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Corpus Christi City Council District 1

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    Julian Firo

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    Joy Miller

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    Everett Roy

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Biographical Information

Describe your credentials and life experiences that qualify you to hold this office.

Both property and violent crime rates have decreased since 2016. However, Corpus Christi's crime rates are still significantly higher in both categories than the Texas and National crime rates. How will you address this issue if elected?

What are your three (3) top priorities for public infrastructure maintenance and expansion in Corpus Christi, and what will you do to support them?

How would you rate the capability of Corpus Christi to provide water for drinking, irrigation, and industry in the next 20 years?

Explain your answer.

In your opinion, what concerns must be addressed in your district during the next two (2) years?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science where I specifically learned how formulate policy, plan and develop ideas that will work for entire communities, and how to work with groups of people with different ideas. I also worked with United States Representative Vicente Gonzalez where I was in direct communication with elected officials of over 15 different counties, organized community events, and handled constituent’s issues. I am also heavily involved within the community, I hold events giving back to the children and the less fortunate and coach a little league baseball team.
One of my priorities after being elected is prioritizing our public safety. This means that with my ideas on how to creativity boost our local economy, we will be able to properly fund our first responders and make sure they have the appropriate man power to serve our citizens most efficiently.
1. Accelerate the process of the roads already being worked on and address the roads that have been neglected for too long. 2. Modernize our public transportation system as they do in other big name cities. 3. Replace poor existing street lighting throughout the district, especially in our inner central/west side area. In order to accomplish this, we must boost our local economy by bringing in top name businesses that will increase tourism and create local jobs.
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Corpus Christi is definitely able to provide water for the next 20 years but we must be prepared for any and everything. If we can accomplish the growth I keep referring to then we are going to need more modernized options such as a desalination plant. This would allow us to be well suited in case of emergencies and would free up some of the water we provide to other districts.
1. Infrastructure- We must accelerate the street paving program and address the poor street lighting in many areas of District 1. 2. Growth- We must create more local jobs, improve the quality of life for every Corpus Christian, and develop our downtown area to a national attraction. 3. Public Safety- We must make sure our first responders are fully staffed and funded so that they can continue to work efficiently and return home safely to their families. 4. Homelessness- We cannot truly be prosperous if we continue to ignore this issue, it is not a great look for our city.
As a small business owner who has been involved in City issues I feel that I m quite knowledgeable of the city and its issues. I worked with We The People News, newspaper and we discovered quite a lot going on with the city. I have managed a law office for 16 years and have learned quite a bit is those years.
I believe we need to use our neighborhood watch programs more than we do. We could try more get to know your neighbor events. Most crimes are done in the daylight hours by someone acting like they are supposed to be there. We can also promote more Police officers moving into high crime areas and offering an incentive to relocate there. I believe that we need to invest some funds in a mental health assessor at our local jail. I would say 70% of drug related crimes need some sort of mental counseling.
I believe that our neighborhood streets are very high priority due to our cars are taking a beating with all the holes. I also think we need to explore cement paving. Our neighborhood Sidewalks need both repairs and handicap accessibility. More smart growth instead of urban sprawl and building in flood plains. Last but not least our water and sewer pipes need updating. Also we have a lead problem that will need dealt with.
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We put in the Mary Rhodes pipeline for water so one would think that we would have enough water, but San Antonio and other areas are needing water since about 5,000 folks are moving there weekly. I really think we need to look at the upcoming water shortage. Also, the local corporations want to put in desalination plants at our expense and use it for their industry. The truth is desal plants cost a huge amount for energy to use. I would currently advise against that.
I believe that we need to address the density of our city. We keep sprawling out and building in flood areas as well as costing the city more money in new infrastructure. We need to rebuild our current infrastructure and build affordable housing in a smarter way.
I have been and/or lived all over the world. I have spent some 14 years in active military duty and in the reserves, defending our country. I have worked in operations, sales, training, management and leadership. For more than 20 years now, I have been in the lending and financial industries—currently working as a senior vice president at Kleberg Bank. Throughout my professional and personal life one constant has been my commitment to service and community. I received my undergraduate degree from Chaminade University in Business and a graduate degree in Management from Webster University.
As the current Council Member of District 1, I hear from citizens often about crime in their neighborhoods. The best way to address crime is make sure we have the police staff in place to handle the high call volume. Corpus Christi is understaffed based on our current population and call volume. We must focus on our human infrastructure just like we focus on physical infrastructure. I will continue to work with Council and Staff to be fiscally responsible. Every dollar we waste takes away from a dollar we could use to prevent crime.
Streets are probably the number one concern. As a Council Member currently for District 1, we have probably done more for streets on this Council than any other Council in past years. You can't drive anywhere without seeing streets being worked on. This is a long term, it will take years to get streets back up to an acceptable level.

Currently, the city of Corpus Christi depends on surface water. We must diversify our water sources in order to meet residential and industrial demands as we grow. We need to look at other sources such as desalination.

Third priority is Public Safety.
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As I mentioned earlier, we must continue to look at other water resources such as desalination. We are in a prime location to pull water from the ocean to meet future needs. The City is currently working with the Port and others to look at feasibility studies to find a desalination plant location site and work with environmentalist, Corps of Engineers and others to ensure we protect our environment. Multiple water sources will enable Corpus Christi to meet future needs and reduces future risk.
The first concern that must be addressed is to make sure Council hires the right City Manager. The City Manager acts as the CEO of the City and directs staff on a daily basis. Council needs to do a full search for this position. This position effects all districts.

District 1 has a lot going on right now. Continuing to work with the Downtown Management District is important. We are seeing significant change and growth downtown. I would like to bring the same vision to North Beach, a major tourism destination.

Continue to improve Public Safety (Fire & Police).