YCQM: Feb. 11, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. >> FROM WCAX, THIS IS "YOU CAN QUOTE ME."
>> Darren: GOOD MORNING, I'M DARREN PERRON.
>> I'M EVA McKEND.
RIGHT NOW, CANDIDATES FOR BURLINGTON MAYOR.
>> MIRO WEINBERGER, CARINA DRISCOLL, AND INFINITE
CULCLEASURE ARE HERE FOR A CANDIDATE FORUM.
WE ARE DISCUSSING THE ISSUES, AND ASKING QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED.
>> THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE.
LET'S GET TO THE RULES NOW.
YOU WILL HAVE BETWEEN 30
SECONDS AND A MINUTE TO
ANSWER, SO WE WANT SPECIFICS.
ON YOUR POSITIONS AND SOLVING
ISSUES IN BURLINGTON.
THEN VIEWER QUESTIONS.
30 SECONDS ON THOSE, TOO.
AND EACH OF YOU GET ONE MINUTE
FOR CLOSING STATEMENT.
>> Darren: WE BEGIN WITH
DEVELOPMENT.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR MEMORIAL
AUDITORIUM AND FOR THE MORAN
PLANT.
MIRO WEINBERGER, WE BEGIN WITH
YOU.
ONE MINUTE.
>> THANKS, DARREN AND EVA FOR
DOING THIS.
MY POSITION ON THE AUDITORIUM
IS CLEAR.
IT'S' BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART
OF BURLINGTON FOR DECADES, FOR
90 YEARS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO
PUT A PLAN BEFORE THE VOTERS
TO SAVE IT.
AND I AM COMMITTED IT DOING
THAT BY NEXT NOVEMBER, TURNING
IT INTO A 21ST CENTURY
PUBLICLY OWNED PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
SPACE WITH MODERN AMENITIES,
AIR CONDITIONING, ACOUSTICS,
AND AN UPDATED PROGRAMMING
PLAN SO IT IS REALLY A
RELEVANT BUILDING AND DOESN'T
KEEP WHAT HAPPENED IN THE
PAST, WHERE DID -- IT DECLINED
OVER TIME.
MORAN IS A CHALLENGING
PROBLEM, HAS BEEN FOR 30
YEARS.
IOPTIMISTIC THAT -- I AM
OPTIMISTIC WITH THE NEW GOAL
AS AN ADMINISTRATION IN RECENT
YEARS, AS OF LAST YEAR WE WILL
FIND A WAY TO MAKE SOMETHING
GREAT THERE, WITH THE BUDGET
WE HAVE, THE TAX INCREMENT
FINANCING FUNDS WE HAVE THAT
IT COMPLEMENTS ALL OF THE
OTHER PROGRESS WE'VE HAD ON
THE NORTHERN WATERFRONT.
WE HAVE TURNED THE WATERFRONT
INTO ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
PARTS OF THE CITY THE LAST
YEAR.
NEW MORAN CAN COMPLEMENT THAT.
>> CARINA DRISCOLL, ONE
MINUTE.
>> I WOULD ADD THAT WE STARTED
OUR CAMPAIGN SAYING BURLINGTON
IS NOT FOR SALE, THAT INCLUDED
MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM.
THERE WAS, AS RECENTLY AS
SEPTEMBER, AN RFP THAT WAS THE
MESSAGE WE WERE GETTING FROM
THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IN
SEPTEMBER, THAT A REQUEST FOR
PROPOSALS WOULD GO OUT ASKING
PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANTED IT DO
WITH OUR BUILDING.
AND MY FEELING IS THAT
BUILDING HAS SERVED OUR
COMMUNITY FOR 90 YEARS.
NOT ONLY AS A CIVIC, ARTS AND
MUSIC SPACE, BUT ALSO AS A
MEMORIAL BUILDING SHALL AND
THE NEED FOR THAT BUILDING HAS
NOT GONE AWAY.
AS MAYOR, I WOULD WORK TO FIND
THE WAY THAT WE CAN FINANCE
THE BUILDING TO MAKE SURE IT
CONTINUES TO SERVE THAT
PURPOSE, AS A COMMUNITY CENTER
FOR ALL OF US IN THE DECADES
TO COME.
>> MORAN?
>> OKAY.
AND AS FOR MORAN, THERE WAS A
GROUP OF CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS,
LOCAL BUSINESSPEOPLE AND
OTHERS WHO CAME TOGETHER AND
MADE A PLAN FOR MORAN.
WE SAW A UNILATERAL DECISION
FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE TO END
THAT DISCUSSION.
I WOULD LIKE TO PICK THAT
DISCUSSION BACK UP AND SEE
WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THE SPACE
TO HAVE THRIVING BUSINESSES,
INCLUDING THE FARMERS MARKET,
THE WINTERS FARMERS MARKET AND
HAVE EVENTS GOING ON THERE AS
WELL.
>> AND INFINITE CULCLEASURE,
ONE MINUTE.
>> YES, MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
HAS ACTUALLY BECOME, I THINK,
A REAL ISSUE IN BURLINGTON
BECAUSE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS
WHO HAVE COME TO THE FRONT AND
HAVE REALLY PUSHED THE MAYOR
TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT
BUILDING STAYS PUBLIC.
