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SJC City Council Candidate Statement: Kim McCarthy

Member of editorial board at the Common Sense newsletter wants to bring her fighting spirit to City Hall.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch is running each candidate's statement on file with the City Clerk's office on consecutive days in the order the names will appear on the ballot.

NAME: Kim McCarthy

OCCUPATION:

Out of control water bills, traffic, increasing debt … vote for me to stop this insanity. My name is Kim McCarthy, a 12-year resident of SJC, wife and mother of three. I was born and raised in Michigan and am a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. Since moving to SJC I have:

Consistently attended City Council meetings to stay informed about local issues that affect all residents.

Completed the city’s Leadership Academy course on local government to familiarize myself with city operations.

Implemented and served on the Community Issues Ad-Hoc Committee

For the past 2 ½ years, served on the editorial board of the Capistrano Common Sense (www.ccsense.com) to get the facts to you.

Staunchly supported the establishment of the Capistrano Taxpayers Association (www.capotax.org)

Volunteer for: www.homefrontamerica.org and www.arkofsanjuan.org.

I will fight to reduce local taxation through reduction of water/sewer rates, permits and ticketing fees. I will fight to maintain local infrastructure including your neighborhood streets, and rein in wasteful spending on consultants. I will listen to your solutions to improve traffic flow and other local issues. Vote for me if you want a fighter for your quality of life. Please visit my website: www.commonsense4SJC.com.

READ OTHER CANDIDATE STATEMENTS:

Clint Worthington October 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Joanna Clark , if the world runs dry of water, we truly have other problems at hand to then worry about. With all due respect, I truly do not see our GWRP which does not have any type of success rate supplying water to the world. Keep in mind, that the GWRP pumps water from the underground water table. In times of drought, the water table drops rendering the GWRP useless . In addition, the expenses for the GWRP have been enormous due to the pre-mature failure of pumps, wells, and filters as the water table is dropping below the approximate 130 foot level causing the pumps to bring up increasingly dirty water which the pumps and wells were not designed for. You can read about all of this, in the city's website on the utility department agenda.
Joanna Clark October 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Clint, I am not talking about providing water to the world. I am asking you where we get the bulk of our water supply? Ground water and fossil aquifers are running dry all over the planet. We are dependent on the water we buy from other sources, most of which comes from the Colorado River and Norther California through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Others here in southern California are dependent on the same sources. Everyone, including myself, would like to see the cost of water come down. But as population increases and clean drinking water becomes more scarce, cost isn't going to come down, it is going to go up. The question is "What do we do then?" Do we privatize the GWRP, in order to get out from under the cost? I, for one, would not recommend privatization as a solution. Privatization of water resources has a long history of failure--e.g. Bolivia, Stockton, Atlanta, Milwaukee, to name a few. I don't have the answers, but one thing I do know, the problem is far far bigger than the GWRP.
SJCfamily October 13, 2012 at 05:45 AM
"joanna" - WE can't privatize the GWRP - we don't own it.
Joanna Clark October 13, 2012 at 07:40 AM
SJCfamily - Ok, we don't own it... but your answer doesn't help solve the problems facing us. I'm looking for potential solutions. Maybe the GWRP was a good idea when it was first conceived, maybe it was a bad idea. Either way, It was never a permanent solution to the problems that we will be facing10, 20 years down the road. If the earth continues to warm, we will lose our glaciers, winter snow packs will continue to grow smaller with each passing year, reservoirs like Lake Powell and Lake Mead will become dry lake beds, and our water allotment from Northern California will diminish. Compound these problems with a population predicted to grow from 3.05 million to 3.99 million over the next couple of decades and we will have a major disaster on our hands. So what do you suggest we do to solve these problems? We can buy some time by learning how to conserve water. And we can buy some more time by learning to recycle existing water. Capturing waste water from our sinks, laundry, and showers, and using it to flush our toilets can reduce household water consumption by as much as 35%.
shelly October 25, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Ms. McCarthy, Is this your view of the people in SJC, "“So, if you are wondering why you see so many pregnant Latinas and male Latinos not at work, with their well-dressed, well-fed, well-accessorized families, driving their new SUV’s or trucks around town, now you will understand. They come over the border, move in with their families, put their kids in school, are fed breakfast and lunch virtually for free, then they are directed to CHEC who hooks them up with tax-payer funded money and services galore.” Capistrano Dispatch, Kim McCarthy, April 24, 2009.

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