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By Madeleine List | Journal Staff Writer
Posted: Aug 22, 2018 at 10:01 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 at 11:54 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At a forum Wednesday night hosted by Direct Action for Rights and Equality, an advocacy organization for the rights of low-income residents, City Council candidates from eight of the city’s 15 wards answered questions about the dearth of affordable and low-income housing in the city.
Many of the challengers targeted the incumbents on their lack of action on issues related to housing, said Christopher Samih-Rotondo, a community organizer with DARE.
For any sitting City Council member to say that he or she has been working on the issue is “disingenuous” because the problem is out of control, said Justice Gaines, a Ward 1 council candidate.
When asked what the candidates would do about the criminalization of homelessness and poverty in Providence, many said they would repeal a downtown smoking ban, passed last year, that they said unjustly targets the homeless population.
Journal Staff Writer
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at 10:19 PMUpdated Jul 10, 2018 at 11:43 PM
Topics discussed by the candidates in Wards 1 and 12 included public schools, a proposed high-rise tower on Dyer Street and a plan to move bus stops from Kennedy Plaza to a site near Providence Station.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Speaking at a Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting Tuesday night, four Democratic candidates running for Providence City Council to represent Wards 1 and 12 shared similar views on many pressing issues and answered questions from the audience about education.
Topics included public schools, a proposed high-rise tower on Dyer Street and a plan to move bus stops from Kennedy Plaza to a site near Providence Station.
In attendance were Ward 1 Councilman Seth Yurdin and his opponent, Justice Gaines, an organizer with Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, as well as Ward 12 Councilman Terrence Hassett and his opponent, Katherine Kerwin, director of communications at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence.
The candidates were unanimously opposed to the luxury apartment tower that has been proposed by developer Jason Fane to be built on former Route 195 land. They cited concerns about its design, its height and the lack of demand for more high-end apartments downtown.
In an interview, Regunberg laid out his post-General Assembly plans and, in addition to his new $80,000-a-year City Hall job, they include enrollment next fall at Harvard Law School. At that point, he anticipates moving into a more part-time role with the city. (His wife, Katie Cielinski, is a Harvard Law School graduate currently working as a public defender in Fall River.)
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