SO ON THE ADMINISTRATION, IF I
AM ELECTED, I WOULD ACTUALLY
MAKE SURE THAT THOSE COMMUNITY
LEADERS ARE FRONT AND CENTER,
AND THAT THE PUBLIC IS FRONT
AND CENTER IN DECIDING HOW TO
MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT SPACE,
ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF OUR
YOUTH.
I THINK, BIG HEAVY WORLD, FOR
EXAMPLE, IS ONE ORGANIZATION
THAT HAS BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN
THE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
INITIATIVE, AND SHOULD
CONTINUE TO BE SOME OF THE
FOLKS WHO DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS
WITH THAT SPACE.
>> AND MORAN?
>> AND MORAN, THERE ARE
MULTIPLE PLANS WITH THE MORAN
PLANT.
ONE OF THEM OF WHICH I WAS A
PART OF IN 2008 UNDER THE KISS
ADMINISTRATION.
YOU WOULD -- I WOULD LOOK AT
BOTH THOSE PLANS AND CHECK
BACK IN WITH THE PUBLIC TO SEE
WHAT THE PUBLIC IS INTERESTED
IN GOING FORWARD WITH.
>> THANK YOU.
>> SOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING
PRICED OUT OF BURLINGTON.
TAXES AND HOUSING REALLY HIGH.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ADDRESS
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE
QUEEN CITY?
MAYOR WEINBERGER, YOU HAVE ONE
MINUTE.
>> THANK YOU, EVA.
WELL, THIS HAS BEEN OUR TOP
FOCUS AS AN ADMINISTRATION FOR
SIX YEARS.
WE ARE STARTING TO SEE
RESULTS.
OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS, WE
HAVE HAD REALLY A DUAL
STRATEGY.
FIRST WE HAVE CONTINUED
BURLINGTON'S HISTORY OF
BUILDING AS MUCH AFFORDABLE
HOUSING AS POSSIBLE.
AND WE'VE HAD A GREAT RECORD
OF THAT.
WE HAVE PRESERVED OR CREATED
HUNDREDS OF NEW AID FORDABLE
HOMES OVER -- AFFORDABLE HOMES
OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS.
WHAT WE HAVE ALSO SAID,
HOWEVER, AND WHAT THE CITY
COUNCIL HAS AGREED WITH, AND
WHAT IS THE POLICY OF OUR
HOUSING NON-PROFITS THROUGH
THE BUILDING TOGETHER
CAMPAIGN, AND WHAT IS THE PLUS
OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION,
WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HOUSING
FOR ALL BURLG TONE YANS.
THAT'S WHY WE HAVE PUSHED SO
HARD FOR OTHER TYPES OF
HOUSING, WHETHER IN THE
DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT, OR IN
CAMBRIAN RISE.
WE ARE STARTING TO SEE
RESULTS.
VACANCY RATES ARE GOING UP, WE
ARE SEEING PRICES STABILIZE,
AND WE NEED TO KEEP GOING WITH
THIS, NOT GO BACK TO THE
POLICIES IN THE PAST THAT
REALLY CREATED THE
GENTRIFICATION PROBLEMS WE ARE
FACING TODAY.
>> MISS DRISCOLL.
>> YES.
IN BURLINGTON WE ARE SEEING A
LOT OF DEVELOPMENT, AND A LOT
OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE CITY,
REGARDLESS OF CONSTITUENCY
GROUP.
ARE FEELING DISENFRANCHISED,
NOT SURE WHAT'S IN IT FOR US.
WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF
COMMERCIAL SPACE THAT'S
EXPENSIVE, A LOT OF
RESIDENTIAL SPACE THAT'S BEING
BUILT THAT'S MORE EXPENSIVE
THAN THE RESIDENTIAL SPACE WE
CURRENTLY HAVE.
WHILE WE ARE SEEING VACANCY
RATES GOING UP, THOSE
APARTMENTS ARE EVENTUALLY
BEING FILLED BY PEOPLE WHO ARE
COMING FROM ELSEWHERE TO MOVE
INTO OUR CITY.
THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS TO
DEVELOP AFFORDABLES, AND RIGHT
NOW, THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN
BE DOING THAT WE ARE NOT DOING
TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE
PROGRESS ON BUILDING
AFFORDABLE, WHICH INCLUDES
LEVERAGING DORMANT CITY LOTS
BY OFFERING, YOU KNOW,
FINANCING ON THAT PROPERTY,
INSTEAD OF SELLING IT OUTRIGHT
TO DEVELOP HOTELS, AS WE HAVE
SEEN IN THE CURRENT
ADMINISTRATION DO.
AS WELL AS ZONING LENIENCY,
AND PAST INCENTIVES TO BUILD
AFFORDABLE AND MIXED USE.
THAT'S ONLY WAY WE WILL ENSURE
AFFORDABILITY INTO THE FUTURE.
>> WHAT ABOUT RENT CONTROL?
>> SO RENT CONTROL IS NOT ON
MY AGENDA.
(BELL DINGS ]
>> I CAN TALK MORE ABOUT IT IF
YOU WOULD LIKE.
I THINK I SHOULD YIELD MY TIME
TO INFINITE.
>> MR. CULL CLESH -- CULL
CLEAR YOU ARE.
