A VIBRANT, EXPANDING ECONOMY IS THE CRITICAL INGREDIENT IN AGGRESSIVELY TACKLING OUR PROBLEMS.

Barbara Freiberg knows EBR’s ability to effectively solve its problems depends on economic prosperity and expansion. As President of EBR School Board, Barbara worked tirelessly with others to help design and build a new Lee High School, to begin renovations to Istrouma High School, and to approve construction of a new career/tech school at Ardendale… schools with the mission of providing our students the opportunity to secure market-ready, market-sensitive skills.

Leadership! That’s what Barbara Freiberg will mean on our Metro Council. Working with anyone to make a difference for everyone! It’s how Barbara rolls!

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PUBLIC SAFETY

INCREASED COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT, POLICE TRAINING WITH INCREASED PAY!

Barbara recognizes community policing is an absolute necessity in District 12 and throughout our city…police working with neighborhoods, neighbors, families, and citizens in a cooperative effort to protect lives and property and to maintain safety. For community policing to really work, Barbara also knows Baton Rouge will need more police officers in our neighborhoods-so no neighborhood is left out. In addition, our police officers will need improved and enhanced training and, yes, better pay. Barbara Freiberg is ready to lead the effort to make this happen!

PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS BY LISTENING TO OUR RESIDENTS!

District 12 is a community of neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is distinctive, and our residents take great pride in this distinctiveness. Special interests will quickly discover that Barbara will fighting to protect the uniqueness of our neighborhoods from undesirable construction and expansion. (*leave this out? Or reword it?)

Like she always does, Barbara Freiberg will listen to neighborhood associations and residents and fight to protect our neighborhoods. Barbara will regularly attend planning and zoning meetings so our residents are informed and heard.

TRAFFIC IS STRANGLING OUR ECONOMY AND OUR WAY OF LIFE!

As a lifelong resident of District 12, Barbara has seen our community slowly strangle from an enormous increase in traffic, diminishing infrastructure, and ever increasing promises from politicians that never materialize. Barbara Freiberg knows traffic reduces time families can spend together, strangles small businesses, raises car insurance rates, increases risk of injury, and prohibits greater economic expansion.

Work cooperatively toward the creation of a comprehensive regional mobility plan

In order for the region to receive equitable infrastructure investment commensurate with its needs, the new Governor and the Capital Area legislative delegation must work cooperatively with local and regional officials to form a consensus plan which identifies regionally significant projects through a data-driven analysis determining greatest mobility improvement for the dollar.

Support multimodal strategies that give citizens greater transportation options

The region’s congestion problems are not limited to major thoroughfares but impact surface streets as well.  A long-term plan must also include strategies that increase transportation options, including improved street connectivity and multimodal alternatives to automobile travel.

Push accelerated action to improve the “I-10 bottleneck”

Louisiana economist Dr. Loren Scott has characterized the corridor between LA 415, the Mississippi River Bridge, and the split as I-10’s biggest bottleneck in the country.  Congestion near the bridge impacts citizens and businesses across the state and region and will require state and regional support to address it.  DOTD is currently conducting a major corridor improvement study – both the study and the construction schedule should be accelerated for completion in the next four years.

Deliver an additional major alternative route through the region

As DOTD points out, improving I-10 will provide meaningful traffic relief, but it alone cannot fix the overall congestion problem.  For decades, a number of alternative routes have been proposed and studied.  Again, using data-driven analysis, state and regional leaders must form consensus and deliver funding toward the best and most feasible solution for congestion relief within the next four years.

Develop comprehensive, fiscally responsible funding strategy to implement the regional plan

Just as a regional mobility plan requires a comprehensive approach, funding its components will require multiple strategies – including, if necessary, increased gas, sales, or severance taxes dedicated to specific projects – to achieve a level of investment sufficient to meet the region’s backlog and capacity needs, improve safety and quality of life, and sustain economic growth.

A WATCHDOG OVER OUR CITY-PARISH BUDGET!

For Barbara, it’s simple: our tax dollars are too precious for politicians to allow inefficiencies, waste, and abuse. Barbara will stand for our taxpayers. She will fight to insure our citizens get a dollar’s worth of service for every tax dollar spent.

That’s leadership, and that’s Barbara Freiberg’s promise to you.