Why AG residents should vote for Mack and Akins
November 5, 2016
OPINION by LEANN AKINS
There have been several short opinion pieces in the Tribune supporting our opponents for Arroyo Grande City Council. I am writing to share with you why you should support John Mack and I.
We have the skills needed to help build a strong council who will vote based on all evidence and facts.
We have no hidden agenda; our reasons for seeking a seat on the council is to fully represent stakeholders and citizens in Arroyo Grande, work towards more efficient and effective government, and to focus on the issues facing Arroyo Grande and implement solutions.
We possess the humility strong leaders need. The resolutions to the issues facing Arroyo Grande do not solely lie within us—the resolutions require all citizens to work together—we have experience bringing people into the fold and finding solutions to difficult situations.
We do not have a history of ignoring issues, hoping they will go away, or just disappear if ignored long enough. Even before we became candidates for council, we worked to comment on the issues facing Arroyo Grande—even if council ignored what we brought forth.
We will not look the other way as our Planning Department collects only 30 percent of the fees it should be collecting. We will not look the other way when issues arise at the South Sanitation District. We will not pretend parking and traffic are not issues in our city or that our lack of planning has caused some of the issues we now face.
We will advocate for smart growth and for projects which truly mitigate water usage and acknowledge that any new development will add to overall water demand. We will not ignore that our police department is not fully staffed or fail to recognize how dangerous this is for our community.
We will not allow an unbalanced budget to be passed or considered. We will not let personal feelings or personalities dictate how we vote or impact our willingness to work with other members of the council.
We care deeply about Arroyo Grande and what happens within our city and the decisions made which chart a course for our future. We need responsible leaders who do not shy away from accountability and who are going to do the real business of Arroyo Grande.
When we are elected, our votes on the tough issues will align with our statements and goals. Please consider us when you vote this election for Arroyo Grande City Council. Your vote truly does matter.