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Mayor Bailey Announces Bid for Re-Election In 2020

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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:12 am

Over the past few years we’ve seen the start of several great initiatives that will make Coronado more financially sound, environmentally friendly, with greater local control and an overall better, more inclusive community than it was four years ago.

I am excited to share that I have decided to run for one more term as Mayor of Coronado to see these initiatives through.

Our city finances remain strong as we recently closed out our 2018/19 fiscal year with a $2.5 million surplus. We will continue to maintain a results-oriented and disciplined approach by reinvesting these funds back into our city’s infrastructure, paying down future pension obligations, and enhancing our community’s character.

We made progress on several environmental fronts including the Tijuana sewage issue where millions of dollars are now being appropriated to the EPA to solve this issue. The outcome is now in the hands of Congress so we will continue to work together to solve this issue permanently. We are also making progress on a pragmatic climate action plan. An element of this plan will aspire to sequester all carbon emitted from vehicles that begin and end their trip in Coronado by planting thousands of new trees to improve air quality in Coronado.

The City Council also moved forward with a plan to allow residents to underground utility lines in their neighborhoods - something the city has talked about for years but never made a plan until now. Another improvement many years in the making is the recently approved the expansion of Vons in the old Coramart building. This approval will remove a significant blight in our community and includes funds to start enhancing our downtown district with a cohesive theme of landscaping, street furniture, and possibly new lighting.

We also voted to add new beach accessibility mats while setting a new policy that all playgrounds will be universally accessible to better accommodate our entire community. These changes will help everyone enjoy our city to the fullest extent possible.

As local control is becoming increasingly important, the City Council is now pursuing relinquishment of State Highways 75 (Orange Ave) and 282 (Third and Fourth Streets). If we are successful in this pursuit, we will have greater flexibility on engineering and design improvements along our busiest streets.

The single biggest action we took was restructuring the financial obligations of the former Community Development Agency. This single decision will help the Coronado Unified School District return to a higher funding level ten years earlier than they would have otherwise. It was a massive investment in our schools, our community, and our students.

For all of our progress locally, we are constantly under attack by the state of California and agencies such as SANDAG. Facing these challenges require regional leadership and strategic planning to deliver a successful outcome for Coronado.

Everyone has a role in making our community a desirable place to live; and I believe the best way I can contribute to our shared efforts is with one final term as mayor.

Running a campaign is a big job that I cannot do alone. With your support, I am optimistic we can continue making progress on these important local and regional issues.

Pease visit www.richardbailey.com to join, volunteer and donate to the campaign. Or you can email the campaign at richard@richardbailey.com.

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