S.M.A.R.T Government — Doing more, with less.
As a prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office for nearly 25 years, I have the experience and know-how to get things done. I know how the City works and how it doesn’t. And, more importantly, I know how to make it work better. We must overcome entrenched governmental inefficiencies. I have a plan to make city government work SMARTer.
From day one, my office will implement a plan for SMART government. It stands for Strategic, Multi-Agency Response Teams. SMART teams will be convened to address every major neighborhood and District issue. We will bring in personnel from appropriate city departments with the ability to direct resources and develop strategies with defined goals and benchmarks. We will institute time-lines and insist upon personal accountability. When confronted with complex regional issues like traffic and homelessness, we will bring in representatives from our neighboring municipalities. We forge new partnerships with state and federal agencies, the brightest and the best from our local universities, and private industry.
This all sounds so simple. It can be! It takes leadership by someone who knows how to solve problems. I have been that problem solver for two decades.
The impetus for SMART teams comes from my previous team leadership in the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program (CNAP), the Problem Property Resolution Team, and the Narcotics Enforcement Surveillance Team where we achieved unparalleled success at resolving the most entrenched, long term criminal and nuisance problems faced by neighborhoods. The techniques that we employed demonstrated results that can be achieved by channeling city resources in a strategic and coordinated manner. Accountability is assigned to individuals and departments, cutting through systemic red tape and dysfunction that can ordinarily plague progress.