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Sambodia City Hall | The Final & Participatory Plan

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The top story in today’s Folha de S. Paulo — my wife likes to read it on the weekends — is the cancellation of a major roadway project that would have created traffic corridors parallel to the Tietê beltway.

The Folha plays the story as “mayor fails to deliver on promise,” while other news organizations take a broader view of the planning process: “Mayor adds strategic goals and subtracts others.” The latter is more interesting — and informative.

Source:  iG.

Haddad’s plan for the city has  expanded, but in the final analysis the project for reforming the north-south system of the Tietê beltway, a strategic goal and a compaign promise, is cancelled

On August 16, the final version of the Plan of  Goals for Haddad’s city administration was announced  by Haddad’s  Planning and Management Secretary, who outlined an expansion of the plan from 100 to 123 goals.

In the revised plan, the city excluded three controversial goals: the construction of the Roberto Marinho Avenue tunnel; the use of one-third of “delegated”  police  in areas with a high incidence of violence; and alterations to the north-south Tietê beltway, one of the principal items in Haddad’s Arc of the Future.

The “delegated” military police refers to a program that allows police to work on the city payroll during their off-duty time, providing security and so forth. See Public Safety | What Will Haddad Do?

One of Haddad’s major campaign promises, the Arc of the Future is a set of projects involving roadways and local development designed to support urban replanning. One of the cornerstones of the project was to be the roadway complex of the Tietê beltway … These  projects  would have built roadways parallel to the Beltway, linking the Via Dutra and Pirituba, in the Northern Zone , with the Santos Dumont Avenue-Aricanduva corrider, in the Southern Zone.

“The Arc of the Future is a proposal by the Haddad administration that continues in force,”said Leda Paulani. “The subtraction of this goal is a simple matter of budgeting. These are costly public works that we realized we would not have the budget to complete.” The budget allocation for the project will be reallocated to other goals, mostliy social in nature.

“The principle Arc of the Future is to bring employment to residential areas and residences to areas offering employment, and this will get done. All of the reordering applied to the Master Plan, the fiscal incentives for the Eastern Zone, the intervention planned for Jacu Pêssego and Cupecê, all of this is part of the Arc of the Future,” the secretary said.. The mayor did not attend the launch of the final version of the plan.

The planning secretary also announced the end of the project that would assign Operation Delegation to policing the neighborhoods at night.

The operation, which consists of using military police in an oversight role, is a kind of official “moonlighting” and has been much criticized by citizens participating in public hearings.  “Citizens don’t want it. Operation Delegation is not popular. People consider the PM to be violent,” said Paulani, who added that the current administration “does not collude with” violence.

Reportedly, PMs are also not fond of the proposal, which may require them to commute long distances.

The proposal never made sense to me. You already have a police force. Hire as many as you need and pay them enough to live on, so that they do not develop mixed loyalties.  Get them a more effective union.

The decision to suspend construction of a tunnel that would link Jornalista Roberto Marinho Avenue to the Imigrantes highway was announced in July. The tunnel, measuring 2.35 km, is part of Urban Operation Água Espraiada and has an official budget of R$ 2,2 bilhões, which specialists say is excessive. Announced by the previous administration, it runs counter to Haddad’s program of government because it only favors cars

Changes

The 123 goals of the final draft are organized according to 20 objectives, organized according to three thematic axes and five territorial initiatives, The new goal, destined for the social inclusion and guarantee of rights to the elderly, includes five goals. Alterations to the plan were based on 10,000 contributions from 6,000 persons who participated in 35 public hearings.

The final product is the result of a process of aggregation, with subtractions and additions. The changes most often proposed in the public hearings are those involving healthcare, public transport, education, and housing.

The plan also calls for the creation of a Council for Participatory Planning and Budgeting  (CPOP), which will be assigned the task of overseeing and controlling the Plan of Goals, as well as to participate in debates over the city budget.  CPOP will have 80 members:  12 representatives of the government, 26 representing thematic councils of the city, 31 representing various sectors, five from the city council, 32 representatives of the Participatory Council, as well as five members of the Consultative Council, which will participate in the new body only until the end of their two-year mandate. The planning secretary also announced that by year’s end the city will launch the tool it promised that will enable people to track and observe the progress of the Plan of Goals.

It sounds very complicated.

Haddad is the second São Paulo mayor to present such a program, which is a legal obligation imposed by an amendment to the state constitution authored by the  NGO Rede Nossa São Paulo and 570 other civil society groups. Kassab was the first mayor to present a plan in compliance with this law, presenting 223 goals in 2009.

And how did he do?