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City of Bellevue, City Council, At Large

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    Todd A Santoro
    (NP)

Biographical Information

If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your city/town/village?

If elected, what would be your top priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider your top three priorities? Please detail.

What is the biggest challenge in your community and how would you address it?

Occupation President, CleanWash Laundry Systems
Education BA, History University of Iowa
Military experience 1985-2001 - Army National Guard/Reserve Basic Training Fire Direction Control AIT Officer Candidate School Field Artillery Office Basic Course
Volunteer experience European Special Olympics Coordinator Johnson County Iowa Historical Commision Goal Buddies Mentoring P4K Mentoring Bellevue Public Safety Foundation
Address 1606 Camp Gifford Rd Bellevue NE
Marital Status Married, Toni. Two Sons, Nicholas 23 and Michael 19.
Age 52
My first priority is to work with the city government to prioritize the redevelopment of the Fort Crook Corridor and Downtown Bellevue. Both of these areas have economically degraded significantly and the current pandemic is only going to accelerate that. We need to review the development plan proposed 12 years ago for Ft Crook and get it started and at the same time bring residents and businesses to the downtown area.

Next we need to energize our industrial and tech focus to bring those companies to Bellevue. Part of that is going to be looking at the border plan decided decades ago with Papillion. We need to expand our borders.
Listen to Jeff Roberts, Bellevue's Public Works Director.
1. Civility and respect between our residents, elected officials, and City Employees.

2. Transparency to our residents from our City Government. Right now our City doesn't have metrics that our residents can hold our government accountable to. Many cities have defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with chart driven online dashboards providing regular updates to their citizens. There's no reason for us not to.

3. Returning the Voice of the Voters. Over the last few years there have been several instances of restricting the voters voice. From usurping the voters right of recall to removing the voter feedback at the end of the City Council meetings we disenfranchised our cities residents. While the speaking time at the end of the City Council meetings has some additional influences that must be addressed we should immediately rescind the ordinance providing the City Council with the ability to remove a City Councillor. The ordinance should go to voters at the next election
The cities surrounding us have taken substantial steps to grow their tax base, improve their demographics (businesses follow demographics), and improve their perception to potential residents and businesses. We have not only not improved, we have slipped back from our strengths from decades ago. Omaha's improvements to the thirteenth st corridor threaten to push Fort Crook past the point of no return. Papillion and La Vista, while significantly smaller than Bellevue, have made huge strides in improving their business environments and mid to higher end residential real estate. Our biggest long term challenge is to reinvigorate our cities business areas and our residential demographics so that Bellevue can be the jewel it is capable of. All of that while not losing the character that comes from being Nebraska's first city. We need to be Nebraska's First City again.