4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:14 AM
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After knocking on numerous doors, listening to people's concerns, and countless discussions with family and friends, I have decided to run for Mayor of Park Ridge. I would appreciate anyone's support in any way possible. To start, please spread the word, share this post, and ask your Park Ridge resident friends to follow me. Be on the lookout for events and updates. We Can Do Better!

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:18 AM

Your goals? Platform? What have you heard regarding peoples concerns and how would you handle them?

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:36 AM

There is a lot that I will come out within the next few days but to keep it short: 1) increase sales tax base by acquiring strong retail businesses and keep them; 2) improve city management and employee turnover problem; 3) improve infrastructure (roads, water, electrical, flooding problems); 4) control property taxes; 5) negotiate better intergovernmental agreements; 6) privatize certain governmental tasks to save money and improve efficiency

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:37 AM

Good luck

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:52 AM

Thank you

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 11:17 AM

I would love to hear what you have to say! I mean that in a good way.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 11:18 AM

A few more details on how yOu plan to do all this. Parking always a challenge for attracting retail. Lower employee turnover a challenge as well as paying for infrastructure while maintaining property tax bills always a challenge. What tasks do you think can be privatized?

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 12:04 PM

Competition is always better! Interested in your platform and goals for our community, experience, qualifications, sources for financing and flood solutions that do not pit one ward of residents against another. No more calling the police to city flood meetings when residents are expressing their real effects of flooding upon their families. Thanks for running.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 1:05 PM

Thank you all for your comments. I will have a more detailed policy agenda on my website as soon as it is completed. Parking is an issue that I often hear about but there are some solutions. Please check out Park RIdge Virtual Chatter as well for more posts.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 1:14 PM

Flooding should be the first issue with you, I hope. Thanks

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 1:28 PM

Previous administrations have only performed flooding "studies". Numerous studies. No action after that. This has to change. It affects too many residents.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 1:47 PM

I will support anybody who will decrease property taxes, Things can get much better if everybody gets involved. The worse is status quo. Tell me what I can do to help you. Thanks .

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 2:34 PM

Always good to have competition, but the competition needs to be realistic. The City's portion of your tax bill is 11. 45% and talk is that the council is getting ready to reduce the levy, not increase it. By comparison, District 207 takes 25. 10% and District 64 a whopping 41. 43% and 64 is already talking about future referendums. Indeed we need to improve infrastructure, but there needs to be a carefully laid out plan on what to do and how to do it and how to pay for it. Hopefully we'll get it right initially and not have do-overs. This council has made financial headway after years of questionable spending by previous administrations. I look forward to future councils continuing that trend. And being realistic in their goals.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 5:40 PM

The Councils have been looking at flood studies since 1999. No master plan yet. How long does it take to carefully lay it out?

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 6:12 PM

It takes longer than you would like. And councils have made other "stops" along the way. The issue hasn't and isn't going to be solved quickly.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 9:11 PM

People are moving out. feel not being heard, . other communities are addressing their flood problems in a more timely and effective manner.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 9:41 PM

Your issue is flooding, mine is increasingly the airplane noise which has increased significantly. There are no easy solutions.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 9:55 PM

Unfortunately, some residents have both.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:36 PM

We installed a flood control system, so that's a solvable problem. I suspect the Feds would take a dim view of an anti-aircraft gun on the roof.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:43 PM

I suggest a "town hall" question and answer. 5 voters in my family and, we are very interested.

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4 months ago on 12/02/2016 at 10:52 PM

I don't think that there is anybody in Park Ridge who does not have flood control. The Airport is a problem. Somebody said the Airport was here before the people but that does not mean they should be opening more runways. People have lost faith in the Governing system.

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4 months ago on 12/03/2016 at 12:02 AM

More choices makes for a better election.

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4 months ago on 12/03/2016 at 9:28 AM

Clearly educating the public on the city's tax bill and what is and is not realistic would be a good start. Our school districts are the majority of tax bills and teacher and administrator contracts are the majority of that budget. The city had to work with the TIF district which really didn't go our way with the recession. Lots of moving parts.

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4 months ago on 12/03/2016 at 9:39 AM

Good luck Lucas :)

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4 months ago on 12/03/2016 at 9:56 AM

Seems like lots of people have problems. In the 80's it was hard to find a house to buy in Park Ridge. In the 90's and now lots and lots of houses for sail. Park Ridge is not as desirable as once was. We should have public meetings maybe once in 2 month to have people address their complains and try to make a better place to live in.

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4 months ago on 12/05/2016 at 8:36 AM

There are meetings twice a month that every citizen is encouraged to attend. They're the City Council's general meeting and committee of the whole meeting. Meeting dates, times and agendas are published and posted 48 hours before the meeting, by law. They are held at City Hall in Uptown Park Ridge. Each meeting has a section for Public Comment in which anyone from the audience can stand up and say what's on his or her mind -- hopefully, in five succinct minutes, not a half-hour rambling rant. (Leave that to me on Facebook. ) You can also write letters to the City Council via the City's website and by snail-mail, and those will be copied and distributed by our tireless staff (thanks, Cheryl & Co! ) for the aldermen and mayor to read ahead of time. Elected officials do listen, especially if a bunch of people sign onto the same message. But it helps to have a clue. FIxing the flooding citywide, for example, has been pegged at above $50 million -- about what we spend in a whole year for everything in the City. Learn, study other towns' best practices, and contribute thoughtful views and your elected officials will be grateful. Yes, I really believe this.

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