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  • published Our Mayor 2019-11-15 09:33:01 -0500
  • published Choices 2019-11-08 15:13:57 -0500
  • published Endorsed 2019-10-30 11:29:34 -0400

    Endorsed

    Post and Courier: Tecklenburg’s work on flooding, livability merit 2nd term as Charleston mayor

    By The Editorial Staff

    October 26, 2019

    There was no getting around the fact that whoever succeeded Joe Riley as Charleston’s mayor would have an especially difficult task. That has proven to be true for John Tecklenburg, who has worked to find solutions to problems decades in the making along with emerging ones, while contending with an antagonistic City Council.

    Through it all, Mr. Tecklenburg has maintained a steady focus on the existential threat of flooding, reining in hotel development and short-term rentals, untangling traffic and getting more money for affordable housing. Voters should return him to office Nov. 5.

    Many of the city’s current projects fall under the category of improving quality of life. This focus on livability was necessary after decades of growth pressure that has only accelerated in recent years.

    Mr. Tecklenburg led the effort to formulate a comprehensive plan to address drainage and sea-level rise. He was an early advocate for the prescriptions touted by the Dutch Dialogues, which wisely emphasize finding ways to live with water rather than fight it.

    Various neighborhood drainage projects are completed or underway, and the mayor is seeking money from the State Infrastructure Bank for raising the Low Battery sea wall. New stormwater regulations should help limit development in flood-prone areas.

    Flooding has been a problem for many years, but it is becoming progressively worse. The Federal Reserve Board recently became the latest group to warn flood-prone regions about the devastating economic costs of failing to act. The expense will be astronomical, which means mining multiple funding sources. Charleston needs Mr. Tecklenburg’s leadership on the issue, and during his second term he must move the city beyond planning to fund near- and long-term projects.

    One of Mayor Tecklenburg’s signature accomplishments is the new hotel ordinance, which aims to halt the “hotelification” of the city. This is one of the problems that he inherited, and there still are more than 2,000 additional rooms in the pipeline.

    Council opponents turned down several of his earlier proposals, but Mr. Tecklenburg showed great perseverance in finally garnering approval on this key issue. The new regulations from the hotel task force put important restrictions in place and help raise money for affordable housing.

    The mayor was also instrumental in prying $10 million for affordable housing out of the original deal to build Charleston Place. As part of the agreement, the Charleston Citywide Local Development Corp. agreed to spend another $9 million. That helped to nearly double the amount of money Charleston voters approved for affordable housing in 2017. That is a complicated issue, but one that needs continued focus from the mayor’s office.

    Mayor Tecklenburg has repeatedly involved residents in the city’s decision-making process. He advocated for a resident-led task force to come up with stricter regulations for short-term rentals, which resulted in rules that make it nearly impossible to turn local homes into de facto hotels.

    He also used public input to design solutions to improve traffic at some of Charleston’s most problematic intersections, and enlisted the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments to pre-approve those solutions, which has put them in line for state and federal dollars for needed repairs.

    While the state and county control the vast majority of the roads in Charleston, Mayor Tecklenburg has done what he could. He supported the county’s half-cent sales tax campaign to generate funding for road improvements, and secured the land for both the northern and southern pitchforks off Maybank Highway — two roads that will lighten traffic at the notorious intersection of Maybank and River Road. Now it is up to the county to build those roads.

    Mayor Tecklenburg also set up the commission to revitalize West Ashley and come up with a master plan for improving the city’s largest and most populated area. In a second term, he should see to it that the commission speeds along its work.

    The mayor has not been perfect, although council overreached by characterizing some of his mistakes as legal or ethics violations. He has, however, shown the empathy necessary to lead a diverse city. Council should support his ongoing efforts. And the voters should award him a second term.

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  • published Post and Courier Endorses Teck 2019-10-28 12:33:35 -0400

    Post and Courier Endorses Tecklenburg for Second Term

    Post and Courier: Tecklenburg’s work on flooding, livability merit 2nd term as Charleston mayor

    By The Editorial Staff

    October 26, 2019

    There was no getting around the fact that whoever succeeded Joe Riley as Charleston’s mayor would have an especially difficult task. That has proven to be true for John Tecklenburg, who has worked to find solutions to problems decades in the making along with emerging ones, while contending with an antagonistic City Council.

