Mike Dupray

In last week’s candidate profile section, Mr. Dupray’s statement was inadvertently omitted. Below are his comments in their entirety.

To make our city economically viable, we must bring in businesses that provide long-term living-wage jobs. Joining with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Technical Transfer group could bring businesses that could make Oakley the high-tech Delta. Upon approval of the PG&E power plant, a $3.1 million payment will be made to the city. After it is in operation, the annual revenue to the city would be somewhere between $2 and $3 million. The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will also receive a significant annual payment. This plant will employ people who will most likely be inclined to live in Oakley and spend in Oakley. We need more small businesses, too. Let’s populate downtown with small businesses and promote home businesses. Developing the property between Rose Avenue and O’Hara Court along the tracks with an Amtrak station could make Oakley a destination for tourists and visitors.

In increasing costs of maintaining a contract with the county sheriffs, we must make sure that they are adequately compensated to attract and keep them living here in Oakley. We currently have an excellent police-to-citizen ratio, and Oakley is considered one of the 50 safest cities in the U.S.

Due to a 65 percent drop in property values, the fire district has lost revenue, which resulted in closures and reduced response times. We must find a legal way to increase the funding.

Home building should continue as needed and within the controls of the Oakley Housing Element, the CTA GMP and applicable state laws. Law mandates the Affordable Housing Element - it requires the city to provide space for above-moderate, moderate, low and very-low-income housing. Zoning allows for maintaining a rural atmosphere, with larger lots moving east from the city center.

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