Arroyo Grande deserves a responsive and engaged council
July 18, 2016
OPINION by LEANN AKINS
My name is LeAnn Akins and I am running for a seat on the Arroyo Grande City Council.
Over the last two years I have closely watched and participated in the local political landscape. I have come to have an understanding of the issues facing our community and want to work to ensure they are dealt with effectively. I will work for fiscal responsibility, open and transparent communication, and sustainable development.
Our current budget out-spends our revenues by $339,600. This needs to be addressed so we do not continue to draw from our reserves. We need to work to retain our current businesses and work even harder to bring in new local business to our city to increase our revenues.
The citizens of Arroyo Grande deserve to have a truly responsive and engaged council; one which listens and takes into consideration concerns, questions, and ideas from all stakeholders in the city prior to making a decision. Inclusiveness leads to having full information, a view from 360 degrees, which in turn leads to better decisions for the community.
Development will continue, but the issue is, in what manner will it continue? Sustainability must be part of this conversation. Every development-focused conversation should lead to a conversation about water. Development and water need to be addressed simultaneously.
I also believe that Arroyo Grande deserves to have a council more representative of the city as a whole—our representatives should come from other neighborhoods in addition to the village. The village is part of Arroyo Grande’s heritage and is important, and so is the rest of the city. Therefore, the people who make up the governing body of the city should come from different neighborhoods, again to provide a 360 degree view of the city and the issues faced by the city.
I will serve you as a servant-leader should—putting the greater good first and avoiding self-serving decisions. The stake I have in this local race is only tied to my desire to do the right thing for the citizens of Arroyo Grande through a vigilant, ethical stance.
I look forward to meeting and talking with you about your concerns, questions, and ideas. Please call me directly at (805) 710-0406.