Mike Ablon on how to build a better Dallas – in his own words.
A better Dallas starts with stronger neighborhoods.
“The world knows Dallas by our skyline, but great cities are defined by the vitality of their neighborhoods. That’s what I want to do as Mayor – help strengthen and revitalize neighborhoods so they are safe and prosperous. We can only do this if we come together as a city and do what’s right for the future success of every part of Dallas, starting with improving the basic city and education services that make a lasting difference in our everyday lives.”
Help for our schoolchildren before & after the bell rings.
“The future of Dallas rests on the success our teachers and parents have in educating our next generation of entrepreneurs, skilled workers and professionals. As Mayor, I will focus on getting our students the help they need outside of our schools, starting with academic assistance and tutoring after the bell rings in a safe and productive atmosphere. Making sure our young people receive the academic instruction through various afterschool programs, especially for children of working parents, could be the difference between dropping out or graduation.”
Safer families in every part of Dallas.
“The average response times for Dallas families calling 911 has increased dramatically over the past years – this is an unacceptable risk for victims of violent crime. With our police department short almost 1,000 officers, this is a problem City Hall has seen coming for years and has done little to improve. To resolve this officer shortfall, we need to reprioritize our spending to make sure public safety is a top responsibility, starting with making sure every part of Dallas has the patrol officers they need to stop violent criminals, gang members, drug dealers and others who target our families.”
Respect for police officers & firefighters.
“When there’s a fire, we call firefighters. When there’s a crime, we call on police officers. But when there’s a budget crisis, City Hall almost always cuts their funding. We owe them more respect and appreciation – that means proper planning and City management so their budgets are not vulnerable. As Mayor, I will fight for better pay, a stronger pension and smarter benefits for the men and women who risk their lives each day to make Dallas a safer place. And, if we’re going to depend on police and firefighters to keep us secure, they deserve more input on actual needs and staffing.”
Ethics reforms to clean up City Hall.
“Ethics, honesty and transparency should be basic values in government, but for the past two decades we’ve endured too many scandals and arrests at City Hall. We need to create a new culture of integrity at City Hall where these disgraces are rare exceptions starting with comprehensive ethics reforms that include reducing the role of high paid lobbyists and require more transparent disclosures of their relationships with elected city leaders.”
Better roads & streets to ease traffic congestion.
“Kicking the can down the road should not be Dallas’ official policy on how we fix our roads. We can accomplish anything in Dallas, it seems, except fill potholes, improve alleys, and smooth our roads. This lack of attention to basic city services adds time to your commute, keeps working parents away from their families and takes money out of your pocket for car repairs. Want to fix the roads? We first need to fix City Hall. We also need a strategy to pay for this, and that come back to growing businesses and jobs to create the revenue.”
Smarter transportation to help seniors & working families.
“We have spent billions of dollars on DART but more than 30 years after its start, families in South Dallas still have a tough time getting to work, buying groceries or seeing their doctors. Let’s be honest – we don’t need more lengthy studies or memos to know that our public transportation system doesn’t work for many of the people it was formed to help. It’s time to revisit our public transportation options to make sure we no longer leave behind working families, handicapped residents and senior citizens who struggle to get around our city.”
Responsible spending on basic city services.
“With rising property values our city government is flush with revenue. So why are we still struggling to fund even the most basic city services? As a businessman, I will keep a close eye on the bottom line, fight against waste and excessive spending, and work to make sure our tax dollars are focused where they can do the most good for our everyday lives.”
Growing our economy one small business at a time.
“Dallas is the best place to start a business. My great-great-grandfather walked here from Galveston in 1882 to start his business. More than a century later, I started my business on a shoestring budget and a $99 website. Dallas succeeds when small businesses such as these succeed, and as Mayor I want to expand opportunities so more people can build and grow their businesses in our city. In doing so, we can continue to provide jobs for working families and valuable tax revenue to help pay for better roads, parks, police and fire.”