>> I WILL START WITH RENT
CONTROL.
IT WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO
HAPPEN AT THE STATE LEVEL,
RIGHT?
WHICH THE MAYOR HAS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO ADVOCATE FOR IN
MONTPELIER.
THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I
WOULD PLAN ON ADVOCATING FOR
IN MONTPELIER, ESPECIALLY AS I
-- AS OUR DENSITY CONTINUES TO
INCREASE, AND THERE IS NO CAP
ON WHAT LANDLORDS CAN CHARGE.
SO THAT IS PART OF THE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING GOAL.
ANOTHER PART OF AFFORD AL
HOUSING IS THAT -- AFFORDABLE
HOUSING, RIGHT NOW IT IS
CONNECTED TO MARKET-BASED
DEVELOPMENT.
AND I THINK THAT OUR MUNICIPAL
GOVERNMENT AND STATE
GOVERNMENT HAS TO MAKE A
COMMITMENT TO AFFORDABLE
HOUSING OUTSIDE OF
MARKET-BASED SOLUTIONS, BASE
WE HAVE NOT HAD PUBLIC HOUSING
BUILT SINCE THE 70S OR THE
80s.
SO STATES AND CITIES NEED TO
STEP UP AND MAKE SURE THAT
THERE IS SOME MORE PUBLIC
HOUSING CONSTRUCTION.
>> QUICKLY, MAYOR WEINBERGER,
YES OR NO ON RENT CONTROL.
THEY BOTH MADE THEIR POSITIONS
CLEAR.
>> YES.
RENT CONTROL DOESN'T WORK.
IT'S BEEN SHOWN AGAIN AND
AGAIN IN CITIES THAT IMPLEMENT
RENT CONTROL, THEN GO TO A
CHALLENGING PROCESS OF GETTING
RID OF IT, BECAUSE IT FAILS,
AND ACTUALLY MAKES THE OVERALL
AFFORDABILITY WORSE IN A
RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF
TIME.
I DON'T SUPPORT THAT, NO.
>> CONTROVERSY RECENTLY ABOUT
THE MURAL JUST OFF CHURCH
STREET.
SOME CALLING IT RACIST.
WE ARE WONDERING WHAT SHOULD
BE DONE WITH IT.
CARINA DRISCOLL WE START WITH
YOU, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS.
>> I MADE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THE
MURAL SHOULD COME DOWN.
IT WAS A MISTAKE IN OUR
COMMUNITY FOR THE MURAL TO BE
ARRIVED AT IN THE WAY IT WAS.
IT IS EXCLUSIVE AND IT IS
CELEBRATING THE BEGINNING OF
OUR STORY AS WHEN EUROPEAN
SETTLERS ARRIVED IN THE AREA.
THINK IT IS A MISTAKE AND I
DON'T THINK WE HAVE THE OPTION
TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD
UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION DAY.
WE HAVE TO BE BOLD AND
REPRESENT THAT WELL.
REPRESENT OUR COMMUNITY AND
MAKE IT RIGHT.
>> INFINITE CULCLEASURE, 30
SECONDS.
>> I THINK IT WOULD BE
INTERESTING WITH THIS QUESTION
TO CHECK IN WITH OUR
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY, WITH THE
FOLKS, YOU KNOW, WITH THE
COMMUNITY AND HEAR FROM THEM
WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THIS
MURAL.
I AGREE THAT THE MURAL IS
EXCLUSIVE, AND, YOU KNOW, NOT
NECESSARILY RACIST, BUT HAS
SORT OF WHITE NARRATIVE THAT
DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY
OF BURLINGTON AND VERMONT.
SO I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO
HEAR WHAT FOLKS FROM THE
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY THINK
ABOUT IT.
>> MIRO WEINBERGER?
>> I HAVE TALKED TO CHIEF
STEVENS, WHO REPRESENTS THE
SOVEREIGN NATION, AND THEY
HAVE REAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE
MURAL COMING DOWN.
THEY ARE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT
BACKLASH.
WHICH IS WHY I AM TAKING A
DIFFERENT POSITION THAN THE
OTHERS HERE IN SAYING THAT WE
HAVE A PROBLEM HERE, ALTHOUGH
THIS WAS WELL INTENDED, AND
DID SOME POSITIVE THINGS FOR
THAT PART OF THE CITY, THERE
ARE OMISSIONS WITH IT.
IT DOES NOT PROJECT THE 21ST
CENTURY BURLINGTON THAT WE
WANT TO, AND WE NEED TO FIX
IT, BUT THERE MAY BE OTHER
OPTIONS THAN JUST TAKING IT
DOWN THAT WE NEED TO GO
THROUGH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO
CONSIDER.
THAT'S WHY I PROPOSE CREATING
A GROUP THAT WOULD REVIEW THIS
AND ADVISE THE MAYOR AND CITY
COUNCIL BEFORE RUSHING TO
JUDGMENT.
>> THANK YOU.
SPEAKING OF CHURCH STREET,
VERY HIGH-PROFILE CRIMES IN
RECENT YEARS THERE, INCLUDING
A SHOOTING, THE SUSPECT ON
TRIAL RIGHT NOW.
IS BURLINGTON SAFE?
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE
IT SAFER?
INFINITE CULCLEASURE, 30
SECONDS.
