Bremer takes Stand on Police Station Issue

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Suzanne Bremer, a candidate running for Mayor of Somerville, announced today that the Police Station issue is just one in a number of recent decisions that shows a lack of vision for urban planning.

Suzanne Bremer, a candidate running for Mayor of Somerville, announced today that the Police Station issue is just one in a number of recent decisions that shows a lack of vision for urban planning.

"Why does Somerville spend over $435,500 on an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), when the real issue is the Somerville Police needs a new facility?" commented Bremer.

Bremer Wants a Rational Plan for the Police Station

Bremer's concern is that much of the work to create the EOC in the obsolete Public Safety building, will be torn down and taxpayers' money will be once again wasted. She outlined one of her key platform initiatives: taking a rational approach to development projects like the Police Station. Her goal is to create a comprehensive long-term plan that includes community-based resolution to issues that are all interrelated.

When discussing issues related to the Police Station, Bremer wants to understand the impact on sub-station planning, changes in crime patterns, and include the current police chief in the discussion. Her fear is that Somerville City Hall is taking a project-by-project process to development and not listening to the policemen affected.

"When I hear about overcrowding of the prison, that the Middlesex County Courthouse is targeted to close, and health issues affecting our police officers, I can't help but think we need to cut through the red tape and do the right thing by the city and by public safety officers," Added Bremer.

Change is overdue

The EOC project reminds Bremer of the Union Square traffic island that was finalized just months before being pulled up. She worries that these types of mistakes -- all at the expense of the taxpayers of Somerville -- are a series of continuing problems that city hall hasn't addressed.

"I wrote a book on long-term planning for libraries and have worked my entire career in the service of the public to make sure projects are done on time and on budget," she said. "I want to apply these skills for the betterment of Somerville."

About Suzanne Bremer
Suzanne Bremer announced her Candidacy for the Mayor's office of Somerville on June 21, 2007. Suzanne is a leader in library science studies and community-based programs. She received her Masters degree from XXX in 1982 and has been serving the public good of children and adults for over 23 years. Speaking as a vocal librarian with a voice to be heard, she knows that change is overdue.

Residents of Somerville interested in learning more about Suzanne Bremer can review her web site at http://www.suzanneforsomerville.org.

For more information on Suzanne Bremer's campaign for the Mayor of Somerville or to request an interview, please contact her campaign office at 617-308-2343.

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