20th Ward to the four city parks, the streets, the alleys and the sidewalks was done because Cara initiated or signed off on it. It is ludicrous to have city services vary from neighborhood to neighborhood-based on political standing or alliances.
A city leadership that develops thoughtfully and deliberately will lead the way for growth throughout the region. The endeavor will start by making the city work again for every resident and every business owner in ways both large and small.