Charter Amendments Move Dayton Forward

I urge you to join me in voting yes on City of Dayton Charter Amendments:  Issues 13, 14, 15 and 16 to improve Dayton’s future.

Issue 13 will make it significantly easier for voters to require the City Commission to consider an Ordinance or to repeal an Ordinance the City Commission has passed.  The current Charter language requires about 23,000 signatures—a nearly impossible number.  The new proposal is to make it 2,500 signatures.  Issue 13 also requires a review of the Charter every ten years.

Issue 14 updates Dayton’s budgeting and accounting procedures to match new national accounting standards.

Issue 15 will remove 24 sections of the Charter that are no longer relevant today.  None of these sections affect the day to day operations of the City, but passage of this issue will eliminate clutter in the Charter.

Issue 16 clarifies that the City Manager runs the City and implements the priorities of the City Commission and ensures that the City has the flexibility it needs to respond to changes in law passed by the Federal or State government.

For more detail on these issues, please visit: http://www.daytonohio.gov/cco/Pages/CharterIssues-November2014.aspx

A citizen-led committee met and suggested these changes to the Charter in the hopes of clarifying and updating the document to move Dayton forward.  The Charter is a 100 year old document and we must periodically update it to ensure it continues to serve the citizens of Dayton.  Please join me in supporting Issues 13, 14, 15 and 16.

Dayton’s Manufacturing Future

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We make things in Dayton. From airplanes to robots, from drones to medical devices; Dayton continues to be an important location for innovation in manufacturing. We know that this important sector of our economy is key to our present and future. That is why the Dayton Regional Manufacturing Task Force has been working with our partners to trumpet the great job opportunities, companies and products Dayton has to offer!

This Wednesday, please join me in welcoming Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development to the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Show. As the former mayor of Youngstown, Jay knows too well the importance of manufacturing in Ohio and across the country.

The event is free, but you must register. Thank you to DMAX for sponsoring this exciting event.

Come learn more about the future of manufacturing in Dayton this Wednesday, October 22nd at the Dayton Airport Expo Center, starting at 4:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrate the GOOD in Your Neighborhood!

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Mayor Nan Whaley has announced a grant funding program designed to support and celebrate the culture, creativity and diversity of Dayton neighborhoods.

The Dayton Mayor’s Fund is seeking funding applications from neighborhood associations and other groups for programs, projects and events that showcase and strengthen city neighborhoods. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to programs such as arts and cultural events, sports competitions, festivals and more.

“We intend to support neighborhood unity, vitality and sustainability through The Mayor’s Fund,” Mayor Whaley said. “Daytonians are resourceful and creative, so I am confident we will receive applications from innovative programs that will benefit the community for years into the future.”

The fund was established through donations made at a community celebration held in January 2014, following Mayor Whaley’s election.

Grant applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Applications are available at daytonohio.gov/mayorsfund or by calling 937-333-3812.

Successful applicants must be IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or must apply through a suitable fiscal agent.

Funding applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of community volunteers and ranked on criteria. The Dayton Mayor’s Fund is administered by The Dayton Foundation.

Where the Rivers Meet

In the summer of 2013, an array of musicians, singers and dancers joined together to create a music video entitled Where There Is Love. The video was filmed and recorded in Dayton and has been viewed by hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Yesterday, that journey continued with the premiere of Where the Rivers Meet, a second music video with a new, multicultural cast of musicians and dancers.

Click here to watch the video: http://youtu.be/jHtZS0DuKCo

These projects enrich “Welcome Dayton: Immigrant-Friendly City,” a nationally-recognized initiative that seeks to bridge communication barriers and cultural differences. The lyrical message of Where the Rivers Meet is a powerful illustration of that vision, as well as the goal of connecting the world through music. Dayton sits at the convergence of rivers—a perfect metaphor for the power and strength of the people of Dayton coming together from truly everywhere in the world.

This video shows the beauty of our city and its most valuable asset, the diversity of our community.  Please watch the video and share it with your friends.  I know that after you watch it, you will again be reminded why we are proud to call Dayton home.

Strong Financial Leadership

Yesterday we learned that the City of Dayton received a bond rating upgrade from Standard & Poors. This upgrade will save the City thousands of dollars on money we borrow to pave streets, purchase fire trucks and keep our buildings in good repair.

The upgrade validates our commitment to strong financial management. I am so proud to work with a fantastic management team and a Commission that stays focused on the bottom line. This leadership will put Dayton on the road to success.

Click here to read the complete article:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/daytons-financial-rating-upgraded/ng29G/

Fighting Inequality

Today I attended the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Cities of Opportunities Task Force in New York City. I joined Mayor Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and United State Conference of Mayors President; Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director; Mayor Bill deBlasio, Mayor of New York City and host of the Task Force meeting. As the only mayor present from Ohio, I wanted to make sure our values and concerns were represented.

The Cities of Opportunity Task Force researched issues that affect opportunity, fairness and equality for American families. The results lead us to focus on three key areas: Income Inequality, Early Childhood Education, and Broadband.

During the meeting, mayors from around the country discussed specific action steps to address income inequality, including working to develop local autonomy over wage laws and to improve benefits to make wages work. A full-time worker making the federal minimum wage makes $15,090, which $4,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would increase wages by $16.1 billion nationwide. As the economy improves, it is critical that all workers benefit, not just the top 5% of Americans.

