August 24, 2017

Barnhart Calls for City-First Economic Development

Rachel Barnhart called for city-first economic development policies. Rochester continues to be victimized by job sprawl. The city continues to lose thousands of jobs to the suburbs. These jobs are migrating further and further away from the city. Census data shows the city lost about 30,000 jobs between 2002 and 2014. Meanwhile, about 21,000 jobs have migrated to outer-ring suburbs …

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August 23, 2017

Barnhart Addresses Charlottesville Tragedy

  Rachel Barnhart released the following statement after the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville: Every city in America should be taking a hard look at itself tonight, including Rochester. Our community is still battling racism and inequality. What’s changing is people don’t feel the need to hide under a white hood or cover of darkness. President Trump enables this behavior when …

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August 16, 2017

ACT Rochester Report Shows Need for Reforms

ACT Rochester’s report highlighted long-known and heartbreaking truths about the Rochester area. Inequality, segregation and poverty are deeply entrenched – and linked to structural racism.  We’ll need structural solutions. I’m proposing the following to address structural racism and inequality. Better Connections: Bridge the Digital Divide: A citywide fiber internet network would level the playing field for our students, half of …

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August 10, 2017

Barnhart Speaks at Council Hearing on Parcel 5

Rachel Barnhart spoke at City Council’s hearing on the fate of Parcel 5. She is the only Democratic mayoral candidate calling for: – A temporary park – A city arts fund – Campaign finance reform to end pay play – Mandatory public review of RFP submissions when public land is involved – A comprehensive facilities plan We need a mayor …

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August 7, 2017

Make Parcel 5 a Temporary Park

Tom Golisano’s gift of $25 million to a theater presents a great opportunity. But what is that opportunity? Lovely Warren came into office pledging to secure a performing arts center in downtown Rochester. Three years later, basic questions about the concept are unanswered. Is Parcel 5 the best site? How much will the theater cost to build? What are the …

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August 3, 2017

Warren: Brown v. Board of Education “Wrong”

  Rachel Barnhart expressed dismay at Lovely Warren’s characterization and dismissal of the landmark school desegregation ruling, Brown v. Board of Education. Warren, an attorney, made the following comments at Tuesday’s Rotary Club debate: “This notion that black kids and Hispanic kids can’t learn unless they go to school with white kids is false. And I cannot believe that we …

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July 24, 2017

Barnhart Calls for More Childcare

Rachel Barnhart has proposed adding 1,000 childcare subsidies. The city would work with Monroe County to administer the additional subsidies. These subsidies would supplement, not supplant, services already provided to city families. “If we’re serious about reducing poverty, the city must step up the plate and help fund childcare,” Barnhart said. “We can do this by spending less than 2 …

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June 28, 2017

Barnhart Calls for Full Accounting of Poverty Funds

Rachel Barnhart called for the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative to release its annual budget, including staffing, contracts and other spending. “We know millions of taxpayer dollars have been diverted to RMAPI, but these off-the-books expenditures are not transparent. We need to know how this money is being spent. We cannot evaluate this major initiative without this information,” said Barnhart. Assemblyman Joseph …

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June 24, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

  My parents celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary today. They met while teaching at Charlotte High School. They bought a house in the Maplewood neighborhood, where they raised two children. They sent their kids to city schools. I got my love of the city from my parents, especially my dad. He has encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s history. He knows …

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June 19, 2017

Barnhart Proposes Ethics Reforms

  Rachel Barnhart is calling for major reforms of the city’s ethics code. “Lovely Warren’s inappropriate relationship with Uber exposed the need for big changes. We must do everything we can to preserve integrity and prevent conflicts of interest in city government,” Barnhart said. Barnhart proposes: The Board of Ethics will accept and consider complaints from private citizens. Anyone who …

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