Part II of Monday Nights Mayoral Forum's Quick Review
LNG - If Mayor how would you continue the battle ?
CAV - She would use the Mayoral soap box
MA - Bring it in and lets get some revenue
SC - He fought LNG from being set up near Kennedy Park!
WF - "continue to stand" (has he really been active in the fight against Hess?) Would use the Mayoral Soap Box. Bob has been silent
RH- Opposed this proposal from day one! Would show strong resistance! (loud Mayoral Soap Box) Bashed Bob! Compared it to natural gas explosion in Somerset. Do we really need the scare tactic?
MA - 3 SC - 3 WF - 3 RH - 3 CAV - 3 (lackluster answers across the board)
Master Plan - How would the next mayor implement the Master Plan?
CAV - Would outreach to the citizens of Fall River. Noted the Master Plan has set actions and timelines. I think she's saying if we stick to the plan it will implement itself.
MA - Do in stages, other plans have just sat on the shelf. Master plans interfere with the plans of future generations, we should just create a good foundation.
SC - Other communities show the benefit of implementing, need to follow their example. Touts his background and education in Urban Policy. Stresses the need to design and evaluate, analyze and embrace and the importance of resource allocation.
WF - Mentions the ol' shelf and the need to implement the Master Plan
RH - states he would implement the Master Plan.
MA - 1 SC - 5 WF - 3 RH - 2 CAV - 4
Responsiveness - How would the next mayor make the city more responsive to the needs of the people?
MA - He would ask the neighborhoods what they need.
SC - Would create an atmosphere of R-E-S-P-E-C-T (sock it to me!). Would create a more transparent government will more information on the city website and more programming on the Government local access cable channel (all Steve all the time). Fall River jobs for Fall River people.
WF - People are losing hope would hold monthly meetings with neighborhood associations.
RH - He would tear down Government Center. (Is that helpful?) He would seek more State and Federal grants to improve service. No gag orders on department heads!
CAV - She give city residents a satisfaction survey. The citizens of the city are the government’s customers (really we're the boss but whatever) She too would hold regular neighborhood meetings and incorporate neighborhood work plans. All city employees would go through customer service training.
MA - 1 SC - 5 WF 3 RH - 2 CAV - 4
Historical Preservation - What would the next mayor due to preserve our history for our future?
SC - Stresses his activist work to preserve our past.
WF - Says we need to preserve, but doesn't say how, uses ensure a few more times.
RH - Believes we need to identify key properties and restore or rehab.
CAV - States that the Master Plan has provisions for this with the creation of a 40C district. States we need to enforce ordinances to delay demolition to allow time for historical consideration.
MA - Says we need to preserve, but doesn't say how.
MA - 1 SC - 4 WF - 2 RH - 3 CAV - 5
Waterfront/Downtown - a lengthy question basically asking how the next mayor would revitalize and develop these two areas.
WF - Offers a list of old ideas that we've heard before. This isn't necessarily bad but it's not new and some of it is already in the works. Tear down 79, a sports stadium, develop shops and restaurants, build off of Restaurant Row.
RH - Change the direction of Downtown to east/west. (Another Poulin idea!) Daylight the Quequechan and build a performing arts center on the waterfront. (Again some more old ideas)
CAV - Believes we should develop a tranquil waterfront and an active Downtown. (Should that be the reverse?)
MA - We're all broke we need a commercial waterfront! Bring Paris to Fall River, a Quincy market atmosphere downtown.
SC - Innovation - the Emeril Tour! Build on the momentum of places like the Narrows. Link our Olmstead Parks.
MA - 2 SC - 5 WF - 4 RH -3 CAV -5
Closing statements -
RH - He's been a dedicated councilor and he'll be a dedicated mayor. He's a neighborhood guy who will work for the people of Fall River's neighborhoods.
CAV - She's talked to people of Fall River to find out what they want in their next Mayor.
MA - He's asking for your consideration. I'm sure you'll see him again in 2 years!
SC - Believes people are smarter than yard signs and touts his Urban Policy education
WF - We need to fix the city!
MA - 1 SC - 5 WF - 3 RH - 4 - CAV - 2
It was good to see over 100 Fall River residents turn out to hear what their candidates for Mayor had to say. Save Our Neighborhoods deserves a big hand for putting on the event and for putting together a list of good questions.
Five candidates spent the better part of 2 hours answering questions to give you an idea on how they would lead the city of Fall River. In my opinion Councilor Steve Camara won the night. Steve routinely had amongst the strongest answers of the night and could point to his activism and Urban Policy background. Steve's passion and belief also came through and I think that's important. However Councilor Cathy Ann Viveiros also had a very strong night. Her passion just wasn't as tangible and her closing statement seemed to add up to "I'll be whatever you want me to be" and that is not leadership. Still many times her answers were the most specific and simply the best. Will Flanagan certainly held his own and came across as confident and polished. It was a good showing for a 28 year old who has never held political office. Will's replies never seemed to convince me that he knew HOW he was going to achieve his goals. In short his answers just brought up more questions. Why does Manny Alves run? He clearly was over his head the whole night long and he is never taken as a serious candidate. Still he can be funny and is likable, you wonder if he could have ever have made a successful run for City Council. The bigger loser of the night has got to be Ray Hague. Ray is someone I've grown to like seeing on the City Council, hard working, blue collar, and scrappy - everything Fall River should be proud of. The thing is Hague has already been picked as the underdog and he needed to show he could outgun the others and win this election. He didn't do that Monday night.