Published in the September 26 – October 9, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

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By John McKay

John McKay

Most candidates running for city council recognize the need to focus on residential development, public safety, economic development, and transportation. I’ll also focus on other key issues such as infrastructure, agricultural preservation, open space preservation, Anderson Dam retrofit, water supply, and broadband Internet service, to name a few.

I’ve worked on many of the community’s core issues for nearly a decade and listened to you speak passionately about our community. I became a student of Morgan Hill.

As a planning commissioner I worked on our residential housing growth control program, limiting growth to the lowest planned rate ever. I participated in zoning code updates which complimented economic development needs. I’ll continue to work, in a way that benefits Morgan Hill, to satisfy new state housing requirements which threaten our growth controls.

I helped create the grassroots Tourism Alliance committed to promoting Morgan Hill and promote local businesses as president of the Downtown Association. I built the big blue chair and helped create the pop-up parks for families. I believe in business retention and will continue the hard work of overcoming the 12-mile barrier to San Jose in attracting businesses with well-paying jobs.

Appointed to the High-Speed Rail Community Working Group I understand its issues and will fight for the least damaging route and push to include high-speed Internet — if it ever gets built. Traffic from those to the south is clogging our streets and we must get creative to ease it. Traffic and crime are issues and they originate out of town.

Our police department needs more staff even though you’d never know it. We need to grow our economic base to hire more officers and open a third fire station.

I possess the ability and vision to be your District D City Councilmember. More information at votemckay2018.com.

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