CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 called Cincinnati City Council Candidate Greg Landsman to ask him our five questions for city council candidates. Landsman is one of 21 candidates vying for 9 spots on the Cincinnati City Council in the November 2013 election. His responses are below.
Tell us about yourself.
Landsman is a husband and father of two. His family currently lives in Mt. Washington.
He serves as the executive director for The Strive Partnership, a consortium of providers and funders advocating for academic achievement and educational reform. Previously, Landsman was appointed to director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives by Ted Strickland in 2007.
Do you think privatized parking is a good idea?
Landsman believes Cincinnati should have a modernized system, and perhaps partner with the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to do so, but borrow only what is needed.
He believes revenue from parking assets should stay in Cincinnati and be invested in our infrastructure and people.
Do you support the streetcar project?
Landsman says at this point, it seems the streetcar is going to happen. He believes it's only a smart investment if the following two things happen: 1) It gets downtown and does so with private support. 2) There is a credible operating plan that leverages private support.
Landsman says he doesn't believe "taxpayers should foot the bill on all expenses moving forward as they have with the initial phase."
What do you think about the condition of our public schools?
He is a believer in high-quality preschool access for every 3 and 4-year-old. Landsman says he will continue this effort to ensure the vast majority of kids show up to school prepared.
Landsman believes Cincinnati Public Schools have a mobility issue. He says students are coming and going, and believes CPS and the city should form a better partnership to stabilize housing and employment for families.
What do you think would make Cincinnati a better place to live?
Stronger, safer neighborhoods. Landsman says getting to a structurally-balanced budget and pursuing meaningful pension reform is key. He believes fiscal certainty is important because it allows for investments, neighborhood revitalization and meaningful reform at City Hall.
Read more information about Greg Landsman on his campaign website.