It is time to bring "Transparent Common Sense Leadership" to the City of Salisbury.

I am not a politician nor a bureaucrat. I am running as Mayor to take this runaway train and put it back on the tracks. Crime, Safety, and the Economy will be my main focus; and being transparent will be my mantra. Being an outsider, the King administration will not play favorites and I am not part of the "Good 'Ole Boys Network." We will prioritize what needs to be done. And believe me, I will not be thinking about chain link fences or a mural when we have a gang problem in our city. I will run Salisbury like a business, a successful business.

Crime

We have way too much crime in this city, even though the crime rate did dip a whole 1% this past year. I am going to be extremely hard on crime. We have gangs, drug dealing, and theft that runs rampant in the streets of our city. These dilemmas are filtering down into our community and schools, affecting our children and families. As far as drug dealers are concerned, especially heroin dealers, I want law enforcement to pick up as many of these individuals as they can and have our DA prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. Everytime a heroin (fentanyl) dealer sells this drug, he/she is committing attempted murder. The people that are buying this drug are playing "Russian Roulette".  If the user overdoses, the dealer committed manslaughter and should be prosecuted as such. When another dealer replaces that dealer, we will pick that dealer up too. This will also cut off some cash flow to the gangs. I will also have our law enforcement be much more aggressive with the gangs.

Create A Veteran Police Force

The average salary for a Salisbury Police Rookie is $44,192 per year. The typical tenure for a Police Officer in Salisbury is 3-5 years. A typical police hire in Salisbury is a policeman that just graduated from the academy and signs a 5 year contract with the city. Since, they are so underpaid compared to other dangerous cities like Baltimore, whose officers make $51,953.00 and up to $88,989, that when they reach those 5 years, many of them leave for better pastures. Our police men and policewomen have a nickname for our POLICE CHIEF, it is "HUG A THUG". Our officers have their hands tied and I will let them do the job they have been trained for and want to do. Get the thugs and drug dealers off our streets.

*I will raise the salaries of our policeman so they stay; much more than the 2.5% raise they are getting this year. I will also find money to add policemen. For instance, the council just approved to spend ANOTHER $3.3 million on bike lanes. We could use that money for the police and more important things our community needs. In a few years we will have a more experienced police force. And crime will be on the run .

 

Economy

I love when I hear people saying, "we need more home ownership in Salisbury." Actually, what we need, are better paying jobs. Who do you know that bought a house on a $12.00 - $14.00 hourly wage? NO ONE! Part of the reason for not having more high paying jobs is our CRIME. Businesses and people in general do not want to go to a place that has a high crime rate. Homelessness/panhandlers is also an issue. Doesn't look good.

I interviewed a few homeless people and they told me about 60% of the homeless are either drug addicts, alcoholics or psychotic, another 20% are running from the law, and the last 20% are out of work people who have given up (like old construction workers,...). There are some veterans mixed in with these groups. I want to take care of them with such things like state rehab, a place to live permanently, and possibly a city job. The other homeless people will be offered state drug rehab, and a temporary place to live while they get sober, but only if they are serious about getting sober. I will also possibly give some of those people city jobs (picking up garbage in the park, etc...), as long as they pass a mandatory drug test and they are not psychotic. Otherwise, I don’t want these people around our citizenry.

For the people that do not want these "gifts" we will arrest them for vagrancy or trespassing. (We can't arrest a panhandler on legal property; 1st amendment right). I will also get the pot holes filled and sidewalks fixed for once and for all. Graffiti will be covered or painted over. I will help beautify neighborhoods and keep our parks maintained pristinely. We will only spend money where it makes sense. No murals, monuments, or amphitheaters that are rarely used. Give people tax credits on their property tax for doing home improvements. What makes a city and a town are its people and its neighborhoods. The beautification of our neighborhoods will give our people inner pride, increased morale, and proud to have friends and family visit our city. It will also make our city more attractive. Coincidentally, we need all of the above to give us the best chance to draw businesses here. When a new business wants to move to our city, or a present business wants to expand I will insist that it crosses my desk for review. All departments MUST work together as quick as they can to help get the business up and running. 
These businesses are our customers and we need the revenue and jobs.

Economy

I love when I hear people saying, "we need more home ownership in Salisbury." Actually, what we need, are better paying jobs. Who do you know that bought a house on a $12.00 - $14.00 hourly wage? NO ONE! Part of the reason for not having more high paying jobs is our CRIME. Businesses and people in general do not want to go to a place that has a high crime rate. Homelessness/panhandlers is also an issue. Doesn't look good.

