Paul Paolatto

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Position: Mayor

Incumbent:  No

Previous council experience: No

Other political experienceMember and budget committee chair of the London Police Services Board (unelected), from 2010-2017.

Political donations: Donated to the former Reform-Alliance Party in 2000; donated to the provincial and federal Liberal parties in 2011 and 2015, respectively.[1]https://special.nationalpost.com/follow-the-money/database

Occupation / Profession: Executive Director, Western Research Parks.

Languages: English

Declared positions: Transit, Social Housing, Business Climate, Fiscal Responsibility, Law and Order, Safe Injection Sites

Transit: Supports implementing the city’s TPS 2012 plan as a less expensive alternative to the Shift BRT plan as proposed.[2]http://thepaolattoreport.com/london-moves-part-8-better-transit/

Social Housing: Transition to a “housing first” strategy that includes incentives for landlords to provide affordable housing.[3]http://thepaolattoreport.com/londons-underground-part-5-a-new-strategy/

Business Climate: Supports the diversification of the local economy through international trade; use business development areas more extensively to support the growth of local businesses; create a business-friendly environment for new development.[4]http://thepaolattoreport.com/an-end-to-nafta-and-what-can-be-done/http://thepaolattoreport.com/its-the-economy-stupid/

Fiscal Responsibility: Employs a “near-net-zero” approach where cost savings are found to partially offset cost increases.[5]http://thepaolattoreport.com/londons-underground-part-6-the-price-tag/ Is supportive of Universal Basic Income [6]King’s University Debate

Law and Order: Redirect police to engage high-level drug dealers rather than replace front-line social service providers.[7]http://thepaolattoreport.com/londons-underground-part-5-a-new-strategy/

Safe Injection Sites: “I do not support installing permanent supervised injection sites in our neighbourhoods, and especially not inside public housing such as 241 Simcoe St… I support deployment of mobile injection units to provide a safe environment for those in need where and when they need it. I also advocate for the establishment of a complete care facility near hospital grounds to support these mobile units.” [8]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response.

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Electipedia Survey Response

This candidate responded to Electipedia's survey. Read the candidate's reponses below:

NamePaul Paolatto
How would you describe your political outlook?Centre
Do you currently belong to a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Have you previously been a member of a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Instructions

For the following, please select one option that best indicates how each statement reflects your position or philosophy:

Social assistance payments should never be tied to mandated work or education requirements.Choose not to answer
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Choose not to answer
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Choose not to answer
Fees for using vehicles at certain times in high traffic zones is a reasonable way to subsidize and encourage the use of public transit.Choose not to answer
Climate change represents an imminent threat that should be addressed by governments at every level.Choose not to answer
Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.Choose not to answer
While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.Choose not to answer
Spending on social programs is more effective than spending on law enforcement and jails.Choose not to answer
Borrowing by governments, if done responsibly, is necessary to meet the needs of citizens.Choose not to answer
Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.Choose not to answer
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Choose not to answer
Instructions

Please provide a one-paragraph response outlining your position on each of the issues indicated. Keeping mind that a) your answers will be publicly available, b) answers may be lightly edited for spelling, grammar, clarity, or length and c) while subsequent amendments to answers may be considered, the original response will remain visible to the public:

Transit

I do not support the Shift BRT plan. It is too expensive and too risky. As Mayor of London, I will seek to re-direct a portion of these earmarked funds toward improving our transportation network for all modes of transportation - properly maintained roads, synchronized traffic lights, wider intersections and walkways, clean and connected bike lanes, rail underpasses, transit coverage throughout the city, and better connectivity to major hubs outside the city through high-speed rail and air travel.

My transit plan can be found here: thepaolattoreport.com/london-moves-part-8-better-transit.

Environment

The proper care and stewardship of our environment should be a core value of our city, and serve as a guiding principle in all public policy and process improvement decisions. As Mayor of London, I favour the introduction of such initiatives as a green bin program, an expanded sewage treatment program to protect our river, an expanded solar grid to service our public facilities, and the electrification of the city's fleet as time and technology permits.

My vision for protecting our river and controlling water rates can be found here: thepaolattoreport.com/water-rates-and-sewage.

Social Housing

Our social housing network is tired and in dire need of repair, replenishment, and/or replacement. Our city faces similar constraints in the availability of affordable and accessible housing. As Mayor of London, I will pursue a mix of public-private partnerships to help underwrite this housing deficit, refresh our existing housing stock while stimulating new builds, improve tenant safety, and create a renewed sense of pride in each community.

My plan to help our most vulnerable citizens, including a Housing First strategy, can be found here: thepaolattoreport.com/londons-underground-part-5-a-new-strategy.

Business Climate

Given our prime location, the abundance of surrounding natural resources, and the quality of our human capital, we have a significant opportunity to positively influence the trajectory of London's economy. As Mayor of London, I will build a team to establish a strategy, structures, and processes that support our current businesses, welcome new investment, embrace entrepreneurship, and pursue both regional and international partnerships to the collective benefit of all of our citizens.

My platform for Jobs & The Economy can be found here: paolattoformayor.com/platform.
The prologue of my 10-part series entitled London Inc. can be found here: thepaolattoreport.com/london-inc-prologue-our-economy-needs-our-attention.

Fiscal Responsibility

Fiscal responsibility is the hallmark of any good government. Proper management of public funds demonstrates respect for taxpayers and builds their trust. As Mayor of London, I will focus on carefully managing the financial assets of the city, care for the funds entrusted to us, and govern each decision by such criteria as: investment required and relevance, affordability and priority, potential risk and return, economic and social value.

Law and Order

As a past member of London Police Services Board, I am incredibly proud of our police service and their valuable contribution to our community. London boasts one of the top performing, financially responsible services in Ontario. I was pleased to play a leadership role managing their budget and negotiating the most cost effective 4-year labour agreement in Ontario. Unfortunately, over the past year, several residents and merchants in our downtown and adjoining neighbourhoods have experienced an increase in vandalism, break-ins, and thefts. As Mayor of London, I will seek to re-direct our police resources towards resolving these issues and restoring public confidence in our streets.

Part 1 of my three-part series entitled The Cost of Policing can be found here: thepaolattoreport.com/the-cost-of-policing-part-1-a-new-approach.

Safe Injection Sites

Our city is dealing with a debilitating mental health and addiction crisis. It is taxing our public safety and health resources, and putting Londoners at risk. I do not support installing permanent supervised injection sites in our neighbourhoods, and especially not inside public housing such as 241 Simcoe St.

I wish to resolve this issue and provide complete care and rehabilitation for our most vulnerable citizens. I support deployment of mobile injection units to provide a safe environment for those in need where and when they need it. I also advocate for the establishment of a complete care facility near hospital grounds to support these mobile units. The facility should provide wrap-around services for these troubled citizens, including clinical care, detox, peer counselling, and even temporary housing to help the patient rid themselves of their addiction.

Other Issues

My platform can be found at paolattoformayor.com/platform.

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