I am publicly announcing today (Friday, July 30, 2010) that I will not be seeking any elected office this November. After nine years of service to Turlock between the planning commission and city council, it is my intention to take a break from public service in order to devote more time to family as my three children enter high school over the next four years.
It has been both an honor and privilege to serve the people of Turlock and I take great pride in fulfilling many of the accomplishments I ran on in 2006 which include:
– Leading the effort to Increase the number of police officers and firefighters to levels appropriate for a city of seventy thousand residents and significantly reducing public safety response times and crime rates as a result.
– Founding the Development Collaborative Advisory Council (DCAC) which has given local developers a channel to communicate with building staff about building code interpretation and enforcement. Customer service continues to improve within the building department and as a result complaints have decreased dramatically.
– Developing the plan to invest 6.6 million dollars in water and sewer infrastructure improvements into the Westside industrial Specific Plan (WISP) which is drawing serious interest by new companies to Turlock as one of the few communities in the valley with “shovel ready” land.
– Leading the budget process over the last four years and consistently cut expenses and increased revenues without raising taxes. Unlike other California cities there have been no police or firefighter layoffs and Turlock has maintained a projected $15 million general fund reserves in the current budget year.
– Championing the collaborative effort with the Turlock Unified School District and members of the community to create a Joint use Agreement and renovation of Joe Debley Stadium to provide the residents of Turlock a premier venue for sports and leisure activity for years to come.
I intend to remain active in the community and challenge others to consider running for the council seat I will vacate this December so you can help guide Turlock’s future.
Ted Howze, DVM