Before you dismiss him as the "Bike Hoboken Guy", there's more to Hoboken mayoral candidate Ron Bautista.
He's a young Ecuadorean immigrant and activist; On his LinkedIn page he cites the following as the "Causes [he] Cares About":
Civil Rights and Social ActionAlso on LinkedIn, he notes his Candidacy for Hoboken Mayor:
I'm running for Mayor of Hoboken so that together we can build a clear mandate, that we want to have a city that is more friendly for people. As a community we're creating a social contract that sets initial clear goals and they are the backbone of our campaign:Bautista's video on his campaign website, explains his vision for Hoboken; to make our City "people friendly" and create a "social contract" with the community.
- Participatory Budgeting: have a percentage of the budget to be for projects developed and chosen by voters in an election process
- EasyBudget: make it easier for everyone to know where our tax money goes
- FreeofTraffic options: a network of express bus lanes and a protected bicycle lane on every street
- EveryStreet so safe an 8-year-old kid can bike them and an 80-year-old person can walk them.
- Sport fields for free use: keep a public calendar of times the public fields are available to free pickup games
- Promote diverse street art and music year-round
- Strengthen the Hoboken Public Library as the hub for education, arts, music, and public services
- Make it easier for local entrepreneurs to start, operate, and grow by providing direct assistance
GA thinks that Bautista's youth and idealism will appeal to the '30 and under' folks- hopefully he'll leave a few votes for Mike DeFusco!
Needless to say, Bautista's candidacy will energize our Hispanic community and folks far left of center.
As of today, he has not announced a slate. Nor has he criticized the Mayor or City Council.
GA does like Bautista's idea about promoting street art; our neighbor Jersey City has so many amazing murals, even invites prestigious artists to paint them. ... while in Hoboken, we paint over murals because ONE cranky bitch complains to NJ Transit. (Note, the foul bitch bought the condo within view of the iconic mural, long after it was painted.)
Let's get more public art in Hoboken!
Jersey City Murals
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