Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Town Council Candidate, Robert “Bob” Leone, answered a few questions posed by reporter Courtney Vaughn of the Hi-Desert Star local newspaper.
Speaking in plain terms with little fluff or political-speak, the straight shooter-tell-it-like-it-is candidate criticizes the car allowances handed out to local department heads while the town cuts the children’s swimming lessons program and the popular Summer Concert series.
Leone also sees District Representation for Yucca Valley in the future along with a requirement the Town Manager lives locally.
1. What role should the Town play in the sewer system?
“The Town should play an educational role to inform the citizens of the necessity of a wastewater and sewer implementation along our business corridor, Highway 62, Phase 1 of the Sewer Project.
The growth of our business community would be enhanced. It is important the citizens understand the importance of solving this sewer crisis to create more business and job opportunities in Yucca Valley.”
2. What options should the town consider when attempting to balance its
budget? (ex: where should cuts be made?)
“The Town should look at each department and streamline its function. For example, four departments have car allowances for department heads included in their budget.These funds were allocated under the current Town Manager. Each of theses department heads receive six figure salaries plus benefits.
Should the Town suffer program cuts like the pool swim program for the children to continue funding car allowances for top paid employees who live locally? Car allowances 2013-2014 proposed budget includes: Finance Department $9,000; Community Services $6,000; Community Development $4,500; and Engineering Department $6,000.”
3. What is your vision for the town for the next 5, 10 years?
“To have our wastewater treatment plant completed, and Phase 1 of our sewer system in place. This will attract a multitude of new business along our main corridor and will enrich employment opportunities. Our Town needs district representation on the Yucca Valley Town Council in the near future and a Town Manager that lives within the Morongo Basin.”
4. Questions from readers
a. What will you do to keep our town small and keep revenue local?
“As residents we should be the stewards of our natural Hi-Desert ecosystem, by doing this we will continually attract people to our beautiful rural community. Small business owners are the backbone of the community. We need to make it our priority to support established businesses and create community pride to shop local.”
b. What would you like to do about bringing other business up here to offer more jobs and other shopping besides Walmart?
“I will work to attract business to our community, cut the red tape and simplify the process to establish new business.”
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