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Hello, My name is Jim Reed,

I have lived in Paso Robles for more than 30 years.  I have watched the rapid growth of our community, both good and bad with interest.  I know that many of you have serious concerns about the future development of our city and I share them.

My profession as a computer-assisted designer has required me to deal with Paso Robles government on a day-to-day basis for years.  Over time I have watched city staff change from a friendly, conscientious group of concerned people, into a cumbersome, over-bearing institution of self-interested bureaucrats.  I realized that something needed to be done so I decided to run for City Council in 2012.  I was unsuccessful in this initial effort, losing by 67 votes. I learned that it is not easy to unseat entrenched politicians.  My friends and business associates convinced me to try again in 2014 and this time I was elected as a City Councilman.

I went at the job with all the lack of experience of which I had been accused, determined nonetheless, to make our city government responsive, less expensive and more user-friendly.

My Ballot Statement

Many of the problems we as citizens face are due to the influence of the institution of government.  In my first term on the Council, I have realized that in most cases issues needing to be corrected were due to existing policies that are not in the best interest of the citizens.  Once bad policies or ordinances are made they are very difficult to correct. 

Moreover, city staff are constantly making new policies with very little oversight from the people that you have elected to look out for your best interest. There needs to be a clear line between the people we elect and the institution of government.  Government’s job is to apply policies that are made by the council.

If elected as your Mayor, I will work to keep the decision makers on the right side of this line, and properly vet and discuss issues prior to implementing new policies.  This practice will produce much more intelligent and responsible results.

I ran four years ago; a new name with new ideas.  Now, my name may not be new, but we still need to work at implementing these new ideas.  I respectfully ask for your vote.

Whats Your Opinion?

10th & 12th Street
Did You Know, SLO County Animal Shelter
What You Should Know About Creston Road

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3 days ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Well we did are best but did not win the Mayors race. I would like to thank all the dedicated people that worked on my campaign and all the voters that supported me.

Not sure what the future and politics have in store for me but for now I will concentrating on getting back to a normal life, work schedule, spending time with my wife Karen (Happy Birthday Karen), and my other love which is racing.

See you at my office or a race track soon. 😎
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1 week ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

We are now one day before the election, if you haven't voted, please do so tomorrow, I don't care how you vote just get out and vote. Remember, if you don't vote you can not affect change. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

Hello Paso Robles Residents
As we get down to this last week before elections I would like to ask if there are any more questions I can answer for anyone? It has been my pleasure to answer all the questions I have received so far.
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1 month ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

Animal Shelter
I have been against the animal shelter proposal from the beginning.

We almost stayed out of the county’s ridiculously expensive new $14 million animal shelter.

After a lengthy negotiation, we are back to participating in the county’s incredibly expensive plan.

The city made an agreement some years back for about $35,000 per year to handle the city’s animal services, but it didn’t take long for the costs to escalate to about $250,000 per year. The new plan starts at nearly $500,000 per year for our share, and there is no reason to doubt that we will be paying much more than this proposed amount in the near future.

There is supposedly some agreement with the county to control costs for a few years. But I am skeptical.

This is an egregious misuse of government funds for a handful of stray dogs. Other options need to be found. There a lot more important things we could use these funds for.

Do you agree this is an egregious misuse of government funds?

Do you disagree and think this is an okay use of funds?
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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

Tuesday Night City Council Meeting Consent Agenda Concerning "Downtown Murals"

I need to know how you 'The Public, The Voter" feel about this proposed ordinance. Post your questions here on my facebook page and I will answer your questions with a live response.

The staff was tasked with drafting a resolution model after Portlands, Mural Ordinance.

Here are three approved Portland Murals.

Is this what you want to happen to Paso Robles?

I found these photos of current murals in Portland.

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2 months ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

A little bit about me.
I have lived in Paso Robles for more than 30 years. I have watched the rapid growth of our community, both good and bad with interest. I know that many of you have serious concerns about the future development of our city and I share them.

My profession as a computer-assisted designer has required me to deal with Paso Robles government on a day-to-day basis for years. Over time I have watched city staff change from a friendly, conscientious group of concerned people, into a cumbersome, over-bearing institution of self-interested bureaucrats. I realized that something needed to be done so I decided to run for City Council in 2012. I was unsuccessful in this initial effort, losing by 67 votes. I learned that it is not easy to unseat entrenched politicians. My friends and business associates convinced me to try again in 2014 and this time I was elected as a City Councilman.

I went at the job with all the lack of experience of which I had been accused, determined nonetheless, to make our city government responsive, less expensive and more user-friendly.

It was said I lacked experience, but I also lacked the bad habits of a career politician. I had my own good common sense and the goal of wanting to make government responsive to citizen’s needs.

I started asking questions but quickly realized, I couldn’t trust what I was being told. Very often I was not told the truth, just what the government wanted me to hear.

"I started asking questions but quickly realized that, even as a city councilman, I couldn’t trust the answers that I was getting from city staff. That remains true to this day.
There is much to do!!"
The kind of changes that I feel must be made are institutional. Currently, many important decisions impacting our community are being made by unelected, unaccountable city staff members and/or outside consultants that are hired to deliver a predetermined result and, in the process, manipulate the public into thinking that they actually had input into the issue. There does not appear to be an appetite on the part of this mayor or a majority of the current City Council to take more responsibility and exercise more control and restraint over the policies these employees and consultants make and the actions they take. This needs to change if we are to stabilize our city for future growth and ensure our views are represented.

I originally ran for City Council in order to bring common sense governance to our city. A want a city government that puts the residents of Paso Robles above special interests and government policy. Since taking office I am frequently one voice against four in trying to do the right thing for the residents. I am embarrassed when concerned citizens take their valuable time to come to a city council meeting to express their views on an issue, only to have those concerns brushed aside without consideration when the council finally votes on the item.

We need to rearrange the status quo and bring change to the cabal that is currently running our city government from within.

The mayor sets the agenda for the council meetings. The mayor assigns council members to the various city committees and the mayor conducts the city council meetings. I am prepared to execute these tasks with honesty, integrity, and transparency if you will honor me with your vote.

To stay informaed about my campaign please check my website.
https://jimreed4mayor.com
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2 months ago

Jim Reed 4 Mayor

My Ballot Statement
Many of the problems we as citizens face are due to the influence of the institution of government. In my first term on the Council, I have realized that in most cases issues needing to be corrected were due to existing policies that are not in the best interest of the citizens. Once bad policies or ordinances are made they are very difficult to correct.

Moreover, city staff are constantly making new policies with very little oversight from the people that you have elected to look out for your best interest. There needs to be a clear line between the people we elect and the institution of government. Government’s job is to apply policies that are made by the council.

If elected as your Mayor, I will work to keep the decision makers on the right side of this line, and properly vet and discuss issues prior to implementing new policies. This practice will produce much more intelligent and responsible results.

I ran four years ago; a new name with new ideas. Now, my name may not be new, but we still need to work at implementing these new ideas. I respectfully ask for your vote.

See my website for more information about my campaign.
https://jimreed4mayor.com
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