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After 35 years in the Arvada community, and a previous stint on city council (2003-2007), John Malito running again.He enjoyed a management career in the telecom business, retiring in 2003 from Quest. For the last 14 years he as been the associate pastor at Faith Bible Chapel.Malito has a bachelor’s in journalism from Metro State University, and a master’s in Biblical preaching from Trinity College in Newburgh, Ind.Contact: 303-257-2516 or firstname.lastname@example.orgCampaign website: www.malitoforarvada.comWhy do you want to serve on council?I am passionate about Arvada and want to have a voice in the future of my city. I desire to see Arvada keep its small town identity, family community and values, charm, and distinct qualities and characteristics. There are a number of important decisions such as homelessness, affordable housing, and maintaining our city’s infrastructure without increasing taxes that need to be made in these next four years. And most importantly, I will act, promote, and exemplify integrity, honesty, and transparency as your Arvada City Council At-Large member.Your top three priorities if elected?• Homelessness — a temporary solution is being implemented now but a permanent, regional solution will take Arvada’s leadership and full participation, along with other Jeffco cities.• Affordable Housing—a diverse housing stock is needed through changes in our Land Development Code and policies.• Maintaining our city’s infrastructure without increasing taxes and while encouraging economic development through the promotion of more small business in Arvada.What should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?I believe the city’s role is to help to solve the issue of homelessness. Our Arvada churches and nonprofit organizations are on schedule to implement a “temporary” solution through the Arvada Severe Weather Shelter Network. But a temporary solution is not enough. Since homelessness is a growing, regional issue, I feel our neighboring cities — Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Lakewood, and Golden need to come together with Arvada and implement a permanent solution to homelessness without raising taxes. I never want Arvada to become another Denver with respect to what appears to me to be out of control homelessness.Arvada’s city road needs are many. How would you approach the problem?In 2016, the citizens of Arvada voted to maintain our city’s roads and sidewalks without levying a sales tax increase. As such, I believe the council and city staff must divert surplus city dollars to the maintenance of our roads and sidewalks. However, there is still the matter of new road and missing sidewalk projects that do not fall under the category of maintenance projects. Unfortunately, I see the need to adopt substantial budget cuts in the years to come in order to fund much needed new road and sidewalk projects.Do you approve or disapprove of how the city and partners like AURA have handled city redevelopment of late?I believe it is not a matter of me approving or disapproving AURA. Instead, I feel that what has worked in the early 1980’s for urban renewal in Arvada may not be working this year or in the years to come. I believe city council should adopt urban renewal as a strategic result in order to study the most successful cities with the best urban renewal policies and practices. This study should net council with the opportunity to adopt the best urban renewal policies and practices for the betterment of our city and our citizens.
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