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Contra Costa County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Randy Pope

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Oakley

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Attracting Businesses & Jobs to Oakley

I'm proposing a local hiring ordinance that, when possible, would direct City jobs and expenditures to local residents and businesses.

I'll aggressively pursue job training funding grants - such as the Construction Talent Transfer Program - which re-train workers who have been laid off from residential construction for 21st-century jobs. If I run into roadblocks, I'll call on our State representatives to fight for our local interests.

We need to maximize city staff and resources to recruit businesses that match our vision for what Oakley can be. Our residents need quality places to shop, eat and work. This will keep Oakley sales tax revenue in Oakley to help pay for improvements to our roads, parks and other infrastructure.

Addressing Foreclosures & Blight

In May of this year, our City Council passed an ordinance holding banks accountable for their foreclosed properties in Oakley. Today, our City can fine banks up to $1,000 a day if they neglect their repossessed properties that received loans between 2003 and 2007. This is an excellent first step, but we need to find out how we can make sure loans issued before 2003 or after 2007 are held to this same standard.

It's one thing if a family struggling in this economy has a hard time maintaining the upkeep of their home. In this case, we have compassion and local nonprofits are ready to pitch in and help. It's quite different when out of town financial institutions have properties that serve as eyesores or safety hazards. We have to track them down and hold them accountable.

Protecting Education in Oakley

My wife Kristi and I have two young boys (4 and 2) and are expecting a baby girl in December. I have a vested interest in our schools. I believe Oakley kids should be able to attend Oakley schools. I'll work with local and regional stakeholders to do what is necessary to bring our "Oakley Orphans" home. A strong public education system also raises our property values and lowers crime.

I'll be an advocate for students and teachers to make sure our schools remain a top priority. Maintaining open and regular communication with the Oakley Union Elementary School District and the Liberty Union High School District is critical, especially as we discuss plans to build a new high school in our community. I've been endorsed by local parents, teachers, professors and school district employees.

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