After spending a week thinking on how I wanted this to be written as well as received, this is what I have for the people, the voters. There will be more opinions, thoughts and what I feel the city is lacking. If there is anyone that wishes to voice their ideas, complaints, well wishes, or just ask a question I may be contacted via e-mail email@example.com I look forward to hearing from one and all.
Here is my first statement.
As I currently serve on the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission I have seen that there are times that this city seems to just give in to the whims and pressures of those that want what they can get from the city. This needs to stop. We have given in to going against what is currently written in the city code. The “giving away” of this city has to stop. There needs to less catering to the few and focus more on the needs of the many.
I promised to help empower our citizens through participation in the city’s decision-making process. The City should hear from each and every citizen. I hope to change the notification processes on projects, requiring more than just the property owners to receive notification of pending permits. This would allow the public to weigh in on projects affecting this city and their neighborhoods.
Another change I would like to institute is allowing public access to budgetary process. People should be able review and make comments before each budget is passed —no more simply rubber-stamping the city’s proposed spending. As our local economy has weakened, I have seen very little budgetary restraint. Fiscal responsibility must be a high priority. Make no mistake we are in tough fiscal times, we need ways to develop the resources we already have.
If elected I want town hall style meetings and frequent round table discussions with citizens. I believe strongly in establishing community “buy-in” on all projects and policies. We as a city have done little to invest in our youth. I have 5 children and I see firsthand the challenges facing our young people. I will build a network between educators, youth leaders, parents and city hall to give our kids positive activities and opportunities to keep their lives on the right track. We need more sport fields, activities, and parks for children and adults alike.
I want to see our City grow. I want to see redevelopment projects underway that make sense, roads being paved based on a priority list that is usage driven, more community improvements, a retail shopping center that keeps tax dollars local, and I want our residents and tourists to enjoy our wonderful city art and dessert attractions.
Our city needs leadership that will be responsive to the voice of the people and able to tackle the tough jobs before us. The city needs leadership that will pull the whole community together spearheading the projects that will turn the decaying eyesores into a beautiful, thriving city. We need a City Council responsive to the voice of the people and able to tackle the tough jobs before us. I believe in teamwork, patriotism, cooperation, progress and ecology. We need advocates, activists for youth, those less fortunate and ecology. I am enthusiastic, responsive, dedicated to positive forward progress, skilled, creative and hard working.
As a Marine Corps veteran, I have traveled extensively and I have witnessed teamwork and cooperation at its best from communities with similar challenges. I know that I posses the skills, knowledge and ability to help lead this city in a positive direction. Moving forward will take more than an individual; it will take the people of Twentynine Palms.