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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Ciudad de San JoseCandidato para Consejo Municipal, Distrito 6

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Myron Von Raesfeld

Business Owner/Realtor
1,507 votos (6.45%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • We must get our city management to focus on improving our Police and Fire Departments response times and manpower.
  • We must focus as a top priority the development of a friendly and supportive city for businesses and business owners. We must increase our jobs to employable resident ratio from the .83/1 to a minimum of 1:1
  • With over 4,063 Homeless roaming our streets and parks, we must provide a better solution than allowing the Homeless to interfere with the peaceful enjoyment of our residential and commercial areas. There is a Better way.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Business Owner, Real Estate Broker, and Retired Fire Fighter
CEO Windermere Real Estate Silicon Valley, Windermere Silicon Valley (2015–current)
CEO, ClickHome Inc (1998–2015)

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Apartment Association
  • Don Von Raesfeld, Santa Clara City Manager (Retired)

Organizaciónes (1)

  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters (4)

What experience related to city government would you bring to the City Council?
Respuesta de Myron Von Raesfeld:

As a small business owner and Realtor for over 30 years I understand the responsibilities and commitment it takes to provide needed services to our clients. As your councilman I will bring this same dedication and experience that has benefited my company and family to the halls of San Jose. 

 

As a person who has made a living of bring often two opposite sides together I will use my experience and talents to work with my fellow councilmembers to bring real long-term solutions to our city. 

San Jose budget difficulties have resulted in unprecedented cuts to staff and services. How will you deal with coming shortfalls? Restoring some of the City services? And, if you think the City needs additional resources, what are your ideas for increasing revenues?
Respuesta de Myron Von Raesfeld:

As a small business owner and Realtor for over 30 years I understand the responsibilities and commitment it takes to provide needed services to our clients. As your councilman I will bring this same dedication and experience that has benefited my company and family to the halls of San Jose. 

As a person who has made a living of bring often two opposite sides together I will use my experience and talents to work with my fellow councilmembers to bring real long-term solutions to our city. 

The recent recession has been devastating to oour city services and staff. As a result of past short term think decision our city has made the problem was made worse. We must look at long term solutions and work closely with our employees to provide a good and stable work place. 

Unfortunately, when the next recession comes and that looks likely for 2018 - 2021, we are going to have to tighten our belts once again. There are city services that we will have to cut and it would be my position that we must look at all non-essential services before we cut our CORE services. 

 

There are many opportunities for additional revenue if we just want to think outside the box. The advertising industry is one that our city could take advantage of. We have a significant amount of property along our freeways that is prime for advertising media. Some of those media advertising signs bring in over a million dollars in revenue per year with no out of pocket costs. 

What concerns are of particular importance to the city and how would you address them?
Respuesta de Myron Von Raesfeld:

Public Safety, Police and Fire services

Balance and Reduce our City Budget

Jobs and the economy

Roads and Infrastructure

The homeless Population

The only way to address all of these issues is to make them a priority for our city. In the recent past our city representatives have tried to address some of these issues only to get sidetracked on issues like rent control. In addition, it does not seem as though our representatives have much experience at solving long term problems with new and innovative ideas.

 

Our employees and staff can help tremendously with solving city waste. If we were to implement a program that would pay any employee that has a solution that will save our city money we would find many ways to reduce our spending. A simple bonus structure of between 3%-5% for total dollars saved after the first year paid to an employee for identifying the savings area will generate significant savings for our city. 

How would you balance the needs of the City as a whole while also addressing needs of your district as well as those of special groups?
Respuesta de Myron Von Raesfeld:

The needs of District 6 and the city are very much aligned. Our city needs to attract more businesses to our city to provide the needed jobs for our residents.

We also need to greatly improve the police and fire response times to provide our residents the services they deserve and expect.

 

Lastly, we need to get our homeless population under control. There is no reason that the Homeless should not be expected to abide by all the same laws we expect all of our residents to abide by. We must work together with our social services and non-profits to come together with a better solution on getting our homeless away from our residential areas and parks where they are creating a significant conflict between each other. 

