Carina Driscoll for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont   -   (802) 391-4390

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Statement from Independent Mayoral Candidate Carina Driscoll in response to Mayor Weinberger saying, "We aren't selling Burlington"

January 8, 2018​

BURLINGTON - Carina Driscoll, Independent Candidate for Mayor of Burlington, issued the following statement following Mayor Weinberger's speech on Sunday:

 

"What couldn’t be further from the truth is the Mayor’s statement that 'we aren’t selling Burlington.' The Mayor requested proposals, as recently as last month, essentially putting Memorial Auditorium on the market; inked a deal to sell a city lot to a developer for a hotel; made plans for a private marina on our public waterfront; and ensured Burlington Telecom will no longer have any meaningful local control. The Mayor’s highest bidder approach offloads our city’s assets and will not serve Burlington well in the long run. It can’t continue. It’s time for our city to have a Mayor who will return power to the people of Burlington, not concentrate it in City Hall."

 

Video of the Mayor's statement can be found here: https://goo.gl/fiEmjm

 

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January 8, 2018​

BURLINGTON - Carina Driscoll, Independent Candidate for Mayor of Burlington, issued the following statement following Mayor Weinberger's speech on Sunday:

 

"What couldn’t be further from the truth is the Mayor’s statement that 'we aren’t selling Burlington.' The Mayor requested proposals, as recently as last month, essentially putting Memorial Auditorium on the market; inked a deal to sell a city lot to a developer for a hotel; made plans for a private marina on our public waterfront; and ensured Burlington Telecom will no longer have any meaningful local control. The Mayor’s highest bidder approach offloads our city’s assets and will not serve Burlington well in the long run. It can’t continue. It’s time for our city to have a Mayor who will return power to the people of Burlington, not concentrate it in City Hall."

 

Video of the Mayor's statement can be found here: https://goo.gl/fiEmjm

 

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Statement from Independent Mayoral Candidate Carina Driscoll in response to Mayor Weinberger saying, "We aren't selling Burlington"

February 11, 2018

WCAX "You Can Quote Me:"Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger and his opponent Independent Carina Driscoll and Independent Infinite Culcleasure, for a special candidates' forum. Watch the 15 minute segment.​

Mayoral Candidates "You Can Quote Me"

WCAX

February 8, 2018

Despite the legal restrictions, Weinberger has put some money toward programs that will benefit Burlington’s schoolchildren. The largest initiative is a $500,000 per year contribution to Burlington’s Early Learning Initiative, which uses the services of statewide early education organization Vermont Birth to Five to distribute grants to Burlington preschools.

 

The issue was also raised at a recent mayoral forum, where Weinberger laid out the legal landscape the city is in and defended his use of the money.

But one of Weinberger’s challengers, independent Carina Driscoll, hammered Weinberger for not doing enough to return the PILOT funds to Burlington’s children in one way or another. City bond ratings have increased, in part because of the extra money, a marquee issue for Weinberger, Driscoll said.

Read letter in full.

Burlington parents push city for lost school funds

Letter to the Editor VT Digger

February 6, 2018

Burlington mayoral contenders Infinite Culcleasure and Carina Driscoll painted themselves as candidates who would bring the voice of the people back to City Hall during the first debate of the campaign season.

 

Inside a packed Contois Auditorium on Monday evening, the two independents took jabs at Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger, criticizing the incumbent for his management of the Burlington Telecom sale process, the long-languishing Moran Plant and the diminished power of Neighborhood Planning Assemblies.

 

Weinberger defended his record. "This administration believes that nothing is more important than the public trust," he said. Read in full.

At First Forum, Burlington Mayoral Candidates Dish on Process, Potholes and Pot

Seven Days Article

January 31, 2018

The two-term incumbent is facing his first credible challenger in independent Carina Driscoll, a native Burlingtonian. The former city councilor, school board member and legislator also has the advantage of being the stepdaughter of Vermont's greatest political success story: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Driscoll, who once worked for Weinberger, is portraying her former boss as an out-of-touch elitist administrator who may be able to balance a budget but isn't governing effectively on behalf of a majority of Burlingtonians.

One of her slogans — "Burlington is not for sale" — is vintage Sanders. Read in full.

Two Against One: Is Weinberger Vulnerable in Burlington's Mayoral Race?

Seven Days Article

Burlington to fast-track pothole repairs - Burlington Free Press 

 

Burlington road crews will scramble this spring to fix damage to some of the city's heaviest-traveled streets, according to a statement Thursday from the Department of Public Works. Heavier-than-usual potholing during the winter season has prompted the department to prioritize and expand repairs to Pine Street and to Colchester and North avenues and other roads, the department said.

Burlington will endeavor to double the amount of repaving it normally undertakes in a year, the department added.

Until then, city crews will continue to fill the worst stretches of road with temporary "cold patch," a mixture that is less durable than hot asphalt. Public Works plans to reallocate existing funds to accomplish this year's projects.

A schedule and budget for the work will be made available in the coming weeks.

 

Scott signs executive order on net neutrality - VT Digger

Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order Thursday night that would require state bodies to uphold net neutrality protection when contracting internet service providers, effective April 1.

The House and Senate recently proposed bills to push back against the Federal Communication Commission’s December decision to repeal Obama-era net-neutrality rules — a highly controversial move in line with President Donald Trump’s focus on deregulation.

Candidates for mayor debate in forum on livability- Newschannel 5 (WPTZ)

Carina for Mayor Press Clips - February 16, 2018