As a Navy Veteran that was shipboard overseas during 9/11 I have experienced the results of good and poor decisions. Due to good training my crew was the best on the water front. We went from a yard period to combat ready in near record time and had ships asking us for help. With a Bachelor’s in Public Safety and Emergency Management, working on my Masters and being a proficient technician in a number of disciplines. I would use my skills to help our city. This is the training and dedication I bring to the City of Long Beach. Together let’s make Long Beach the shining jewel of the gulf coast.
“The national average for patrol cars is around fifty thousand miles and most of the Long Beach patrol cars are over one hundred thousand miles. To keep a patrol car in top condition gets incredibly expensive the older they get, at a certain point it is cheaper to buy a new car than to maintain an old one to the necessary standard. It is past time to buy new ones.”
“Our city public works department is supplied through a contractor. This appears to be an inefficient use of taxpayer funds. I intend on looking into this matter to determine if it would be more cost effective to provide these services directly.”
“There must be a balance between development and community standards as well as income and spending. The best way to increase revenue without raising taxes is to increase the tax base. Long Beach needs more businesses and residences to make our community healthier. I will work towards this ideal without destroying the small town “feel” that most of us love and without overtaxing our infrastructure.”
“The fire chief expressed that he is having a retention problem with fire fighters similar to the police chief. The fire department gets them trained and ready for action, gets a few years of service, then they leave for bigger cities with better opportunities. The problem of retention must be addressed.”
“During a recent visit with our police chief I was told that the department is short five slots. If he could hire all of the officers tomorrow, it would be about nine months before the empty slots would be considered filled. Retention is a problem the he deals with and it must be addressed, we get a police officer for a year or two then the officer will move to a city with better pay and benefits.”