Ed Spriggs, Councilman and Candidate, make Statement
Sep 16, 2014 06:07PM
By Paul Spear
DIG IMPERIAL BEACH INITIAL STATEMENT
BY COUNCILMEMBER ED SPRIGGS
It has been an honor to serve as your Councilmember over the last four years. My wife, Leah, and I love being a part of this amazing community. I pledge to continue to do my best to keep the City of Imperial Beach moving in the right direction, steadily improving the quality of life for all IB residents.
During my term, we made great strides in Imperial Beach. We attracted new businesses that benefit residents and visitors alike. I worked hard to pull the City and community together to bring back our Independence Day Fireworks, the Sun and Sea Festival, our community parade, and to ensure local management of our Sports Park.
I successfully fought for and will continue to insist upon a balanced and transparent budget, improvements to our streets, alleys, lighting and public safety services, and a carefully planned, moderate approach to development. My efforts, along with those of my colleagues on the City Council, to ensure that our City brings in at least as much as it spends have improved our quality of life in many ways.
One example is that our City has been able to afford excellent law enforcement services from the Sheriff’s department, our largest budget item. The result is that violent crime is down in IB by 24% over the last four years, according to the latest SANDAG statistics. My past, present and future commitment to ensuring our ability to afford quality public services, particularly public safety, have won the strong endorsement of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, naming me “Law Enforcement’s Choice” in this City Council election.
My goals for the next four years include the following:
· Improve our quality of life through excellent public services;
· Protecting our environment, including prevention of cross border pollution;
· Keeping residents engaged and well informed while pushing for a more open and cooperative City government;
· Ensuring I.B.’s long-term financial sustainability through a balanced approach to development that retains our character as a family-friendly informal beach community.
I hold a UCSD economics degree, a law degree from NYU, served our country for 22 years in the Foreign Service, and spent 13 years managing budgets, staffing and capital projects at UCSD prior to my retirement in June to devote all my efforts to this community.
I believe I have the proven commitment to service, experience and record of achievement to provide the leadership this community deserves.
I respectfully ask for your vote on November 4. Let’s keep Imperial Beach on track!
Please see my website for details -- www.edspriggs4ib.com