Preguntas de League of Women Voters (1)

How much money do you expect to raise/spend on your race, and how will you assure voters that financial contributions will not affect your decisions/positions should you be elected?
Respuesta de Myron Von Raesfeld:

With the exception of my self-funding of $20,000, all of my donors are relatively small contributions from family and friends. I am a person that will always work to find the most practical and cost effective solutions to our problems. I will always be open to hearing from the voters in my district and will always work to provide the best decision and guidance for the district and city. 

 

District 6 is a very large district with over 100,000 residents. I believe that I will need to fund my campaign with a total amount between $80,000 - $100,000 in order to run a viable campaign and reach the voters in district 6.

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Let's solve the Homeless Crisis

Summary

 

San Jose currently has over 4,063 homeless roaming our streets and parks. Allowing our homeless to take over our parks and sleep in dangerous and filthy areas is inhumane. In addition we do not have the funds available to provide each of the homeless with a traditional home. Placing them in old hotels and commercial buildings is too costly and inefficient. There just isn't enough space to house that many people.

 

The solution is to create legal campsites away from residential and business areas. For the over $6,000,000 we are currently spending to house 230 homeless in hotels we can provide camp sites for all of them and get them off the streets once and for all.  

MYRON’S PLAN FOR OUR HOMELESS

THERE IS A BETTER WAY!

San Jose’s homeless is an ever increasing problem for our city and our residents. Many elected officials believe that society has an obligation to provide permanent housing “Housing First” for those that have none. While this sounds like a noble and generously compassionate solution let’s look at the practicality of this position. 

In order to solve the homeless situation in our city, we must first understand the gravity of the problem. According to the San Jose 2015 Point in Time Census; San Jose has an estimated 4,063 homeless roaming our streets. County wide there are 6,556 homeless. The number of Homeless in our area is staggering. In addition to the overwhelming number of homeless we also must consider who the homeless are.

There are several categories of Homeless according to the City and approximately 65% of them report one or more health conditions which include substance abuse, mental health conditions, and PTSD. In addition, 30% have spent at least 1 night in jail in the last 12 months. If we take the city’s data from their most recent census of the homeless, 2,650 of them are in need of serious medical help and drug intervention.

Our homeless population ranges from individuals who are experiencing a run of bad luck to those who have severe mental health issues and everything in-between. The homeless are currently surviving along our freeways, under overpasses, along our streams/rivers, and just about anywhere else they can hide out and set up a camp. Many of the homeless do not receive the federal and state public assistance that is available such as food stamps and welfare payments.  

The areas where they camp are often filthy with human waste, discarded drug needles, and mounds of other trash collected and assembled by them. If you or your family have such a campsite boarding your home or neighborhood you know the problems that are often associated with homeless encampments near you.   

Placing the homeless among residential neighborhoods without proper screening is a recipe for disaster. We have many great organizations working very hard every day to reach out and help our homeless population; however, given the gravity of this situation and the fact that our homeless are spread out all over the city, it is very difficult for the individuals and agencies to help our homeless when it is almost impossible to locate them.

The Cost of “Housing First”

We are spending in excess of $6,000,000 a year currently on the “Housing First” program to house fewer than 250 homeless individuals in three separate hotels in downtown and on The Alameda. This is equal to $26,000 per homeless individual annually for housing. The cost for the “Housing First” option is staggering and likely to go even higher when you have to build facilities from the ground up.  In addition, the current “Housing First” plan will place hundreds of homeless individuals in neighborhoods throughout San Jose. There will virtually not be an area that will not be impacted by this current plan if we continue on this path.

Let’s look at The Evans Lane proposed project that will only house a projected 170 currently homeless individuals. Simple projections would estimate the cost of construction for this homeless facility at $25,000,000 - $30,000,000 which does not include ongoing charges for maintenance and repairs. In addition to the cost of construction is the value of the land. A fully entitled 6 acre parcel ready for a developer to construct housing would have a minimum value of $15,000,000 - $20,000,000 just for the lot.

The “Housing First” approach is the most costly and slowest approach to address our homeless challenges. It will take us over 17 years and hundreds of millions of dollars to provide the city paid for housing at a current rate we are going.

