Transforming Rochester - RORE & Reopening Schools

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Recurring guest, Dave Sutliff-Atias, this time representing RORE, Rochester Organization of Rank and

File Educators, talks about why the City School District should open remotely and how meaningful education can happen from there.

Transforming Rochester - City Council & School Reopening

Saturday, August 8, 2020

 

What's City Council going to be voting on in August?  Schools will be reopening soon.  Should kids go to school or should we do distance learning?  What if we change the entire school calendar and focus on outdoor education?


Transforming Rochester - Curfew and Rent

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Mayor's curfew is not only unconstitutional, but won't do anything about the shootings in Rochester.  Again, we need to address the root causes.  Rent has been out of control for Rochester tenants.  What should we do about it?

An Intial Plan to Defund RPD

Thursday, June 18, 2020

This is what defunding the police could look like in Rochester:

Presently we have 13 personnel working as security guards in schools. The RCSD is returning these and the mayor does not want to provide them so that would be $1.4 million.

We also have 23 officers in the community policing division which are the officers in the NSC. Two studies have identified these are not only failing to reduce crime but serving no measurable community value. So this is another $2.8 million.

Then there is the management level of the RPD. Presently more than 1 in 5 officers are management. This is crazy. It all starts with the Sergeants who have only 5 officers under them. If this number was expanded to 10 that would reduce 70 supervisors and free up at least $12 million.

Then there is the whole car problem. Studies have shown that car patrols have no effect on crime. None! As we require 2 officers to respond to any incident there is no reason to have only 1 in a car. This would free up more than $1.5 million in car purchases every year. It would also save gas and maintenance to the tune of around $2 million, all without hurting response time or public safety.

So all told this would save at least $19.7 million and would have no effect on public safety.

This would provide the money to allow every library to stay open until 9pm and have Saturday and Sunday hours which would cost around $700,000.

Having all Rec Centers stay open until 9pm Monday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday with 6 hours on Sunday would cost around $1.2 million.

Then to increase the number of summer jobs form 900 to 3600 would cost $3 million. This totals $4.9 million which still leave money to hire 140 employees to do social work, drug treatment, anti-gang outreach, and domestic violence intervention. I am sure this would do a better job of reducing crime than the police do.

Transforming Rochester - 2020 Budget Analysis

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The 2020 proposed budget for Rochester, NY is not good.  It is based on irresponsible assumptions in terms of revenue and expenses for the City and if passed, will result in years of hardship for us.  We deserve better than this.  Call City Council and tell them not to pass this budget.

Transforming Rochester - Jose Peo on the Corona Virus

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rochester City Council member Jose Peo joins us for the entire show as we discuss how the Corona Virus has affected Rochester so far and what could happen as this crisis progresses.

Transforming Rpchester - City Council and School District Woes

Saturday, February 1, 2020

In the first half, Alex and Peter talk about things that are coming up at City Council this month. Then, they talk to School Board member Willa Powell about the current financial crisis at RCSD.  How did it happen and what are the solutions?

Listen to Alex...

...on Transforming Rochester on Rochester Free Radio. You can see when it's on at the Rochester Free Radio show schedule.

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