We will empower our city workforce with training and equipment upgrades to lead our public safety strategy in every department.
Public safety starts with our city’s operational departments: Licenses & Inspections, Streets, Water, Neighborhood Services, and Health and Human Services.
As Mayor, Maria will give the departments the tools they need to vastly improve service delivery, incorporating national best practices and salary reviews to address historical discrimination in compensation.
Because blight and crime go hand-in-hand, revamp trash collection systems to increase blight removal and combat illegal dumping areas, prioritizing neighborhoods experiencing higher crime, schools, and commercial zones.
To increase street life and public confidence in public spaces, expand improved, energy-efficient street lighting throughout neighborhoods, alleyways, commercial corridors, and surrounding major community assets.
Develop a proactive plan to inspect and secure vacant properties and ensure pathways to compliance for small landlords and commercial businesses, prioritizing neighborhoods experiencing higher crime, schools, and commercial zones.
Revise Philadelphia’s storm water management strategy to include more proactive cleaning of water inlets and supporting water usage and energy efficiencies.
Develop a street tree action plan, upgrading treescapes citywide and restoring sidewalks, prioritizing neighborhoods with dangerous heat indices and historic health disparities to improve air quality, environmental health, and resilience to climate change.
The Neighborhood Services Division of the Managing Director’s office must lead a comprehensive realignment of service delivery and develop a plan using zero-based budgeting to meet our city’s needs and make strategic investments.
A safe city begins with stronger families. Too often, our city government removes children from homes instead of giving parents the tools to thrive. Our Health and Human Services Cabinet must restore its commitment to strengthen vulnerable families and reject policies that disrupt and separate families because of their economic conditions. This includes direct collaboration with all service providers to provide proactive intervention to stabilize and keep families together.
Reorganize PPD leadership to include a civilian Chief Financial Officer to increase fiscal accountability.
Review HR structure and pursue contract changes to support professional development, transparency, and accountability.
I am running for Mayor of Philadelphia to ensure that every neighborhood is safe and every Philadelphian thrives.
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