Community safety and quick response times from first responders will be Joe's first priority on day one. This act will create jobs and ensure the community is better protected from fires. Community members of the 5th District will also have assurance their 911 calls for any other emergency will be answered quickly. I am seeking the firestation proposed in the Springlake Specific Plan. We should have a station in the heart of Springlake. All firefighters are trained in EMS and they are capable of dealing with a variety of issues that arise out of multiple kinds of emergencies.
Joe will make sure the City of Woodland completes all unfinished parks and creates a few new ones. Rick Gonzalez Sr., Springlake, and Jack Slaven Park all need improvements that can make them the envy of the region. Joe was Chair of the Committee that named Rick Gonzalez Sr. and Springlake Parks when they were originally created. Joe wants to use the Springlake Assessment Funds to finish these parks and utilize it for what it was originally intended. As a former two term Parks Commissioner it is essential in his mind that we finish what we have started and complete these parks by adding basketball or tennis courts to each one. He supports the recent vote by the current Council to finish the pedestrian walkway to the Sports Park ensuring full access for all our neighbors that live on the other side of the freeway. It is unfortunate our main community center/ the Sports Park is unfinished and the funds were already earmarked to have it completed yet it remains undone. (See the vacant lot in the photo of Jack Slaven Park.)
Joe will work with developers to infill vacant lots with new homes and affordable commercial spaces to ensure the 5th District continues to grow financially during this Covid-19 induced recession. Times are tough and we need new ideas and new leadership.
Joe will work with stakeholders to reinvigorate and create open access for the old County Courthouse. A building of such beauty does not deserve to house offices as a normal rental unit. Joe will seek community input to recreate the court house in the community's vision as an art gallery, museum, or other meaningful space that all of Woodland can enjoy.
Woodland is full of trees and the people of the 5th District deserve to have their trees trimmed in comparison to other districts. In the Fall they should know their streets will have the leaves removed in a timely manner. Working to build cleaner neighborhoods is a priority all elected officials should have.