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Jack Kerfoot - Portland City Commissioner #2 Responses To The League of Women Voter's Candidate Questionnaire
Campaign Website - www.jackkerfoot2020.com
Facebook Account - https://www.facebook.com/Jack Kerfoot2020/
Twitter Account - @ JackKerfoot2020
Your Qualifications - A City Commissioner is required to lead bureaus, which are like businesses. Leading a business requires leadership, communication and collaboration skills. I have 40 years of experience turning around under performing companies around the world by working effectively with governments, unions and corporations. I am a proven leader that will listen, collaborate and communicate with everyone across our entire city to help develop an accountable, responsible and compassionate city government.
CANDIDATE'S QUESTIONS Responses Limited To 500 Characters
1. How would you describe the City's progress in meeting the goals of the Climate Action Plan? What additional steps does Portland need to take to meet them?
Our City is not protecting our environment. Zenith Oil is still importing/exporting heavy oil, TriMet is still buying diesel buses and the utilities are too slow to move to renewable energy. Oil import/export fees can be assessed to encourage oil terminals to close. Our city should announce annually the progress at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for our city, TriMet and the utilities. This report must identifying successes, failures and remedial action to protect our environment.
2. How can the city government better represent and serve the growing and increasingly diverse population of the city?
Portland's City Council type of government isn't effectively representing our city's increasingly diverse and growing population. I support a city government that would have the executive authority of city government with the mayor, create a paid position of city manager and elect unpaid city commissioners from districts, not from the city at-large. Until the city has a new form of government, I pledge to hold town hall meetings on a regular basis across our entire city (NW, N, NE, SE and SW).
3. The city has taken a number of important actions to reduce the number of people experiencing housing instability, yet throughout Portland there are too many people without a safe and stable place to call home. What more can the city do to address the problem?
Portland has hundreds of nonprofit organizations working independently to serve unhoused or at-risk people. Our city should be taking the lead in the coordination of these efforts. City Council must also recognize that well-intentioned projects, funded by multi-million-dollar bond proposals may have devastating consequences. Every new bond measure causes property tax to increase, rents to escalate, business closures, and job losses, which also contribute to housing instability.
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