MARIO'S VISION

My vision for DC is of a world-class city that is diverse, livable, walkable and affordable for all residents regardless of economics, race and social status.

 

 Priorities:

 

 

Affordable Housing for All

 

The majority of town hall meetings organized by the DC government in the 10 years have shown affordable housing to be the most pressing issue among DC residents.

DC has been steadily displacing individuals and families including 20,000 black DC resident in most recent years. DC is in desperate need for real affordable housing for millennials, seniors and low and middle income individuals and families.

 

We must reverse this trend refocusing our priorities putting residents needs first. This is the time to enhance and reclaim our housing policies and laws to benefit DC residents at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. We all benefit.

 

High Quality Education

 

Our zip code shouldn’t determine the quality of education our children and youth receive in our public and charter schools in DC. Parents and advocates have reported some tension and even hostility inside our DC Public Schools (DCPS)

Our teachers are described as dedicated educators performing under stressful and challenging environment most of the time and in need of better tools and resources for them to succeed. Indeed, our schools are the centerpiece of our communities.

 

Community-Oriented Policing

 

We know that poverty, illegal guns, and lack of neighborhood investment are the real issues contributing to crime and violence in our communities. Everyone of us need to be treated with respect, fairness and humanity by our law enforcement in DC. We must spend less money on criminalizing our DC residents and more moneys toward projects and programs that provide services to keep our communities safe.

We also need more accountability and transparency from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) therefore, most of DC residents agree for the creation of a permanent commission on public safety and criminal justice to oversee the MPD.

 

Green New Deal for DC

 

During this extraordinary time due to COVID -19 Pandemic, it is critical that we refocus our values and efforts for making DC most prosperous, healthy and livable for all us. We must continue to work in response climate crises. DC must reach the goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2032 and zero-emissions public transportation by 2045.

A comprehensive Green New Deal in DC will allow us to address our issues of infrastructure, energy, transportation, economic justice and worker’s rights in a more holistic manner. We must start this process now; the urgency of these measures are absolutely neccesary.

 

 

 

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NOVEMBER 3, 2020

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