October 9, 2012 > Candidate Rick Jones
Candidate Rick Jones
For City Council, City of Fremont
Public safety-staffing levels have fallen dangerously behind the growth of the City. We have gone from an innovative, proactive city, once regarded as a model for others, to one that can no longer deliver the services that the citizens and workforce deserve. The City of Fremont has a relatively well-paid, highly educated population. We deserve public services, businesses and activities that reflect our City and its potential.
As a retired 29-year Fremont Police Officer, hostage negotiator, school resource officer of Washington High School and 32-year resident, I want to use my skills to serve you on the City Council.
Violent crime is on the rise, as well as residential burglaries. There was a time when residents knew few, if any, people who were victims of crime. Now they can name numerous neighbors, family members and friends. Fremont is at a critical point. We need to institute a zero tolerance for crime. Oakland and San Jose's crime rates have risen sharply and we are midway between the two.
Our workforce and residents deserve roadways and streets that are safe and keep traffic moving efficiently. This includes pedestrians, cyclists and all forms of public transportation. Poorly maintained roadways increase the City's exposure to liability.
We need to actively pursue green technology, business manufacturing and retail, while meeting the needs of our existing small businesses. This will become a source of employment and growth for our residents. Continue with the "Downtown" area which provides employment and housing and helps promote Fremont as a true "destination City."
Develop and maintain a residential development plan that values realistic open spaces and ties growth to public safety service levels. Some Council members have said future development could create increases in public safety services. These same Council members have made these promises before, while allowing past developments to go forward and cutting away at public safety at the same time.
Fremont's Festival of the Arts, Festival of India and the Niles Antique Faire continue to be the premier events of their kind in California. These events can grow to include the Fremont Police Motorcycle Invitational Competition and events such as the "Warrior Dash," "Dirty Girl Run" and similar competitions. These events all offer increased revenues to the City. I will actively seek other sources of revenue tied to the park usage, such as concerts, music festivals and a City-owned, income-generating RV Resort within Central Park boundaries. We need to upgrade all City-owned sport parks. Most other city sport parks boast numerous turf athletic fields, Fremont has only one. Sporting competitions generate much revenue and could exceed the cost of renovations, creating a positive cash flow.
I am not a career politician. I am not supported by special interest groups, developers or unions. I am a Fremont resident who sees a need for change in this City.
I would be honored to earn you support.
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