>> WE ARE COMING UP ON THE
ANNIVERSARY OF MATT YOUNG, WHO
PASSED AWAY, WHO WAS ONE OF
THE STREET WORKERS HAD WORKED
WITH THE HOMELESS POPULATION,
AND THE CITY HAS DONE NOTHING
TO STEP UP AND REPLACE A LOT
OF THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE.
SO I THINK IN ADDITION TO THE
POLICE, I WOULD EXPLORE OTHER
OPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES, LIKE
PEACE TEAMS TO GO AROUND THE
CITY, AND FOLKS WHO, YOU KNOW,
NOT RESPONDING TO A SITUATION
WITH FIREARMS.
>> INFINITE CULCLEASURE JUST
BROUGHT UP THE STABBING
BETWEEN TWO HOMELESS PEOPLE,
REALLY, IS WHAT YOU WERE
ALLUDING TO THERE.
MAYOR, 30 SECONDS.
>> YES.
BURLINGTON IS SAFE BY ALL
NATIONAL MEASURES, WE ARE
STILL A VERY SAFE CITY.
WE DO HAVE PUBLIC SAFETY
CHALLENGES, AND THAT IS WHY I
HAVE SPORDZ INCREASES --
SUPPORTED INCREASES IN OUR
POLICE OFFICERS.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS
WE HAVE INCREASED THE NUMBER
OF SWORN OFFICERS BY 15%.
WE'VE ALSO GOT THEM DOING
DIFFERENT TYPES OF POLICING.
THEY ARE OUT FROM BEHIND THE
STEERING WHEELS, OUT FROM
BEHIND THEIR DESKS, ON FOOT
DOING FOOT PATROLS, AND THOSE
STRATEGIES ARE WORKING.
WE ARE SEEING CALLS FOR
SERVICE COME DOWN.
WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF
PROPERTY CRIMES, STATISTICS
MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
IT IS A TIME OF PROGRESS IN
UNPUBLIC SAFETY.
>> CARINA DRISCOLL, 30
SECONDS.
>> I WOULD SIMPLY ADD TO THIS
DISCUSSION THAT I THINK THERE
ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN OUR
CITY WHO ARE LIVING IN
DESPAIR.
WHEN I GREW UP IN THE CITY, WE
COULD ALWAYS SAY IF YOU RAN
INTO A PERSON WHO WAS
HOMELESS, I KNOW THEY HAVE A
WARM MEAL AND A BEDS TONIGHT
-- A BED TONIGHT.
THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY TRUE
RIGHT NOW.
WE ARE SHORT THE NUMBER OF
BEDS WE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY,
AND WHEN PEOPLE ARE LIVING ON
EDGE OF THAT DESPAIR, WHERE
THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE
SLEEPING, YOU START TO SEE
SOME THINGS BREAK DOWN.
AND WE ARE SEEING SOME OF THAT
HAPPEN DOWNTOWN.
I THINK OUR COMMUNITY RESPONSE
NEEDS TO BE ONE OF COMPASSION,
AND BRINGING PEOPLE INSIDE,
AND CONNECTING THEM WITH CASE
MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT TO BE
ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD AND LIVE
A LIFE THAT IS NOT ON THE
EDGE.
>> DATA INDICATES A TREND OF
TRIS DISPROPORTIONATE
DISCIPLINE FOR STUDENTS OF
COLOR IN SCHOOLS.
AS MAYOR, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO
STOP THE TREND AND WHAT IS
YOUR OPINION ON SCHOOL
RESOURCE OFFICERS IN SCHOOLS?
I'M GOING TO BEGIN WITH
INFINITE CULCLEASURE.
>> I DON'T THINK THAT POLICE
WITH GUNS ARE APPROPRIATE IN
OUR SCHOOLS.
IN FACT, I'VE HEARD OF
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
BEING THREATENED BY STAFF THAT
THEY ARE GOING TO CALL THE
POLICE.
I THINK THAT'S THE WRONG
DIRECTION FOR US TO GO.
AND THE DISPROPORTIONATE
AMOUNT OF SUSPENSIONS, I
THINK, SPEAKS TO SOME
IMPLICIT, SOME EXPLICIT BIASES
AROUND HOW TO WORK WITH, NOT
JUST CHILDREN OF COLOR, BUT
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AS WELL.
>> MAYOR WEINBERGER?
>> WELL, QUICKLY, SCHOOL
RESOURCE OFFICERS, I THINK,
HAVE LONG PLAYED AN IMPORTANT
ROLE, PARTICULARLY IN HIGH
SCHOOLS.
I THINK THEY ARE VALUABLE.
I THINK THAT'S A DIFFERENT
ISSUE THAN THE FIRST ONE YOU
ARE RAISING IS DO WE HAVE
INSTITUTIONAL BIAS WITHIN OUR
SCHOOLS, AND OTHER PARTS OF
OUR CITY GOVERNMENT.
OF COURSE THE ANSWER IS YES.
HOW YOU ADDRESS THAT IS BY
MAKING EVERYONE WORKING WITHIN
CITY GOVERNMENT AND THE
SCHOOLS AWARE OF THESE
IMPLICIT BIASES WE ALL HAVE
AND WORK TO MANAGE THEM AND
BREAK THEM DOWN THROUGH
TRAINING LIKE WE HAD JUST
EARLIER THIS WEEK WHERE WE
BROUGHT NATIONAL EXPERTS IN TO
LEAD THE DISCUSSION.
