I believe that a strong and effective police force is essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of our community. Our police officers are dedicated public servants who work tirelessly to protect our neighborhoods, prevent crime, and uphold the law.
I will prioritize public safety and work to ensure that our police department has the resources and support they need to do their job effectively. This means investing in training and professional development for our officers, as well as providing them with the latest equipment and technology to keep our community safe.
I also believe in promoting accountability and transparency within our police department. I will work to strengthen community-police relations, and ensure that our officers are held to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior.
The Saint Paul Fire Department protects the life and property of the people of Saint Paul. They are an all hazard response agency comprised of firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs.
I will work to ensure that our fire department has the resources and support they need to do their job effectively. This means investing in training and professional development for our firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, as well as providing them with the latest equipment and technology to respond to emergencies quickly and safely.
I also believe in promoting community awareness and preparedness when it comes to fire safety. I will work to educate residents about fire prevention and safety measures, and partner with our fire department to provide outreach programs and resources to keep our community safe.
Our Streets and Sidewalks
Our city's infrastructure is in dire need of attention. Four years ago, during the last city council election, candidates were discussing the bad roads. Since then, we still have the same problems, and maybe worse. We must improve the city's infrastructure because it is crucial for enhancing safety, accessibility, and the overall quality of life for all residents.
I will work to repair and upgrade our streets, sidewalks, and public spaces, making them safer and more accessible for handicapped persons, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike.
As a taxpayer, I understand the importance of responsible budgeting and fiscal management. I will be a vigilant watchdog of the city's finances, scrutinizing every dollar spent and advocating for smart, sustainable investments that benefit our residents and local businesses. I believe we must spend money on city services that all people benefit from. We can't have our roads in terrible condition and then start planning some project that costs millions of dollars.
Studies, such as the Perry Preschool Project, have demonstrated the significant benefits of starting education at a young age.
By starting education at the age of 4, children have the chance to acquire better social skills, emotional regulation, and problem-solving abilities, which are crucial for their future success in school and beyond.
Investing in early childhood education can have significant long-term benefits, such as improved academic achievement, higher graduation rates, reduced involvement in criminal activities, and increased earning potential later in life. It can also help to reduce educational disparities and provide equal opportunities for all children, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.
As a candidate, I want to advocate for the expansion and accessibility of high-quality Pre-K programs in a meaningful way to prioritize the well-being and educational needs of young children in this community.
Advocacy for older adults
As a city council member, I want to advocate for older adults who are planning their retirement or already retired and on fixed incomes. I understand the needs and challenges, I want to engage with the community, review existing policies, advocate for funding, support age-friendly initiatives, promote financial literacy, communicate; and, monitor policies and programs aimed at supporting older adults on fixed incomes. No one should be in their home for years and then worry that they can't keep paying the high taxes.
Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, and they need our support now more than ever. I will advocate for policies that reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses, provide incentives for job creation, and foster entrepreneurship and innovation.
Homeless; the mentally ill; and addiction
These issues are complex and vary from person to person. We need to address the root causes of homelessness through targeted initiatives that support mental health, addiction recovery, and job training.
We need to understand the importance of having access to vital resources and services that are located in an area where there is public transportation for people. We should be looking at all options including existing buildings that remain empty and determine if making them into shelters/temporary housing could be cost effective, safe, and serve those who need shelter. These could also serve as a resource for families who are trying to find ways to help their family member who struggle with these issues. Also, we should look at alternative housing ideas, such as tiny houses. Tiny houses can be placed on a primary structure property and the residents use the necessary amenities in the primary structure.
Because of laws, once a person is an adult, family members don't have much say in the life of their mentally ill or drug addicted family member. I believe this is a huge issue for many and one of the reasons for increased homelessness. We should all have compassion and concern with these issues because it affects our entire community. I will support educating and assisting families with these needs.
Historical landmarksI believe that our city's historical landmarks are an important part of our shared cultural heritage and deserve to be protected and preserved for future generations. These landmarks represent our city's history, culture, and identity, and they are an important reminder of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs that have shaped our community.
Paid for and prepared by Pam Tollefson for City Council, P.O. Box 17317, St. Paul, MN 55117