Mayoral candidates respond to questions
by PI Staff
Oct 18, 2012 | 1498 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Troy McComak
Troy McComak
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The Irrigator recently asked candidates for city offices to answer a series of three questions regarding their goals and vision. This week, the mayoral candidates will be highlighted.

In next week’s edition, on Thursday, Oct. 25, the Irrigator will feature responses from the six council candidates for two open seats.

Their responses were limited to 100 words for each question.

Luis Molina

What can the city do to encourage more job growth? As a council member, what policies would you support to achieve that goal?

Work with the Alliance, Worknet and local businesses to invite companies to visit our city and design a portfolio of our businesses. Redesign our city website home page that highlights reasons why companies should consider relocating or starting a business in our city.

I will continue to build partnerships that will bring the needed training, education and opportunities for residents to build a skill set that provides a prepared workforce.

Strengthen our relationships with Patterson Joint Unified, Modesto Junior College, Stanislaus County Office of Education and California State University, Stanislaus, to leverage resources and opportunities to demonstrate the collaboration that is needed to build our portfolio.

Providing direction to staff to seek training grants and build stronger relationships with lending institutions to help sponsor such training, education and opportunities.

Do you believe the city of Patterson should continue contracting its police services with the sheriff’s department? Why or why not?

Yes. I believe the community should know what it takes fiscally to have our own police department. At this time, we can’t afford to pay for our own. We can’t spend money we don’t have at this time.

Our contract with the county sheriff's department is up in June. I believe we need to come to the table in the next couple of months with our growth needs in mind, learn more about the staffing challenges the county and the sheriff's department are experiencing, and negotiate a contract that keeps safety a priority in our community.

What are the most pressing needs of the city? As a council member, how do you seek to address those needs?

We need to pay attention to our youth.

I propose that we have a dialogue in our community with our young men and women. It should be about what we can work on together that supports their overall development, entertainment, leadership opportunities and well being.

This is an opportunity to build capacity with our current and emerging leaders that are our youth. They need to be at the table, and we need to build meaningful relationships with our youth, build trust and act on the vision that emerges from a respectful dialogue.

Troy McComak

What can the city do to encourage more job growth? As a council member, what policies would you support to achieve that goal?


The first thing the city can do to encourage job growth is cut back on fees across the board. Fees are jobs-killers. Whether the fee is for a plan check or a business license, these added costs can ultimately kill local businesses. Small businesses create jobs, and the city should also cater to them.

I intend to end that by giving new businesses in Patterson a $5,000 fee waiver, much like the city of Turlock has done.

Do you believe the city of Patterson should continue contracting its police services with the sheriff’s department? Why or why not?

The time has come for the city of Patterson to end its contract with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The contract has not been fulfilled in Patterson, and the sheriff has extra funds, which in itself shows a lack of integrity with the sheriff and the current mayor for supporting the sheriff.

I want to employ Patterson residents as police officers of Patterson’s own police department. When we have residents serving in their own community, it creates a great environment for growth. We used to have a great police department, and the time has come to bring it back.

What are the most pressing needs of the city? As a council member, how do you seek to address those needs?

Jobs, public safety and infrastructure are the most pressing needs of the city.

I intend to make Patterson a better place by increasing business in our town. I would like to invite more manufacturing jobs to Patterson. With more businesses operating in Patterson, we will have more revenue to spend on upgrades — not just for roads and underground piping, but for schools parks and a hospital, as well.

As a city, our demands for health care are not met. I intend to work with all the groups to bring a hospital to our fine city.

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October 18, 2012
"McComak admits that his main reason for running for Congress is to impress a girl at his church, the Crows Landing ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he only plans to serve one term before he spends time surfing off the coast of Brazil.

He sums up his top reasons for running in three words — money and women."

As if the city council hasn't done enough to tarnish the image of the city. Maybe if this kid is elected then the lunatics will really be running the asylum.



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