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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of RidgecrestCandidate for Mayor

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Michael Neel

Retired Electronic Engineer
2,290 votes (22.19%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Trim City spending and find new revenues that don't require more taxes on the Citizens
  • Make City meetings more user friendly and seek Citizens input. Improve transparency, especially in City spending.
  • Reduce City bureaucracy, scrub City code of unneeded laws, reduce City fees that discourage new business

Experience

Experience

Profession:Microwave Circuits & Antennas Design Engineer for Naval Air Warfare Center- 33 years
Electronis Engineer, Neval Air Warfare Center- China Lake Ca (1980–2013)

Education

University of Texas Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (1977)

Community Activities

Childrens Human Rights Activist, American Life League (1995–2016)
Soccer Coach, Ridgecrest Recreation Leagues (2000–2008)

Biography

 

As a 38 year resident of Ridgecrest  and employed at NAWC for 33 years,  my wife and I raised our 5 children here and grew to love this City.  I have enjoyed coaching  soccer teams, working on behalf of Children's Human Rights and teaching children while watching Ridgecrest  go through many changes.  I love the local regions and enjoy exploring the mountains and desert.  I believe Ridgecrest has much to offer for singles and families alike.  I know this because I have enjoyed the many musical events, sports opportunities, community gatherings and seen the kind caring hearts in our City. I have been part of  several local Churches and know this part of our Community to be a very valuable component.  I have worked carefully to apply my Christian Faith to local life in Ridgecrest.        

 

         Justice for ALL People is a central part of that application.

 

I have been highly involved in local affairs of all kinds for 15  years, having attended most Council Committee meetings and budget meetings.  I helped get over $4 million back to our Citizen's  wastewater fund after finding that the City had been illegally siphoning money from it.  I have consistently  urged the City Councils to function in a responsible manner fiscally and governmentally and work regularly with City Staff and Council to further a better life for our People.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in limited Constitutional government.

My grassroots campaign needs the help of everyone who wants changes in Ridgecrest. Spread the word, Vote for Mike Neel! -- with signs, discussions, ads, letters to the editors. If I get elected, YOU will make it happen. I will fight for government that is best for YOU, not the City, County, or State. 

 

Position Papers

PUBLIC INPUT

Summary

Citizens Ability to provide Public Input and Feel Welcomed and listened to.

 

Regular Mayor Hours for Public Input

 

Improve Public Input  during Meetings

 

Include more Citizens in Government

 

Insist on thorough Investigation of Important issues

 

GOVERNMENT

Summary

Changes or Additions needed in City Government

 

Scrub City Code of Unneeded Laws

 

Remove Laws that Suppress Citizens Rights

 

Increase Police Accountability to Public ( Citizens Oversight Committee)

 

Increase Staff Accountability to Public

 

City spending and Revenues

Summary

Ways to Reduce Cost of City Government and Garner Public Involvement in the process

 

Lower Costs of Staff & Projects

 

Explore ALL Avenues for more income and implement Best Options (Outdoor Sports, etc)

 

Open Routine City Spending for Regular Public Review

 

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