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Omaha, according to Mayor Jim Suttle, is making successful strides out of the recession — but plenty of work remains on job growth and crime, particularly in the eastern half of the city.
In his State of the City speech on Thursday, Suttle’s central focus was on the local economy. He said he’s pushed to streamline city government and work with businesses and private groups to make sure spending cuts didn’t hurt city services.
Mayor Jim Suttle was in Lincoln this week, pushing state lawmakers to end the practice of letting some inmates out for furloughs or early release halfway into their sentences.
As Joe Duggan reported, Suttle has been talking about the issue since September, when an inmate on furlough — a gang member with a long record — was shot and killed by police in north Omaha. He says Legislative Bill 379, which would keep inmates convicted of weapons-related crimes or multiple felonies out of contention for furloughs– would make the city safer.
But Suttle was up against other notable Omaha politicians, including Sen. Ernie Chambers, who said cutting off furloughs and the possibility of early release for inmates with good behavior will lead to prison overcrowding. He also had to make his case to Sen. Brad Ashford, the Judiciary Committee chairman, who is hoping to unseat Suttle in this spring’s mayorl election.
“We must do more to bring industry and job trainers together to ensure that our workforce is properly trained to fill the high-demand jobs of today’s society and anticipate trends to ensure our workforce is ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Suttle said.
The mayor’s comments come as job creation and economic development again emerge as key campaign issues in this year’s city election. His annual State of the City speech is scheduled for this week, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll touch on these issues again. We’re waiting to hear more details on the specific proposals he outlined this morning.
That’s the highest rate among any of the five contenders, though it’s not exactly a fair comparison. None of the challengers have ever mounted a citywide race. So while previous supporters may have thought someone would make a fine city council member or state senator or even governor, they may be less sure about the candidate’s readiness for the mayor’s office.
“Sometime soon, after the walls go up and the artists move in, a formerly mothballed pair of connected buildings on Lake Street will begin their next chapter,” she writes. “What will open in this space, called Carver Bank, in homage to its past as Nebraska’s first black-owned bank, is an artist-in-residence program.”
Long a priority of civic leaders, a large-scale makeover of 24th and Lake is seen as a way to boost development and tourism in a part of the city stressed by crime, unemployment and poverty. That area, city leaders hope, would eventually feature green space, an outdoor market and performance space.
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