GLOVER ESSAYS: community
control of food, fuel, housing, health care,
planning, education, finance.
for MAYOR of ITHACA, NY
GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE 2003
* BUDGET STRATEGY Journal Op-Ed
* REPLY TO ITHACA DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
* REPLY TO DOWNTOWN BUSINESSWOMEN
* REPLY TO DISABILITIES ADVISORY COUNCIL
* REPLY TO ILGBTTF (IthaQueer)
* SPEECH AT PROGRESSIVE FEST
* SPEECH AT LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM
* REPLY TO CRITICS
* COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS
NEED FOR FRESH LEADERSHIP Many Greens have followed the 2003 Democratic primary closely and concluded there's need for another voice in the mayor's election. Ithaca needs more than mere competent management of a sinking ship. We need to promote boldly what may be novel and challenging today, yet commonplace tomorrow.
Therefore as mayor I intend to stimulate City Hall to innovate and experiment with new programs and technologies that reduce costs and meet needs better. All of us-- Mayor, City Council, City staff and city residents will need to explore changes so we can make an orderly transition to an abundant, secure and healthy future. This process can create new jobs, benefit future generations, and be fun, but requires new thinking and new ways of living.
The three candidates seeking the Democratic ballot line are each capable, dedicated public servants whose company I have enjoyed for years. They have not however made clear enough that they will use City Hall's power to gradually build practical regional economic development systems that satisfactorily replace Ithaca's dependence on automobiles, megamalls, wider highways, oil spills and oil wars, stripmining, monopoly utilities, absentee landlords, deforestation, HMOs, and the general use of Cayuga Lake as a toilet. They have not spoken decisively against chain stores and the drain of wealth they'd cause, nor presented plans for funding the City without them.
As mayor, I would seek to convert City Hall into a community organizing center where citizens adapt the nation's best urban solutions for implementation here. City planners would promote grassroots economic development, which meets economic needs while respecting nature and labor. The Department of Public Works would likewise learn new tricks, as we shift reliance to decentralized technologies maintained increasingly by nonprofit organizations and mutual aid co-operatives.
City Hall's budget will be met three ways. First, we will reduce the need for City Hall services as much as possible, enabling us to expand the community base faster than the tax base. Secondly, we will become a rich community by reducing and then ending the loss of our great local wealth to utilities; HMOs; automobiles, absentee bankers, contractors, retailers, hoteliers and landlords. All money that enters Ithaca can be transformed into engines of community-controlled job creation and export income.
The era of road widening in our narrow valley will end. The era of trollies, buses, bicycles, pedicabs, cargo bikes and pedestrian amenity will accelerate. Center city will become home for thousands of humans rather than cars, to the benefit of local businesses. The era of poisoning our children with automobile exhaust will end. The era of worrying about paying for health care will be replaced by free and at-cost care through mutual aid clinics. The era of pooping into clean water will yield to clean, safe composting toilets. The era of energy waste will be replaced by energy efficiency. The era of throwing America into landfills will end, as Ithaca becomes the nation's first 100% precycling and recycling city. The era of consumerism will transform into an unprecedented celebration of creativity. The era of discarding the young, particularly kids of color, will be replaced by skills and work that give them pride and power. Likewise senior citizens will find here lifelong appreciation for their capabilities. The era of police respect for civil liberties will expand respect for police. The development of creative work for all will reduce crime.
We will become a rich community, thirdly, by becoming different than every other city. We will prove that beauty, ecology and fun are economically beneficial. Thousands will visit Ithaca to become inspired. Our innovations will make Ithaca a model for the rebuilding of America.
Great cultural challenges face Ithaca's liberals and conservatives alike, as environmental and financial realities force us to create a new American Way of Life. It's become utopian nonsense to believe that America will progress by continuing to expand population, pollution, suburbs and landfills. We cannot succeed personally while the nation fails. Therefore we'll need to rebuild Ithaca as an intentional community, meeting needs through community-based businesses, nonprofit organizations and co-ops. Ithacans need both livable wages and a livable community where abundance is secured more by mutual aid than by dollars.
