The citizens have made Public Safety and improving the streets their top priorities.
Public safety is the number one priority. We have brought the Police Dept. up to it's authorized strength of 207. Because the calls for service continue to increase Council has put a ballot issue to add an additional 40 police officers.
Council is asking the citizens to pay one dollar a month to improve the streets. Businesses are asked to pay a fee based on the amount of vehicle traffic at their business. There is a list of streets to be paved on the City web site.
I grew up in Pueblo, graduated from Centennial High, and University of Southern Colorado. Served three years in the U.S. Army. I served the citizens on the Pueblo Fire Dept. for 32 years.
I have had the honor and privilege of serving the citizens of Pueblo for the last 4 1/2 years. I have worked with my fellow council members to improve the city. Council has worked with PEDCO to bring several more jobs to Pueblo. Pueblo was able to bring in $170 million dollars for highway improvement by the concerted effort of Federal, State, County and City elected officials. That is just one mile of the oldest Interstate Highway in the state. We need to do more.
The city is spending thirty million dollars to line the oldest part of the sewer system on the north side. It will extend the life of the aging system and hopefully reduce the amount of selenium going to the waste water plant.
Council has a ballot issue for this November to add one dollar a month to homeowners and a fee to businesses based on the amount of traffic they generate to raise three million to pave streets. There is a list on the City's web site.
Besides providing the basic services the city budgets money to the Greater Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Chamber of Commerce to promote local business. Having a safe and attractive city is a vital part of supporting local business.
Student, traveler, salesman, advocate
My priority is to ensure the feasibility of local businesses. Only local enterprises can guarantee self-sufficiency, sustainability, and subsequent higher standards of living.
I am a philosopher of sociology, economics, and law/government. I stay current with leading authors and actors of transformation movements, that is the transformation to a sustainable and self-sufficient local economy, an economy that retains workers and citizens by providing affordable goods and services.
The expected Increased revenue for 2017, a ballot initiative to institute an infrastructure utility (1$ per month), and a frugal look at spending habits should all provide necessary financing for infrastructure. In addition, cooperatives, sharing initiatives, and worker self-directed enterprises can all facilitate rehab and construction efforts. Contour crafting (real estate 3-D printing) is far more safe, efficient, and affordable than traditional methods, which, through a worker-owned initiative, can increase jobs and access to home ownership.
The preamble of the Colorado Constitution proclaims to "promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty..." Contrary this, 1 in 4 Pueblo citizens live below the poverty line. This is the main perpetrator of crime, malnutrition, expensive government subsidy, and a lack of contributive members of society. The role of the city is to broker - not own - entrepreneurial endeavors. For example, worker or community owned gardening initiatives for blighted and unused lots provides income for both the owners of the initiative and the unused lot's owner. High intensity and aquaponic gardening produces bountiful yields. As does locally owned solar initiatives, skilled worker educational outlets, and any other cooperatives Puebloans can surmise and support.
Direct democracy - an inclusion of ideas and resources - is what transforms Pueblo into a prosperous city. Community oversight committees will institutionalize transparency and accountability. Online forums, requests for proposals and comments, grant writing committees, an accessible resource inventory, and brief and readable budget reports - these are the things that guarantee transparency and ensure community goals are represented and fulfilled.