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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?

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Age 51
Residence Selma, CA
Family Married for 23 years to Rose Gallardo Robertson
Education B.A., The University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Insurance Agency Owner
Public service experience Selma City Council Member, 2012-present. Selma City Mayor, 2014-Present
Facebook/Social media Scott Robertson
Public Safety is Selma's Number One Challenge. To keep the Citizens of Selma safe is the number one responsibility of the City. Payroll makes up 75% of the city's budget. Of that 85% goes towards public safety. The challenge is to grow the funding for public safety and for fair wages for all city employees through encouragement of new business in Selma. I will continue to be a voice for finding creative ways whether through grants or revenue to fund our public safety. Another critical issue in Selma is economic development. I have been and will continue to be a strong voice on Council for economic development which is now occurring at unprecedented levels in Selma. Not only does economic development create new jobs, this is how we get the funds to pay for more police officers on the street. By generating more sales and property tax revenues from business and residential construction the general fund and also impact fees from new development will grow enabling more officers to be hired. This is a long term process but Selma has started it with the new business and new construction going on around us. Not only will economic development fund public safety and fair wages for all city employees, it will also allow the city to repair and replace roads and aging infrastructure. Water storage is a third critical factor which we must provide for now in order to be prepared for the next drought which no doubt will occur.
The City of Selma has purchased a water recharge basin in the southwest corner of the city using Community Development Block Grant Money. In addition to this basin, the City's property at Rockwell Park will also function for recharge. The fiscal challenge at this point is to connect conveyances to move the water to these locations which the City is trying to achieve through Proposition 1 funding. Steps such as these to preserve the City's water supply for years to come are vital to the continued development of our City, and I will continue to support them wholeheartedly on Council. Selma's economy is linked to agriculture as is every community in Fresno County. We are not known as the Raisin Capital of the World for nothing. I am proud of Selma's agricultural heritage and do not think the City should move away from this revenue and jobs source. Groundwater conservation and storage solutions must keep pace with development and population growth so that there is enough water for all the competing interests for water. We are all in this together and share the same groundwater supply so agricultural and city interests must work together to be part of the solution, solutions that preserve farmland while also spurring development which will create jobs. Just because the drought eased last year does not mean we can stop conserving water. Water storage solutions must be continuously sought in order to have a usable supply for the next drought which is inevitable.
From an enforcement perspective, the City Council must support the Police Department by devoting resources to the Police Department to do their job of keeping our citizens safe. Gang injunctions are a crime fighting tool that have been used in cities like Earlimart and locally in Fresno, Reedley and Sanger. Injunctions take time and research to set up and require resources in the police department but can be used to advantage if the police department has the backing of the City Council and residents who demand creative solutions to ending the scourge of gangs. An active, engaged citizen population are key partners to the City and Police Department. Neighborhood Watch Groups which are active in Selma and growing provide PD with eyes and ears on the street to report crime. I will continue to encourage the formation of Neighborhood Watch in our community and have been an organizer of one in my neighborhood. To prevent kids from joining gangs and going the wrong way in life, kids in Selma must have options at an early age to offer them alternatives to the gang lifestyle. For this reason I have been a strong advocate of bringing Boys and Girls Club to Selma since I first got on Council in 2012. The first Boys and Girls Club in Selma opened in Selma at Salazar Park in April 2016. Kids in a high impact environment have a gang free place to go after school or during summer vacation to receive a meal, counseling from staff members who care and a place to do their homework.
I have experience from serving on City Council as City Council Member since 2012. I am a business owner who has a strong sense of fiscal responsibility and accountability. When I started in 2012, there was very little economic activity happening in Selma. Now there is construction and Selma is a focal point of commercial activity and new residential development. I have been a voice for economic development in order to bring more revenue into the general fund to pay for services people expect from their town such as public safety, parks and an environment which encourages shopping and entertainment opportunities. Selma is ideally situated on Highway 99 and businesses are again coming here to take advantage of the number of customers in a city with a large trade area that our city has. I will continue to support existing business in our downtown area and encourage the formation of new business in other areas. The reason I ran for office was to make a difference in my community, and I have worked hard to serve citizens as their representative on Council and to be accessible to folks here who have questions or issues. I will continue to have an open door policy so that I can hear and respond to the concerns of citizens. My wife and I went door to door during 2012's election, and we are going to door to door 4 years later because I want to show the people I will work hard for the opportunity to continue the work I started in 2012.