Early Childhood Education was an area of emphasis, including creating access to pre-kindergarten and childcare program and promoting high quality education. One of the five commitments from the City of Learners report focuses on access to pre-kindergarten. We know when children show up to kindergarten read to learn, they are more likely to have great success in school and in life. Creating a system for life-long learning is incredibly important to ensure that Dayton’s employers will continue to find workers who match the technical needs of the jobs that are and will be available.

The final area of emphasis is Broadband, including providing for 21st century broadband and promoting network neutrality. More and more education and entertainment opportunities are provided through broadband. It is important that everyone has equal access to programming and that all programming has equal access to broadband.

The Task Force meeting concluded with a Call to Action on these topics. I was pleased to be a part of mayors taking action and providing focus on issues that really matter to our cities’ futures. Work on these items will create good career opportunities and jobs that pay a wage that allow families to have a strong quality of life.

I know that working together with other cities and mayors across the country, we can make a difference on what is truly important in our lives and our children’s future.

Congress Fails to Act on Immigration

Today we’ve witnessed yet another reason why this is the least effective Congress in history. Whether it’s funding roads and bridges, or securing our borders through immigration reform, Congress is too busy playing politics to do its job. So frequently it’s up to cities like Dayton to take up the slack–whether we want to or not.

Recently Dayton was asked to help some of the unaccompanied children who have been coming through our southern border. As long as these children are here, we have an obligation to ensure that their basic needs are met as they go through the federal process to determine their status in this country. As Americans, we provide due process rights…it is what makes us great as a nation. I know Daytonians feel compassion when they think about frightened children needing a temporary place to stay and a warm meal.

Today Congressman Turner attacked me via a letter to President Obama for cooperating with the Federal Government. Even though he himself voted for the law that made it easier for these children to come legally. Mr. Turner has been in office for 12 years and he’s failed to move immigration reform forward.

Please contact Congressman Turner and tell him instead of writing letters, he should write legislation to fix this problem.  His office can be reached at (937) 225-2843 or emailed here:  http://turner.house.gov/contact

 

Happy Mom’s Day & Thanks Planned Parenthood!

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I love Mother and Father’s Day. They are great Sundays; reminding us to spend time with our families. Today, Sam and I will be heading to Cincinnati to visit with my Mom and Dad and brother and sister-in-law and of course my adorable niece and nephew.
But this past Thursday, Mom and I got the chance to hear Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati. It made my Mom think of how lucky she was to have access to Planned Parenthood even before I was born. Here is what she had to say:

“One of the women in attendance at this event asked me how long I have been associated with Planned Parenthood. That question has made me give a lot of thought to women’s fight through the years to gain control of our health, particularly our reproductive health.
I am over 60 years old and when I was a young adult pharmaceutical contraception was in its infancy. Many doctors would not prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women without the written consent of their parents. Few, if any, insurance policies covered contraceptive prescriptions. The option for young women who wanted to control their life plan was limited. Planned Parenthood was the one organization that offered non judgmental, affordable women’s health care to a population that was in need of this service. I was one of those young women in need of this service.
It is hard to believe that in 2014 many young women are still facing the same problems regarding their reproductive health care as I did 40 years ago.”

I am so grateful that my Mom got to choose when she wanted to start her family. And I am glad to be a small part of women across the country that supports choices for all women. And I am so lucky to be raised by such a strong woman.

Thank You Dayton!

Thank you Dayton! I’m pleased that voters have overwhelmingly voted to renew a portion of our income tax that goes to fund vital services like police, fire and ambulances. Now that the current rate (since 1984) is permanent, we’ll save future election expenses and help increase our bond rating. We’ll continue to invest your tax dollars wisely to move this great city forward!

Vote Early!

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State Representative Fred Strahorn and I voted this week to send Dee Gillis to the State Senate, Yes on Issue 1 and Yes on Issue 6.

This is the final week to early vote for the May 6th Primary Election.  Here are the remaining times to vote downtown at the Board of Elections, 451 W. Third Street:
— Thursday, May 1st and Friday, May 2nd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Saturday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

After May 3rd you may only vote on Election Day, Tuesday, May 6th at your voting precinct from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please join me in voting for Dee Gillis for Ohio State Senate.  Dee is a retired small business owner who wants restore voting rights to Ohio, including expanded weekend early voting.  Dee will fight for equality and better paying jobs for Dayton.

I join County Engineer Paul Gruner in supporting Issue 1, which is crucial to maintaining Ohio’s infrastructure, roads and bridges.  This measure has been renewed for 30 years and has bi-partisan support.

It is critical that we vote yes on Issue on 6 to renew a portion of Dayton’s income tax.  The 0.5 percent income tax goes to fund vital services like police, fire and ambulances.  We are asking for only a renewal, keeping the tax at the same rate it has been since 1984 and making the rate permanent to save on future election expenses.  The issue has a wide range of support receiving endorsements from the Montgomery County Democratic Party and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Whether you vote early or on May 6th, please get out and ensure your voice is heard! Thank you.

 

Friends of Nan Whaley, Mark Owens, Treasurer, 443 E. 6th Street, Dayton, OH 45402