Each day this week, the Desert Dispatch will run responses to several questions put to candidates running for two seats on the Barstow City Council. Each day, answers to a different questions will run. The candidates were given a word limit, and their responses have not been edited.
What other challenges does Barstow face and what would you do about them?
Support for Police and Fire Services
– continue to support our local police and fire department
Bring More And Better-Paying Jobs To Barstow
– Work with companies to bring their facilities to Barstow
– continue the City road improvement plan
– I will balance the budget
Some of the challenges we are now facing are:
Filling the position of city manager, (8 in 10 years) -prioritize the selection process.
Obtaining businesses – promote Barstow as a retirement and military community of consumers.
Getting jobs-market our location, crossroad of freeways 15, 40, 58 and 247 perfect for trucking and allied industries of warehousing.
Use of old hospital – I would form a committee to see what options are available.
Our most significant challenges are jobs, infrastructure, and housing.
Jobs come naturally with things like the hospital, and WalMart, where there will be both construction and permanent jobs.
Work on improving our infrastructure has started, and we continue the aggressive program of improvement. It'll take a little time but we'll get there.
I'm an ardent supporter of new housing and I vote consistently to assist developers in providing the best possible housing for Barstow residents.