>> CARINA DRISCOLL.
>> YOU KNOW, I WOULD ALSO SAY
THAT, YOU KNOW, IT IS TRUE
THAT WE HAVE RACIAL BIAS AND
DISCRIMINATION IN OUR
INSTITUTIONS, NOT JUST OUR
SCHOOLS, BUT ALSO WE HAVE TO
LOOK AT OUR HUMAN RESOURCES
DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY AND
THE SCHOOLS, AND THE SCHOOL
DISTRICT SIDE, AND WE HAVE TO
DO THAT ONGOING WORK, AND NEED
TO REMAIN COMMITTED TO IT.
IT CERTAINLY IS A PROBLEM WE
NEED TO ADDRESS.
LONG AK I WORKED ON A -- AGO I
WORKED ON A PROJECT CALLED THE
COMING HOME PROJECT, ABOUT
MAKING SURE KIDS COULD GO TO
SCHOOL AND SEE TEACHERS THAT
LOOKED LIKE THEM.
WE HAVE A COMMUNITY THAT IS
BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIVERSE
EVERY DAY AND OUR MAYOR NEEDS
TO MAKE SURE WE ADDRESS THAT.
>> WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE
ANSWER IS CLEAR.
SO WOULD YOU SUPPORT SCHOOL
RESOURCE OFFICERS IN SCHOOL,
BOTH MADE THEIR POSITIONS
CLEAR.
>> I GUESS RIGHT NOW I DON'T
HAVE A POSITION BEYOND IT IS
SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LOOK
AT.
I WOULD AGREE WITH INFINITE WE
DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ARMED
OFFICERS IN OUR SCHOOL.
I DON'T SEE ANY REASON FOR
THAT.
>> Darren: COMING UP NEXT,
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED WHEN
WE COME BACK.
>> Darren: WELCOME BACK TO
VIEWER QUESTIONS, THIS ONE FOR
INFINITE CULCLEASURE.
TRISH WROTE TO US, ASKING
MR. CULCLEASURE HAS A CRIMINAL
RECORD.
WHY AREN'T PEOPLE TALKING
ABOUT THAT?
WHY ARE -- SHOULD WE VOTE FOR
SOMEONE HAD SOLD DRUGS IN
BURLINGTON.
YOU HAVEN'T MADE IT A SECRET,
YOU EXTENT TIME IN PRISON ON
FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES.
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO TRISH?
>> I SAY TO TRISH VERMONT
ACTUALLY HAS IN STATUTE A
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE STATUTE,
RIGHT?
WHICH MEANS THAT WE ALL HAVE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THINGS
RIGHT, THAT WE ALL HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO SAY, YOU KNOW
WHAT, THIS PERSON IS COMING
BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND
THIS PERSON IS, YOU KNOW,
SHOULD BE A VALUABLE PART OF
OUR COMMUNITY, AND SO, YOU
KNOW, WE SHOULD RESTORE THIS
PERSON'S, YOU KNOW, RIGHTS,
JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.
>> THIS ONE FOR CARINA
DRISCOLL.
BILL P. WANTS TO KNOW, SEEMS
LIKE CARINA, YOU WERE TRYING
TO WIN, YOU WOULDN'T USE HIM,
BUT FUNDRAISING GROUP TRYING
TO RAISE MONEY FOR HER
CAMPAIGN, SO WHICH IS IT.
YOUR RESPONSE TO BILL.
>> SURE.
YOU KNOW, I GREW UP IN THE
CITY OF BURLINGTON, AND I
WATCHED BERNIE BE MAYOR, AND I
WATCHED THE WORK THAT MY
MOTHER DID, AND IT WAS BOTH
VERY INFLUENTIAL AND
IMPORTANT, AND WOULD BE A
SERIOUS OMISSION IF I DID NOT
TALK ABOUT BERNIE AT ALL
DURING THIS CAMPAIGN.
BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY, YOU KNOW,
RUNNING AS MYSELF, WITH
EXPERIENCE IN THE LEGISLATURE
AND CITY COUNCIL, AND ON THE
BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD, AND A
COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE
THROUGHOUT MY LIFE.
AS FAR AS OUR REVOLUTION
FUNDRAISING FOR US, BEFORE
ENTERING THE RATION I SAID TO
OUR REVOLUTION IN
COMMUNICATION IF I DECIDE TO
RUN, I DON'T WANT ANY
COMMUNICATIONS GOING OUT THAT
REFERENCE PLY RELATIONSHIP
WITH BERNIE.
AND THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT.
THEY SENT ONE EMAIL TO VERMONT
THAT WAS VERY INSIGNIFICANT IN
THE FUNDRAISING.
AS I CAN'T COORDINATE THAT
WITH THEM, I DON'T KNOW WHAT
THEY WILL DO NEXT.
I EXPECT THEY WILL HONOR THAT
REQUEST.
>> Darren: THIS NEXT QUESTION
IS DIRECTED AT MIRO
WEINBERGER.
