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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.)

Residence Porterville, Ca
Occupation Events manager for a security technology company.
Public service experience Burton School District Board of Trustees
1. Water, lack of water. I think the answer requires more than I have space for, or could even articulate. The first priority is providing water to those residents currently with no water. Secondarily, it appears to be a water storage issue.
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Age 59
Residence Porterville, CA
Education MBA, Boston University BA, University of California, Program in Non-Profit Leadership, Stanford
Occupation Controller
Public service experience Porterville City Council, 2002-2006 Mayor, City of Porterville, 2002-2003
The most acute challenge is water. Building more dams is not going to help unless we get more rain. To rely on the weather for our livelihoods is a very dicey proposition. The solution is a reliable, predictable source of water, most likely desalinization. This will likely be expensive, but if the price of water is stable and predictable the economy will adapt. This is beyond the means of Porterville alone, but could be achieved by a regional consortium.

Porterville’s longest term challenge is base its economy on businesses that actually bring money into the area, businesses like agriculture and manufacturing. We will attract these businesses by ensuring that our infrastructure and our labor pool are up to the job and we accomplish this by focusing on planning and also support for education.

The third problem is that we have lost control of our own destiny. I have often said that grants are the cocaine of municipal governments and Porterville, as are many other communities, is severely hooked. We must enable ourselves to follow our own goals and not be led by whatever grant money is available. To do this will require us to come together as a community, decide what kind of future we want, what steps it will take to get there and start mapping out a plan to achieve those steps.
Diversifying the economy is not going to solve the drought. Even if we diversified, those new businesses, and the people they bring with them, are going to require water. The step I propose is to work together with other central valley communities to see if we can’t overcome the hurdles of tapping that giant water reservoir located 120 miles to our west.
Kids need to know from an early age that there are options to gang life. The City needs to be an active partner, together with the schools and churches to support those programs that can reach these children before they join a gang.
My background is that of a business person, specifically operational management. This means making sure an organization is run efficiently and within budget. I have the experience and background necessary to make sure that we address the root causes of problems and solving them, instead of slapping band-aids on the symptoms. The problems we face are not new, nor are many of the solutions. What I want to bring to the Council is the long-term focus and problem solving expertise that will help us solve many of these problems, permanently.
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