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City Council candidate Rob Kerth is this week's guest on Sac Press Live. Please join us at noon this Wednesday, Oct. 24, for a discussion of Kerth’s candidacy and his views on the challenges facing the city of Sacramento.The chat will be streamed live at noon here:
Kerth previously served on the City Council from 1992 to 2000, and is taking on Allen Warren for the District 2 seat, which represents northern Sacramento. Warren has agreed to appear on the chat next Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m.
Got a question for Kerth about what he would do on the council? Ask it in the comments section below this article. We'll cover all the on-point (and civil) reader questions we can during the interview.
On Friday, I asked Kerth what issues he thought hadn't been talked about enough during the campaign, and which ones he thought were most import to voters. He responded with two lists of three issues each:
1. Kerth thinks that flood control, green transportation and education have not been sufficiently addressed during the race.
"There are a number of things that the city does that are very important and council members spend a long time working on them, and they just haven't come up at all," he said. "In particular, there has not been yet a mention of flood protection, we haven't heard about how we are going to shift our transportation system to greener modes, we haven't talked really about how the city can help the schools, be a participant in the schools without seeming like it needs to control the schools – so those are the key issues that haven't come up yet."
2. The three issues Kerth said he's heard most about from residents during the campaign have been jobs, supporting small businesses and doing more for Sacramento's youth.
"It's very clearly jobs,” he said. “What can the city do, what can the council member do, to help create jobs and increase the number of jobs we have?
“The second one – and these are not ranked in priority order, I consider them all equally important to folks – the second one is, 'How do we support our local businesses?' There is a sort of overwhelming sense that north Sac is short of local serving businesses, and that hurts the quality of life here – not having a big supermarket, having just a couple of coffee shops for 50,000 people, just not having local support for business.
“The third thing is doing more for our youth – investing in our youth. Folks are really quite upset that the swimming pools are shut, the parks are kind of yellow, there are no programs anymore, community centers are rented out to third parties and not available for the community – so those are the three big issues that I hear about everywhere I go."
If you have a question for Kerth on these issues or any others facing the city, sound off in the comments section.
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