Questions for Andrew Ginther on Mayoral Race?
- October 16, 2015 1:04 pm at 1:04 pm #1097700
We’re looking for serious questions only.
Let’s stick to serious questions. Thanks.October 16, 2015 1:36 pm at 1:36 pm #1097705
When did you first become aware of the F.B.I. investigation into Redflex’s dealings in Columbus?
One of the major current ethics issues swirling around City Hall revolves around campaign donations. When you proposed your ethics reforms, did you consider adopting the campaign finance reform proposals submitted by citizens with tens of thousands of signatures, which included both public financing of campaigns and enhanced reporting requirements? Why or Why not?October 16, 2015 1:39 pm at 1:39 pm #1097706
On a Columbus On The Record interview, Mike Thompson asked if you in retrospect if there was anything you would have done differently with the data scrubbing allegations. At the time you essentially said “no.” Have you learned anything about leadership and public trust from that experience? If so, what?October 16, 2015 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm #1097707
Did the investigation you asked Rick Pfeiffer to do of Redflex address the allegations of bribery?, or did it merely address whether the city’s contracting process was followed?October 16, 2015 1:43 pm at 1:43 pm #1097708
In your commercial you cite $1.1M in legal settlements paid out by Scott’s department. Why do you think that is a reflection on Sheriff Scott’s leadership and tenure?October 16, 2015 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm #1097709
It has been widely reported that percentage of casino tax receipts dedicated to the Nationwide Arena public purchase is insufficient to fund capital improvements and to pay the original purchase debt. This most recent quarter again, casino receipts were far below what would be needed to pay towards debt, and it is unlikely that will change. The outstanding public debt on the arena will continue to increase indefinitely at 4.875% interest under the current financing arrangement. Is this situation tenable, and if not, what ideas do you have to put the financing of arena debt on solid ground, and when will this effort start? What city services would be cut to cover the current arena deficit?October 16, 2015 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #1097713
Could you outline your specific ideas for the following:
1) Alleviating parking challenges while simultaneously eliminating surface parking lots across Downtown?
2) Improving Downtown’s walkability, retail, and residential and commercial development?
3) Alleviating poverty across Columbus, i.e., eliminating food deserts, improving access to healthcare and educational programs, improving long-term outcomes?
4) Alleviating homelessness–especially but not only for children?
5) Improving Columbus’ “green” initiatives, particularly in the central city?
6) Improving transportation?
7) Enhancing public art across Columbus?October 17, 2015 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm #1097794
Walker: Being of middle school mentality, to Snarf his IS a serious question.
Snarf: Takes one to know one. Na,na,na,na,na.
(l’m trying to respond so he can grasp the meaning. Hope I’m not too articulate for him.)October 18, 2015 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm #1097835
I thought to “snarf” was to wolf down food? As in, “I was so nervous when Raphy was testifying, I snarfed down a whole bag of Cheetos”. Or “I snarfed-down so many wings at the Championship game in Indy that I had to nap in the limo home”. Or “When I learned of the data scrubbing in ’03, I started snarfing everything in site!”.
Discouraged, maybe you mean “snark”?October 18, 2015 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #1097910
Kokumo: You are really funny (and creative). I have a lot of names for Snarf, but that’s what he or she calls him- or herself. How about “I hope prison food is worth snarfing.”?October 19, 2015 9:26 am at 9:26 am #1097919
This is a topic for collecting serious questions for this interview. If you want to discuss other things, take it to a different topic.
Thanks.October 19, 2015 10:08 am at 10:08 am #1097936
You have said that not every neighborhood in Columbus has seen growth. This is in part a result of a city policy to concentrate city efforts in downtown and near downtown neighborhoods (Franklinton, King Lincoln, Weinland Park, and Southern Orchards). What will you do differently as Mayor?, and why did you not provide leadership in that direction during your tenure on City Council?October 19, 2015 10:14 am at 10:14 am #1097937
The city budgets something like $750,000 for CTV-3, but in refusing to open up Time Warner 21 to citizens, the council has told citizens that public access TV is outmoded and internet can accomplish the same things. Why do you spend so much money on CTV-3, if Internet is indeed the best communication medium as you tell citizens seeking the return of public access TV? Why don’t you support the return of public access television as has been requested by citizens? Do you understand that people see anti-democratic behavior and gross hypocrisy in that rationale and decision? What is your response be to the claims of hypocrisy?October 19, 2015 10:17 am at 10:17 am #1097938
Why doesn’t Columbus City Council seem to have dissenting opinions? Some have said that your leadership style is to not allow dissent, punishing those who do not toe the line. Do you think a robust public debate has a place in City Council?October 19, 2015 10:27 am at 10:27 am #1097945
Do you meet with people and organizations that have policy disagreements with you? One group, the Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government, has submitted m ore than 100,000 petition signatures seeking council districts, campaign finance reform, and a vote on the Nationwide Arena bailout. This group asked for meetings with you on multiple occasions — they seem to have relevant issues with evidenced support, why haven’t you ever met with them, and what message does that send about your leadership style?
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