OUR ROADS ARE FALLING APART,
YET THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION
WANTS MORE BIKE LANES AND IS
SPENDING TENS OF THOUSANDS IT
MAKE IT HAPPEN.
YET WE CAN'T FIX THE ROADS
WE'VE GOT.
AND THEN I SEE MOST OF THOSE
BARRIERS ARE GETTING HIT AND
KNOCKED DOWN ANYWAY BECAUSE
OUR ROADS ARE TOO TIGHT.
FIX THE ROADS, MAYOR! THIS
FROM CHRIS IN THE NEW NORTH
END.
>> WELL, I HAVE TO AGREE WITH
CHRIS THAT THE CURRENT STATE
OF A COUPLE OF OUR MAJOR ROADS
IS UNACCEPTABLE.
WE ARE HAVING A VERY TOUGH
WINTER.
THE WEATHER CONDITIONS HAVE
HURT IT, BUT THAT'S NOT AN
EXCUSE.
I'VE BEEN OUT ALMOST EVERY DAY
INSPECTING THEM, TALKING WITH
OUR STREETS TEAM.
WE ARE DOING -- IN THE WINTER,
THERE ARE LIMITS ON WHAT YOU
CAN DO OUT THERE.
WE ARE PUSHING THE EDGE OF
THESE LIMITS TO MILL DOWN THE
ROAD IN PLACES AND ADDRESS THE
DELAMINATION ISSUE.
AS SOON AS THE ASPHALT PLANTS
ARE OPEN IN THE SPRING WE WILL
BE REPAIRING THEM.
BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE IS AN
IMPORTANT PART OF THE CITY,
HOWEVER.
>> Darren: LET ME FOLLOW UP.
IT IS A TWO-PART QUESTION.
I THINK IN PART THAT HE'S
TALKING ABOUT THE TOO NARROW,
BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN GETTING
COMPLAINTS FROM FOLKS SAYING
THEY CAN'T EVEN PULL OVER WHEN
THERE IS AN AMBULANCE OR FIRE
TRUCK IN BACK, BECAUSE THE
BIKE LANE IS THERE.
SO HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THAT?
>> THOSE CONCERNS ARE ALL
ADDRESSED BEFORE WE PUT IN
BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE.
WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT
YOU DON'T HAVE PUBLIC SAFETY
ISSUES RESULTING FROM THIS
INFRASTRUCTURE GOING IN.
I DO THINK GREAT CITIES IN THE
21ST CENTURY NEED, LOOK
AROUND, AND THEY ALL HAVE
GREAT BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE.
IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF
MODERN TRANSPORTATION, AND IT
MAKES US -- MAKES TRAFFIC FLOW
BETTER, IT MAKES -- IT'S
HEALTHIER, IT HAS
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS.
WE ARE GOING TO STILL, BEING
VERY CAREFUL WITH THE
TRADEOFFS WE MAKE, MOVE
FORWARD WITH SOME BIKE
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, WHILE
ALSO, OF COURSE, IMPLEMENTING
AN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THAT IS
MORE THAN DOUBLING OUR PAVING
ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND
TRIPLING SIDEWALK INVESTMENT
ON ANNUAL BASIS.
>> THANK YOU, MIRO WEINBERGER.
>> THIS QUESTION FOR THREE OF
YOU.
THE CHILTON COUNTY STATE'S
ATTORNEY PUSHING FOR SAFE
INJECTION SITES.
SCOTT ASKS, ARE ANY OF YOU
WILLING TO SAY CLEARLY YES, I
BELIEVE A SAFE INJECTION SITE
IN BURLINGTON SHOULD BE OPEN
TODAY?
IF NOT, WHY, CARINA DRISCOLL.
LET'S START WITH YOU, 30
SECONDS.
>> YES, ABSOLUTELY, I THINK
THE STATE'S ATTORNEY WAS
CORRECT TO PUT THIS FORWARD.
ALSO BRAVE, BECAUSE I THINK
THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT
COMFORTABLE WITH IT.
BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE
SIMILAR SERVICES DOWNTOWN, AND
WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO PLACE
THIS APPROPRIATELY, AND BRING
PEOPLE INSIDE AND CONNECT THEM
WITH CASE MANAGERS AND SUPPORT
TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD IN
THEIR LIFE.
PEOPLE LIVE IN THE SHADOWS
WITH THEIR OPIOID ADDICTIONS.
IT BRINGS PEOPLE IN, AND
CONNECTS THEM WITH CARE AND
HELPS THEM TAKE THAT STEP
FORWARD.
YES, WE SHOULD BE DOING IT.
NO REASON WE SUNDT --
SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT RIGHT
AWAY.
>> MAYOR WEINBERGER?
>> I SUPPORT SAFE INJECTION
SITES.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS
BEEN SHOWN AROUND THE WORLD,
REALLY, TO HAVE OS TIFF IMPACT
-- POSITIVE IMPACT, SO I WOULD
SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION IN
MONTPELIER.
WHEN THAT GOES THROUGH AND
LEGAL, I WOULD SUPPORT ONE
OPENING IN BURLINGTON.
I THINK WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
OTHER ELEMENTS.
OPIOID EPIDEMIC AS WELL.
