St. Louis is considered a tech hub, yet our government processes are outdated and make doing business with the city inconvenient and inefficient. As Treasurer, I am the only candidate who has hands-on experience reforming a city department, managing a budget of millions of dollars, increasing credit ratings, and overseeing hundreds of people. As a department, we use technology to help citizens effectively work with their government through streamlined processes that save the city money. As mayor, I will open the City’s Charter and administrative processes for comprehensive review and create the transparent, efficient city government that St. Louisans deserve.

City Government Process Modernization

City government is often overwhelmed by pressing public safety issues and day-to-day operations, and we have not prioritized modernizing our government processes and procedures. We need city government to make it easier, not harder, for people to do what they need to do. Investing resources in modernizing government will ultimately save us time, money, and make St. Louis more competitive.

I propose that we:

  • Hire a full-time Chief Innovation Officer whose only job is to modernize city systems.

  • Take steps to implement a comprehensive cybersecurity protocol that protects the city’s data.

  • Solicit input from our city employees to learn how they can more effectively serve our residents.

  • Facilitate monthly meetings, more frequently if necessary, with citywide elected officials, Aldermen, and city agencies to determine where we can all work together to streamline and combine our efforts.

City Web Services Redesign

The City must overhaul its web service to make dealing with government interactions easy and hassle-free.

As mayor, I will work to:

  • Allow all city transactions to be completed online, or with a smartphone/tablet, such as bills, job applications, business licensing and permitting, and other forms.

  • Revamp and streamline government permitting processes.

  • Redesign the city website to make it easier to navigate.

  • Revamp the Citizens Service Bureau to make sure that complaints are responded to and triaged correctly and in a timely manner. All parts of our city, regardless of neighborhood or zip code should have their trash picked up, functioning street lights, and a government responsive to their needs.

Transparency and Accessibility to Government

You should know how your government is working for you and how you can complain when it is not. As Treasurer, I worked to make sure that my office was easy to reach, understand, and work with. This needs to be done across all city departments.

As mayor, I will:

  • Promote open data across departments.

  • Require departments to post agendas in accessible places and online well in advance of meetings and post archived video of all public meetings.

  • Improve access to important government documents and city budgets.

  • Seek community input and public comment before large-scale policy changes.

  • Work to make sure that Saint Louisans have an increased voice in how their tax dollars are spent. I will work to implement Participatory Budgeting at the city-wide and ward levels.

  • Create a city-wide Transparency Portal, like the one I started in the Treasurer’s Office, where anyone can see all completed sunshine requests.

  • Foster a culture of collaboration by bringing citywide officials together to streamline government processes.

Charter Reform

The city should be open to considering every aspect of the City Charter and its effectiveness in the 21st Century.

As Mayor, I will work to:

  • Implement term limits for Mayor to three consecutive terms.

  • Work with the County Executive to examine which services are duplicative and propose ways to combine them which will save both the City and the County money.

  • Support ethics reform in alignment with national best practices.

  • Work with the Board of Aldermen to establish a commission for equitable redistricting. As we move from 28 to 14 alderpeople, it is essential that community input is sought and we follow best practices for fair and transparent redistricting.

The City’s 2013 Sustainability Plan

Sustainability is an issue of racial and economic justice in our city.

In 2013, the city of St. Louis, produced a comprehensive Sustainability Plan. The next mayor must measure how well the city is doing at meeting these goals and realign government accordingly. I will make sure that the city makes progress towards achieving the goal to reach 100% clean energy in the form of wind, solar, and energy efficiency measures by 2035.

Since American cities began industrializing, those with Black and brown skin and those with lesser financial means have been burdened with communities that lack clean air, access to clean water, and other necessities of a healthy life.

As mayor, I will…

  • Work with the Director of Sustainability to update the Sustainability Plan from 2013.

  • Create systems on the city website so that our residents can see the progress being made and where improvement is necessary.

  • Ask that the Deputy Mayor for Racial Equity and the Director of Sustainability work together to create solutions that prioritize environmental and racial justice.

As mayor, I will also make sure that our urban landscaping is doing all that it can to be a positive effect on the environment. Trees and urban foliage are  important to clean air, natural cooling, and comes with the added benefit of being beautiful! Unfortunately, gentrification frequently follows neighborhoods with more trees and foliage.

You should not be priced out of your home simply because your neighborhood becomes more healthy.

To ensure this, I will…

  • Direct the city to work with local community organizations to plant saplings and new greenery in parts of our city that need it.

  • Bring together the Forestry Department, Refuse Department, the Citizens Service Bureau, and other necessary parties to make sure that complaints about tree limbs, strewn trash, and other environmental hazards are being taken care of quickly and effectively.

  • Seek community input on the types of sustainability efforts they’d like to see implemented in their communities.

Equitable Taxation and Revenue Generation

We need a plan to reduce wasteful government spending and create a tax structure that works for working people. As mayor, I will take the strategies to improve efficiency that I used in the Treasurer’s Office and that saved the city millions to make all of our city agencies more effective and fiscally responsible. Currently, we have a high sales tax that hurts most those who have the least. We need to shore up our revenue sources and cut frivolous spending where possible.

To do this, I will:

  • Establish and empower a task force to study our tax structure and make recommendations on how we can increase revenue and make our tax strategy progressive instead of regressive.

  • Require each department head to create an action plan to reduce spending and increase efficiency in their respective departments.

  • Work with the Comptroller and credit rating agencies about revenue streams that are going untapped, many of which affect the city’s credit rating.

  • Study how we as a city, in collaboration with partners in the State government, can restructure the earnings tax to be progressive instead of regressive.