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Franklin City Of Pasco District 2 Councilmember, District 2, Position 2

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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    Ruben Alvarado (NP) Community Impact Manager

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Biographical Information

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Address 3807 Milagro Dr
Phone 509-528-7067
YouTube Video
Town where you live Pasco
Experience (300 characters max) Experience in Economic Mobility,Homeownership, Community Impact and as Pastor and founder of a local church. Education, B.S. Urban and Regional Planning: California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.
Our city is a victim of its own success. We are projected to continue to grow and we need to spend a great deal of energy in making sure that our comprehensive plan addresses the needs of our growing city. Our schools are overcrowded, our public works need to increase capacity and our city needs to be adequately staffed to meet the needs of our population. This is a good problem but it is one that we need to address head on and we need to manage and invest our resources with the future in mind.
This is certainly a complex issue. As the cost of living increases in our region, we need to ensure that affordable housing is maintained by identifying adequate quality affordable housing developers to partner with. We cannot rely on the Mission to solve this problem. We need support systems that provide mental health care, substance abuse counseling, and opportunities that help our neighbors that are experiencing a season of hardship to get back on their feet and break the cycle of homelessness. We cannot brush people aside like some cities do and we need to encourage the other cities in our region to do the same.
I believe that we are morally obligated to take care of our seniors. We need to ensure that the golden years of our seniors are lived with dignity. We need to make sure that access to housing, basic needs, and recreation needs are protected as well as their voice. When taxes are levied we need to keep in mind that many live on fixed incomes.
It is no secret that many of our next door neighbors are in the country illegally because of various social economic reasons. Immigrants are the lifeblood of our economy in Pasco. The majority of our immigrant neighbors are here because they want a better future for their families and see America as a land of freedom and opportunity. We all benefit from this workforce in the cost of our goods and services and quality hard work that immigrants bring. City resources should not be spent enforcing federal law that criminalizes our neighbors. Immigrants need to be able to trust law enforcement and report crimes and not live in fear.
As I listen to the voices of our city, they cry out for diverse sources of employment, better recreation opportunities, retainment of young professional talent, more investment on the East side, better code enforcement and increased safety.
I have knocked on the majority of doors in my district and have asked them for their priorities. I am tallying these responses and have promised my constituents that their priorities will be my priorities. People are predominantly enjoying the increased safety in our city and this is the most common response to my survey. I will work to make Pasco an even safer community through not only law enforcement but also by strategies to call out community leadership.
I will work to make sure I understand issues that the city brings before me. I will hold the city manager accountable to ensure that decisions that are made are made in the interest of making the lives of our citizens better.
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