If you're ready to explore these directions, please vote Green this November 4.
GLOVER'S EXPERIENCEPaul Glover is prime founder of Ithaca HOURS local currency, the Ithaca Health Alliance, the Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE), the Ithaca Trolley Authority, Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, and other groups. He is author of Hometown Money, Ithaca Power (fuel system), Los Angeles: A History of the Future, the AmazingIthaca History Calendar 2004 and dozens of articles about local issues. He was founder of Ithaca Community News.
A resident of Ithaca during most years since 1953, Glover was an independent candidate for City Council in 1973 (endorsed by a visit from Dr. Spock). He was declared "Ithaca's Hero" by the Ithaca Times Readers' Polls of 1995 and 2000. He received an award from the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission in 1996 and received a Cornell Civic Leaders Fellowship in 2001. He is 56 years old.
He holds degrees in Marketing and in City Management. Here is his FULL RESUME.
ITHACA POLICY PAPERS BY PAUL GLOVER--Big Problems Need Little Solutions
--WholeIthaca Stock Exchange: Gathering Capital for Ecodevelopment
--Chain Stores in Ithaca
--Does Ithaca Need Wal-Mart?
--Three Labor Resolutions for Southwest Park
--Community-Based Economic Development
--Funding Government with Local Currency
--City Hall vs.Ithaca
--Return of the Ithaca Trolley
--Proud to Live in a Progressive City
--Cornell's Activist History
--Taking Control of Health Costs & Ithaca Health Fund
--Ithaca's Food Security
--Shopping is Voting
--Ithaca Commons (Ithaca Downtown Partnership replies)
--United Workers of Ithaca
--Fair Pay Forum
--Mayor Cohen's 1995 Election & Administration 1996-2002
--Your Dream Job
PRINCIPLES FOR NEW CITY MANAGEMENT---1. Environmental repair (soil, water, air), natural beauty & fairly-compensated creative labor are foundations of personal success, public health & durable economic progress,
---2. "Economic development" which damages the environment, slowly or rapidly, is not development but decay.
---3. Big-box chain stores exemplify economic decay by:
*****A. promoting destructive consumerism
*****B. expanding car-dependent commerce
*****C. undermining community-based enterprise & creativity
*****D. removing local wealth to corporate headquarters
---4. Community-based initiatives are preferred which plug leaks in the local economy, meet basic needs, reward local creativity, repair the environment, link Ithacans in systems of mutual aid.
---5. Examples of such beneficial enterprises, policies & programs include community-wide insulation and energy efficiency installations; photovoltaics, wind & hydroelectric (where no damage to natural flow); nonprofit co-op housing; senior/youth cohousing; nonprofit food processing facilities for regional harvests, edible parks; community-supported agriculture; preventive/holistic health/dental clinics; health funds; community currency, local stock exchanges, import replacement programs, re-use warehouses; bike lanes & paths; fixed rail trollies; composting toilets; local venture capital for the above; progressive taxation (including local income tax & local-option gasoline tax); instant runoff voting; education for the above.
---6. The first American cities to systematically install all these will prosper.
---7. Civil liberties are essential to social harmony. Police are subordinate to civil authority. Public expression is at least as necessary as public order.
---"8. The interests of City Hall (larger staff, salaries, greater control via centralized technologies, acquiescence to corporate demands) often conflict w/ community preferences above.
---9. Reform of Ithaca's City Planning Dept & DPW are necessary to facilitate the above.
COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMIC INITIATIVESCity Hall can facilitate the following with permits, funding leverage, facilities & staff:
--- TROLLEY connecting Cornell & Commons. More
than transportation, rail
cars would be handcrafted w/inlay wood, stained glass, neon waterfalls,
musicians on board. Big boost to tourism & transit, could
Taken together, these will allow us to relax in a beautiful, exciting community, raising the standard of living while lowering the cost of living & setting examples for the whole country.
RECOMMENDED WEBSITES* Institute for Local Self-Reliance
* Home Town Advantage
* Smart Growth
* CarFree Living
* Carfree Cities
* Green Party US
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