ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled some very specific problems he says he'd like to tackle in his second term as Atlanta mayor. Those problems include:
- the city's $900 million infrastructure backlog
- a regional transportation plan that is less ambitious than the TSPLOST rejected by voters two summers ago
- negotiate with Fulton County to use the city jail to make more room for career criminals.
"If we address the repeat offender issue in the city of Atlanta, we can get 25 percent crime reduction," Reed said following his inuaguration Monsday. "And I think a lot of the petty crimes and quality of life crimes that are really bothering people, we can get that down as well."
Reed also told a very friendly audience he wants to explore a program that would help pay for college for qualifying APS students.
The speech got high marks from newly-sworn city councilwoman Mary Norwood -- who nearly beat Reed four years ago.
"I was very pleased with what I heard today," Norwood said. "Glad to hear the emphasis on the human capital of Atlanta, glad to hear the emphasis on public safety."
Andre Dickens, another newly-elected city councilman who beat a Reed-backed incumbent, echoed Norwood.
"So far as Mayor Reed, everything I heard him say today was wonderful," Dickens said.