Krise-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

 

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 December 12th, 2017: City sets aside general fund, Penny for Pinellas revenue for grant program

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 November 30th, 2017: St. Petersburg reduces number of vacant and condemned properties

Implement StPeteStat

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will implement StPeteStat, based on the CitiStat model of statistics-driven accountability standards. Building on the city’s current Scorecard measures, StPeteStat will consist of regular meetings, during which my staff and I will meet with department heads to examine and analyze past performance, future performance objectives, and overall performance strategies."


Update November 22nd, 2017: City launches test version of StPeteStat

Re-establish a community policing philosophy

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will ... reestablish a community policing philosophy that emphasizes the relationship between the police officer and the neighborhood in an effort to promote trust and cooperation."


Update November 21st, 2017: Kriseman makes conscious effort to connect city and policing staff in first 4 years

Help grow small businesses

The Promise:

"Our locally owned small businesses add to the character of our community. Promoting them will be one of my top priorities."


Update October 31st, 2017: Kriseman promoted small businesses throughout his tenure

Install signage at neighborhood entrances and wayfaring signage in populated areas

The Promise:

"My goal is for each neighborhood or area to have its own vibe, to be its own destination. Visually appealing signage at neighborhood entrances and wayfaring signage in populated areas is an easy first step and a resource for both residents and visitors."


Update October 25th, 2017: New signs installed in neighborhoods throughout St. Pete

Deliver state of city address every year

The Promise:

"It’s time that St. Petersburg’s Mayor, like so many other mayors, delivers an annual State of the City address to keep the public better informed. I will do that, and I will make myself and my staff available to the press on a regular basis."


Update June 15th, 2017: Kriseman highlights highs and lows in annual state of city addresses

Reduce or eliminate pier subsidy

The Promise:

Q: How would you make city government more efficient? Name specific areas where you would propose reducing spending and areas where you’d protect or enhance spending. A: "I am also hopeful that if we handle the pier issue well, we reduce or eliminate the $1 million yearly subsidy."


Update June 13th, 2017: Analysis of new St. Pete pier costs calls for $1. 9 million subsidy

Continue and strengthen the Mayor’s Mentors & More program

The Promise:

"I will ... continue and strengthen the Mayor’s Mentors & More program (now under the St. Pete’s Promise umbrella)."


Update September 24th, 2015: City adds new position, while volunteers and contributions are up

Implement StPeteStat

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will implement StPeteStat, based on the CitiStat model of statistics-driven accountability standards. Building on the city’s current Scorecard measures, StPeteStat will consist of regular meetings, during which my staff and I will meet with department heads to examine and analyze past performance, future performance objectives, and overall performance strategies."


Update September 24th, 2015: City Council approves funding for a StPeteStat coordinator

Work to have service-learning implemented in all of St. Petersburg's public schools

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will work to have service-learning implemented in all of St. Petersburg's public schools."


Update September 24th, 2015: Mini-grants, St. Pete High pilot program move goals forward

Fund youth summer employment programs

The Promise:

Q: How would you make city government more efficient? Name specific areas where you would propose reducing spending and areas where you’d protect or enhance spending. A: "I also am very interested in funding for youth summer employment programs."


Update July 17th, 2015: Kriseman wants more money for summer jobs program

Make staff available to press on a regular basis

The Promise:

"I will make myself and my staff available to the press on a regular basis."


Update June 12th, 2015: Kriseman and his staff have been willing to talk

Re-establish a community policing philosophy

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will ... reestablish a community policing philosophy that emphasizes the relationship between the police officer and the neighborhood in an effort to promote trust and cooperation."


Update April 24th, 2015: New police chief emphasizes community policing in St. Pete

Deliver state of city address every year

The Promise:

"It’s time that St. Petersburg’s Mayor, like so many other mayors, delivers an annual State of the City address to keep the public better informed. I will do that, and I will make myself and my staff available to the press on a regular basis."


Update April 24th, 2015: Police station deal announced in mayor's first speech