2013 IC City Council Candidates Racial Equity Survey

In October of 2013, we completed the Racial Equity Survey report of City Council Candidates in Iowa City. Each candidate was asked the following five questions.   Click here for the full report in PDF format.

  1. With regard to your city government’s staffing and policies, what would you say is the most important information or message contained in the Coalition for Racial Justice’s Report ― “Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County”?
  2. What are your views about the relationship between the Iowa City Community School District and your city’s government, especially with regard to the District’s Diversity Policy and Facilities Master Plan and your city’s policies concerning housing and zoning? Do you think the District and your city’s government can and should collaborate to provide lower income residents with better access to quality education and housing, and, if so, how?
  3. Very few African-Americans or Hispanics are employed by city governments in the Iowa City area. What percent of your city government’s employees or elected officials are African-American or Hispanic? Do you think those percentages are just about right, or, if not, what do you think should be done to increase them?
  4. Last spring the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Issues submitted its report and recommendations to the City Council, and the Council later approved the City Manager’s proposals about how to respond to those recommendations. Please state what you think of that report and the City Manager’s/Council’s response.
  5. The Forest View trailer court is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of I-80 and N. Dubuque Road. Many (if not most) of the residents are lower-income Hispanics. The man who owns most, if not all, of the property has described his general plans for redeveloping the trailer court. Redevelopment would require some kind of rezoning, might entail some public subsidies, and would require current residents of the trailer court to move. In general, how would you respond to such a redevelopment?

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