Name: Ulysses Mori
Occupation: Realtor, Silvercreek Realty Group Prior political experience: None
Civic involvement: Past president Star Chamber of Commerce
Years living in Star: 13
Family: Wife, Vicki, two children, two grandchildren.
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
I would be a better choice by the voters because my time is mostly spent in Star and I would be readily available to the other members of the city council. I understand my commitment and if assigned to projects by the City Council I will carry out the assignment and report back to the team in a fiduciary manner. I will take a more active roll in helping the council gather information, ask questions and offer ideas for consideration. I will also improve attendance for the seat.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
My top three priorities are growth management, public safety and since of community. The way to begin to accomplish them is to always have them in the discussion when the public presents projects or the city council initiates projects for review. If these priorities are always part of the conversation there will be a positive influence on the outcome there by improving living conditions in our community.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
The one thing we could start doing is identify the best fit for us geographically and economically when it comes to the types of business and development we need. We can then have a discussion and decide on a plan to encourage there development in Star.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
In 10 to 20 years the city will grow with more people, traffic and the needs and issues that are produced along the way. With good growth management we can put effort into maintaining our identity and improve mobility for residents through out the city and keeping traffic stress to a minimum.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
I think apathy is always a concern in civic matters. I would support ways for the city to be proactive with their distribution of current events and projects for consideration. It could be that we can make good use of social media to keep residents informed.
6. What are the top two issues facing Star, and how should they be addressed?
The top two issues in my mind are increased traffic and ease of access by all residents to businesses and recreation no matter what part of the city they reside and their mode of transportation. The city council can address these needs early and often developing a plan to keep the community accessible to all.
7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years, which part of city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash, and why?
If tax revenues were to take an upswing I think city government will need to look a staffing to be sure the level of service meets the demand. Also continued growth in the parks system, which builds a healthy sense of community.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
If more budget tightening is needed the council should, does and will look at all possibilities as a matter of good management. I do not believe the city is in a budget tightening need at this time but again it should always be a part of the on going conversation and preventing over extension of spending.