Angela L. Mansfield
Democrat, District 2
1. What do you offer as a candidate?
I offer experience, knowledge and dedication to serving the constituents of District 2. I assisted in the creation of Daubenspeck Community Nature Park. I co-authored and sponsored Indianapolis' first smoke free air ordinance. I have actively participated in zoning cases that impacted District 2 such as the case of an illegal nightclub in a hospital district next to a nursing home and near single family homes. The nightclub caused crime to come to the area as well as a general nuisance. Since the nightclub closed, those problems went away. I continue to advocate for the construction of sidewalks where none currently exist.
2. What does your district most need from the City Council?
The district needs good representation on issues that impact the area. These issues include construction of sidewalks, appropriate zoning, a comprehensive smokefree ordinance and good public transportation.
3. What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
The budget fails to adequately fund the resources for Animal Care and Control. Although we are still in the process of reviewing the budget, I am concerned that the mayor may once again play games with it such as he did this past year in only funding IMPD toilet paper for about 8 months. The thousands of dollars that are going to an out of state entity for the operation of the parking meters for the next 50 years could have been used for streets and sidewalks.
4. What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
I am completely supportive of a comprehensive smokefree ordinance. I have already drafted the proposal for introduction in January 2012 and believe that it will be passed. All workers should be entitled to a smokefree environment.
5. Do you think the city needs more police officers?
Yes. We need to keep a stable work force of officers. We must add officers to at least offset those who retire or otherwise leave. I believe these officers can be funded in part by certain cost cutting measures such as limiting take home cars to city business purposes only. The taxpayers should not be forced to continue to pay for gas used for personal purposes.
6. Do you support increased funding for public transportation?
Good public transportation is necessary for people to get to jobs. Unfortunately the IndyGo system is neither efficient nor adequate especially for a city our size. The state needs to allow a referendum for the funding of mass transportation.
7. Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
District 2 lacks sufficient sidewalks. There are several streets that need repaving such as 79th Street.
8. Name one project that would most benefit your district.
The construction of sidewalks linking neighborhoods with parks, grocery stores, drugstores, schools, restaurants, shops, churches, synagogues and other institutions would greatly benefit the district. Specifically, 64th Street from Springmill Road to Hoover Road, then Hoover Road from 64th to 79th, and Ditch Road from Westlane to Emily Drive. This network would link Holiday Park, Jewish Community Center, Bureau of Jewish Education, Elder Source, Greenbriar Elementary, Greenbriar shopping area, Daubenspeck Community Nature Park as well as several other institutions. This would also benefit Indianapolis' only NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) also know as Elder-Friendly Communities located in District 2.
9. What question do you wish we'd asked?
a. What should the city do regarding animal issues?
The city should work in partnership with Indy Animal Welfare Alliance. This group consists of Cat's Haven, FIDO, Humane Society of Indianapolis, Indy Feral, Indy Pit Crew, Southside Animal Shelter and Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana. The IAWA is looking for a low cost building to coordinate spay-neuter services and community outreach in the areas where most animals eventually end up in the IACC shelter. The city would save resources through the work of this alliance.
b. Should the city be providing funding for private development and other economic development?
The city should not be funding private development such as it did for City Way. Such funding arrangements put the city at too much risk while the developer keeps the profits. The city should be very judicious in providing incentives and not provide incentives where there is no net gain to the community.
c. Do you support the consolidation of township government?
Yes. The services provided by township government should be consolidated with the city so that the taxpayers benefit from reduced costs.