Jack speaking about the redaction of information requested by Mlive regarding the proposed new train station.
Jack speaking about the proposed train station on Fuller Park at city council, 6/6/16. Source: CTN (Twitter)
(the two segments in the video above start at approx. 2:27:00 and 2:55:00 in the full video)
Jack speaking about the city's obstruction of a fair discussion about the Library lot development.
Jack discusses a Resolution to put the sale of the Library Lot on the ballot for a public vote, 8/4/16. “I don’t believe we should treat our residents as if they are litigation opponents. We should treat them as if they are our boss, as if they are our constituents. ... Let the Voters decide.” Source: CTN (Twitter)
(the segment in the video above starts at approx. 4:53:10 in the full video)
TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY
I have a positive vision for our city as a special place where residents are well served by their government. I believe that residents should have full and easy access to information about City government business. Over the last few years, City staff have been communicating with the federal government about the potential site of a new train station. When a local news reporter was denied access to those communications, I sponsored a resolution to disclose the train station information that had been withheld under an exception in the Freedom of Information. See "Council votes 6-5 against releasing information about train station project" (July 17, 2016) and video below.
I don’t think a neighborhood should have to submit a petition to the City Council just to get their elected representatives interested in resolving neighborhood problems. Elected officials need to be responsive to the interests of City residents.
- I have listened carefully to the concerns of Ward 4 residents.
- I am accessible and responsive.
- I treat all residents and all points of view with courtesy and respect.
When residents bring concerns to me, I try to find a response, resolution or course of action that will address their concerns. In 2016, residents came to me with concerns about the rejection of petitions to place the fate of the library lot on the ballot. They had collected more than 5,500 signatures, but the petitions were rejected as inadequate based on technicalities. I sponsored a resolution to place the question on the ballot, which is well within the authority of Council to do without regard to petitions. See:
- "Group submits 5,700-plus signatures in hopes of forcing vote on Library Lot" (June 6, 2016)
- Statement about library lot - Ann Arbor Dem Forum, (July 26, 2017)
- “Ann Arbor council votes against putting downtown park proposal on ballot” (August 5, 2016)
In my two terms in office, I have represented neighborhood interests on a variety of projects, including:
- The Packard Square development
- The Circle K gas station project
- The Lans Basin pedestrian bridge
- The 2250 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. project
I've also represented city interests, including on the Y lot debacle.
I believe that members of Council are honest and ethical. Often, questions about ethical behavior arise because an individual does not understand what is expected of him or her. I serve on the Council’s rules committee and assisted in the drafting of ethics rules for Council members. Specifically, the Council rules now prohibit conflicts of interest, accepting gifts and misuse of City resources. The Council Rules, including ethics rules, can be found here.
It takes diligent work to learn about the issues and to find out what residents think about the issues. I promise to do that work. Serving on City Council is all about providing responsive leadership--listening and responding to constituents and working collaboratively with colleagues. I will listen to all viewpoints. I will make careful decisions that represent your priorities, not mine — and not City Hall’s.
I will represent you in an open and transparent manner. Ann Arbor residents should expect, and deserve, no less.