A few weeks ago our mayoral race ended with Ludovico Mancino voted in as Mayor and Alessandro Vicentini as Deputy Mayor. Their first road bump happened just after they were put into office by the way of a new change in the city structure with the addition of a City Commissioner. Both Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been ready to hit the ground running, but it seemed to hit a small delay with the appointment of Jay Stone as Commissioner and the ironing out of details. This is how government often works as they get the right formula to work.
However, that formula seems to have hit its stride, and the SRV Chronicles caught up with both Vico Mancino and Alessandro Vicentini to discuss their platforms, ideals and excitement for the road ahead.
Ludovico “Vico” Mancino is an immigrant from Sicily that came to California a few years ago and has grown his dreams into owning successful businesses and serving the city as a Medical Examiner. Dreams were the foundation of his run for mayor, though not his dreams or accomplishments, but what he hoped to help others achieve. Alessandro Vicentini also boasts an Italian immigration story, with equal successes in his time in Santa Ramona Valley who hoped to open up tourism opportunities to the city.
Mr. Mayor, your campaign ran on giving equal chances to all citizens of Santa Ramona to go after their dreams. How can one get involved in that and see about their dreams of owning a business or offering a service? How will your office support these dreams to make them a reality?
- The easiest answer to a question like this would always be - financial aid. While this is part of our plan to provide equal chances for business start-ups, we want to rely on enabling people to build something for themselves. Education is one big foundation one can rely on. With the planned founding of a City College for Santa Ramona we'll be able to offer an opportunity to everyone to acquire the needed knowledge and skills to found and run a successful business start-up.
We plan to offer space for new start-ups to 'test out' their business or market idea in the field - we intend to employ the tool of 'Pop-up-retail' to give aspiring business owners a boost on their first steps, and that at minimal risk.
You also spoke of your commitment to the community. Looking at the budget, city planning, and the services that keep this community safe and healthy, have you started to plan your actions to improve any of those or do you feel they are working at their best capacity?
- Santa Ramona's municipal workers already do a great job to keep this town running. Among a few tweaks to its public transportation system, the addition of a community college and all the college life it will bring will be a great improvement to the overall high quality of life in the city.
Do you have any comments about the appointment of Jay Stone as City Commissioner and the promotion of Azariah Brentt to Police Chief?
- They are both capable men who have done great services to the city so far. I look forward to working with them in their new positions.
If you were to appeal to your constituents, what would you tell them about contacting you and what you might be able to address for them?
- The doors to my office are always open. I am more than willing to listen to anyone who is willing to bring their issues, concerns, or ideas forth to me. I pride myself to be a man working for the community, the city, and its people. So whatever is in my abilities, I will try to address it for them, for anyone... no matter where they come from.
Do you and the Deputy Mayor plan to hold a town hall to speak to the citizens of Santa Ramona Valley and get feedback from them?
- Yes, of course. The plans to hold a town hall have been there since the inauguration, though we wanted to wait for the structural changes among the city's staff to be finalized. Since everything is in place now, the town hall will be held soon.
Do you have any plans for the infrastructure of the city?
- Mobility within city limits leaves not much to wish for, though I'd like to establish an express bus line towards the San Vardan Airport. Such a big gateway to the world should be pulled as close as possible to the town so that the latter can profit as much as possible. The same goes for the nearby National Forest, an incredible recreational area so close to the city. Another bus line will allow more people to enjoy the benefits - even those who are not able to own a car.
What insight could you give us on your deputy mayor, Alessandro Vicentini?
- He's a reliable, honorable man. His ideas for the city had left an impression on me during our run already. And I am very positive his input will be a great benefit for Santa Ramona.
Deputy Mayor, when you ran you relied heavily on the bid for more tourism for Santa Ramona Valley, what things can we expect for the upcoming fall to bring more tourism
and appeal to the city?
R: Santa Ramona Valley is surrounded by great nature, beaches and parks are one of the greatest wealth of the city. But, we don't see much tourism as we could have. Why is that? One of the things I see as a structure to receive those tourists, the ocean was always an open door for the world, for many civilizations. It's how Europeans reached America and started colonization. At my campaign, I had plans to build tourism docks for cruise ships, also, a luxury marine could be added to our shores so we can bring more money to flow in our streets, with wealthy tourists
Both you and the Mayor are immigrants and good friends, how will that help propel your ideas and actions in running Santa Ramona Valley? Do you think you both share a unique perspective coming from a country regarded as a Mecca for tourism?
R: It certainly helps, there's always teamwork, and hardly any competition or distress. If we have a different point of view, it is always discussed in a friendly way. This avoids polarization and rupture in the administration of the City Hall
With the appointment of the City Commissioner, how do you feel about your abilities to move Santa Ramona Valley ahead?
R: We are still working on adjusting the work that has to be done, I believe as many hands we have, committed to making this city greater, is always welcome. So, it feels like a great asset. Only time will show if I'm right about it.
What insight could you give us on the Mayor, Vico Mancino?
R: Vico is a man of a great view, a successful and strategic businessman, Honored. I can't expect anything less than a transparent administration from his side.
Does the Mayor’s office have any plans for taxation? Are there any changes in our police department, justice department, and other city services that you hope to accomplish?
R: We are still settling with everything. There are situations that need to be handled, changes, and adjustments. One idea we had to discuss and needs to go deeper is to make this administration as more sustainable as possible, and bring a green perspective to town. Electric cars for our city services, solar energy to our builds, are all in discussion at the moment.