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2012 Mayor and Council Member Accomplishments

Being the Mayor of Concord this year has been a great honor. This was especially meaningful for me not only because of my modest roots, but because my wife and I choose to raise our family in Concord 35 years ago. Amidst these tough economic times I knew my year as Mayor would present some challenges. However I didn’t realize then that the State would gouge another $7 million out of our city’s budget with the loss of our Redevelopment Agency. Yet with the help of the Measure Q’s half-cent sales tax, and with budget cuts that the city council made, we were able to balance the city’s budget and begin building a reserve that will assure that we will not have to ask the taxpayers in Concord to extend the Measure Q sales tax beyond it’s five year limit. As Mayor, I dedicated myself to being your full-time mayor, attending approximately 750 meetings or events in 2012. To foster greater accessibility, I held public office hours every Monday, and publicized my home telephone number (925-680-1776) in a monthly Concordian column as well as on the nearly 2,000 business cards I gave out. We established a new easy to remember city telephone number (671-CITY). I took the time to tour all of our city’s departments. I also personalized our city employees’ longevity awards by presenting each award to the award winner in their department myself.

To foster greater regional cooperation, I helped to create the Contra Costa Central County Mayorsʼ Council. This monthly meeting of mayors of Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Clayton, Pittsburg and Pleasant Hill, helped to bind our six central county cities. One month we met with the Mt. Diablo School District president and vice president, and another month we met with the six city managers. During that meeting we talked about ways we could save money by sharing equipment and services, such as Information Technology, police department training and dispatch, shared purchasing (paper-autos etc.), loaning equipment, and a possible regional taxi permit process.

With this economic recession, and the high unemployment we have suffered for the past few years, most of my focus as mayor has been to work on projects that will help support our business community. All of these projects were a joint effort with our excellent staff and City Council. Some of the following are projects that we have been working on this year:

Encouraging our 16 new car dealers to form an auto association to help advertise Concord as the “Car Capitol of the East Bay”.

Re-imaging our auto district with new street signage.

Cutting the red tape in our building permit process.

Update the Concord’s zoning codes and merging it with our city’s General Plan.

Incorporating the Concord Naval Weapon Station Reuse plan into our city’s General Plan.

Encouraging our downtown businesses into forming a Property Business Infrastructure District (P-BID) to support our downtown events.

Encouraging our hotels to form a Transient Business Infrastructure District (T-BID) to support a convention bureau and advertise Concord as a place of destination.

Established a new foundation, Concord Associates for the Performing Arts (CAPA) to support economic development through the performing arts.

Saved the music in Todos Santos Park summer series. This not only is a great social event, but it helps to create economic vitality in the downtown area.

Passed a business friendly pledge resolution.

“Change for Real Change” Homeless initiative that will help support the homeless service providers and help to educate our citizens to stop enabling our homeless to stay on our streets and in front of our businesses.

To help encourage and support our youth, I visited several schools and spoke to hundreds of students. I hosted dozens of students for tours at the civic center. As a council we began to recognize our city’s top academic and athletic students. We are currently initiating a new program that will recognize students that have demonstrated good character. We’ve established a new Council Standing Committee on educational issues. The Council implemented a new Truancy Ordinance to reduce truancy in schools and prevent crime in our streets. Safety has been a top priority, and crimes are down this year. We dedicated a new spray park for our children at Meadow Homes Park in the Monument area. We also approved a shuttle service in the Monument Corridor to assist seniors, the poor and disable. The council also voted to keep Camp Concord open.

In April, I visited Tokyo and Concord’s sister city, Kitakami, Japan. No tax dollars where used. Although it was very expensive, it was well worth it. I traveled to Japan to visit my older son who is teaching English in Kitakami, and to build bridges at the municipal level while strengthening our cultural understanding.

Before being elected to the City Council, I served on the Mt. Diablo Hospital Board for 16 years. The Mt. Diablo Health Care District Board offered me $150,000 in exchange for my lifetime Health Benefits I had earned. Instead of taking the money I had them donate the $150,000 to the American Cancer Society. The Cancer Society has placed this money in an irrevocable deferred charitable annuity for my wife and I. We will not use any of this money while I serve on the council. The city has now been given the responsibility of control of the Mt. Diablo Health Care District. The council is presently planning to distribute the tax dollars for unmet healthcare needs in our community.

Concord is committed to developing and implementing environmental policies and programs that will protect the environment for future generations. The city has partnered with Chevron to replace all of our city lights with new energy efficient ones. In addition a solar project at Concord Community Pool. The city has received several awards this year in recognition of our environmental efforts, including:

The Contra Costa Leadership In Sustainability Award from Sustainable Contra Costa for outstanding contributions and commitment to a healthy environment, economy, and society.

The Mountain Star Alliance Award by Save Mount Diablo for the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse plan that that will benefit the entire region. The plan was developed with a comprehensive coalition of environmental, labor, interfaith, affordable housing and neighborhood groups.

Concord has been named a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Although we are all struggling in this economic recession, with our city’s current leadership, I believe Concord’s future looks bright. Concord is blessed with an outstanding and dedicated city council. I am very proud of our city council’s accomplishments this year. We are initiating a visioning for the downtown Concord BART station area and look forward to the development of the Concord Naval Weapons Base Reuse Area. With our business incubator program through JFKU, EastBay Works, plus with our aggressive plans for attracting new businesses and maintaing safe streets and neighborhoods, I am confident that we will continue to create jobs and put people back to work in Concord.

Ron Leone
Mayor 2012, City of Concord

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