"I come from a proud family that has been involved in public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. As a West Ward homeowner, a parent and a former Councilman, Oscar James II has the experience and integrity to serve and lead our community.  With nearly a decade of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."

- Oscar S. James II

PLATFORM

Oscar James’ Vision to Address Critical Issues

Facing Newark's West Ward

IT'S TIME TO BRING THE WEST WARD BACK.

We have been neglected.

Disrespected.

Trust is broken.

Taxes are too high...so is the crime.

The way to bring the West Ward back is to bring in new leadership.

Leadership who will lead and listen.

TRUSTED LEADERSHIP LIKE OSCAR S. JAMES II

On the issues that matter to our community, Oscar James II is there for us.

Newark needs a visionary leader who understands the need for a new approach to fight to protect all residents and ensure our community’s transportation and infrastructure needs are met.

We need a champion who will rebuild and support our small business community.  With our school district facing the most difficult time in modern history to educate the children in the city, we need someone who can bring our community together to reimagine how our schools can work for our children and parents. Our community deserves someone who can protect access to housing and secure vital resources for our seniors and our youth.

 

This election represents an opportunity to elect someone who genuinely understands our community, who will fight to empower us, who is not afraid to shake things up in City Hall, and who is able to deliver vital resources for our neighbors and families by working with other elected officials.

 LIST OF ISSUES
& SOLUTIONS TO BE ADDRESSED

ON INTEGRITY ON GOVERNMENT
  • Transparency with residents on any and all real estate and land dealings.

  • Accountability via demanding everyone is working in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

  • Ensuring public confidence by demanding service is effectuated to residents with dignity and impeccable services.

ON OUR QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES
  • Demanding a cleaner ward by implementing a reliable garbage collection and pothole correction system.

  • Improving the Business District with sustainable improvement programs, including enhancements and expansion of small businesses.

  • Building and Designing the main corridors of the ward to reflect dignity and pride in our city.

ON PUBLIC SAFETY
  • Creating a viable program between residents and police departments within the ward, building trust and commitment.

  • Sectioning the ward into individual pods in order to develop a model of community policing.

  • Installing adequate lighting throughout the ward in order to promote safety.

ON TAXES
  • Studying recent tax increases and why these increases fail to match services received by residents.

  • Demanding ward schools receive the proper allotment to enhance inadequate school buildings.

  • Ensuring necessary road repairs are completed on a true timetable throughout the ward.

EDUCATION
  • Create real community school models where our schools become resource centers for the entire community

  • Ensure that our schools receive their fair share of funding from Trenton

  • Expand options for middle school children to enroll in programs that introduce them to careers of the future

  • Expand resources for Parents and Children who have suffered from COVID

  • Enact programs to sponsor early childhood centers that allow mothers to return to work feeling secure about their child’s well being

  • Create a violence prevention program that monitors social media bullying and gang violence and the impacts on our high school students

  • Continue to be a champion for high-quality education options for every child. Every parent deserves the opportunity to give their child a better life than they have been afforded and that begins with a high-quality education

CRIME
  • Work with the police captain to create a real plan for West Ward Blocks that have had a history of drug dealing and violence.

  • While being tough on enforcement we will supply resources for the disadvantaged youth of the West Ward. Decreasing recidivism coupled with enhanced enforcement requires more than just the police being involved.  Community must provide viable options for our youth that have not found the right path.

  • WE MUST FUND THE POLICE. I have never been a proponent of Police Enforcement but I also understand that we have a society that is accustomed to enforcement. To remove that without giving proper time and training and reeducation of society is not only DANGEROUS but unsafe for our society.

  • IMPROVE RELATIONS BETWEEN POLICE AND RESIDENTS. Create real opportunities for the police and the community to interact and build real programming that changes the lens on how the police are looked at in our community.

SMALL BUSINESSES
  • Expand interest-free loan and grant programs for those small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and implement a commercial rent deferment that would allow small businesses to extend the lease to the same number of months deferred

  • Mandate that commercial rent increases cannot exceed the property tax increase over the next year, so small businesses can recover from COVID-19

  • Create an incubator space in the district that can serve as an economic pipeline and resource depot to brick-and-mortar small businesses

  • Create a pre-inspection program that would identify and address all issues so that small businesses would not have to pay a fine. The City should not use inspections and fines as a mechanism to increase revenues.

  • Provide expanded language access for all certifications, licenses, and exams for every business. Businesses should feel welcomed in the City and City Hall should be working for NOT against business.

SENIORS & AGING WITH DIGNITY
  • We need a database of each senior that does not live in senior housing and have a plan for checking in with and supplying information as we were able to do during COVID government shutdown

  • Create new public-private partnership opportunities for the creation of truly affordable senior housing

  • Expand the access to pro-bono nursing care

  • Create a state of the art Senior Facility for West Ward residents

  • Expand senior transportation services and improve Access-A-Ride

  • Help expand Home Health Care Program with Family Members

  • REIMAGINED LONG TERM/MANAGED CARE - Universal Homecare?

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • Increase funding and capacity for first-time homeowner assistance programs

  • Increase funding and capacity for senior homeowner weatherization and repair programs

  • Transform dilapidated and abandoned single-family homes into two or three-person senior shared housing through public-private partnerships

  • Work with the State create stiffer penalties for absentee landlords