From the Mayors Office.
In past elections the City of Santa Ramona had an entire council behind the mayor, made up a various persons from all over the City. We have also had at least one previous who was living in and a very active voice in the South side. In both these situations plans were put in place to help the people of that area. They did not do enough or produce the desired results.
This supposed divide between North and South is something that is more prevalent to the residents of the South side than anyone else. It is the residents from that area of the City who mostly perpetuate this idea. This office recognizes that the 'South side' faces a different set of challenges to those of the North side, it also considers Santa Ramona Valley as one City. What happens in one place effects everyone not just the resident of a particular area. This office believes it is time to stop thinking of a divided City.
To address the matter of the clean up program in the City. This incentive was City wide not just limited to the South. Sheriff's Deputies have been active in enforcement of Littering laws and encouraging people in the North to put trash into trash bins. This office states the following; The clean up in the South was open to 'everyone' from all over the city, all walks of life. Plenty of opportunity was available for people in the area to claim items they were using. This office recognizes that it was not simply going to 'solve' the issue, but drawing the attention of the whole city to the problem was a first step in the right direction.
In the matter of the drug issue. This office promised at its election to do what it could to tackle this issue. The Sheriff's Dept had been working on plans they wanted to submit for a while and brought this office a document with their suggestions on it. This office read this document and immediately arranged a meeting with Chief Stone. The Sheriff's Department's ideas were discussed with him. In fact no movement to advance this proposal was made until Chief Stone had been consulted. This was on the request of the Sheriff's Department as the Command their believe that working together in a good professional relationship with the Police Department is the key to good law enforcement in this city. This office finds the implication that this matter was somehow conducted in a manner to exclude Chief Stone from consultation and the suggestion that it is somehow acting in a clandestine manner as unfair and unfounded.
This office would also like to point out that while the Proposal for a Deputy Mayor has merits, making the candidate from the 'other side' of the City is not a viable option. In the last two elections all the candidates have been from the same side of the City. This office therefore asks the simple question, what happens when there are no candidates from the 'other side' of the City? Is the proposal then to continually forward the same candidate or to put coercion on people to run when they do not want to. Lastly insisting that a Deputy Mayor lives in a certain democratic and them being elected to that office simply because they are the only candidate that fulfills this requirement regardless of the persons merits and the will of the people is against constitutional rights.
So whilst this office believes that the proposal to create a Deputy Mayor is a good one. It will not support the suggestion that they must live and/or work in the opposite side of the City to the Mayor.
Office of Mayor Roisin Russo