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Corcoran City Council {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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    Clarence Cryer Jr.
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Biographical Information

In your opinion, what are the city's top three challenges? How would you address each of these issues?

The drought has affected communities throughout the Valley, especially those that depend on agriculture. What steps, if any, should the city take to diversify its economy? What steps would you propose?

Gangs have committed crimes and taken lives in communities throughout the Valley. What strategies would you propose the city undertake to keep kids away from gangs, and to help those in gangs give up the gang life?

Why are you the best candidate to serve on the city council? (Text or YouTube video.)

Age 56
Residence Corcoran, CA
Family Out of State
Education MPH
Occupation Chief Executive Officer
Public service experience Since 1992
Facebook/Social media https://www.facebook.com/calrence.cryer
o The city has a plethora of challenges which include but are not limited to:

o Financial Solvency o Economic Growth and Development o Water

While there are methodologies currently in place to address each of these issues collectively and independently, as representatives of the citizenry of any municipality, it is important for elected officials to solicit and entertain feedback from constituents balanced with information from subject matter experts and objective research, to make informed decisions in the best interest of those represented.
o The drought has affected communities throughout the Valley, especially those that depend on agriculture. What steps, if any, should the city take to diversify its economy? What steps would you propose?

o I support a set of techniques used by governments to ensure that as the population grows, there are services available to meet their demands. This concept of managed growth is not necessarily limited to government services: If possible I would like to see growth in dependency on other economic drivers in addition to agriculture. Local housing development seems potentially promising.

o I support economic diversification measures with minimal negative financial and quality of life issues for the residents of Corcoran.
o There is a lot of truth in the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Having said that, it is much easier and far less costly to address this issue on the front end. The back end has more serious. o As an executive within the state correctional system, I can offer an up close and personal view of the consequences of gang activity by facilitating organized visits to our institutions for those who are headed in that direction or already involved in gang activity.

o This is a public safety issue which is a pillar of my campaign platform. In this, as with other issues, I maintain a philosophy of shared responsibility. Stemming the birth and expansion of gang activity is a challenge that is overcome by shared commitments: individuals, families, community and law enforcement. o Neighborhood Watch, Youth Crime watch, Community Programs, parents on patrol, local law enforcement have all been successful components of nationwide efforts to reduce gang violence. o To be clear, I support a community network approach.
o As a career executive in state government service and a current member of the Corcoran city planning commission I have the most experience in government operations in general and specifically in the city of Corcoran. o I am accustomed to achieving measurable success under circumstances defined by budget limitations, staffing shortages and bureaucracy. o Demonstrated commitment to the community: Not only live in but work in Corcoran. Community service includes: President of Corcoran Kiwanis Club. Board Member for King’s County Community Organization and member of Rotary Club of Corcoran.
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