Part of the City Attorney’s job is to advise the Mayor and City Council on opportunities to update development rules so that neighborhoods are fully protected from bad projects while good projects are allowed to proceed quickly. The job includes assisting community planning groups to understand how the rules affect projects in their neighborhoods so residents and their quality of life can be protected.
Just as important is enforcing the City's prohibition against short-term vacation rentals and making sure that everyone obeys the rules.
When prosecuting crime, the City Attorney’s job is to enforce the law and ensure that justice is served.
Incumbent City Attorney Mara Elliott does not do that. Her office has not enforced the law on short-term vacation rentals. She did nothing to enforce the public nuisances created by unregulated scooters. She leaked information about child-abuse allegations to a campaign donor but never conducted an investigation.
And sadly, her office spends considerable resources going after people who are in essence guilty of nothing more than being poor or suffering from mental illness.
All members of the public are entitled to equal justice before the law. As City Attorney, I would ensure that every class of offender – rich and poor, business and individual – gets equal justice.