I must disagree with your assessment of the campaign. My understanding is the candidates were trying to prevent the PD from being chopped to pieces and leaving the City of Sunnyside wide open to criminals. Yes, they were cops. But to look at them in the fashion your portraying them is completely unfair in my opinion. I find it also unfair you make your assessment AFTER the election results came out. I don't think you would be saying what your saying if the results were different so stop with the armchair quarterbacking of the issue. If this is how you truly felt about the candidates, then you and your paper should of made that point prior to the elections...not after.
“From a business perspective it makes me cringe,” says Guerrero. Obviously, Councilman Guerrero has no concept of law enforcement. That $80,000.00 wont even buy you a police officer when you include salary, benefits, training and outfitting the officer. In this state (don't know where Guerrero came from) it is mandatory all law enforcement officer receive a number of training hours. If not, the agency could lose its enforcement powers. That's just one area. The other area is coverage due to officers getting hurt while on duty (I don't think Guerrero understands that being a cop is... well.....dangerous!), vacations, emergency leave, etc. As Deputy Chief Schenk put it.....police operations is a 24/7 operation. Its not "banker hours" like the job Guerrero is in. Simply put.....you have a banker trying to tell the Police Department how to operate. I don't know about anyone else, but the last I heard that it was a banks job to try to make as much money as possible from its customers. Are we citizens becoming customers of council people such as Guerrero?
The Sunnyside Police Department clearly has established proven solutions to help protect its residents from criminal activity. It has also proven it can safeguard the city's critical assets and infrastructure.
The question is will it be able to sustain such proven solutions to crime. I think the answer to that will be in the next budget process. Hopefully the Police Department can be maintained so it can do its job. If not and its budget is cut, we have only our city representatives to blame. To me, the good candidates are ones that value life and well-being above any materialistic of "feel good" projects or ideals. What's the use of having shiniest lampposts or the best streets and sidewalks if they are going to covered in the blood of our loved ones or children. We need to maintain our emergency services to a level where they are somewhat in control of the criminal activity in our city. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming elections, I urge citizens to at least voice their concerns when the city council decides to start proposing to cut emergency services. Sooner or later...someone's life is going to depend on it.
4everoceans, how can you even make such a comment?? This was a situation involving a 9 time convicted felon. What should be applauded here is the extraordinary and exemplary efforts of our Law Enforcement personnel on duty that night in apprehending this criminal. The fact that officers were coming under gunfire and being rammed by this criminal and yet you want to use this forum to politically bash council people and a property owner. The criminal in this act of cowardice was from Toppenish....not Sunnyside. If this would of been your house that was invaded by this guy and your loved ones shot....would you still be blaming council? I think not. You are very fortunate this was not you it happened to. I for one would like to express my sincerest appreciation to the men and women that were involved in apprehending this criminal!! 4everoceans....shame on you for using such an incident to push your political views.
Although Ms. Hancock has made some good points, she also has some bad ones as well. For one she makes out Mr. Perales as the "bad person" in this election which is totally untrue. As almost all of the citizens of Sunnyside expect to be safe in our community and what I am hearing from Ms. Hancock is "well there just isn't enough money for public safety..." To me, that's putting a price on the life of the unfortunate person or child who may lose it in the future. I understand we must live within our means, but from my understanding, Sunnyside has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on attorneys and fines from the federal government. The goal Mr. Perales is openly campaigning on is to maintain public safety and emergency services. To better Sunnyside by having more recreational programs for the youth of our community and to improve the quality of life of all citizens. The goals Mr. Perales has are ones that in my opinion every citizen in Sunnyside wants and needs. I voted for Mr. Perales and I hope everyone does as well for the sake and well being of all citizens of Sunnyside
Citizens of Sunnyside....How obvious is it that councilpersons Guerrero and Hancock are aligned to derail this city's police department! Its violent crime that is down in our community and they are emphasizing such a minor issue of a paint ball incident and an open door on an abandoned building!! Please...lets be real! Guerrero's comment questioning the crime statistics is what should of been considered out of order and who came to his rescue but none other that Theresa Hancock. Such obvious disparaging and rude remarks aimed at the police department is what should of been addressed! Just a word of advice to Councilpersons Guerrero and Hancock.....YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME....BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!!
After reading in the news of what happened at this weeks council meeting, the obvious choice is McNerney for the seat. Its shameful what Guerrero said at that council meeting and it clearly shows the City of Sunnyside will be heading back to the days of shootouts and drug dealing if Guerrero is elected. "Guerrero says he won't respond to his new challenger with posters or signs....my name and reputation in the community will speak for itself" What self glorifying arrogance this person has of himself!! Citizens of Sunnyside...its obvious the right choice is Mac McNerney!!
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