Matthew Wayne Lorimermatt-lorimer-img_9521

49, business manager

What are the major city issues of concern to you in the future?

#1 priority: Crime is up in Camarillo 18.55 percent and assaults are up 33 percent as reported by Camarillo police, March 22, 2016.

#2 priority: The SOAR initiatives — J-C is vital for protecting are farm land is the only real protection against developers. SOAR is the peoples voice. The only candidate for Camarillo City Council who spoke against the Camarillo Conejo Creek Project.

#3 priority: Congested 101 Free ways we need to partner with state, local agencies to promote ride share, better bus schedules. The only candidate against measure AA, which only provides 20 percent to ward frees while 50 percent go to cities.

What issues in the past do you feel are not being addressed?

Council members should not sit on nonprofit boards that receive city funding; it’s a conflict of interest. Its why the Fiesta embezzlement happened. I propose a Citizen Policy Committee, a five-member board that sets policies for money given out to nonprofits and contracts awarded by the city. Also, Camarillo residents want term limits for City Council members.

What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?

Brick-and-mortar business that operate out of buildings in our community are facing a world of people who shop on their smart phones who have seen their average ticket decline are facing expensive rents, labor cost and cost of user fees triple in over past few years from the city of Camarillo. We need to reduce fees and allow business to invest in their future. We also need to have a survey once a year and help to understand their needs.

What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?

On March 22, 2016, at the Camarillo City Council meeting, the Camarillo Police gave the crime report which showed crime was up 18.55 percent and assaults were up 33 percent in 2015. Our Mayor Mike Morgan stated if one person commits multiple crimes it’s not as bad as it seems our city manager stated it normal cycle. There is nothing normal about have our parks, schools, and are places of worship being damaged. It’s time for new leadership at City Hall. We need a bicycle patrol and a police substation, and we need a monthly meeting by the Camarillo City Council at the police station to have a game plan to fight crime and measure results in fighting crime.

What are your housing concerns for the city? How will you address them in the future?

Many housing projects have been approved by the incumbents City Council members which have led to traffic issues, and other quality-of-life issues in the city of Camarillo. I see no need to continue to use farmland and continue to overbuild a community and turn the city into the next San Fernando Valley.

How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?

Maintain open space I’m supporting SOAR Measure J for Camarillo and Measure C for the county. The cost of water and the availability of water is a major concern. We are still waiting on approval of desalinization plant for years for the city of Camarillo.

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.

Residents want to know what decisions are being made and they need to have a say on city issues. The city needs to over hall the city website with interactive system and we need to have town hall meetings. I want to bring back transparency to Camarillo City Hall.