While it's certainly true that Tom has been an outspoken critic of public funding for stadiums--and how that spending distorts the priorities of local government--it's disappointing that this article makes no mention of Tom being a lawyer or that he has worked as a community organizer on affordable housing, a legislative aide at the State Capitol, union rep for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, and operated a retail store for fifteen years on Grand Avenue.
The skills Tom developed in those many roles arguably give him the broadest background of anyone running for Mayor. Since the professional qualifications of the other candidates were mentioned, Tom deserved the same consideration--rather than being painted as only focused on stadium giveaways. ...
It takes a village to raise a child. Wonderful to see such a generous response to this fundraising appeal.
"Some 70 percent of St. Paul students qualify for free lunches. But many parents aren’t aware of the program, struggle with the application or end up earning a bit too much to qualify and still have difficulty paying for lunches." ...
Last of the LOWV Saint Paul Mayoral debates, taking place just three weeks before Election Day. ...
Mayoral Candidate Meet and Greet
October 17, 2017, 7:00pm - October 17, 2017, 8:30pm
The League of Women Voters of St. Paul has planned open public candidate meet and greets in partnership with Minnesota Humanities Center and Payne-Phalen Community Council. The League is a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing voters with information so they may make the best choices when they cast their ballots.
FairVote Minnesota will also be present to show voters how to use the Ranked Choice Voting system.
As with all our candidate forums, this event is free and open to the public.
Tom Goldstein supports “stepped-up community policing so that officers know the people in the neighborhoods they patrol,” which could help avoid “inexcusable incidents” like the Frank Baker case.
“I don’t think that hiring 50 more police officers is realistic,” said Goldstein, referring to the Harris plan. “The chief himself has said we can’t arrest our way out of this problem. It may be great when you’re running for office to make promises, and not have a way to keep those promises.”
To free up manpower, Goldstein said St. Paul should “take a serious look” at increasing civilian positions for dealing with general complaints, accident reports, property damage or insurance claims that may not require police response.
To boost community relations, Goldstein advocates for regularly scheduled public forums in which police and the community are brought together to share their perspectives on policing.
He said he will work to develop “police accountability measures that go beyond ‘protect and serve’ ” so there are objective standards for evaluating the department’s effectiveness.
Goldstein supports returning officers to the civilian review board, as well as increasing the board’s ability to subpoena witnesses.
“If the officers aren’t handpicked by the St. Paul Police Federation, officers can provide some expertise,” he said. “I think the bigger problem is the board has no power.”
He believes police departments should “divest ourselves of military equipment that has no place in urban policing,” and de-emphasize military-style training.
Noting only 16 percent of officers live in the city, Goldstein said St. Paul should explore housing allowances or other incentives to boost the number of officers in the community.
“We also need to ask ourselves if random stops that disproportionately impact the black community are reducing crime or simply creating new victims of the criminal justice system,” he said. ...