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Re: “Legislative ethics, Part II

A Smith administration will be an extension of Mayor Hays, who made it
clear he doesn't really plan to leave; like Putin + Medvedev.

On Dickey Stephens Park, maybe City Hall learned from the problems at
Alltel now Verizon Arena with financially troubled contractors, bond
companies and the ongoing structural issues. Cities have learned that
projects such as these are good for community morale, but not so much
for the businesses, their full-time employees and tax revenue which
were removed to make way for them. DSP is a nice asset, but at what

The Hays-Smith city hall didn't and hasn't addressed deficient police
and fire department staffing, pay and vehicles. Too many of our
citizens feel the effect of Hays-Smith priorities when they
burglarized and they aren't enough police to service Faulkner Lake.
We don't need more sales tax for officers, firefighters or the new
fire station, which I'm committed to build and staff.

Job creation could more effectively grown by eliminating the
difference in the total we pay similar city employees versus the same
private sector employee. I want to get a day's work for a day's pay
and to pay no more than the private market average. By emphasizing
individual business and job creation, we will create a more vibrant
business climate.

The City is taking on too much debt including the $50M from sewer
leaks, which were the result of City Hall mismanagement and misplaced
priorities for battleships, tugboats and riverrails, instead of
infrastructure and a commitment to public transportation for taxpayers
throughout the City.

The City Hall decision to buy energy on the spot market is very risky
and reminds me of Gray Davis' decision in California which lead to
atmospheric energy costs. the rolling of the escrow payment as it was
described strikes me as wasteful when a short term access to the funds
would have eliminated the need to roll it over.

We need evidence of transparency, not empty statements and more
promises. All City purchases should be available online in complete
files, including voice files, texts and emails. All bids should be
visible and available to anyone who wants to see them. Committee and
board meetings should be transcribed and covered with real time video
streaming. Maybe we could have a Council meeting outside so that we
could use the Drone?

I will lead by example by limiting my real estate holdings to my home
and making investments visible online for full disclosure.

The choice for mayor has never been clearer; entrepreneur vs
bureaucrat, more taxes or more jobs, more public safety or more fire
and crime. I'm the alternative and ready to lead.

Have a blessed day,

Mark Clinton, MBA, ARM
Candidate for Mayor-NLR

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Posted by Mark Clinton on 06/18/2012 at 12:20 PM


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