Lompoc City Council - District 4
|Why are you running for office?:
|I am running for office in order to keep moving all of Lompoc forward. I have the experience to keep building on our current successes. Due to the Council's free market capitalism attitude, we currently have up to a thousand new jobs coming to the Lompoc area and nearly $100 million of land acquisition and new construction underway. We must not get distracted by talking points and the temptation to derail Lompoc's future.
|What makes you qualified for the job?:
|I have only missed one Lompoc City Council meeting in the last ten years, and that was as a spectator. I have the institutional knowledge and, with my analytical background as a biologist, I am able to make the tough decisions that will and have positioned all of Lompoc for a vibrant future.
Last year, with my participation, the Council majority were able to pass a balanced budget that wasn't reliant on the passage of a tax.
We have refinanced the City's unfunded accrued pension liability to a fifteen-year payment, thus saving the residents of Lompoc $21 million. As a successful businessman, I know how to get the job done. I have signed both the front and the back of a paycheck.
|What are your two main priorities if you win?:
|Jobs and Housing
|How will you interact with other governments?:
|With the respect that they deserve.
|What are your plans to help overcome COVID-19?:
|We have updated our zoning code and are currently in the process of making our General Plan put the residents of Lompoc first.
We have to be able to expedite the process of opening businesses.
We must remember that City Hall works for the people and not think that the people work for City Hall.
With the prudent work of the Council majority, it is estimated that our general fund budget will have a surplus of over a $1 million. This will give us the flexibility to modify our programs as we progress into the future with or without the pandemic.
|Which two issues are most important to you?:
|1. The safety of the public
2. The jobs-housing imbalance: Lompoc has become a commuter town and we must bring the workers home. Lompoc has to move forward and do its part to meet its share of the State shortfall in housing.