Brevy Cannon at June 22, 2011 City Council campaign announcement
Charlottesville City Council
|Election||Nov. 8, 2011|
|For term to start||2012|
|Date of birth|| Feb. 9, 1975
|Alma mater||Univ. of Virginia B.A. Religious Studies|
|Profession||Media relations writer|
2011 election for City Council
Charlottesville Democrats Candidate Video
Do you support construction of the Meadow Creek Parkway in the city?"
- After the final legal challenges have been resolved, I support the completion of the Meadow Creek Parkway — as a parkway, scaled and sited appropriately, like the section already constructed by Albemarle County. Completion of the parkway will allow us to finally move forward with an exciting new vision for the eastern half of McIntire Park, which remains little-used by the community as long as the parkway is in limbo.To me, that is the greatest tragedy of the parkway.
Do you support the approved water supply plan or a different approach?
- Our priority should be maintenance dredging of the city-owned South Fork reservoir, which is decades overdue, and must be done no matter what. As we do that, we will get a more accurate sense of the real costs of capacity dredging. (Estimates have fallen from $250 million to $35 million, and I suspect costs will end up far lower.) I will pursue any chance to save millions of taxpayer dollars, while also ensuring an adequate water supply for future growth. I support the “Dave Norris plan” unanimously approved by council in September 2010 (later reversed in a 3-2 split vote).
What is the most important thing the city can do to create jobs?
- Charlottesville’s biggest challenge is our need formore 21st-century middle class jobs in clean industries like green energy, biotechnology, skilled trades and high-tech manufacturing. Today’s businesses can locate anywhere in the world and plenty of shiny new office parks beckon. Here businesses face challenges like renovating old buildings. We must reward business investment with tax breaks such as property tax deferment. I’m also open to more ambitious efforts to encourage job creation, like public-private partnerships.
Does the city have an affordable housing problem? What should council do?
- Better jobs are the real answer to our affordable housing crunch. I also support recent zoning changes that make it easier to build“in-law cottages” or similar auxiliary dwelling units on single family properties.That is, by far, the most cost-effective way to increase our affordable housing stock.
What should the city do on the issue of addressing poverty?
- We do a lot here to help people in poverty, but we must do more to provide people a path out of poverty, and that means better jobs. In tandem with encouraging businesses to create new jobs, we must help ready our citizens for those jobs, with appropriate job training, apprenticeship programs and mentoring.We also must close the achievement gap in our schools. I support“out-of-the-box” changes, modeled on programs that have been proven elsewhere. For instance, offering a longer school day and year, and increased accountability have been proven to help children who have fallen behind.
What is the city’s biggest challenge in transportation?
- The city’s biggest transportation challenges are mostly in the county – congestion on 29 North and 250 at Pantops. Funding for the Western Bypass must not come at the expense of other higher priority road projects like improving the exit ramp are at Best Buy on 29, Hillsdale Drive Extended and the Sunset-Fontaine Connector. One of my top priorities as a councilor will be to fast-track the development of our community trail system, from downtown north to Forest Lakes, south to Biscuit Run, west to Crozet and east to Monticello.This would be an ideal option for walking and bicycling.
What will be your top priority if elected?
- Doing everything possible to encourage more 21st-century middle class jobs in clean industries like green energy, biotechnology, skilled trades and high-tech manufacturing. Our citizens deserve a clear path to the middle class.
- Web. Democrat City Council hopefuls back up to 6, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, 22 June 2011, retrieved 22 June 2011.
- Web. Brevy Cannon for City Council, retrieved 22 June 2011.
- Web. Brevy Cannon: Candidate for City Council, Charlottesville City Democrats, 31 July 2011, retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Web. Democratic hopefuls weigh in on the issues, Graham Moomaw, The Daily Progress, 14 August 2011, retrieved 15 August 2011.