Latest Fact-checks on Rick Kriseman Rick Kriseman stated on August 9, 2017 in a podcast: "We’ve got a police station that’s under construction right now, they are actually ahead of schedule and under budget." Rick Kriseman stated on June 24, 2017 in a "Tampa Bay Times" article: Says that compared to Rick Baker's time as mayor, Kriseman "had wet weather events that he did not experience" that caused sewage spills. Baker "went through significant periods of drought during his time as mayor." Rick Kriseman stated on July 25, 2017 in a mayoral debate: "The number of complaints against police officers has decreased from an average when Mr. (Rick) Baker was mayor from 78 to 14." Rick Kriseman stated on July 23, 2017 in posts on Twitter and Facebook: There were 2,761 auto thefts in 2006 under Rick Baker and 1,095 auto thefts in 2016. Rick Kriseman stated on June 15, 2017 in during a Q&A with reporters inside City Hall: "We are seeing poverty being reduced in south St. Pete at a number larger than the national average, the state average, county or Tampa and Jacksonville." Rick Kriseman stated on October 15, 2013 in in a mayoral forum: "Since Mr. Foster's been mayor, we have less small businesses in the city of St. Petersburg." Rick Kriseman stated on October 15, 2013 in a Tampa Bay Times/mayoral debate: "Unfortunately, since Mr. Foster's been mayor ... there are less people employed in the city of St. Petersburg than there were prior to his taking office." Rick Kriseman stated on August 6, 2013 in a mayoral forum: "For anybody who's trying to cross the street and has seen those signs that say you have to stop when pedestrians are in the crosswalk, that was a bill that I passed." Rick Kriseman stated on July 28, 2013 in a Tampa Bay Times questionnaire: "The fact is that red light cameras change driver behavior and cut down on the most dangerous types of accidents."