District 15 Candidate: Vop Osili, Democrat

Vop Osili, City County Council candidate, District 15, Democrat

1) What do you offer as a candidate?

The experience of having lived and worked in District 15

for almost two decades of my life. I spent my formative years in the district and

returned to it to live, work in, and raise my family. Having lived on both the east and

west sides of the river I appreciate the great richness of diversity –

economic, social, ethnic - which exists in District 15 and have an understanding of the dynamics of its neighborhoods. I know what parts of the district felt like

when they had many more long-time residents and home owners, de facto

caretakers of the neighborhoods, and the level of stability that provided

our neighborhoods and so I have a vision for what our district can be again.

In the tough economic climate we face today jobs and job

creation are our highest priorities, and small businesses are the major

generators of those jobs in our communities. As a small business owner I understand and have experienced the challenges facing our small businesses today. I know what it is like every morning to open the doors of a small business and to

venture out in pursuit of opportunities for growth and hiring. I have founded and

grown two successful small companies, hired employees, met a payroll and

learned how to face a headwind of a tough economy and weather the shocks of

changing financial times. Because of these experiences I know what is needed

to give our small businesses the incentive and the confidence to open their

doors every morning, to locate in our neighborhoods, and to hire from within

our communities.

As a candidate, what this provides is the knowledge and

experience to speak on behalf of the district's residents, neighborhoods and

small business owners in making decisions and helping to shape policy that together

affect our neighborhoods, our economy, and our collective sense of


2) What does your district most need from the City


Attention. Attention to its levels of unemployment, crime,

homelessness, and opportunity. My district needs a Council that uses its

collective wisdom to encourage more small businesses and business incubators to

commit to locate, stay, invest, train and hire from within some of its

hardest-hit communities.

3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by

the mayor?

That it is not truly balanced nor does it take into

account the need for continued levels of funding for many neighborhood assets that are often the only resources within a community.

4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking


I believe in and support the benefits that come with a

comprehensive smoking ban. For the ban to be effective and fair to all business

owners, it must contain no exceptions. I will support such a ban.

5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?

Yes, to be effective at public safety we must return to

community policing. To do so we must have more officers on the streets of our


6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?

Yes, we must provide additional funds for more routes,

more green buses, and easier access across our city. For the green and

sustainable environment we seek ridership must go up. In order for it to go up it

must be convenient and destinations accessed as directly as possible.

7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district

are in good shape?

Some have been improved and others not. Parts of my

district have not been improved as fast as others, so time will tell.

8) Name one project that would most benefit your


Skills training incubators that combine training with the

opportunity to work and earn a living at the craft.

9) What question do you wish we'd asked?

Issues of homelessness and the ease of access to jobs for

all members of the community.


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