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ACCESS TO EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR THOSE WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY 

HOW WOULD YOU SUGGEST THAT THOSE WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY GET ACCESS TO CITY SERVICES IN AN EMERGENCY OR GET ACCESS TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MATERIALS? WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT TRANSLATORS IN LANGUAGES FOR LARGE POPULATIONS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY, AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MATERIALS IN THOSE LANGUAGES? 

YES.
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​WHY SHOULD HOUSTON 80-20 ENDORSE YOU FOR THE POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE A CANDIDATE? DESCRIBE OTHER QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, VISION NOT COVERED BY THIS QUESTIONNAIRE THAT WILL GIVE US A BETTER ASSESSMENT OF YOUR CANDIDACY. 

I’VE HAD A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH HOUSTON 80-20 AS WELL YOUR MEMBERSHIP. I’M FAMILIAR WITH THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF HOUSTON 80-20 AND AS IMPORTANT STAKE HOLDERS IN CITY POLITICS, I KNOW YOU ARE AWARE OF THE GREAT WORK WE HAVE TOGETHER BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH. I’VE BENEFITTED FROM YOUR SUPPORT AND HARD WORK IN PAST ELECTIONS AND I WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT
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AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR THE ASIAN-PACIFIC COMMUNITY IS A CRITICAL NEED. SECURING FEDERAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE CLINICS, IN ASIA-PACIFIC COMMUNITY AREAS, IS AN IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM. - DESCRIBE ANY PAST ACTION OR EXPERIENCE, IF ANY, IN THIS AREA.

​ I’VE SUPPORTED I... CLINIC THROUGH CITY OF HOUSTON FUNDING AS WELL AS FEDERAL GRANTS.
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ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND IMMIGRATION. RACIAL PROFILING (INCLUDING IMMIGRATION CHECKS) BY POLICE AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. 

​PLAN OF ACTION: I WANT TO WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL AND REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMUNITY GROUPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS SENSITIVE ISSUE IS HANDLED IN THE MOST CAREFUL WAY, AND ALSO MAKES EFFICIENT USE OF POLICE OFFICERS' TIME TO MAKE NEIGHBORHOODS SAFER. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OPPOSED TO RACIAL PROFILING.
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​AFFORDABLE HOUSING QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE OR SUBSIDIZED SENIOR HOUSING FOR THE ASIAN-PACIFIC COMMUNITY IS A CRITICAL NEED. SECURING FEDERAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, IN ASIA-PACIFIC COMMUNITY AREAS, IS AN IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM.- YOUR POSITION AND PLAN OF ACTION

POSITION: OBTAINING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR SENIOR AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS A TASK THAT MY OFFICE WILL AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE. PLAN OF ACTION: 

​PAST ACTIONS OR EXPERIENCE: AS MAYOR, I WILL DO ALL THAT I CAN TO ENSURE A SUPPLY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL CITIZENS INCLUDING ASIAN AMERICAN SENIOR CITIZENS.  THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF LAND CONTAINING ABANDONED WAREHOUSES NEAR DOWNTOWN AND CHINATOWN THAT I BELIEVE WE CAN CONVERT TO AREAS WHERE NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING CAN BE CONSTRUCTED, AS WE HAVE DONE THROUGH THE HOUSTON HOPE PROGRAM.
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CRIME PREVENTION CRIME IN AREAS WHERE MANY ASIAN-PACIFIC COMMUNITIES LIVE IS INCREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE. HOW WOULD YOU PLAN TO REDUCE CRIME IN THESE AREAS? - YOUR POSITION AND PLAN OF ACTION.

​POSITION: PUBLIC SAFETY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. 

​PLAN OF ACTION: I HAVE RECENTLY IMPLEMENTED A PLAN TO BUY 300 OR MORE NEW POLICE CARS EVERY YEAR FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO ENSURE THAT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE POLICE FORCE HAVE ALL THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES.  TO COMBAT THE RISING CRIME RATES IN THREE POLICE BEATS NEAREST TO CHINATOWN, THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF UNFORMED OFFICERS DISPATCHED TO THESE AREAS. THE CITY HAS ALSO INCREASED THE NUMBER OF UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AND DETECTIVES AVAILABLE TO BE SENT TO "HOT SPOTS" OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY  FURTHERMORE, POLICE CHIEF HURTT WILL BE REGULARLY MEETING WITH NEIGHBORHOOD LIAISONS TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY POSTED ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS EFFORTS TO COMBAT CRIME IN THEIR AREA. -

DESCRIBE ANY PAST ACTION OR EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE, IF ANY, IN THIS AREA. 

PAST ACTION OR EXPERIENCE: PUBLIC SAFETY HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. I HAVE CREATED THE TASK FORCE ON CONVENIENCE STORE SECURITY, WHICH IS A 38-MEMBER TASK FORCE, COMPRISED OF CITY OFFICIALS, THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS TO STUDY THE PROBLEM OF CONVENIENCE STORE SECURITY IN HOUSTON. RECENTLY THE TASK FORCE ISSUED A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE MINIMAL STEPS, WHICH ARE VERY INEXPENSIVE AND WILL IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THE STORE OWNERS AND PATRONS BY 50 PERCENT OR MORE.
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​ APPOINTMENT, RECRUITMENT, HIRING AND PROMOTION OF QUALIFIED ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS. THESE INCLUDE: YOUR STAFF AND REPRESENTATION ON COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, OR BOARDS. WILL YOU HAVE AN AIDE WHO IS OF ASIAN DESCENT? - YOUR POSITION AND PLAN OF ACTION 

POSITION: HOUSTON IS A VERY DIVERSE CITY, IT IS UNTHINKABLE TO HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION WITHOUT THE PARTICIPATION OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS AS WELL AS PEOPLE OF ALL ETHNIC GROUPS AT ALL LEVELS. DIVERSITY BRINGS THE TALENTS AND VIEWPOINTS IMPORTANT TO MAKING CITY GOVERNMENT MORE RESPONSIVE, EFFICIENT, AND FAIR. MY STAFF REFLECTS THAT DIVERSITY. 

PAST ACTION OR EXPERIENCE: WITHOUT NAMING INDIVIDUALS, I THINK THE 80-20 IS FAMILIAR WITH A NUMBER OF SENIOR STAFFERS OF ASIAN DECENT IN THE CITY ADMINISTRATION AND ON MY CAMPAIGN.
THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IS ONE COMPONENT OF THE ENDORSEMENT PROCESS OF HOUSTON 80-20 PAC IN THE DETERMINATION OF WHICH CANDIDATE Houston 80-20 WILL ENDORSE IN THE FALL 2007 ELECTIONS. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR RESPONSE IN WRITING ON THE FOLLOWING ISSUES. USE ADDITIONAL PAGES, IF NECESSARY. SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSE TO HOUSTON 80-20 PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 21, 2007 TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF YOUR H80-20 CONTACT. THANK YOU.
HOUSTON 80-20 ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE WAS FOUNDED IN 1999. IT IS A NONPARTISAN COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION TO PROMOTE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF ASIAN AMERICANS IN POLITICAL PROCESS AND TO ENDORSE AND SUPPORT POLITICAL CANDIDATES.
QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CANDIDATES, 
NAME OF CANDIDATE : BILL WHITE 
​ELECTIVE POSITION SOUGHT: MAYOR CITY OF HOUSTON

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