Thursday, 18 July 2024

Almind: Priorities in seeking supervisorial seat

In July I retired from the state of California, Cal Fire, serving 23 years in the International Union of Operating Engineers. Prior to that I worked 13 years in the private sector and was previously elected as a school board director.

I am a small business owner and understand what small business owners face within our present bureaucratic climate. My career has been in the design, construction, management, and operation of water and sanitation facilities. I have mentored others, including my own children, in obtaining their water operator license. In addition, I serve as a director on a four-county water association.

I serve as a director on a rodeo board and currently, I am a census field supervisor for the U.S. Census managing local personnel to ensure every home is counted in the 2020 Census.

My family has lived in Lake County for over a decade and my wife and I purchased our home in Lakeport last year. Previously we lived on several large ranches in a neighboring county.

I am an avid hunter, fisherman, horseman and volunteer with 4-H and FFA programs. Local volunteerism also has me involved with Adopt-a-Highway and Project Tango Mike helping deployed military service personnel.

My Cal Fire employment had me working in Modoc and Mendocino counties and I am proud to have supported firefighting operations throughout Northern California including those fires in Lake County.

Wildfires and other natural disasters are going to happen – I will promote Cal Fire and local agencies efforts to inspect communities and areas at risk and deploy vegetation management programs to reduce the impacts of future wildland fires.

I will promote and advocate for increased livestock use to reduce fire fuel loads. I will promote that all residents in hazard fire zones understand their responsibility to maintain their defensible space.

Cal Fire is in the process of deploying more fuels/brush reduction crews with the focus of increased defensible space around communities; I will actively work collaboratively with Cal Fire to ensure that the greatest amount of resources are deployed in Lake County.

I will promote strong family values. I take my oath of office very seriously and will absolutely abide by our Constitution!

We cannot be prosperous by growing government that inhibits economic growth. Businesses need to thrive and I will promote less government burden in order to create more private-sector jobs, so that we can support the tax base needed to maintain a healthy and appropriate workforce.

Poverty will always exist, but there is much we can do to help people rise out of it. It’s called opportunity … opportunity through education, mentorships, and service.

Service comes in two forms … Serving those in need to an appropriate level without making them dependent on welfare, and supporting programs that allow people to learn how to serve others as part of their education and personal growth. People become employable through education and service.

I am running to be your supervisor because local and state governments are extremely challenged in their mission and need new leadership.

Lake County needs stronger leadership to promote both agriculture and tourism/recreation and I have the skills and experience to get infrastructure projects done, and done right. All efforts should be for the benefit of the people and not the government and welfare programs.

Let’s get the Lake County government departments open on Fridays to serve the community and citizens! Let’s get all the Board of Supervisors’ support behind the fire chiefs of our special fire districts and collaboratively come up with solutions on how to improve fire protection and reduce insurance rates.

I am going to work hard to propose, and encourage the Board of Supervisors to make updating the general plan and area plans one of its highest priorities.

To make Lake County strong economically, socially and physically I will work with our already determined Board of Supervisors to ensure our general plan provides a strong foundation for growth and prosperity that serves our citizens well and supports economic growth now and into the future.

Please vote for Chris Almind on March 3, 2020.

Chris Almind of Lakeport, California, is a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Lake County Board of Supervisors.

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