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Corpus Christi City Council District 4

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    Richard Diaz

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    Greg Smith

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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 began getting involved in local politics in 2017 with the election campaign of Nelda Martinez for Mayor. Afterwards do to the encouragement of Mrs. Martinez I applied to be on the city Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC), and served on the commission for one year before deciding to run for city council.
I would look to have future budget fund go to increasing the number of police officers in the city, as well as increase the quality of training to better prepare officers for different situation they may find themselves in. I would also work to increase infrastructure investment in more crime heavy areas, as a city simply showing interest in a neglected area can have a profound impact in crime and poverty.
I would work to have residential roads rebuilt with permeable pavement instead of asphalt or concrete. This would allow for our roads to act as storm water reservoirs and allow more rain water to permeate back into our ground water, as well as lower the lifetime cost of our stormwater and wastewater treatment plants.

I would prioritize concrete roads over asphalt when rebuilding commercial and large residential roads.

I would emphasize the need to have a more walkable and bike friendly environment for citizens and tourists, which would helping to cut down traffic congestion and accidents.
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I believe the city has made effective strides in improving our water safety and quality since the last water boil. But more steps can always be made to improve our water quality, such as building permeable pavement roads with would cut down on trash flowing into our stormwater system and as well as replenish our ground water reserves. I would also look into finding the funding to build a wastewater treatment plant to allow for another clean source of water, as long as that water goes to the citizens first and not to the port or other large commercial businesses.
Our water drainage system in the bluff and island needs to be improved to help mitigate flooding from large rainfalls. We must also invest in building more mixed income apartments to increase the livability of the area.
As a board member of many public organizations I have learned the best practices to use in a public body. As a RV resort partner for 22 years that owns its own streets & utility systems gives knowledge of infrastructure and dealing with a community. Working for HEB shows the importance and need for leadership & a positive culture within a large organization. Being part of a firm that provided structural bridge products to TXDOT brings knowledge of streets and bidding products. Being part of the Windstorm Task Force gave knowledge of the importance and inner working of the Tex Legislature.
We need to continue the policies such as community policing that has led to the crime decline since 2016. Sources of crime as drugs & gangs need to be addressed. The City must enforce current laws on the books for petty crimes that bring blight to our City. I do and will continue to support CCPD's work in this area.
Additional water supply. I have supported and will continue to support the most cost effective sources on new water and the necessary permitting required to achieve adding to our supply. Residential Street rebuild program. Support the citizen approved residential street tax funding. Wastewater efficiency upgrades. Support the wastewater CIP improvements.
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The City is currently working to expand our water supply. RFI's have been issued to interested parties for additional water. The City has awarded a contract to secure two desalination permits. Practical and available sources are desalination, groundwater, reuse and aquifer storage and recovery. This gives the City the ability to secure the lowest cost supply to satisfy future water needs. We can add 33% more demand and still be within our safe yield calculations as prescribed by our regional water plan. Our current work plan is to insure that we have water available when demand dictates.
Additional rebuilding and reconstruction of residental streets in District four and all of Corpus Christi. Addressing other infrastucture needs; collector streets, drainage and wastewater extensions.