What are the duties of the City Council?
- Enacts ordinances, sets policies and develops an annual Legislative Agenda for the City of Omaha, NE.
- Oversees the city budget and capital improvements program.
- Holds weekly council meetings to address issues and concerns in the community.
- Responds to constituents’ concerns at neighborhood meetings, through written correspondence, and telephone communication, and staff assistance.
- Serves on Mayor and Council Subcommittees to deal with specific issues such as public safety, youth and family issues, and community services. A subcommittee is composed of three Council Members, including the Mayor.
We need real leadership in the office who will be selfless in leading the community. We need economic equity.
For local government, growth is a double edge sword. While growth and development provide additional dollars from property taxes, fees and assessments related to projects and more people… the other side is that you have created an additional burden on infrastructure and services funded by the local government.
I believe it is the responsibility of the mayor and city council to ensure that each proposed project conforms to established community guidelines and regulations, that each project enhances the quality of life and opportunity of our citizens. To ultimately evaluate the cost and benefits and timing of each project to protect the taxpayers from bearing an unreasonable expense. Growth and development are an investment that not only investors and developers make, but that all our community makes in our future.
A conscientious council member must listen to citizens and staff, do independent study and research of the facts, ask questions, and determine what is ultimately in the best interests of our community. The City Council acts as the gatekeeper to ensure that individual projects are in fact opportunities and not burdens.
Our community is being sold out and gentrified by our current leadership and its time to put a stop to this. We need someone who can’t be bought or have selfish intentions.
Omaha has been experiencing a lot of growth and as a result, more people are coming to the area. How do you make an allowance for the people who have been here a long time and may not be able to afford the area anymore?
We’re going to call it what it is. It’s gentrification. That’s one of the issues that you have when you have growth in your city.
People are concerned with affordable housing because they see the growth that’s occurring and, in some communities, gentrification is occurring.
How I plan to address it is working with the Housing Development Corporation, and working with other council members and the mayor, and making sure that we have a comprehensive plan for affordable housing that’s going to revitalize some of our existing housing in our community, expand homeownership opportunities and to address homelessness.
The main basis of my platform is fixing our local economics problem by bringing in more labor-based jobs, bringing in more Financial Institutions to help small businesses in North Omaha, and keeping property taxes down.
We need local jail and justice system reform!
Today, the United States spends more than $100 billion on policing each year. Cities often spend anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of their total budgets toward policing, and some exceed $1 billion. There are more than 12,300 local police departments in the United States and 468,000 sworn, full-time officers with arresting power, a 34 percent increase since 1987.
While politicians have often painted the rise in police officers as improving public safety, the truth is that the escalation of mass policing — police personnel, resources and police contact — has produced persistent harassment, arrest and soaring rates of police violence in black communities, as well as other communities of color.
As Democratic candidates today push for criminal justice reform, they must recognize their party contributed significantly to this problem in a rush to attract political support through law-and-order platforms. Truly fixing the problem, and atoning for the sins of the past, requires not just plans for reducing mass incarceration, but also for reducing the massive amount of police resources that made it possible — something no candidate has discussed.
Education is a huge part of making sure North Omaha can not only grow, but succeed. David Mitchell wants to get a school in North Omaha that will also teach trades and will get the youth certified in that trade. David Mitchell wants this school to also teach economic science and business ownership in North Omaha to help grow the community.
We need better programs and educational plans to address to root issues in our community. Mental health and economic equity has plagued our community for years and it is not being properly addressed by our current city council member Ben Gray. While our youth is being miseducated in these underfunded and dilapidated schools, our city officials is doing nothing to fix the root issues.
David Mitchell believes that in order to bridge the huge cap in community economics, we need better educational programs to teach trades. The city council seat has no power over Omaha Public Schooling but David Mitchell will be working with members of the Omaha Public school board to ensure that all major issues are addressed and fixed. City council also has the power to allocate funds to after school programs that could help find youth jobs and teach them important business skill sets.
We need a leader that will fight to fix all major issues that plague North Omaha!
- Mass Incarceration Of People Of Color
- Access To Wealth From Banks
- Assassinations Of African Americans By Way Of Cops