How to Help Las Cruces
Here are Bill's responses to some of the most pressing questions facing our city today:
1. Identify two issues in the City of Las Cruces that can be addressed by the city government and explain how.
Our city government needs to address compensation for police and fire personnel. It is unacceptable that Las Cruces is the second-largest city in New Mexico, and yet, according to the union spokesmen, our police and fire pay has slipped to sixth statewide. The general fund can and will address this when I am Mayor. Truly, the primary responsibility of local government is to provide a safe and secure city. With regard to those responsibilities, our government also can and should offer better construction scheduling for traffic flow. This will allow safe and efficient transportation for our community members.
2. How do we develop more diverse and friendly neighborhoods?
One of the things I love most about Las Cruces is the diversity within and throughout our many neighborhoods. That being said, a city official alone can’t build a friendly community– that’s not possible. What is possible, however, is for city officials to learn how to listen. I promise to give all residents, regardless of what part of town they live in, equal services and attention. Another development that will increase the diversity of Las Cruces is to continue improving job opportunities to attract families from all walks of life.
3. How will you address Las Cruces’ critical need for more affordable housing?
This is a critical need in our community, and it is one that absolutely needs to be addressed. The problem isn’t affordable housing alone– the issue is systemic, including a lack of sustainable and desirable jobs. Let’s work together to make Las Cruces the shining star it once was, and build a city that attracts quality employers. Simultaneously, we need to improve affordable housing options. This can be done with appropriate housing trusts, the right incentives, tax breaks, the rehabilitation of under-served neighborhoods, and relaxed development and zoning rules.
4. What should Las Cruces do to address the recent problems with the recycling program?
According to our city recycling department, new markets must be found to make recycling easier for city residents. This will encourage more citizens to participate in recycling, making it an accessible and realistic option. The ultimate goal is to achieve zero waste when it comes to packaging.
Who will support our First Responders?
Who will protect and advocate for the welfare of our pets?
Who will turn the “welcome” lights on in Las Cruces?
Who will provide orderly and common-sense road repairs?
Who will be a vocal supporter for the local film industry?
Who will ensure an honest and transparent government?
Who will promote city sports and improve facilities?
Who will use your tax dollars wisely and honestly?