On Council, Chairman English will work to create a safer, accessible, affordable, and educated Atlanta

Safer

  • Focus on community policing
  • Increase pay for police and fire fighters
  • Create partnership with APS, Atlanta Police Foundation and COA to reduce recidivism and focus on the root causes of crime
  • Leverage technology (cameras, predictive analysis etc.) to increase police footprint
  • Aggressively pursue owners of vacant/blighted properties and increase funding to the office code enforcement (imminent domain, fines, foreclosure etc.). Seek legislative solution that would make it easier for the city go after slum lords.
  • Partner with APS to assist in the repurposing of unused, surplus facilities

Accessible

  • Ensure that the $2.5 billion for infrastructure and transportation spending is spent wisely, in collaboration with communities and the plans are executed with fidelity
  • Fully fund and staff the city’s traffic command center
  • Increase transportation options (light rail, bike lanes, walking paths, etc.)
  • Utilize technology to build smarter, complete streets that apply 21st century strategies to improve traffic flow (light synchronization, dedicated turning lanes etc.)

Affordable

  • Make the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) a best in class agency that connects citizens to job opportunities
  • Partner with NGO’s to create smaller satellite sites for AWDA in high unemployment areas
  • Develop a comprehensive affordable housing strategy for the COA
  • Invest/Build upon Atlanta’s position as a hub for the technology/innovation and arts/entertainment sectors
  • Implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce homelessness that help Atlantans get back on their feet

Educated

  • Partner with APS to build a universal early education program
  • Create job training programs for adults that are aligned with current and projected job vacancies to close the skills gap and lower unemployment placing a priority on APS parents
  • Release all of the deeds to APS owned properties