So now I am expected to turn over a few hundred words describing what my campaign is about to these troubled souls. And then I am supposed to hope they'll stop chewing on my leg long enough to show a little love and respect for my tender thoughts, and allow me to reach out to the several dozen downtown coffee drinkers who just might be bored enough to pick up a copy of the MVN and read them.
I'm not quite sure where the payoff is here. But, be that as it may, here is my statement. Susan is free to pick it up on The Tattler and print it in her paper if she so chooses. Or she is also free to decline that honor as well.
The progress Sierra Madre has made in the past two years under the leadership of Mayors MaryAnn MacGillivray and Kurt Zimmerman, and Mayor Pro Tem Don Watts, has been remarkable. No longer are we enduring a City Hall that is incapable of getting its audits done, maintaining a balanced budget, or leveling with the public. It is their spirit of strong competence and loyalty to our small city ideals that has encouraged me to run for City Council.
Here are some of my goals:
- Continued monitoring of the UUT tax hike is vital, and in tough economic times we need to find ways to decrease that tax load.
- The Senior Center and Sierra Madre Community Room renovations are funded. We must now make sure that work is quickly completed and the needs of our residents met.
- Public safety is our greatest responsibility. Adequate resources must continue to be allocated for our Police, Paramedics, and Firefighters.
- The Canyon Zone and General Plan Committees must be allowed to complete the work of protecting one of the most unique and interesting cities in the West. Resident control over our own living environment is an ideal I believe in. And far preferable to the outrageously expensive consultants our city has hired in the past.
- I strongly support the Eminent Domain Initiative, but it must be remembered that the fight against property confiscation does not stop here.
- Measure V has been vital in preserving the small town life we enjoy in Sierra Madre. But Sacramento edicts such as SB 375 now threaten our ability to control development in our own town. We are an independent city, and should never surrender something that important to the bankrupt regionalist ideologies so in fashion these days.
I have been endorsed by both Mayors MacGillivray and Zimmerman. Their hard work brought Sierra Madre back from the "shenanigan years." It is my hope to continue the responsible government they returned to our town.