Bryan MacDonald On the Issues
Issue statements by candidates are quoted from public media statements either direct or edited for brevity.
A lot of public safety is dealing with the day to day events that occur in our community. But there is more to public safety than that. We have to be prepared to be self sufficient in the event of an unanticipated event. If you listen to the experts we are anticipated to experience a sizable earthquake event. It is not really a matter of "if" but rather "when" this event will occur. WE NEED TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT! I don't believe we are there. I support aggressive funding of Police and Fire services.
It can be very difficult to do business in California. In my experience, it makes more sense for us to help grow existing businesses than to attempt to recruit from outside our area. The concept of Economic Gardening was created in the State of Colorado and has a very simple premise. Instead of trying to entice new businesses to your locality you instead seek out those businesses that are here and have able to prosper. Once those businesses have been identified you work with them, nurture them and help them to grow. As this occurs it causes other entities that interact with the business to likewise grow and mature, thus creating a stronger business environment and stimulating more local growth. This in turn creates more local jobs and with more local jobs one can expect more disposable income to be available to the local community. As the local disposable income rises it stimulates local sales of cars, homes, groceries and other products that help strengthen the local economy.
Trust in Government
As a Council we were recently asked to consider utility rate increases for Water, Sewer and Solid Waste (Trash Collection). Our systems infrastructures need to be maintained, fixed and updated. But when I used the calculations presented by City staff on my utility bill, over a five year span, the resulting increase was staggering. Some might see funding an increase as a "Blank Check" and the unfortunate perception is that if you give government a blank check they will spend it. I could not support the proposed rate increase.
I believe in "local control" and think it is time to reestablish our local workforce and stop the reliance upon consultants. They have been helpful and pointed us in the right direction, but it is better to keep those skillsets in house and being self sufficient.