Gray releases public safety plan ... to my mailbox
UPDATED 5:45 P.M.
Vincent Gray pledged at the outset of his campaign to roll out a comprehensive platform that would put some poundage on his thin claim that "we can do better."
So far, we've gotten education and jobs plans. But with 11 days to Primary Day and early voting underway, we're still waiting on public safety and fiscal management platforms. Gray scheduled a media event for Aug. 24 to roll out the public safety plan, only to cancel it a few hours ahead of time due to a "scheduling conflict."
So this reporter was surprised to receive a Gray campaign mailer yesterday touting his ... public safety plan. Here you go:
You'll see a lot in common with Gray's other plans -- promises to "create partnerships" and "engage every community" and "restore coordination and accountability."
But a couple of specific promises are worth noting: Gray says he'll reestablish the deputy mayor for public safety and justice, a position that existed under Mayor Anthony A. Williams but was discarded by Adrian Fenty. And his pledge to create a "sustainable relationship between people and their officers" sounds like a plan to keep cops tied closer to particular neighborhood, addressing a common complaint on community listservs -- residents who complain that they'd come to know and love their neighborhood officers only to see them transferred to another part of the city.
The Gray campaign has told us that the full plan will be out soon, perhaps by day's end.
UPDATE, 5:45 P.M.: And here's the actual plan!
September 3, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
Categories: DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray
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