South Lake Tahoe City Council
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Name: Leonard Carter
Campaign website: https://tahoeleonard.com
Education: Masters of Divinity (M.Div.)
Have you run for elected office before? No
Please list highlights of your civic involvement: Church, Director Foster care agency-Nevada, Water Quality Control
Who are your top three campaign contributors? Leonard Carter committee
While coronavirus restrictions are expected to eventually subside, budget shortfalls from COVID-19 are expected to persist. How will you address these and what are your priorities for spending in the future?
Our shortfall as published by the existing council is about 5%, from what I read. Cutting some of the spending and the upswing in tax revenues due to increased tourism should make up the NEEDED shortfall.
Racial inequality exists in all of our communities. How do you plan to address these gaps in the community you are seeking to represent?
Establishing the true extent of the inequalities through actual communication with only those within our own community first. Then and only then can good policy be made on the basis of truth and not on imagined or emotional supposition. I plan to have a committee made of two of the largest minority groups in our City to recon with these issues.
Housing affordability is changing our neighborhoods. What must be done to ensure our communities provide enough quality affordable housing for families of all income levels?
Previous attempts at this have had varying degrees of success. Any plan must incorporate sweat equity and/or character analysis before taxpayers are subsidizing rents or purchases of housing. Follow-up must be made as to a person's employment periodically, if that is a condition of receiving housing subsidies, and rent subsidies must have periodic checks as to how the subsidized renter is treating the dwelling. When a person accepts taxpayer-subsidized housing, they forfeit in some way the full rights that one possesses when they pay full costs. I have witnessed programs that have worked and others that were complete failures.
What do you believe is the most important issue facing your constituents today, and what will you do to address it?
The most important issue in any community is always a moral character issue of desiring the unbiased truth. For South Lake Tahoe, where do we go from here concerning tourism, and how do we prepare today for the tourism goals in relationship to an apparent less civilized tourist and the specter of over tourism? There is a limited amount of private property that will soon be built out at the present regulation limits. I will stress defining what we want South Lake Tahoe to look like 30 and 40 years from now for the benefit of all. This must be done in order to establish now, infrastructure needs, towards those defined ends.
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