One of the most important ways the city can protect its public land is to rework the convention center project, Malakoff says.
The candidate would like to see the hotel component of the project be put out as its own bid, separate from the convention center renovation. She thinks the convention center renovation should be done with the city’s own money, without relying on a private developer.
As far as retail, Malakoff said she would support some in the 17th Street Garage, which is also included in the project, but that the convention center site shouldn’t include any more shops because it could hurt Lincoln Road businesses.
“I would like the convention center to be done in a way that’s a good deal for the taxpayer, a good deal for the city and a good deal for our hospitality industry,” Malakoff said.” I think the deal that’s on the books now is a good deal for the hospitality industry, but it’s not a good deal for the taxpayers and the city.”
• Pensions: Malakoff thinks the city should continue negotiations with unions to enact more pension reforms. For example, she said the city should reevaluate automatic raises for employees and should instead move to a performance-based system.
• Flooding: Malakoff says the city has made “mistake after mistake” when it comes to infrastructure improvement projects. Malakoff says city staff need to be held accountable for mistakes. She notes that personnel changes have been made “and maybe they will be more accountable.”
Malakoff would also like to see the city’s plan for tackling storm water issues expanded out to 30 years, up from the current 20-year outlook. She also said the city should work more closely with the county, state and federal governments for funding and for a regional approach to solving issues of rising sea levels.
“We need more storm pumps. We need more injection wells. We need to make plans for more than 30 years,” Malakoff said.
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