ELECTION 2022: SJ County Supervisor, Dist. 4
STEVE MOORE Why are you running for this seat?
I have solid skills, knowledge, and drive to better our situation for the future. This is important because San Joaquin County is home for myself and my growing family! I am willing to be a full-time dedicated supervisor for District 4, and have a plan of action that I will pursue in accomplishing the tasks I have identified with unsheltered and illegal dumping. These are the most important issues facing the district and the county as a whole. I will work my hardest to problem solve issues, providing them quality representation!
What issues set you apart from your opponents?
My experience in having served three terms as the San Joaquin County Sheriff. This experience provides me with direct knowledge of county government and understanding of all communities within San Joaquin County. I have the experience of working through the last great recession, with my knowledge of budgeting, I succeeded in retaining all deputies in order to provide for the safety and security of our county. In addition, I have working relationships with most of the current county department heads which will be of great assistance in accomplishing my goals as supervisor.
If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?
I will work to foster a collaborative front with our local city councils and elected state officials representing our county in reaching out to the governor for his direct commitment to assist San Joaquin County with the homeless. Through this collaboration to petition the governor to provide the closed Duel Vocational Institute state prison facility to the county for a dollar a year with the state to maintain it, while we transform it into a homeless assessment center. Providing a location where services such as mental health, and substance abuse programs for the unsheltered community can be obtained to assist them in returning to our community as productive members. The second ongoing issue I want to address is illegal dumping. Trash and junk are being dumped indiscriminately all over the county, especially in the rural areas. I will pursue a review of the county master contract for waste disposal to negotiate for additional services to remove trash and junk from identified locations with the assistance of our residents through the “My San Joaquin Go Request” application that is available free of charge.
Your thoughts on:
COVID policy: County government should obtain quality research information via local and state public health and identify all the available solutions regarding COVID and that information should be provided to the public for their review. Access to those alternatives should be made readily available to the public for them to execute as they see fit. Public safety/criminal justice: I am passionate about public safety and the Sheriff’s Office having spent the majority of my adult life working at the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. As supervisor I will be looking to promote the retention of our deputy sheriffs, correctional officers and recruit quality candidates keeping in mind community concerns in policing and our local justice system. Homelessness: As the District 4 supervisor, my number one concern is addressing the unsheltered/homelessness in our county. I will work to foster a collaborative front with our local city councils and elected state officials representing our county in reaching out to the governor for his direct commitment to assist San Joaquin County. Through this collaboration to petition the governor to provide the closed Duel Vocational Institute state prison facility to the county for a dollar a year with the state to maintain it, while we transform it into a homeless assessment center. Providing a location where services such as mental health, and substance abuse programs for the unsheltered community can be obtained to assist them in returning to our community as productive members. Affordable housing: There is a great lack of affordable housing here in our county. County government should seek to partner with local developers like “Visionary Home Builders” to build good quality affordable housing through public/private partnerships, taking advantage of all available grants and housing assistance programs. Economic policy: We need quality jobs for our residents, and as supervisor I will lobby for new businesses coming into our county. We need to promote the local wine industry in the county to become a destination for people to come to and enjoy. I will work with the County Administrative Officer to develop a fiscal preparedness plan to be ready for any potential looming recession and instill fiscal responsibility in county government operations. Water issues: My initial experience with local municipal water/sewer needs stems from my service of multiple elected terms to the Linden County Water District board of directors. As agriculture is the largest industry in District 4, with my experience on the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors over the past three years, has made me a strong advocate for all agribusinesses. Water is vital to all county agriculture. In support of agriculture, attention to water management, water allocations for farming, groundwater recharge projects and the ongoing battle to maintain and preserve the Delta are central to agricultural success. Taxes/fees/rates: County taxes should only be sought after the county budget has been audited to see if there are other current funds available to cover the identified need for the funding. A review of county services being provided and the levels of those services should be made to ensure they are what the county residents need or want. From the review appropriate reductions can be made to fund the current needs without taxation or fees. There may be situations when a county tax is the only alternative to generate the needed funding. In such a situation, any tax must contain an absolute end date for the collection of taxes based on what is needed to pay for the program, and not become an ongoing burden to taxpayers. Cannabis: While state laws have been passed that have set up the cannabis industry in the state. I believe that we should remain vigilant, ensuring that all regulations are met and community safeguards are in place to keep undue influence from affecting our residents. The ongoing black market in cannabis needs to be addressed in our county through ongoing enforcement, prosecution and regulations on any production. Winery/events ordinances: I believe currently that our local wine appellations in Lodi and Tracy are underutilized. We need to promote the local wine industry in the county to become a destination for people to come to and enjoy. County government should be taking a role in assisting the local wine industry to bring more tourism into the county. This will help create quality jobs in many areas of the service industry that will be a stimulus to the county economy. Transportation/infrastructure: Transportation issues in San Joaquin County are coordinated through the San Joaquin Council of Governments, SJCOG. The work that is in progress can be reviewed at their website http://www.sjcog.org/ The SJCOG board of directors has three county supervisors on the board. Two of the current three supervisors, Kathy Miller and Chuck Winn, would be replaced after this year’s election. If elected supervisor for the fourth district, I would welcome the opportunity of an appointment to the SJCOG Board in order to continue the work that is the mission of SJCOG in the area of transportation in our county. County Public Works is responsible for infrastructure in San Joaquin County. The director Mr. Kris Balagi, would be able to provide a complete briefing of all the infrastructure projects currently in progress and those that are schedule for the near future. These projects should be evaluated regularly to ensure that those issues that are of the highest priority, not only in District 4, but the county as a whole are addressed as quickly as possible to support all county residents. I have had an excellent working relationship with Mr. Balaji during my tenure as sheriff. I am confident that regular reviews and presentations to the Board of Supervisors on pending infrastructure projects can be made to allow the members of the board to better prioritize infrastructure work in the future.