Position: Economic Development
We must create new opportunities for neighborhood shopping, research facilities, industrial establishments and personal services as well as areas for leisure, recreation and socializing in all areas of the City. City government does not create most of this on its own. We merely enable it to happen. We do entertain and, when it makes good sense, use public/private partnerships to achieve some of those things that taxes alone cannot support nor sustain.
Position: Housing and Developments
A portion of the jobs created by any enterprise are less than high income. Those workers and their families still need to live, work and play in our community. We must enable opportunities to do so in a fiscally responsible manner.
In new neighborhoods, we must create areas of high density on a Paso Robles’ scale not a Los Angles or New York high density scale. Those areas must be created near collector travel ways in order to offer public transit options that are sustainable, frequent, convenient and inexpensive. Successful neighborhood shopping and services depend upon a large enough population base to make good economic sense.
The Bigger Picture!
Government should only do those things for the people collectively that they can’t do for themselves individually, such as provide the infrastructure to integrate local and regional basic resources and transportation systems. This can only be done within the means provided by ourselves to achieve it.
In recent years we have made provision to store and transport sufficient water for our city for today and tomorrow. We are in process of making it safe and readily available for daily living and economic development. We already have in place the process for new commercial, industrial, service and housing growth to pay its own way in this regard. The resources and infrastructure for the next few decades are already there. We have planned ahead responsibly.
In our region we must all rely heavily upon natural rainfall to replenish our aquifer and its sub-areas. However, we must also do those things we can to assure that we have secured sufficient storage to capture the amount of water needed for our way of life. In that regard I am calling for the completion of the Monterey County Long Range Water Plan that would provide a means to store excess water, during flood stage times, from Lake Nacimiento in Lake San Antonio with a reasonable percentage if that saving being allocated to San Luis Obispo County, which is the source of the additional water.
I am currently also working on a means to implement additional water saving statewide, for our local benefit as well, by reducing the evaporation of water from open water transport canals by placing a cover above them at no direct expense to the government or the taxpayers by using them to generate additional, low cost energy. I have officially communicated this proposal to the State of California and am following up on that proposal. However, the Water Resources Board members to whom I've spoken consider this an impractical effort due to location of support facilities.
Another approach I'm advocating which is getting some traction is to provide some water bond money to dredge siltation out of existing reservoirs to increase storage capacity at the lowest possible cost. The primary objection to this comes from those who believe that we might damage a biological environment that we created with the original establishment of the reservoirs. I believe that human needs satisfied by our own creation should be exempt from that consideration.
Some members of the State Water Resources Board see merit in this proposal.
We have integrated the means to reduce our dependence upon outside sources for energy in all new projects during my term of office. We are in process of determining how, where and when to implement co-generation of power and energy at our water/wastewater and landfill operations. The water conservation program not only saves water but also reduces energy use and cost at our water facilities. I am also working at the national level, through my position on the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), to expand our energy capture and attain complete, low cost, energy independence from foreign energy sources. (see below)
As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of regional Councils (NARC), made possible by my position on your City Council, I am supporting and advocating the safe extraction of our own native energy resources and advocating additional research in methods of shale extraction to minimize any risks to our nation’s water systems. We know that trillions of cubic feet of natural gas are trapped beneath most areas of our continent that are safely and inexpensively available through careful extraction methods. The National Association of Manufacturers has already determined that the availability of this resource at a reasonable profit to the producer should, once again, make us competitive with every other nation on earth in the production of goods. This can restore our balance of trade and create millions of jobs in the total cycle. Another benefit is that natural gas is a cleaner and safer alternative for our air and natural environment. The same companies that provide petroleum based energy have the resources to shift our energy portfolio to include a greater percentage of natural gas. Therefore, there should be no significant economic displacement involved in this paradigm shift.
I am also looking into proposals from engineers and researchers in the alternative fuel areas to convert present day diesel engines to natural gas for trucks, buses and trains provided that there is no significnt, or impairing, loss of power resulting from the conversion. I am encouraging new research for the creation of natural gas engines, possibly combined with electric generation, to power our transportation systems.
To that end I am working personally with some specific people and also researching current efforts to improve electric wave generation that integrates solar energy into the grid without wave disruption. One system being looked into claims to be able to expand electric capacity by upwards of 30% without expanding our present power infrastructure. I'm told that it has already been made the standard for the State of Hawaii.
BRINGING IT TOGETHER
All aspects of life, including government, must work together in a reasonable way. Job creation takes place in producing the infrastructure which makes possible additional job creation to meet people’s needs and demand for goods and services. Transportation of both freight and people is a key element in that process.
Extraction of raw materials and production of goods is useless without a means to get those things from their source location to where they can be used in daily life. In this regard we are members of a community, region, state, nation and world. All of these must be part of the equation. Our total transportation system is an integral part of daily life. Please see “Roads and Transportation” for more of the big picture.