    Through it all, Mr. Tecklenburg has maintained a steady focus on the existential threat of flooding, reining in hotel development and short-term rentals, untangling traffic and getting more money for affordable housing. Voters should return him to office Nov. 5.

    Many of the city’s current projects fall under the category of improving quality of life. This focus on livability was necessary after decades of growth pressure that has only accelerated in recent years.

    Mr. Tecklenburg led the effort to formulate a comprehensive plan to address drainage and sea-level rise. He was an early advocate for the prescriptions touted by the Dutch Dialogues, which wisely emphasize finding ways to live with water rather than fight it.

    Various neighborhood drainage projects are completed or underway, and the mayor is seeking money from the State Infrastructure Bank for raising the Low Battery sea wall. New stormwater regulations should help limit development in flood-prone areas.

    Flooding has been a problem for many years, but it is becoming progressively worse. The Federal Reserve Board recently became the latest group to warn flood-prone regions about the devastating economic costs of failing to act. The expense will be astronomical, which means mining multiple funding sources. Charleston needs Mr. Tecklenburg’s leadership on the issue, and during his second term he must move the city beyond planning to fund near- and long-term projects.

    One of Mayor Tecklenburg’s signature accomplishments is the new hotel ordinance, which aims to halt the “hotelification” of the city. This is one of the problems that he inherited, and there still are more than 2,000 additional rooms in the pipeline.

    Council opponents turned down several of his earlier proposals, but Mr. Tecklenburg showed great perseverance in finally garnering approval on this key issue. The new regulations from the hotel task force put important restrictions in place and help raise money for affordable housing.

    The mayor was also instrumental in prying $10 million for affordable housing out of the original deal to build Charleston Place. As part of the agreement, the Charleston Citywide Local Development Corp. agreed to spend another $9 million. That helped to nearly double the amount of money Charleston voters approved for affordable housing in 2017. That is a complicated issue, but one that needs continued focus from the mayor’s office.

    Mayor Tecklenburg has repeatedly involved residents in the city’s decision-making process. He advocated for a resident-led task force to come up with stricter regulations for short-term rentals, which resulted in rules that make it nearly impossible to turn local homes into de facto hotels.

    He also used public input to design solutions to improve traffic at some of Charleston’s most problematic intersections, and enlisted the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments to pre-approve those solutions, which has put them in line for state and federal dollars for needed repairs.

    While the state and county control the vast majority of the roads in Charleston, Mayor Tecklenburg has done what he could. He supported the county’s half-cent sales tax campaign to generate funding for road improvements, and secured the land for both the northern and southern pitchforks off Maybank Highway — two roads that will lighten traffic at the notorious intersection of Maybank and River Road. Now it is up to the county to build those roads.

    Mayor Tecklenburg also set up the commission to revitalize West Ashley and come up with a master plan for improving the city’s largest and most populated area. In a second term, he should see to it that the commission speeds along its work.

    The mayor has not been perfect, although council overreached by characterizing some of his mistakes as legal or ethics violations. He has, however, shown the empathy necessary to lead a diverse city. Council should support his ongoing efforts. And the voters should award him a second term.

  • published All Across 2019-10-18 16:38:24 -0400
  • published Gifts 2019-10-11 13:17:02 -0400
  • published Mercury Endorsement 2019-10-01 18:34:03 -0400

    Charleston Mercury Endorsement!

    Why we should re-elect John Tecklenburg

    Charleston Mercury Editorial Board
    October 2019

    Four years ago as the Mercury sought to discern who was best fit to lead among the many candidates vying to fill Joe Riley’s long held spot as Charleston’s mayor, we said the following of John Tecklenburg: “... capable and caring, passionate and personable, Mr. Tecklenburg is a rejection of the hucksterism we have seen in too many political rings.”

    Of course we thought we were right, but after this summer’s audit debacle, this passage was downright prophetic. Thousands of dollars were spent to investigate what turned out to be a whole load of nothing. As the Post and Courier noted of the audit’s results: “The biggest flagged expenses were contributions to celebrations for a civil rights icon’s 90th birthday and for the law enforcement and emergency responders who helped rescue a kidnapped John's Island child ... Not exactly scandalous.”

