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Bob Fine

Posted by: Eric Roper under Politics and government Updated: October 7, 2013 - 1:50 PM

Website: www.fineformayor.com

Party: DFL

Occupation: Attorney who has also managed real estate. Has served 16 years as a commissioner on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; also a member of the city’s Board of Estimate and Taxation.

Education:

  • Fine says he would train school staff in cultural competency and recruit teachers of color to help close the racial achievement gap, as well as create programs to give more support to students at risk for dropping out of school. (Campaign)

  • He wants more support for new teachers and would prioritize smaller class sizes.

  • He would continue the partnership between the school and park boards to allow all students access to recreation and sports.

Development: 

  • Fine has suggested during a campaign forum that new developments dedicate 20 percent of their units for low- and moderate-income housing.

  • He says his professional experience in development has shown him how difficult it is to get businesses started in the city, given the unwieldy process to obtain approvals and permits. Fine says he’ll cut red tape. (Campaign)

  • Fine says he’ll focus on attracting businesses to West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis.

Transit:

  • Fine says he supports continuing development of light rail but opposes a $200 million proposed street car line running up Nicollet and Central Avenues, calling it “really a bad decision.”

Public safety: 

  • Fine told the Southwest Journal he would direct police to focus more on safety issues, rather than parking violations, and that jobs and development are the answer to addressing crime.

Taxes:

  • Fine says he’ll cut property taxes 5 percent, though he has not released a specific plan on what he would reduce in the budget to make that happen. He does say that he’ll audit every city department for efficiencies, and that he’d like City Hall to function as smoothly as the park board does.

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