Below are just a few of the things Anthony Martinelli will work towards if elected to the Des Moines City Council:
- Improving public safety
“Crime rates in Des Moines are unfortunately higher now than they were just five or 10 years ago. We need to put a larger focus on improving public safety, including increasing funding for our police so they can quickly hire new officers. We have a great police force, and they’re making strong efforts to improve the situation, but we must give them the funding they need to do the job as effectively as possible.”
- Increasing the city’s focus on homelessness and growing poverty rates
“If elected to the city council I would work relentlessly to address homelessness and growing poverty rates. I would do this through actions such as increasing funding for homeless services, making a stronger push to add more affordable housing to our city, and decreasing taxes and fees.
- Increasing the city’s focus on mental health issues
“If on the city council one of my primary focuses would be to increase and improve access to mental health care across the city.”
- Bringing back free parking at the Marina for Des Moines residents
“The fact that Des Moines residents are required to pay to park at their own marina – which was free for decades prior to the change in 2017 – is something I oppose. In justifying the policy city leaders say that the funding is being used to pay for the failing seawall, but at current revenue rates it would take over 60 years for paid parking fees to cover the $12 million in repairs needed (it has yet to even make up the $700,000 it cost to install the parking gates).
If elected I would work to once again make marina parking free for those who live in Des Moines, while retaining paid parking for those visiting from outside the city. Given that city data shows non-Des Moines residents make up 70-80% of marina visitors, making parking free for just residents would have only a small impact on the current revenue intake, and would allow for the continuation of reduced crime rates.”
- Supporting a reduction in airplane noise and pollution
“We don’t fully understand the potential health risks of consistent, round-the-clock flights, and the research that has been released give us plenty of cause for concern. If elected to the Des Moines City Council I would support proposals (such as this one) demanding a stop to any further flight increases, while placing a nighttime curfew on flights over Des Moines.”
- Improving government transparency
Far too often city leaders pass laws or make considerable changes (such as tax increases) without first consulting with the public or giving them any notice that such a move is going to take place. If on the city council I would make it one of my primary goals to consistently inform the public of what the council – and me as an individual councilmember – is working on, and give them as much notice as possible on all impending votes. It’s well past time our city government becomes more transparent.
- Enhancing the business climate
“Businesses are the backbone of any city. With that in mind, if elected to the city council I would work to ensure that the city does a better job of promoting and retaining its businesses and enhancing the business climate, through ideas such as establishing a comprehensive business directory, and through the study of ideas such as having the city sell discounted vouchers which could be used at Des Moines-based businesses.”
- Requiring at least a 90-day notice for rent increases
“For many individuals and families, even a small increase in the cost of rent can result in a huge burden that may even force them to move. Because of this, I support passing a law that requires tenants to be given at least a 90-day notice before their rent is increased. This may not solve the problem of someone no longer being able to afford their rent if it’s increased, but will give them more time to plan accordingly.”
- Allowing voters to choose the mayor
“Under current law voters in Des Moines don’t elect the city’s mayor. Instead, the city council chooses amongst themselves to appoint the mayor. If elected to the city council I would work to change this policy so that the mayor is a position chosen by the people, which is a far more democratic process. I believe we should do this without changing any of the power and responsibilities of the mayor (who has just one vote and no veto power but does run meetings and appoint committee members), and without removing the position of city manager.”
- Giving Des Moines a stronger voice in Olympia
“I have years of experience developing and advocating for legislation with nonprofit organizations, and years of experience working with and for state lawmakers. If elected to the city council I would use this experience and expertise to give Des Moines a more prominent voice in Olympia, and would advocate for the state to give the city a bigger focus and recognize us as the blossoming and potential-filled city we truly are.”