There Is A Better Way

When Hurricane Katrina and Sandy devastated areas of our country we found a way to provide temporary housing using tents and other vehicles set up in locations where services could be provided to those in need. We can create similar facilities in an approved location for our homeless where they can receive the special services that so many agencies and nonprofits work hard to provide. Legal Camping Areas can be cleaned, monitored, and kept safe for the homeless to live.

Legal Camp Sites can be located on public land away from residential and commercial areas. We can provide basic camp sites and general services. In the beginning we can use temporary bathroom facilities which can be empties and cleaned regularly. We can provide the level of oversite needed to keep the camp sites safe and clean.

When we create a legal and safe area for the homeless to camp, we will also be able to identify and help those that need help. Social Services as well as the non-profits will now know where to find the individuals that need their assistance. In addition with an address for the homeless they can apply for and receive federal assistance and or welfare currently available at no cost to our city.

Reconnecting Services: We should immediately implement a program of contacting the families of the homeless and reconnect those that are willing and able to go back to a loved one’s care. If just 25% of our homeless were taken in by a loved one who will help care for them, we would reduce our homeless population by more than 1,000 people at little to no cost to the city, while at the same time getting those that need help back to family members who can and will care for them

When we decide as a society to tackle and address this homeless problem in our city with a bigger picture approach, we can provide a safe place for the homeless at significantly less cost to the tax payers than the “Housing First” model. Legal Camp Sites will make our neighborhoods, parks, streets, and downtown areas safe for all of us to walk freely without the worries many of us currently have.

As your councilman it will be apriority of mine to find real workable solutions to the city’s big problems. By working together we can solve these challenges and maintain a fiscally strong city that can provide the core services it is required to do. 

If you would like your council representative to take approaches as outlined above,

then a VOTE FOR MYRON WILL ACHIEVE THIS.

Myron Von Raesfeld

Candidate for San Jose City Council District 6

 

myronvonraesfeld@sbcglobal.net

Public Safety

Summary

Our Police and Fire Services have declined over the past 10 years and we must provide our citizens with the quality of service the deserve and expect. the lenghtly response times our citizens have to wait for services is unacceptable and there are things we can impliment immediately with little or no cost that will help to greatly improve our first responders service to the city. 

Myron’s Plan

For a Safer City

 

While others talk in generalities about Public Safety, Myron has put pencil to paper and actually identified key areas that will make San Jose a safer city for all of us. When you go to the polls and elect your next Council representative, you may want to consider the person with new ideas and an ability to implement out of the box solutions. Myron has learned this visionary thinking and problem solving from his father Don Von Raesfeld. Don was the most successful City Manager our county has ever seen. It is time for us to have the safe city we once had. It is time for our community to come together. It is time for Myron Von Raesfeld to be your Councilman in District 6.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

As a Firefighter, I experienced firsthand the importance of having first responders arrive to a call for service quickly. I recall the first time I performed CPR on an individual that was lifeless. My training kicked in and I performed the lifesaving techniques that were needed at that moment in time. I must say; it is an amazing feeling when one moment a person is lifeless and the next you feel a pulse and the person breaths on their own. It is moments like this that we could care less about labor disputes, retirement benefits, and unfunded liabilities. In a moment like this every second counts, and at moment like this nothing else matters.

Whether you are in need of the services of a police officer or a fire fighter, all you want and need is their help quickly. Our Fire Department responds to over 80,000 calls for help every year. Approximately 68,000 of these calls are for medical emergencies. In those moments all that matters is time, shorter public safety response times will save lives.  

FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE

As your City Council representative I will push for our Firefighters and City Management to come up with real solutions to try to fix the system that is falling short and reduce response times. Some creative ideas I feel that are worth trying are:

1.       Have 911 dispatcher calls monitored in every fire house. The firefighters will be alerted immediately and by hearing the address directly from the reporting party, the firefighters will get to the fire engine out of the firehouse often before the dispatcher actually rings down the firehouse; thereby shaving minutes off of response times.  Minutes that will matter in those moments of need.

2.       Open up 15 new firehouses: These would not be large centralized stations, but converted homes in neighborhoods.  The City can accomplish this with existing fire engines and firefighters; we will not need to expand our force. Currently many of our Fire Stations house multiple engines and trucks with up to 12 firefighters in one station. Spreading out our fire engines and firefighters will reduce response times to those moments that matter to you and your loved ones most.  It will also provide you with neighborhood fire stations placing the eyes and ears of our first responders much closer to you.  

