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Livingston California: 06/04/2016
On May 21 of this year, I e-mailed a series of questions to County Supervisor Candidate Rodrigo Espinoza and Incumbent John Pedrozo. As of the date of this Posting, only John Pedrozo has replied. As soon as I receive a reply from Mr. Espinoza, I will update this page.
What experience do you have with interpreting budgets?
I’m proud that while I’ve served on the Merced County Board of Supervisors, we have balanced our budget each and every year. This has often required us to make difficult decisions but those decisions have afforded us with a better budgetary picture today than several years ago when economies around the state and nation were significantly challenged.
What do you think is contributing to an increase in the crime rate?
We must do a better job encouraging outreach with our youth, which is why I’m a big believer in early childhood development and after school programs especially in our outlying unincorporated communities. Crime is a challenge for our County, like it is for many. I will continue to support giving our law enforcement professionals the tools they need to keep our communities safe from harm. While only speculation, the increase in crime could be attributed to factors like drug trafficking in and through our County. The manufacturing and distribution of drugs unquestionably lead to criminal and gang activity.
What is your working relationship with the Sheriffs’ Department?
I have always enjoyed a very positive, strong, collaborative relationship with the Sheriff’s Department, and will continue to champion the efforts to provide them with the tools and resources they need to keep our families and their property safe.
What is your position on the Second Amendment?
As the right to bear arms is specifically addressed in our nation’s constitution, I believe that law abiding citizens should have the right to protect themselves from harm.
What do you think are the top 3 issues facing the County?
The top three issues facing the County today are enhancing the effort to keep the public safe, protecting our agricultural industry and water resources, and extending innovative opportunities for our youth so they can compete for the jobs of tomorrow. These have been and will continue to be my top priorities.
The City of Livingston has been sued twice by activist groups about water related issues. The first lawsuit was about elevated arsenic levels. The second has to do with determining the amount of water being used by Foster Farms. A Maximum Contaminant Level for Chromium 6 has recently been enacted and, although there is not currently a Maximum Contaminant level for TCP-1,2,3, one is expect to be enacted within the next year or two. Given that activists groups have already shown a willingness to litigate over Water and Water Quality Issues, what can Cities and the county do to be better prepared for such litigation in the future?
By staying in compliance with federal and state regulations, local jurisdictions are best positioned to avoid such litigation. As federal and state regulations often change, it’s incredibly important that local jurisdictions have staff, consultants and experts on hand to monitor, evaluate and recognize when changes are proposed so that they can maintain compliance. In so doing, we will be able to keep the health, safety and well being of our communities always in mind.
What do you think can be done to ensure an adequate water supply in the future?
The County has demonstrated a razor-sharp focus on preserving and protecting our most valuable natural resource, water. In this regard, the County adopted an ordinance which aims to better regulate wells and water exports so as to ensure water supply in the future. Our ordinance is now viewed by many others around the state as a model to be used in their jurisdictions as well. We must also continue to stay engaged in the efforts associated with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, as the primary goal is to ultimately reach sustainability in the future.
The County and the Cities seem to be having a difficult time coming to an accord on Tax Sharing Agreements. Why do you think that is?
Tax sharing agreements are incredibly complex and require sound dialogue and conversation. The bottom line is that communication is key. Both parties have to be willing to give and take, and talk things through. When communication doesn’t occur, agreements are difficult to reach.
Please finish this Sentence, "A vote for me is a vote for…………..
A vote for me is a vote for giving our public safety professionals the tools they need, for protecting our agricultural industry and water resources, and a vote for early childhood development and after school programs for our children.