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.