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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of RedlandsCandidate for Member, City Council, District 3

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Joe Richardson

Attorney / Educator
1,820 votes (30.02%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase accountability and accessibility to our leaders at city hall.
  • Invest in public safety
  • Combat homelessness

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney/Educator
Attorney, Borton Petrini, LLP (2011–current)
Law Professor, LaVerne College of Law (2014–current)
Member, Utilities Advisory Commission-City of Redlands — Appointed position (2013–2013)

Education

Northwestern School of Law J.D., Law (1996)
University of Redlands B.A., Political Science (1993)

Biography

Joe Richardson is the son of an auto mechanic, born into a working-class family in South-Central Los Angeles, Joe learned the values of hard work and community at a young age. Helping others and paying it forward is something that Joe learned firsthand from his mother, who worked for four decades for the Department of Veterans Affairs helping those who served our country receive the benefits they deserve.   Joe took his passion for helping others and public service to the University of Redlands; there he completed his degree in political science and he became the first in his immediate family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. During his time on campus, Joe became an active participant in student government including serving the University of Redlands Community as Student Body President. In this role, Joe was responsible for building partnerships with his fellow students, administrators and community groups throughout Redlands.

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Redlands, Joe went on to graduate law school from Northwestern University. Today, Joe resides in Redlands with his college sweetheart Joi and their daughter Julia who goes to Redlands East Valley High School.

 

Joe practices law in Redlands at Borton Petrini, LLP, representing individuals and local companies in tort, contract, labor, and employment matters. Joe has been and continues to be an active community member in Redlands serving on various boards over the years including the YMCA of the East Valley, University of Redlands Alumni Board of Directors, Valley Preparatory School, and Redlands Family Services.

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Redlands Professional Firefighters Local 1354
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 477
  • Sheet Metal Local 105

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a pragmatic, thoughtful leader that understands the most important role of a leader is a member of the group he serves.  One of the advantages of local politics is that it creates the opportunity to solve problems without picking sides. So, wherever a great idea came from, I want to use it to better the position of the City of Redlands.  Political party cannot be in the front; instead, I want to enable the citizens to make informed decisions about matters that concern them.  I have seen leaders on all sides of the political spectrum come togther to provide solutions for the people that they serve; it can be that way in Redlands.  My political philosophy is rooted in bridgebuilding and problem solving.  As part of that philosophy, public servants need to do three things:

 

1. Communicate.

My passion is communication.  I have done 100 meetings with citizens over the last year plus. I wanted to be sure that the things being talked about and prioritized were the things citizens told me were important.  The recurring themes are that citizens want Redlands to be safe, beautiful, and livable. Safety involves supporting our first responders, police and fire, and dealing with our homeless issue in a responsible, comprehensive way that involves our entire area.  Beauty means having more open space, supporting the maintenance of Redlands citrus groves as well as historic buildings and architecture.  Livabilty means creating good jobs, being a business incubator that incentivizes businesses and industries to come to Redands, andseeks input from all stakeholders about how to best optomize the coming Redlands Rail.

 

2. Represent.

Too often, people that are elected fail to be representative of those that elect them.  Our leaders cannot be accountable if they are anonymous.   To truly be representative, City leaders must explain when there are salary increases for city leaders concurrently with cuts in needed services and increased fees for citizens.  We must ensure that our city leaders responsibly carry out the policies set by the City Council and that all city employees are valued and treated fairly.  As a practicing attorney, I will prioritize understanding the reasons for our increased legal claims and expenses.

I will conduct meetings within District 3 on a quarterly basis so that we seek dialogue ideas BEFORE they are voted on, instead of informing citizens after the fact.  To be representative does not involve "doing citizens the favor" of leaving them out of the decision making process. We need to always use our discussions with citizens as a gauge on where we should be as a council.  

 

3. Think.

I want to participate and lead with passion, but balance that passion with reality.  In short, I will always seek to know what is the practical effect of a law or rule being proposed.  With an understanding of our necessary priorities, including pension obligations, our budget limitations, and the will of the people, we can collaborate and be thoughtful about how we proceed in moving the City forward.  

 

 

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— October 3, 2018 Jordan Lambert on behalf of Joe Richardson for Redlands City Council Campaign

Joe Richardson Candidate for Redlands City Council talks about individuals all having a stake in our community, and what people involved in government should do to convey that message to those that are not politically aware or involved.

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