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The listed Issues are your top concerns you've brought to his attention.
Supporting Our Education System
The struggle with proper education is real and while the WCSD works on overcoming their issues, we as a community need to support our Teachers, Parents, and most importantly our Children! While the Mayor and City Council don't oversee the School District, they do have an influence on their leaders and also have a responsibility to provide an open communication to the public who vote them in. As a whole we can provide support for our schools and encourage ways to move our education system to move up from the bottom.
Community Growth and Infrastructure
Our current Mayor and City Counsel have worked hard on the foundation of our city and have set things in motion to grow. Our next set of leaders that you chose will have to work hard in not wasting tax payer's dollars. I believe I will need to ensure that decisions made will help keep that community feel while keeping things looking beautiful and safe. We have larger companies wanting to be part of this community which will provide many jobs, but let's not forget about the current locals. Finding a way to keep a balance so that we can be loyal to those small businesses and our current residents of Sparks is equally important.
It's important to work with the housing market to ensure that we stay as a community that is affordable to live in. Regardless if you are renting or are a home owner, you should be able to afford it. Since it was founded in 1905, Sparks was the community for which people came home to after working in Reno or other locations. And as our neighboring communities also continue to grow, we will need to grow to account for that; however, this shouldn't make it impossible to live here in Sparks either. I believe I will need to address these issues with the state and fight for you.
Police and Fire
Our police and fire teams are the ones who run into the crowd or into the fiery buildings as we are running out. Without proper training, support, and tools to do their job effectively, our safety diminishes. We also can't forget that they want to go home to their families too. As we grow we will need to ensure we maintain that 6 minute response time for first responders and we will need to find new ways to expand our police and fire staff coverage as our city grows further out as well.
Equality For All
Equality for all is important to ensure a strong and healthy community. It doesn't matter what your gender, race, sexual preference, religion, or even what your education is. You should feel safe to be who you are as long as it doesn’t impede on the safety or right of life to others. Equality should be held in the same regards in the workforce as well as anywhere else within the community.
A clean, well maintained community is important in preventing future problems and ensuring a healthy place to live. I feel we should continue to develop best practices to protect it by educating and promoting ways to get more involved with keeping our community clean and in turn protecting our environment. Even small changes can make a big difference and it doesn't have to cost more than a few extra moments of our time to recycle, compost, or do something to make our home a better place.
A leader's job is to help provide you the tools and support you need to live the life you want to live. If I can't provide it, then I need to help you find the resources to get you the support needed. But this extends beyond that. Providing support to services within your community and even other leaders is important so that they too can provide the needed service for our community. Sparks is published as a great place to live and setting an example is only the beginning.
A continuing staple in many communities is also here in Sparks. And your local government has a huge responsibility to our community. We need to educate and train doctors, patients and families about drug addiction and ensure affordable, easy to access treatment programs. Most importantly when we are working with those who we are getting back on their feet, we can not take them off the program the minute they hit their goals. It will be more cost effective and have a better long lasting effect if we keep them on these programs a bit longer so their chance of success increases when they do exit recovery.
Overall Appearance of Sparks
You can see our current leaders are already working hard at creating a new image in Sparks. As new things are developed and redesigned, we need to also concentrate on maintaining these new areas as well as the older areas of Sparks that are either already an "eye-sore" or are becoming one. Sparks does a great job at finding ways to save money. I believe one way is to keep things maintained and taking pride in what we have already.
Sparks has been actively involved in helping Reno support the homeless and I applaud everything they've been doing. We have invested ourselves in this situation, but we need to continue to find ways to solve this problem. This is the time when we need to team up with the other communities and develop a better plan to help those in need and prevent an increase in homelessness. One of the many things that ties directly to this issue is keeping housing affordable.
Accountability and Community Support
Wanting to do things right and having them make sense is important. When it comes to providing a service or contracting a service from a third party, cutting corners may reduce costs upfront, but won't save us money in the long run. Proper training and certifications from those who provide a service and/or are contracted out should be an expected requirement.
Additionally, when the community is seeking services or support, there should always be a high level of friendliness and professionalism. This includes having an effective follow-up process that is easy to find and follow so you don't feel as if your requests and needs have been thrown into the void.
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