Mayor Buttigieg discusses Rainbow PUSH and South Bend economy

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join in the "Bike to Work" week festivities this week.

Monday morning, he joined Tricia Sloma on 16 Morning News for our monthly chat with the mayor.

Mayor Buttigieg discussed his involvement in "Bike to Work" week. He participated in Bike the Bend over the weekend and says the active lifestyle has big benefits.

"It's just a simple, healthy and environmentally good way to get work," said Mayor Buttigieg, "Sometimes you don't see everything unless you slow down."

He also touched on his meeting with Rainbow PUSH activists regarding the South Bend Police Department wiretapping investigating.

"Overall we have a very strong, very diverse community, but some of the rumors that flew around about improper police recordings got a lot of people asking, is everything okay," said Mayor Buttigieg.

"Safety has no color, safety has no race," he said, "Kids have to get to school safely and seniors want to be safe in their community."

Mayor Buttigieg said the community needs all the help it can get to improve the problem of youth violence in the community. He also said he will be stopping at the White House to work on solutions.

"Making sure this is an environment where everyone is safe, and in particular, young, minority kids have a path to go forward on," said Mayor Buttigieg, "they have positive role models, and a belief to move forward in their lives."

He also discussed Scott Ford, the new South Bend economic director.


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