As far as our pension problem, I would travel to other cities who have experienced the same issue and find out how they solved it. These would include cities such as Boston and San Francisco.
I have a new proposed Plan: Griff's Common Sense Pot Hole Plan. With pot hole complaints on the rise year after year, I have come up with a Common Sense Plan which helps take care of over half of the pot holes in the city by having our 27 Management districts and our many Tiers step up and take charge of fixing the pot holes in their districts. With the tax money they receive from thousands of small businesses in their districts they could really make a difference so lets encourage these groups to step up to the plate for Houston drivers!
In 2011, Griff was honored by the Concerned Citizens of Housing Coalition. He was recognized for helping to create and introduce the 3-1-1 Pothole Hotline during the city elections of 1999 - 2000. Spurred on by requests of citizens he came up with a plan to give Houstonians an easier way to let the city know about roads in need of repair.
“Anything that opens the lines of communication between the people and the government is a good thing.”
Ever see those HOV lanes sitting unused? Griff has been fighting hard to have the HOV lanes opened on the weekends from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. To this end, he has received support from C. O. "Brad" Bradford Vice Mayor Pro Tem to make this happen.
We hope to expand this plan so that 7 days a weeks the HOV Lane will be opened till 11:00 PM, so that regardless of when the event happens you can attend and get home quickly.
Open all HOV lanes on the weekends free for all motorists and extend the late hours from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM which would allow all of downtown Houston vistors the chance to spend more time and money helping our Downtown Businesses and then allowing thousands of motorists to return home on the HOV Lanes before 11:00 PM.
To make our Downtown City more Family and Customer friendly. By making all Festivals free for all children age 10 and under with the exception of The Children's Festival. By working with the Metro we would have free weekend rides when certain festivals are taking place.Labor Day Free Ride Program was very successful and could be used to bring people Downtown. He will organize the parking situation which leaves a bitter taste in Citizens minds.
As a Small Business Owner for over 30 years, I would like to see the city open up a city of Houston Small Business Department which could help with not only opening up a small business which they have now but expand where small businessman could get help for at least first 5 years. This could include help for legal, accounting or other major problems which could make or break a small business.
Increase the City's support to crime out programs in the areas that have the highest crime rates. Griff developed a crime out program in the Montrose Area back in 1990.
Join Church and Civic Associations to develop After School Programs which would allow the children a place to go after school to develop their skills.