McCon­nell makes best Su­per­vi­sor

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - OPINION -

Friends and vot­ers of Vallejo com­mu­nity in District-1 Solano County (North of Ge­or­gia Street):

The 2020s have ar­rived — Vallejo’s over­all im­por­tance, eco­nomic ca­pac­ity, di­ver­sity im­pact and the com­mu­nity and de­serv­ing of all re­sources from the mother County of Solano are at an all-time high and ev­ery need jus­ti­fied, con­sid­er­ing the past his­tory of 20-plus years.

Cities of Vacaville, Vallejo, Fair­field, Green Val­ley, Suisun, Rio Vista, Beni­cia (like the chil­dren of the same par­ents) have all been fac­ing sim­i­lar prob­lems/chal­lenges in gen­eral — home­less­ness and hous­ing, se­niors/vet­er­ans needs, busi­nesses and job op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­fra­struc­tures and fa­cil­i­ties, parks, schools, etc.

How­ever, just con­sid­er­ing facts and his­tory this 21st cen­tury alone, not enough was done. Fairly stated, more could have been done! Striv­ing for all dol­lars and re­sources to help Vallejo were not al­ways the top pri­or­ity while some cities ma­neu­vered and/or man­aged to get more out of pub­lic ser­vants’ votes/ ef­forts/sup­port.

Em­brac­ing the “left” and the “right” to thrust for­ward, be­cause we are all “Solano” county res­i­dents — a vi­sion many of us heard from the sharp, com­pas­sion­ate, dec­o­rated vet­eran and tax at­tor­ney, dis­tin­guished Vallejo City Coun­cilmem­ber Robert McCon­nell makes most sense and gives bet­ter hope.

For ex­am­ple, Robert McCon­nell’s vi­sion and plan in­cludes:

• To strive to up­lift and up­grade High­way 37, in­te­grat­ing and boost­ing the ferry sys­tem for com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­nity out­reach with Vallejo as the cen­tral hub into the Napa River/Sonoma area.

• Tack­ling the prob­lems of home­less­ness above and be­yond what City Hall is able to with county and state grants.

• Con­sis­tently and se­ri­ously com­mit­ting to pre­serve the Pre­serve (Mare Is­land Pre­serve) con­tinue to bring higher rev­enues to Vallejo by vis­i­tors/tourists at events, sav­ing and pro­mot­ing the ecosys­tem with bird/an­i­mal species and wa­ter­ways en­joyed by all peo­ple and sav­ing it for pos­ter­ity (fu­ture gen­er­a­tions).

• A com­pre­hen­sive plan (not patch work, city v. county) to ex­pand and ben­e­fit the fair­grounds area/zone.

Vallejo City Coun­cilmem­ber and Ex-Vice Mayor Robert McCon­nell has shown grit and a great an­a­lyt­i­cal mind when it comes to pub­lic poli­cies and needs of the work­ing class, the poor, vet­er­ans and women/se­niors.

He has strongly and al­ways sup­ported participat­ory bud­get­ing, sup­ported the Pre­serve, op­posed the ce­ment fac­tory, op­posed the blind and temp fix coun­cil ac­tion on buy­ing the water­front build­ing for VPD, and sup­ported the nam­ing of Water­front Bar­bara Kondylis Park.

He has al­ways asked care­fully an­a­lyzed and re­searched ques­tions and con­cerns when it af­fects a great ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple. Just watch past coun­cil meet­ing videos this past eight years!

As home­owner and tax­payer, I have watched our politi­cians, most coun­cil mem­bers and may­ors served our com­mu­nity this past 17 years in Vallejo. And af­ter serv­ing on many boards and com­mis­sions, I ex­pe­ri­enced greater in­sights into the im­pact of McCon­nell’s vot­ing and ques­tion­ing. Most im­por­tantly, I see him as some­one who fights so hard for the peo­ple like no other pub­lic ser­vant in my Vallejo life.

Since 2017, I serve on the Solano County Li­brary Foun­da­tion. I gained more in­for­ma­tion about county op­er­a­tion, trans­ac­tions, pol­i­tics and per­son­al­i­ties, and have a ba­sic sense for rel­a­tive stand­ing of each city in the county. McCon­nell would be an easy to work with and nat­u­ral friend with ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­per­tise, wis­dom and kind heart who will strive for Vallejo’s place in Solano County.

Pas­sion­ately and prac­ti­cally speak­ing, I urge all of you vot­ers in District-1 to choose Robert McCon­nell on March 3 pri­mary to her­ald a new era in Vallejo and Solano. The mail-in bal­lots for the pri­mary will be here soon and could con­trib­ute to an early de­ci­sion.

With peace and grat­i­tude, wish­ing you all a healthy, pros­per­ous 2020.

— Ravi C. Shankar/Vallejo

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