What are the major city issues of concern to you in the future?
One, creation of hundreds of new good-paying jobs; two, lowering the crime rate; and three, better management of city monies. I will fight very hard to lower the crime rate, attract new businesses and manage the city monies better than any other candidate running.
What issues in the past do you feel are not being addressed?
One, lowering the crime rate; two, creating new good-paying jobs; and three, better management of city monies. My priority will be to reduce the crime rate, create new high-paying jobs and manage the city monies better in order to do away with new taxes.
What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?
Local businesses in the city need more assistance from the city for them to grow faster and create new good-paying jobs. The city should be aggressive in providing new tax incentives to attract more businesses of all types to the city. I’m the only candidate who has made a commitment to reduce crime, create new high-paying jobs, and reject any new taxes or higher fees on our citizens.
What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?
The city is spending too much money to public safety. The police and fire departments have wasted millions of dollars with no improvement in lower crime and fast emergency response times. Hundreds of citizens have told me to give the police a dateline to reduce crime; if crime rate is not reduced, to cut the police budget by 1/3. If that does not reduce the crime rate, to recommend to the city manager to fire the police chief for incompetence. These same hundreds of citizens make the same proposition to the fire chief: Execute to improve emergency response calls or face the prospect of getting fired. Many citizens want me to win this election so I can recommend the firing of both chiefs if they do not execute.
What are your housing concerns for the city? How will you address them in the future?
The past and current City Councils have done a pathetic managing housing issues in the city. Hundreds of citizens have urged me that if elected, to legally allow “granny flats” in our city. Allow property owners with granny flats or additions who are not code-compliant to pay a fine then let the owner rent the second unit. If the city is not going to use its city ordinances and tax incentives to build new affordable housing, then allow granny flats to exist in the city. If elected, I will follow the advice of my fellow citizens
And have the city partner with the state and federal governments and other public and private entities to increase new residential units in the city.
How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?
I’m a big proponent of environmentally sound policies that (1) further the interest of all citizens and (2) protect our natural resources at the same time. Citizens have told me for the city to educate our citizens on the need to preserve water, for example. These same citizens have urged me to impose high fines to increase water conservation.
Discuss other concerns you have with your city and what you will do to address them. This may include water issues, the state of your city’s school districts, the city’s financial stability, unemployment, etc.
One, impose higher fines and educate the citizens for the need to conserve water. I will propose the creation of a volunteer city committee to discuss ideas on water conservation and management. Two, create federal, state and private and public partnerships and use the city’s tax incentives to attract new industrial, commercial and high-tech companies to move into Oxnard. These new companies would create hundreds of high-paying jobs for our citizens. Three, I’m the most frugal candidate there is. I will take the recommendations of hundreds of our citizens to prevent the imposition of new taxes or fees. I have been advice by various private and public entities, other local government representative to “do more with less.” That is, I will cut further the city department budgets by one-third if necessary in order to run the city as growing business while at the same time delivering first-class services to our citizens.
In closing, I’m not afraid to make hard choices if I know these choices will transform the city into an economic powerhouse, providing effective and efficient vital services at the lowest cost possible, and creating hundreds of high-paying jobs so the citizens and new businesses pay taxes and keep the local economic engine growing.
A vote for Enrique Petris is a vote for a dynamic city on the move providing inexpensive vital services, stopping crime at its source, enlarging the economic pie for the benefit of our senior citizens, women and young people. My efforts will benefit ALL.