I interviewed a few homeless people and they told me about 60% of the homeless are either drug addicts, alcoholics or psychotic, another 20% are running from the law, and the last 20% are out of work people who have given up (like old construction workers,...). There are some veterans mixed in with these groups. I want to take care of them with such things like state rehab, a place to live permanently, and possibly a city job. The other homeless people will be offered state drug rehab, and a temporary place to live while they get sober, but only if they are serious about getting sober. I will also possibly give some of those people city jobs (picking up garbage in the park, etc...), as long as they pass a mandatory drug test and they are not psychotic. Otherwise, I don’t want these people around our citizenry.

For the people that do not want these "gifts" we will arrest them for vagrancy or trespassing. (We can't arrest a panhandler on legal property; 1st amendment right). I will also get the pot holes filled and sidewalks fixed for once and for all. Graffiti will be covered or painted over. I will help beautify neighborhoods and keep our parks maintained pristinely. We will only spend money where it makes sense. No murals, monuments, or amphitheaters that are rarely used. Give people tax credits on their property tax for doing home improvements. What makes a city and a town are its people and its neighborhoods. The beautification of our neighborhoods will give our people inner pride, increased morale, and proud to have friends and family visit our city. It will also make our city more attractive. Coincidentally, we need all of the above to give us the best chance to draw businesses here. When a new business wants to move to our city, or a present business wants to expand I will insist that it crosses my desk for review. All departments MUST work together as quick as they can to help get the business up and running. 
These businesses are our customers and we need the revenue and jobs.

13 Story High-Rise

*First thing I would do is pass a law stating that this building can never be used for   low income housing.   

I do not believe many or any college students will rent these apartments. I know, I asked many of them. BUT, I do have a solution that is much better than housing. Business Development will start cold calling companies looking for a "new home". For Instance, businesses like a Digital Media Group, or a call center; companies that do business without leaving their office and could rent a whole floor. Their employees can rent apartments right inside the same building where they work. If the business owners sign a lease before the building is done we could customize the offices to their liking. We can also advertise in business publications. This will be part of the revitalization of the downtown. This is all contingent on what the owner of the building is willing to do.

 

Re-Vitalizing Downtown

We need to let the downtown grow organically, instead of trying to force it with money. Bringing businesses to the high-rise would be a good start. We will continue to set the stage for the future by fixing up or upgrading the infrastructure; it makes sense because sooner or later it will need to be done and it's not getting any cheaper. Any project we do downtown will be small unless it is for an infrastructure project. Once again, Business Development will be looking for companies looking for a "new home". We need to be proactive. Tax breaks for new businesses.
 
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13 Story High-Rise

*First thing I would do is pass a law stating that this building can never be used for   low income housing.   

I do not believe many or any college students will rent these apartments. I know, I asked many of them. BUT, I do have a solution that is much better than housing. Business Development will start cold calling companies looking for a "new home". For Instance, businesses like a Digital Media Group, or a call center; companies that do business without leaving their office and could rent a whole floor. Their employees can rent apartments right inside the same building where they work. If the business owners sign a lease before the building is done we could customize the offices to their liking. We can also advertise in business publications. This will be part of the revitalization of the downtown. This is all contingent on what the owner of the building is willing to do.

Re-Vitalizing Downtown

We need to let the downtown grow organically, instead of trying to force it with money. Bringing businesses to the high-rise would be a good start. We will continue to set the stage for the future by fixing up or upgrading the infrastructure; it makes sense because sooner or later it will need to be done and it's not getting any cheaper. Any project we do downtown will be small unless it is for an infrastructure project. Once again, Business Development will be looking for companies looking for a "new home". We need to be proactive. Tax breaks for new businesses.

Transparency

I will send out a weekly tweet to let the people know what is going on. There will be no cooking of the "books", such as city statistics. At times I will ask the people to go to my Facebook page to voice their opinion on a certain issue or participate in a poll on an issue. All companies looking to do business with the City of Salisbury will participate in a blind bidding process. I will tweet who got the job. If any citizen of Salisbury has a worthy question, tweet me, my assistant or myself will answer the question(s).
 

Messages from Wayne

“If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.”

- Steve Jobs

TRANSPARENT, COMMON SENSE LEADERSHIP

By Wayne King | July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hi Salisbury, this is Wayne King, candidate for mayor of Salisbury. Now that Trump has announced his re-election I thought it was time to get mine going. In the next couple of weeks you will start seeing my signs in Salisbury and I will be accelerating my social media exposure. I will also start meeting…