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Questions and answers Staff | Sat, May 17 2014 12:00 PM

What qualifies you to represent 250,000 Chula Vista residents?

David Gonzalez Jr.: I have lived in Chula Vista for 24 years. As a resident I have been involved in the community through various organizations, both in business and public service. I am well experienced in finance, administration, managing budgets, and leadership. This has given me a well rounded knowledge to be able to listen and work with people in order to develop and meet the needs of Chula Vista.

Willie Harris: I worked with people of all races and nationalities over the past 30 years around the globe.  I have a broad appreciation for people from all walks of life honed by my experiences and I believe that education and rewarding work are great equalizers to helping communities.

What should Chula Vista do about the increasing number of homeless in the city?

Harris: There is no quick fix, but some studies demonstrate that subsidizing living spaces and providing job based education are useful to getting homeless off the streets and into the workforce on a long term basis.

Gonzalez Jr.: We must gain access to available state and federal programs which help the homeless increase their life skills. We can also assess the particular needs of our community and introduce programs that help as well.

Should the city of Chula Vista spearhead an effort to unify governing school boards in South County?

Gonzalez Jr. The priority is not for unification but for reorganization within the established districts.

Harris: No.  I looked into this and combining the districts presents a separate and distinct set of issues.

How do you increase revenue for the city of Chula Vista?

Harris: Increase revenue by encouraging increased business, and the movement of businesses into Chula Vista.  This could be done with a tax zone incentive that could be timed to expire as business improves.

Gonzalez Jr.: The increase of revenue includes job creation, growth of established businesses, the attraction of new businesses to the city, residential development, and tourism-hospitality. However it is important to administer our current budget efficiently.

What issues need immediate attention?

Gonzalez Jr.: The personal safety of residents is a high priority. In order to ensure the efficacy of our current Police and Fire departments we have to asses their training and understaffing. The availability of quality post high school education for our residents is also a high priority. It is also important to continue with the beautification of our city as we look for environmentally friendly alternatives.

Harris: Master plan for the city, the college/university enterprise zone in Otay is long overdue. I would also like to improve the infrastructure of our city.

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