    Indeed. What clearer illustration can there be of the split between City Hall and multiple members of council? “Hucksterism,” as we put it in 2015, has been on grand display throughout the audit debacle and, if for no other reason, Charleston City Council needs its hand slapped by the citizenry and reminded that some folks need to focus more on working with the mayor rather than scheming how to become mayor themselves.

    Perhaps some citizens lost sight of this fact in decades past, but the mayor of Charleston is not a dictator and does not have carte blanche to reshape the city according to his own desires. The BAR has been split and short- term-rental issues have been addressed, issues Mayor Tecklenburg campaigned on; time and again he has attempted to get council to pass changes to the zoning process to better address hotel concerns. Time and again, council has refused.

    Most importantly — reasonably — there is only so much any mayor can do to slow the impact of the tourism industry in Charleston. So long as we continue to win national “best destination” awards, people will come. Radical moves to halt this — such as a one-year moratorium on hotel development — have been proposed by the mayor ... and shot down by city council.

    When it comes to community relations and being the face of the city, Mayor Tecklenburg has made Charleston proud time and time again. He has gone to crime scenes and prayed with the families of the victims. Citizens have heard the mayor play “Amazing Grace” on the piano, and they cannot help but know where his heart is when it comes to the wellbeing of Charlestonians; you cannot fake that.

    Unless you have been living under a rock, Mayor Tecklenburg has made fixing flooding issues his number one priority. He has delivered his fix-flooding slide show to many civic groups and spoken and written to media outlets and his misguided council members about what requires help and how we can fund pieces of the puzzle. After decades of neglect, a two billion dollar solution will not be something any mayor can fix in a day, but he has been a valiant champion of this key issue. Instead of parading about peddling feel-good issues, he has used his political capital and goodwill with citizens to draw attention to this critical issue. The mayor understands that flooding matters will require more bare knuckles to get across the finish line and we should let him continue to fight for us.

    Working together to direct better the flow of tourists requires, among other things, working together. We applaud Councilman Seekings’ promotion of a head tax on cruise ship passengers, but understand City Hall’s unwillingness to push it after testing the necessary state-legislative waters and finding them unwelcome. If the “Dictator of S.C.” should lose power, we trust Mayor Tecklenburg will give it another try.

    On livability issues, the mayor has focused on the steak, not the sizzle. Annexing and rezoning peripheral areas to prevent overdevelopment, lowering allowed density on the peninsula, improving parks in all parts of the city and many more efforts besides have all helped improve our quality of life. Quiet, hard work is more valuable than mere handwaving, or impossible-to-fulfill promises to roll back major demographic change in our area, as too many other candidates in the race are currently peddling.

    The past four years have, of course, not been perfect in Charleston. There are many things we would like to see our municipal government accomplish in the next four years. “Plan West Ashley” was done with a once-unimaginable level of citizen input, deftly helmed by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission and has presented many admirable goals for improvement to our city. Now lets see a similar process, with a deep dedication to listening to locals, on James and John’s Island.

    Transit and parking must be improved; no one was happy about changes to the parking regime earlier this year. Real solutions that allow Charlestonians to continue to work in and enjoy their city, even if they don’t live on the peninsula, must be found.

    Finish some other important plans. Call out those who stand in the way of implementing things like the Tourism Management Plan (soon to celebrate its fifth birthday), that citizens may sharpen their pitchforks appropriately. Speaking of ... finish the Maybank Highway pitchforks on John’s Island.

    One last thing of which we remain convinced: John Tecklenburg ran and won with the promise of a self-imposed two-term limit. We thought (and still do) this to be wise and prudent. We urge city of Charleston voters to support Mayor Tecklenburg for his final term. With the right council members by the mayor’s side, City Hall can address more effectively a host of public policy issues; otherwise, Charleston’s citizens will face a future as shaky as a bicycle ride on Chalmers Street.

  • published Top Priority 2019-09-28 14:06:56 -0400
  • published Top Priority Email 2019-09-27 15:19:25 -0400
  • published Our City, Our Spirit. Amen. 2019-09-20 20:26:29 -0400
  • published Quality of Life 2019-09-20 16:12:17 -0400
  • published Videos 2019-09-20 14:58:41 -0400
  • published Facebook 2019-08-28 21:38:15 -0400
  • commented on Contact 2019-08-28 21:14:33 -0400
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