Issues

There are many issues that we will face together as a community over the next few years.   Some effect us where we live and work, and some effect (or all) our pocket books and property values.   Here are the ones that I am mostly concerned with, and I would love to hear from you about the issues near and dear to you:

  • Rebuilding Our Public Safety Services
    • Our Police Department went from 116 to 91 officers last decade as we were forced to make budgetary cutbacks.  We’ve come back to 106, but with a population approaching 110,000 we need to stay focused on the rebuild.
    • As we grow, we stretch our Fire Department’s ability to quickly respond to emergencies.  We will need to build a new station in the east, and in the north as we grow.
    • To maintain our position as the “Safest City in the Valley” will take money to “fill and build”, and smart commercial, retail and residential growth can help fund this need.
  • Encourage Business, Residential and Retail Growth
    • The planned expansion of Clovis Community and the creation of the adjacent California Health Sciences University will present opportunities for commercial and retail growth, along with single family and multi-family housing growth.  A hotel and retail component, long with medical related commercial growth to the west of Temperance will create a regional “go-to” medical and commercial campus.
    • We have done a good job encouraging business growth, but I think we can do more.  A cooperative effort with the Chamber of Commerce and a business development consultant might be in order.
  • Making Sure That No Neighborhood Get’s Left Behind 
    • As we have grown north and east, the Shaw Avenue business corridor and the neighborhoods south of Bullard and west of Clovis Avenues have been struggling to maintain and grow.
    • Revitilization of our older neighborhoods and commercial centers can be accomplished by attracting appropriate businesses into our core by filling voids left by other area “draws.”  Campus Pointe attracts a great many people who attend Savemart Center events.  Hotel and retail opportunities are available to serve this need.   In our older neighborhoods that were hurt by the foreclosure and absentee owner rental home issues can be improved through this commercial growth,  incentives to “clean up” blight, and stricter code enforcement of blighted residential and commercial properties.
  • Continue to Strengthen “Old Town Clovis”
    • Old Town Clovis is a jewel, that attracts regional crowds for events and daily business.  We need to continue to do whatever we can to keep this jewel bright and shiny!
    • The creation of a new Senior Center, Transit Center, and Library at Clovis and Third will draw people, and the parking created will help with our many community events.
  • I’m interested in your thoughts.  Please email them to me at Drew4Clovis2017@aol.com.

Public Service and Commitment

The decisions that your City Council will make in the next 4 years will shape our community for the next 10-15 years. It’s important to have council members that are experienced in civic affairs, have a depth of commitment to this community, and have years of experience dealing with difficult decisions. I moved to Clovis 32 years ago to start my family’s life here. Just being a former police officer does not make me well qualified to serve you on the City Council. However, my service to our nation and it’s citizens, and a 27 year commitment to the people of Clovis does. As a US Army veteran with over 40 years of public service, I know what it means to serve the People. On the eve of my 60th birthday, I still want to continue to serve. As a Police Captain and a Police Chief, I have had to deal with serious issues and make difficult decisions to keep the citizens safe. I have been endorsed by Sheriffs, numerous Police and Fire Chiefs, civic leaders and many others because they know that I possess the proven leadership and the commitment to our community that is necessary for a candidate for your City Council. I would be honored to have your vote March 7th.

Drew

My Concerns for Clovis

When I moved here in 1984, I wanted my young sons to live in a safe community, with clean neighborhoods and great schools … that’s Clovis.   I want the same thing for my 17 month old granddaughter Blake.  Where Clovis will be in 10 years is decided in the next 2-4 years.  It’s important to know where candidates stand on issues that are important to our future.

Rebuilding or Public Safety Services:  As the biggest part of the General Fund, both the Police and Fire Department’s were forced to reduce their staffing and budgets during the recession.  As a Police Captain, I was forced to cut programs that I supported in order to get within the new “reality” the recession forced us to deal with.  Your employees voluntarily took substantial pay cuts, and our officer staffing went from 116 to 93 officers.  Clovis fared much better than many communities because of the early efforts of both the City Council and City Manager to reduce spending.  As we emerge from the recession, we need to rebuild our public safety departments to keep protecting the citizens.

Revitalization of our Older Neighborhoods:  As we grow to the north and east, many of our older neighborhoods are being left behind.  Many neighborhoods felt the pain of foreclosed homes left to weed up, and rental homes with absentee landlords and renters who don’t care about their neighbors.  If you look around many of our older neighborhoods, there are abandoned homes, weeded lots and undeveloped areas.  We need to do a better job of encouraging smart development in these “in fill” areas, and code enforcement to improve the condition of our neighborhoods.

Encouraging Commercial and Retail Investment in Clovis: You don’t have to go far in town to notice shuttered businesses, and shopping centers with vacant spaces.  We have done an excellent job in bringing business to Clovis, but more can be done.  I’ve met with a business that selected Clovis, and I have some ideas on how we can encourage even more good businesses to make Clovis their home.  We need to explore bringing in professional commercial development advisers, reduce or delay some fees, and work cooperatively with the Chamber of Commerce and other business advocacy groups to make Clovis a business destination.

 

There are other issues I’m concerned with … what are yours?