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Dianne Bellamy-Small

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: Delmonte Drive (map)

Incumbent or challenger? Challenger

Age: 59

Campaign website or blog: bellamysmallforcouncil.com (link)

Endorsements: Dorothy Brown and Carolina Peacemaker, Greensboro Police Officers Association, Occupy Greensboro Media Group, Professional Fire Fighters of Greensboro and Simkins PAC

Occupation and employer: Executive director, Transition Network

Previous electiveexperience (including election campaigns): Greensboro City Council, 2003-present

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on city commissions and boards): NC state youth advisor, NAACP; Guilford CountyCoalition on Infant Mortality, Baby Basics program; Greensboro HistoricalMuseum, Real McCoy exhibit; Greensboro Public Schools, School Safety TaskForce; Negro League Baseball Recognition, Greensboro Red Wings; Mayor’s TaskForce on Drugs; Greensboro Education and Development Council Community AdvisoryBoard, Challenge Greensboro, class leader; Friends of Vance Chavis LifelongLearning Center; member, St. James Presbyterian Church

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): Bachelorof arts, music/English, UNC-Chapel Hill; post-graduate studies at UNCG andDuke; Challenge Greensboro; Triad Leadership Network, political fellow, IOPL,fall 2004

Party registration: Democrat (nonpartisan contest)

Where were you born? Winston-Salem

When did you move toGreensboro? 1976

Paid consultants workingon your campaign: None

Campaign manager: [Incomplete]

Treasurer: [Incomplete]

Do you favoror oppose reopening the White Street Landfill for household waste, beyond thesmall amount of sewer sludge currently accepted? Briefly explain your position.

Opposed. We need to respect the decision ofthe 2001 and 2006 City Council. By re-opening the landfill, economicdevelopment in east Greensborowill die. The people will suffer.

Where do youstand on the “strong manager” form of city government and why?

Our city charter created a manager/councilform of government. The council’s responsibility is to be a policy board. Wehire qualified and talented staff to run the city’s daily operations. We shouldlet them do their jobs.

Should thecity of Greensboroplace more or less emphasis on maintaining a healthy water and sewer fund to planfor future growth? Why or why not?

We need and must have a “healthy water andsewer fund.” Three things drive economic growth: 1. water, 2. sewer, 3. roads.Go back to the mid ’90s when the city of Greensborohad no plan and no funds and were threatened with a moratorium on growth anddevelopment by the state. Do we want to go back to this? We have spent the last17 years building a system to provide for the needs of our citizens. It wouldbe foolish to turn that around.

The city’stax base has remained flat for the past two years in a row, and the foreclosurecrisis continues unabated. As a member of city council, how would you balancethe need to fund services such as police patrol, fire protection and parkmaintenance that citizens care about with the reality that the revenue pictureremains bleak?

We have a legal mandate to provide publicsafety, water and sewer, infrastructure and waste management.

Do youbelieve that city staff deserves council support to implement a program tospend federal grant money to improve the energy efficiency of residences andbusinesses, or does this program warrant additional oversight from council?Briefly explain your position.

Yes. No.

How wouldyou assess the value and effectiveness of Greensboro’sRental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program, which is now prohibited by statelaw?

If RUCO had not been effective, a lawprohibiting it would not have been passed. Do we have a massive number of “slums”in Greensborotoday? Did tenants feel they could be assured of safe and clean housing andsomeone to enforce this right for them? They did with RUCO.

How shouldthe impasse over management and operation of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Marketbe resolved?

The vote from the council was 5-4 in favor ofthe private group.

What, ifanything, should be done to resolve racial tensions, and to enhanceprofessionalism, integrity and fairness within the Greensboro PoliceDepartment?

Our police department is one of the best inthe nation. They have and have had good leadership in the midst of scandal.Think about 24 hours without police, then ask about “tensions” of any kind. Ibelieve the appropriate effort has been given over the years to address theconcerns of those who have fairly made their issues known. No governmentalentity is totally perfect, but each day people in these positions do try to dotheir best to protect and serve.

What wouldyou change about Greensboro’sland use patterns if the decision were yours to make? Please answer thequestion in terms of places people live, work and shop, in terms of the modesof transportation people use to get from point to point and the vitality ofneighborhoods and commercial corridors?

I would continue my efforts to enhanceinfrastructure development and the promotion of economic growth in east Greensboro so that “live, work and play” are a way of lifejust as it is in west Greensboro.We need to complete an inner loop so that east Greensborohas the ease of traffic flow north and south as we have in west Greensboro. Mass transitbe used as an economic driver and reduce traffic in areas that are too relianton cars.

What is Greensboro’s greatestasset? What is Greensboro’smost pressing problem?

a. Educational opportunities, human capital, asupportive “can do” spirit, for the most part. We have and have had theopportunity to be greater than we are, if we would stop acting like a small Southerntown.

b. Not re-opening the White St. Landfill, unemployment, economicdevelopment to be strategically planned for all of Greensboro, and a need to return torespectful, responsive and responsible government.

Articles about thiscandidate:

Candidate profile: Dianne Bellamy-Small (link)

Differentiating between the District 1 candidates (link)

Campaign website exaggerates discussion of restaurant tax (link)

A&T vote inspires fiery city council campaigning (link)

Vendor selection in landfill decision questioned (link

Bellamy-Small switches from mayor’s race to District 1 (link)

Bellamy-Small: ‘My viability… is very real’ (link)

Bellamy-Small files to runfor mayor (link)

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