Thursday, April 26, 2007


On Monday, I was invited to guest on WSPD 1370 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Michael Miller as guest host. Key points were the budget, trash tax, flowers and reasons why I'm running for District 2 Council Seat. The most memorable comment came from Lisa who offered that it was "easy" to sit back and say I wouldn't vote for the trash tax. Let me offer that it would really be "easy" to say nothing; there is no risk in keeping silent. Over the past week as a result of some comments on the air, I've been counseled about a few of the comments and given additional insight as to how careful I must be not to say anything that, once elected, can come back to haunt me. If I were a "seasoned" politician, I would realize the wisdom of remaining neutral and not "pander" to others and say what they want to hear. Is that what voters want, candidates to remain neutral?

My greatest concern is have enough wisdom to act in the best interest of the community and the comments made in "blogdom" offers alternative views and insight to almost every issue. So, fellow bloggers... go for it! Here is your challenge.. voice your opinion today and over the coming weeks on the issues:
Trash Tax
Dorr and Reynolds vacant shopping plaza
Economic develop
Small business
Business friendly
Pay package for city employees
Schools / charter / vouchers / residency
Ambulance take over by the Fire Department

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Roads or Roses Photo Album

I went through the neighborhood and took some photos of the streets on S Beverly Hills Drive, E. Beverly Hills Drive and Roberta. One of the neighbors mentioned they have not dome anything but patches in 20 years. The roads are in sad condition -- how does this look to visitors?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Roads or Roses

Council deemed it necessary to levy a new tax so the 2007 budget could be balanced. It is now even a greater responsibility for Council to ensure every expenditure is essential rather than optional.

The additional expenditure of $39,900 for flowers at the gateways is questionable when we have roads in District 2 that are in the condition of S. Beverly Hills Drive. Some may consider $39,900 a drop in the bucket against a budget in excess of $240,000,000, but every drop counts.

I urge Council to carefully weigh any spending requests – we need roads not roses.