Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam

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Rating Job Cohen
Mayor of Amsterdam, Netherlands

City Mayors invites its readers to assess the performance in office of Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam. Please rate his overall performance by awarding him marks out of ten. '1' signifies an extremely poor performance, while '10' would rate his performance as outstanding. Please also provide details of what in your opinion are the mayor’s best and worst decisions.

Update, April 2010: Job Cohen resigned a month ago (March 12th) to become party leader of the Social Democratic Party. If he wins the elections of 9 June, he will probably become prime minister. Acting Mayor of Amsterdam is Lodewijk Asscher (35), formerly vice-mayor for Economic Affairs, who will be in office until the provincial authorities have selected the new candidate mayors out of which City Council has to choose a new Mayor (to be appointed by the National Government).

Over time, Mayor Monitor will provide a valuable track record of the mayor's successes and failures as well as his popularity among residents and a wider public. The results will be published on the City Mayors website and updated regularly.

Please assess Mayor Cohen not more than once a month. In order to eliminate multiple submissions and/or fraudulent as well as organised rating by political friends and foes of the mayor, all submissions are processed manually and, if deemed questionable, cross-checked. Thank you for participating.

Performance index:
December 2009: 7.55 points out of 10
August 2009: 7.51 points out of 10
July 2009: 7.54 points out of 10
June 2009: 7.61 out of 10

Thumbs up:
• JenjIT: Mayor Cohen shows control of big events. He says in public what ordianry people think rather than delivering the usual politic bla bla bla.
• Coach: Euro Matro Line and Wij Amsterdammers Plan
• Alwin F: Creating an enviroment of zero tolerance when is comes to crime isues and at the same time adressing the problems that lead to crime.
• Frits v d W: Job is a great mayor. In Amsterdam we have our own character and rules, he manages to adjust these without causing too much of a fuss. Even though he tries to take down the Red Light district and that influences a lot of honest hardworking people (such as myself) in a negative way I still feel he's the right leader for Amsterdam right now.
• Anon: His greatest achievement is the way he responds to big happenings in Amsterdam such as the murder of Theo van Gogh.

Thumbs down:
• Treadstone (Amsterdam): 1) Wanting to be the first person in history to successfully stop Prostitution. Killing all the businesses that depend on the Red Light, Bars, snack bars, hotels, and the taxpaying girls themselves who will of course take up other "nice" jobs... Not. Effects so far, Hotel occupancy down, tourist revenues down, number of girls working probably the same just less visible.
2) The terraces standing up? This is one of the safest cities in Europe, stop messing with something that works.
3) Continuing with the North/South Sneltram line, will any of us still be alive when that's completed?

• F T M (Netherlands): Trying to stop Sunderland football fans from travelling to Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Tournament. we are going over if he likes it or not,
• Coach: Mayor Job Cohen's decisions on the Red Light District are appalling. It makes no sense to bring fashion industry into this area. The District has been a major tourist attraction for years, bringing in more revenue to Amsterdam than any other venue that he might wish to change it to. It should remain intact.
• Alwin F: One of the worst mistakes was trying to close down "de Wallen" because it would launder money.
• Anon: Taking down the red light district.

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