Saturday, November 1st, 2014


Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

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PolitiFact Florida has compiled promises that St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman made during the 2013 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Krise-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Krise-O-Meter page for details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Fund the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will encourage effective and influential neighborhood associations by funding the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program."

Update June 12th, 2014: New mayor want to revive program funding, offers mini-grants

Treat Codes Compliance Assistance Department as a budget priority

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will ... support staff and treating our Codes Compliance Assistance Department as a budget priority. As we continue to emerge from the economic downturn and related budget cuts, we must look to restore funding to the areas that were hit the hardest, and that includes Codes."

Update June 12th, 2014: Kriseman want to expand number of inspectors in 2015

Expedite demolition of condemned homes

The Promise:

"We must expedite the demolition of condemned homes in order to reduce blight and make our neighborhoods safer."

Update June 5th, 2014: Revamped agency not making blight of the problem

Make city website more friendly

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will revamp so that it’s user-friendly, highly interactive, and reflective of our community. The budget, in particular, should be easy to view and navigate."

Update June 3rd, 2014: Minor changes now, complete redesign later

Support referendum for Green Light Pinellas and route into downtown

The Promise:

Q: Pinellas voters are expected to vote in November 2014 on raising the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for better bus service and a light rail system? Do you support the referendum and the proposed route into downtown? A: "Yes and Yes. Light rail and other modes of public transportation are vital to our municipal and regional success and moving us into the future."

Update June 3rd, 2014: Mayor talks about mass transit

Have new pier built by end of 2015

The Promise:

Q: Do you support or oppose the ballot question that would cancel the contract for the new Pier, and why? If voters approve the ballot question and the contract is canceled, what should the city do next? A: "My goal would be for the designs to be reviewed, narrowed down, and sent to council by September of 2014. In short, I will: Get to work on November 6th on appointing a new task force (with cooperation from the current administration). Instruct the task force to complete their work within the first three months of my administration. Ensure that we have a final design in place within the first nine months of my administration, and work with the architect to have the new pier built by the end of 2015."

Update May 15th, 2014: Kriseman's new timeline adds two years

Have pier task force recommendations by April 2014

The Promise:

"I will ask them (an appointed committee) to submit their recommendations no later than April 2, 2014, with the goal of having a final design in place within the first nine months of my administration."

Update May 15th, 2014: Recommendations not due for another three months

Appoint community leaders for new pier

The Promise:

"Before taking office and with the cooperation of the outgoing mayor and city council, I will appoint community leaders who are well prepared to lead a thorough but expedited process."

Update May 15th, 2014: Kriseman names his group later than expected

Utilize red-light cameras at most dangerous intersections for safety, not revenue

The Promise:

Q: Name three policies pushed by Mayor Bill Foster during his administration that you support and would advocate continuing. Name three others that you would want to change. A: "I will utilize red light cameras at the most dangerous intersections for the purposes of public safety, not revenue."

Update March 25th, 2014: Kriseman cites budgetary concerns as a reason to end the program

Make curbside recycling mandatory

The Promise:

Q: Name three policies pushed by Mayor Bill Foster during his administration that you support and would advocate continuing. Name three others that you would want to change. A: "I will continue to support the efforts at curbside recycling but go beyond the half-measures and make it mandatory."

Update February 26th, 2014: City plans new recycling services

Tighten high-speed pursuit policy

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will tighten our high-speed pursuit policy."

Update January 9th, 2014: St. Petersburg police announce change in pursuit policy

Hire an administrator to oversee Midtown issues

The Promise:

Rick Kriseman said he would hire an administrator to deal with Midtown, a position that had not been filled since the 2011 firing of former deputy mayor and police chief Goliath Davis.

Update December 31st, 2013: Kriseman hires director of urban affairs