Peter Aman @ CCI
#atlmayor2017 #cci #atlanta
@ CCI Mar 14, 2017
Maybe 25 people, hosted by Rohit
Why are you doing this?
- “alleviate everything from inconvenience to suffering”
- one of his parents was always an elected official
- “Policy more than politics”
- “I am not a sports fanatic”. Grew up near Philadelphia
- Was always passionate about public service
- Did pro bono work with Mayor Franklin
- “it’s all about balance, fairness, and the data”
- Has an older brother, sister
- Brother a meteorologist outside D.C.
- Sister lives in Cambridge
- Went to duke
- Public policy and history
- Photography editor at college newspaper
- Went to Bain and Company consulting
- Listening to good ideas from employees who already worked there, and then giving that person credit and bubbling that up through the organization
- Airport was one of the key reasons that Bain expanded to Atlanta in 1996 when he moved here
- Met his wife at Bain in SF, went to Wharton to learn
- made partner in 1997, after having graduated in 1988
Bain offered to do free consulting for Franklin’s mayoral administration, agreeing not to seek paid work from CoA during Franklin’s tenure. The group found a 20% budget gap. He offered the city 3 years of free consulting. He met with Shirley Franklin every Monday at 7am.
Economic Development plan of 03
Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP)
He provided pro bono projects to other organizations through ACP
Reed asked him to take a leave of absence and become COO for a year. He stayed for 2.
- “pension reform
- Was 53% funded on average
- found significant operational issues. “3 men on fire truck… stations on brown out… rec centers closed”
- 50% of homes vacant and abandoned in Vine City
- One city reserve fund at $7M, two others were negative
- He says this was because of retroactive funding of pension plans
- General fund owed over $100M to the watershed fund
- At that point, borrowing money to pay employees
- He leaves CoA to go back to Bain.
Are there still concerns that you have about the way Cit Council is spending money today?
- you can’t look at the newspaper today without see that there is a significant corruption probe ongoing, with the people pleading guilty
- no such thing as an innocent bystander, not legally speaking, but wants people in city govt to speak up
- “wants the most ethical transparent responsive govt we can have
Open data plan?
- “I’m completely in favor of data transparency plans
- “Provide them the APIs
MC: Not a central db of what the city owns, different departments are using different systems
- franklin administration couldn’t do monthly closes of the books. They would do annual closes.
- “Every server was out of lifespan
How to prioritize technology?
How we’re you getting that information about what people need in English Avenue?
- “only way is from the people who are affected, full stop.
He went to crime scenes, asked about police response times, investigations, went to neighborhood meetings, went to rec centers
“I do believe in canvassing or surveys or quantitative data, but it starts with this
“Part of the livability issue starts with equity
Why were we not putting attention on English Avenue Vine City before? Is it because of the stadium? Why do mayors not do that?
- “when you poll people today, public safety is at the top of the list across the city
- “We have to have non-displacement policies
- Chief Equity Officer, position is brand new
Right role of COO is problem identification. What would you do about it as mayor?
- when you talk about that, you have to do more than talk
- How to use Housing Oppotunity bond, MARTA funds to impact livability
- If mayor doesn’t hold those people accountable, hire the right people,
Some suggest that we should run cities like corporations. Procurement favors people with lawyers. It is difficult to get a contract.
- he separates himself from the question, asking not to have words put in his mouth, resoundly: “I don’t feel the city should be run as a corporation
- “Govt is not the same as the private sector
- Have to make it easier to do business with our government
- Difference between a 1040EZ and the more difficult one
- “Our procurement process makes the city less livable for everyone
How does race play a role in this mayoral race?
- mentions implicit bias, suggests that combating that is not solved with a 2 hour training session, but is “closer to flossing
- “I can’t understand what it’s like to () because of the color of my skin, but I can listen
How will you listen?
- “people will not believe you if you say “I feel your pain
- “Half of life is listening showing up and following through
- “I am a hopeful person
Fear, mistrust comes from feeling unprotected. Refugees, sanctuary city? Wellbeing is at risk, 4 mosques have been threatened
- ” first, acknowledge it’s a problem. Mary Norwood did not acknowledge that this was a problem when she spoke to you
- Mentions protecting minority contractors when he was COO, disbanded the red dog unit - a controversial police unit “they were doing things that weren’t right, that weren’t constitutional
- “I think it matters that we be as welcoming and as possible
- “We should not have CoA employees looking for people based on immigration status
- mentions that the city has discretion over that because it can decide how to allocate limited resources
- Suggests that immigration is a federal issue
- If arrested for a crime, proceed through legal process without considering immigration
- wants to study what to do with people who have an existing ICE warrant
When National politics doesn’t agree with local politics, how do you protect against that as a mayor
- we need mayors who are willing to take risks
- “I’m willing to bet my second term to do something about education… early childhood education, birth to age four
- State could take away funding for English as a second language teachers, shut down MARTA (potentially), not sure the city could endure all types of fiscal pain that the state could impose
Austin: what would you do day 1
- work with superindent of schools
- An education initiative will require other people, he would hire specific people to partner with APS
- Wants early childhood development, perhaps means-tested in CoA.
- Traffic and public safety
- Put every police officer through 3,4 day intensive programs. Need de-escalation training in the police force.
Affordable housing, eviction
- we have some of the most tenant unfriendly policies. Can be evicted any time of day. No duty of care for your items. That’s an immediate type thing
- Affordable housing: there’s not a silver bullet
- Mentions affordable housing bonds. Housing Opportunity Bond. Going from 90% AMi to 65,60%
- we need to use Community land trusts more
- Lock in durable affordable housing for 99 years
- Reduce parking space requirements for development and require that cost savings to go towards more affordable housing
Erica a Claudia, affordable housing funds working together and not against each other re: AHA
- AHA: city needs to work closely with
- Is mayor meeting weekly with head of AHA? He thinks mayor should
- Mayor appoints much of the board of AHA just like the board of MARTA
- Is the city aligned objectively with aha
- City should be helping to deploy funds that aha already has. “Spend the damn money
- “we need to work on improving the density of downtown
- Would like to see an initiative towards light manufacturing. Is happy with Tech industry but thinks that it’s doing okay. Proclaims he doesn’t know how to code.
- Understands how we can include large private sector companies
- Workforce training, workforce development
- Chief Turner from Sept: of the victims of homicide in the city, only 4 had HS diplomas
Question about Underground from Rohit.
- “revitalize the NPU process… the city pays for staff… a couple folks per NPU
- Thinks we should “aggressively get community input”
Michelle Arrington, public safety, citizens review board, police working with DA
- “not just the police chief, but the entire command staff
- Looking for a command staff that reflects the demographics of the city
- Having a diversity of opinion
- A truly inclusive command staff, 20-ish people
- It starts with the Citizens
- on police departments: Most everybody carries a gun, it’s a unique culture
- hasn’t committed to hire anyone in particular
Question, theme song for your first day?
- “I never miss lunch”
- Eminem’s Capture the Moment
Georgia Artists for Progress