WE HAVE PUSHED FOR BROAD
PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES LIKE
THE DISTRIBUTION OF NALAXONE,
LIKE THE EXPANSION OF
TREATMENT SO THAT EVERYONE WHO
NEEDS TREATMENT CAN GET INTO
IT.
AND REDUCTION TO THE WHOLE
POPULATION OF THE A. OF OPIOID
PRE -- AMOUNT OF OPIOID
PRESCRIPTIONS.
STILL TOO MANY PHARMACEUTICALS
BEING PRESCRIBED.
WE GOT TO KEEP MOVING ON THAT.
>> INFINITE CULCLEASURE.
>> TODAY, I THINK IT IS REALLY
IMPORTANT THAT WE CHECK IN
WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND HAVE A
THOROUGH COMMUNITY
CONVERSATION ABOUT SAFE
INJECTION SITES IN BURLINGTON.
WHETHER THE STATE'S ATTORNEY
THINKS IT'S FINE OR NOT,
WHETHER THE LEGISLATURE THINKS
IT IS FINE OR NOT, IT IS
REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE
A CONVERSATION WITH OUR
NEIGHBORS ABOUT WHAT THIS IS
GOING TO LOOK LIKE MOVING
FORWARD, AND COME TO TERMS
WITH THE FACT THAT THIS IS
JUST A BAND-AID, AND THAT THIS
IS NOT ADDRESSING THE REAL
UNDERLYING ISSUES OF OUR
OPIOID CRISIS.
>> SOUNDS LIKE YOU WOULDN'T
WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT,
CERTAINLY IN THE RIGHT AWAY.
IS THAT ALSO NOT AT ALL, OR --
>> I DIDN'T SAY NOT AT ALL.
I SAID MOVING FORWARD THAT WE
NEED TO HAVE A THOROUGH PUBLIC
PROCESS, YOU KNOW, WITH OUR
COMMUNITY ABOUT WHAT -- THE
SAME WAY WITH COPS IN OUR
COMMUNITY AND HOW IT IS PLACED
AND HOW IT IS PLACED AND HOW
THAT COMMUNITY WAS BROUGHT
INTO THE PROCESS, THAT'S THE
KIND OF PROCESS THAT WE NEED
TO HAVE BEFORE WE START MOVING
FORWARD WITH A SAFE INJECTION
SITE.
>> THANK YOU.
>> Darren: CLOSING STATEMENTS
FROM THE CANDIDATES COMING UP
NEXT.
>> Darren: WELCOME BACK TO THE
CANDIDATES FORUM ON CHANNEL 3.
>> ONE LAST QUESTION FOR ALL
OF YOU BEFORE WE GET TO
CLOSING STATEMENTS.
WE ARE HEARING FROM RESIDENTS
CONCERNED ABOUT THE SANCTUARY
CITY-LIKE POLICIES, SO
BURLINGTON NOT OFFICIALLY A
SANCTUARY CITY, BUT THE
POLICIES TOWARDS IMMIGRATION.
WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THAT IF
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES
MAKE GOOD ON ITS THREATS, AND
PULLS FUNDING FROM BURLINGTON.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ADDRESS
THAT?
START WITH INFINITE
CULCLEASURE.
30 SECONDS.
>> SO I WOULD FIRST NEED TO
KNOW WHAT THE STAKES ARE.
RIGHT?
EXACTLY HOW MUCH FUNDING THE
GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE
TAKING, WHAT THAT FUNDING IS
FOR.
AND I THINK IT IS REALLY
IMPORTANT THAT WE FIND -- WE
FIND SPACE TO CARE FOR
EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
SO I AM A PROPONENT OF
SANCTUARY CITIES, YET I AM NOT
SURE WHAT IS AT RISK AT THIS
POINT.
>> MAYOR WEINBERGER?
>> SO YES, THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT HAS COME AFTER US
OVER THIS ONE $40,000 GRANT.
WE ARE HOLDING FIRM ON IT.
WE ARE HOLDING FIRM BECAUSE WE
THINK THE WAY THAT WE
CURRENTLY POLICE, WHICH IS HOW
WE HAVE DONE IT FOR A LONG
TIME, WHERE WE DON'T ASK ABOUT
IMMIGRATION STATUS AS WE GO
ABOUT OUR POLICING IS THE WAY
TO KEEP BURLINGTON SAFE.
WE THINK IT IS CONSISTENT WITH
FEDERAL LAW AND WE THINK IT IS
THE WAY TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY
SAFE.
SO WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR
THIS, AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO
BE INTIMIDATED OR THREATENED
BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
>> IF THAT MONEY GOES AWAY,
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT TO
CITY RESIDENTS?
>> WELL, THIS CAN BE A LONG
FIGHT BEFORE IT GOES AWAY,
BECAUSE WE WILL GO TO COURT
OVER THIS.
WE THINK WE ARE FOLLOWING THE
LAW.
AND, AGAIN, IT IS A MODEST
GRANT, AND I THINK HOLDING UP
FIGHTING FOR OUR VALUES WOULD
BE WORTH LOSING IT IF WE HAD
TO.
THAT'S A LONG WAY FROM NOW.
>> CARINA DRISCOLL?
>> I 0 WOULD JUST SAY OUR
CITY'S COMMITMENT TO HAVING
THESE SANCTUARY CITY-LIKE
POLICIES HAS BEEN LONG AND
ONGOING, AND THE MAYOR HAS
KEPT UP THAT COMMITMENT.
