I have a vision of the future where the costs for expansion are born by those demanding expansion rather than those who live here now and who have worked hard to have what they have. That our schools, roads, and infrastructure incrementally take care of themselves through parsing those costs to those creating expansion (developers), rather than tax increases to the residents that live here. That we continue to live in a city that is neighborhood-based and family-friendly, including appropriate greenspaces and parks. That our crime rate falls through proper management of our contractual mechanisms. That our city government is open and transparent with our residents, and responsive to criticism and challenges. Finally, that our streets, parks, places of business, and public spaces are clean and drug-free, and those in need of support are supported using the most cost-efficient and effective approaches. 


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Pictures provided by JANUARY D PHOTOGRAPHY, a valley resident owned small business. see more of her work at  

Video produced locally by artist Micaela Halpin