3.       Technology: The Fire Chief should complete a detailed review to ensure that we are using the latest technology and resources, including an Automated Vehicle Location System.  Automated Vehicle Location systems allow dispatchers to send the closest available unit directly to your emergency for those moments that count.

4.       Effective Utilization of Resources: The use of two-person rescue squad units should be analyzed by the Fire Chief.  These units could handle about 20% of the call volume responding to minor medical calls, freeing up the four-person Engines for more critical calls.  This alone could significantly increase capacity of our current response capabilities.  Allowing shorter response times when those moments count the most.

All of our firefighters are trained in first responder medical treatment. Moving trucks, engines and squads to neighborhood fire houses will reduce the response times for what our department responds to over 80% of the time, medical emergencies, those moments that count for you and your family.

POLICE SERVICES

As we all know our Police Department faces increasing challenges as well. In the last fiscal year our police officers responded to over 1,060,000 calls for service. This represents approximately 1,250 calls per officer on average. This does not include the thousands of calls where our officers back up or assist each other on calls when assistance is needed. San Jose has averaged 37 homicides per year since 2011, far above the 20 we had in 2010, and we are on track to exceed 37 in 2016.  We use to live in the SAFEST Big City America. Unfortunately, we or our friends are increasingly finding ourselves victims of crime. There is relief when a police officer arrives to help you. Unfortunately, we also know the stress and anxiety you experience when you are waiting for what seems like hours for help to arrive or are told the police no longer respond to your type of crime.

Our Police department was once staffed with 1,400 sworn officers and today we have just over 800 reporting for duty.   Despite being the third largest city in California we have the lowest officer to resident ratio of large cities in California.  As a result, you often are stuck waiting for help to arrive. Police response times to even the most pressing emergencies have been steadily increasing, precious moments that count for your safety. Our city can do better than this and we must find immediate solutions to preserve those moments that count for you and your family.

As your City Council representative I will push for our Police Officers and City Management to come up with real solutions to try to fix the system that is falling short and reduce response times. Some creative ideas I feel that are worth trying and can be implemented immediately are:

1.       Rehire our currently retired Police Officers on a limited basis. Many of our recently retired Officers are currently working special events at Levi Stadium, Avaya Stadium, HP Pavilion and other events. Bringing back retirees relieves the City of having to pay for additional retirement, medical and their benefits. This is a stopgap plan that can be immediately implemented until the City can hire and train new officers to replace them.

2.       Technology:  Similar to the Fire Chief, the Police Chief must complete a detailed review to ensure that we are using the latest technology and resources, and that they are working.  We must utilize available technology such as Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) so dispatchers can always dispatch the closest available unit to your emergency when every moment counts.  Predictive policing technology must be explored and implemented. 

3.       Hire 100 Community Service Officers to take non-emergency calls, process minor crime scenes, investigate minor accidents and burglaries where the criminals are long gone.  This will also allow us to provide a pathway for those that wish to become a police officer.    

Our retired officers have professionalism and experience that gave us the designation of America’s Safest Big City. You have the right and should expect to live in America’s Safest Big City.  A part time retiree hire back program could bring up to 100 fully trained and ready officers back to our streets within a few months. This will help reduce response times, reduce crime and protect you and your families at a level you deserve. As your Councilmember I will lead the effort to get our police officers, firefighters and city managers working together for you.     

CONCLUSION

Every moment matters, delayed response times can cause catastrophic consequences to the victims of crime, accidents or medical emergencies. We must work to constantly find new ways to provide the necessary services we are all paying for. Our police department cannot be effective at protecting all of us if their morale and staffing remains low. Forcing officers to work overtime will only make things worse.

Failing to act and or blaming everyone else for our challenges we have is failure of Leadership. Good public policy can only come from good leadership. Our city desperately needs leadership that will think outside the box and find the real long term solutions to our challenges and opportunities. We can and must do better at providing the essential core services that are required from our city to the public. As your City Councilman this will be a priority for me. With your support and us working together, we must make this happen because Every moment counts!

 

VOTE JUNE 7, 2016 FOR MYRON VON RAESFELD 

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