AND AS MAYOR I WOULD DO THE
SAME.
>> THANK YOU.
>> Darren: CLOSING STATEMENTS
NOW FROM THE CANDIDATES FOR
MAYOR.
INFINITE CULCLEASURE, YOU WON
THE COIN TOSS, YOU GO FIRST.
>> WELL, I AM A RESIDENT OF
BURPING -- BURLINGTON FOR
ALMOST 30 YEARS.
I AM NOT A CAREER POLITICIAN.
THAT IS WHAT DISTINGUISHES ME
FROM MY OPPONENTS.
I WOULD NOT MANAGE OUR CITY
LIKE A BUSINESS IN THE WAY
THAT I FEEL LIKE MY OPPONENTS
WOULD, AND REALLY MY PRIORITY
IS TO PUT THE COMMUNITY BACK
INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR
CITY AND FOCUS ON
STRENGTHENING OUR RESIDENTS,
AND STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY
OF OUR RESIDENTS, AND MATCHING
THEIR ASSETS WITH THE NEEDS.
>> INFINITE, THANK YOU.
CARINA DRISCOLL?
>> SO I BEGAN IT CAMPAIGN
TALKING ABOUT BURLINGTON IS
NOT FOR SALE.
YOU KNOW, FOR ME, IT'S VERY
IMPORTANT THAT AT THIS TIME WE
MAKE A CHANGE.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO DO PUBLIC
ENGAGEMENT BETTER IN THE CITY
AND WE NEED TO PUT PEOPLE BACK
AT THE FRONT OF THE
CONVERSATION, NOT ON THE
RECEIVING END OF THE DECISION
COMING FROM CITY HALL.
THAT IS HAVING A CITY HALL
WITH A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE
ABLE TO ACCESS THE MAYOR'S
OFFICE, MAKING DECISIONS FOR
THE REST OF THE CITY.
WE NEED TO DO PUBLIC ENGAGE.
BETTER, REACH OUT TO OUR
COMMUNITY AND BUILD OUR CITY,
DIVISION IS CREATED BE THE
PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE.
I THINK WE CAN HAVE AN AGENDA
THAT IS PEOPLE DRIVEN, AN
AGENDA THAT IS AFFORDABILITY
DRIVEN.
WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR ENERGY ON
MAKING SURE THAT OUR SENIORS,
A GROWING POPULATION IN OUR
CITY, THAT WE'RE WELL REAPED
FOR THEM, WHILE WE HAVE 800 --
PREPARED FOR THEM.
WE HAVE 8 HUB PEOPLE ON
WAITING LIST AT CATHEDRAL
SCARE -- SQUARE.
WE NEED IT ADDRESS WORKING
FAMILIES, BY ENSURING PEOPLE
HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, AND
SUMMER PROGRAMS THAT HAPPEN
EVERY DAY, AND ARE FREE TO
SOME AND AFFORDABLE TO ALL.
AND I REALLY BELIEVE THAT WE
NEED TO EP -- OPEN UP CITY
HALL AND BRING PEOPLE BACK IN
TO MAKE THE CITY GREAT FOR THE
PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE.
>> CARINA DRISCOLL, THANK YOU.
MIRO WEINBERGER.
>> THANK YOU.
THANKS FOR THIS.
YOU KNOW, I DO TALK A LOT
ABOUT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
WHEN I TALK ABOUT THE CITY,
AND I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES
PEOPLE'S EYES CAN GLAZE OVER
WHEN I DO.
BUT HERE'S WHY I THINK IT'S
SUCH AN IMPORTANT PRIORITY FOR
CITY GOVERNMENT.
WE CAN ONLY ACHIEVE OUR
COMMUNITY DREAMS WHEN OUR
FINANCIAL HOUSE IS IN ORDER.
WE ARE ONLY NOW ABLE TO TAKE
AGGRESSIVE NEW MEASURES TO
FIGHT HOMELESSNESS, TO ADDRESS
OUR OPIOID CHALLENGE, TO
CREATE A NEW BURLINGTON EARLY
LEARNING PROGRAM, TO HELP OUR
YOUNGEST
BURLINGTONIANS BECAUSE WE HAVE
GOT OUR A CREDIT RATING BACK
AND HAVE THE FINANCIAL
RESOURCES IT MAKE THESE
INVESTMENTS WITHOUT PROPERTY
TAX INCREASES.
THERE'S NOT A SELLING OF
BURLINGTON HAPPENING.
WE ARE INVESTING IN OUR
INFRASTRUCTURE, IN OUR PUBLIC
SPACES, AND WE CAN CONTINUE TO
DO THIS, BECAUSE THE PROGRESS
WE'VE MADE.
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TEAM IN
PLACE, WE HAVE MOMENTUM AS A
CITY.
THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO GO
BACK TO THE SALE POLICIES --
STALE POLICIES OF THE PAST,
THIS IS THE TIME TO KEEP
MOVING FORWARD.
THANK YOU.
>> Darren: MIRO WEINBERGER,
THANK YOU.
THANK YOU ALL.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.
AND THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE, MARCH
6TH.
HAVE A GOOD DAY.
>> SO LONG.

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