Saturday, May 25, 2013
Bravo Ms. Hernandez!
I concur, gstarch.
Great work by everyone involved. Well done!
Hence the political process. Gets us every time.
Great debating with you and thank you for caring about your community and the well being of its citizens.
Thank you for your response. I really think the problem here is two fold; the anti business climate created by the city's leadership and a lack of understanding as it pertains to economic progress and/or economic equality in minority communities.
I appreciate your offer to attend a meeting. You may see me there soon.
Thank you for the response. Here are a few thoughts that come to mind:
"Who: Fresh and Easy, Old Soul, BFD, Naked Coffee, the Brick House, Ron Vrilakas, OPBA, OPNA, Oak Park PBID, UCD Health System (6,000 employees and growing and recruiting locally) Po'boys (excellent "fast food" and a first rate employer of locals) Two new art galleries in the Triangle Precinct."
I think that all of these are wonderful things, however, I don't think they speak to the point I was making. First, I'd like to point out that while the aforementioned Oak Park associations (OPBA, OPNA, Oak Park PBID) certainly endeavor to attract business and create jobs, they offer no real or tangible employment anywhere close to the scale of that of the proposed McDonald's.
While many new small businesses are certainly good progress, all of them combined do not approach the employment opportunity offered by the rejected McDonald's.
As it pertains to UC Davis, I extend no quarter to you, the aforementioned organizations, or this city council as UCDMC has been around for close to 5 decades.
Therefore, I stand by my original assertion that this city council is the most oppressive, anti small business, wrong priority city government in my lifetime.
My comment in regard to Mr. Shenerir is accurate. Sure, Jay is a nice fella and he is certainly amiable. If these qualities are all you look for in a leader, then you deserve exactly what you are getting. When it comes to creating jobs and economic development, Mr. Shenerir is out of touch with his constituents. I use the McDonald's example and the lack of economic development and/or opportunities for the residents of Oak Park as the crux of my position. In the two years that Mr. Shenerir has served on the council the unemployment rate has increased and the blight and despair are more prevalent. This is irrefutable and factual.
"That you would choose to ignore the voice of the immediate community, disregard the advice of professional city planners, overturn the almost unanimous decision of a qualified and duly appointed planning commission and also ignore city code and safety criteria in favor of the priorities of big business clearly show us your perspective of what constitutes good governance."
If anyone is ignoring the voices of the immediate community it is you and this city council. Do you honestly believe that just because you or whoever was able to systematically organize a few caucasian residents to hold signs at a council meeting that you truly represent ALL of the residents of Oak Park? Who do you think you are fooling? The African American community is disproportionately unemployed and/or underemployed. All this city council did was further their suffering. A McDonald's that would create 80 jobs would be a God send right now. I, and many others, aren't drinking the Kool Aid.
In terms of drive through and building project, I say hogwash. There is no doubt in my mind that if this city council were more business friendly that they would find a way to work out a deal (see failed arena deal).
You sir have in no way persuaded me.
By the nature of my work, I have a lot of hands on involvement w/ many families in the Oak Park community. The suffering they endure due to poor economic development is devastating. Many of the people that I know are good people that genuinely want to work and provide for their families. Building a McDonald's was a small first step. Perhaps after the McDonald's was built it would signal to other investors that investing in Oak Park can be a good investment, thus, creating even more small business and jobs.
My question to you, sir, if not McDonald's, then who? When? How long do these good people have to wait until someone will make a substantive effort to improve the economic climate and provide jobs for their community?
If I were unemployed and couldn't make ends meet, the last thing I want to see is Schenirer, McCarty, and other council members turn away willing investors that create jobs. To me, this decision clearly exemplifies how out of touch these city leaders are w/ the citizens of Oak Park.
I'm sure the unemployed and underemployed citizens in Oak Park share your sentiment.
How awful is it that the most depressed and downtrodden area of Sacramento is denied jobs by a city council w/ a BIG BROTHER mentality? This city council is the most oppressive, anti small business, wrong priority city government that we have ever had.
How do these yayhoos deny a permit to a fast food gig like McDonald's, yet in the same breath have no problem granting pot shops permits all throughout the city? There are some seriously jacked up priorities on this council. Every last one of the city council members should be recalled.
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