Report from City Hall

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rick_west_150w_march_13By Council Member RICK WEST

Trust.

Every day your life is filled with elements of trust in those people for whom you cast your vote: Trust that the traffic signals work properly; Trust that the trash will be picked up from your home; Trust that the water pouring from your kitchen faucet is germ-free; Trust that the fire department will answer an emergency; Trust that the police will protect you from the ravages of criminals; Trust that the schools will open on time and your children will have the best teachers possible in the safest of environments. These placements of your trust are not based on political issues. They are based on the basic requirements you place on your local government, regardless of political influences.

Trust.

Politics creates winners and losers at the polls. Leadership creates excellence in the services your government provides to you, your family, friends and neighbors. Too often more attention is paid to the political process and its candidates’ electability than to the trusted leadership which the process is designed to produce. Unfortunately we cannot give blind trust to purely political efforts because the politics, the campaigns and all the effort they entail, are primarily designed and crafted to win an election, and not often enough to assure us that we are putting leaders in place who can be trusted.

When you go into the polling booth, you are deciding in whom you will be placing your trust for the next four years. You will be relying upon that person to provide leadership, common sense and integrity in the process of making decisions which can and will affect not only your daily life but also that of your loved ones. My greatest thrill since taking office has been the realization that you trust me to do what is right and beneficial for you.

Trust.

Each time I, as one of your elected members of Council, take decisive legislative action, I am using a portion of the trust you have placed in me:  Trust that the results for which I am striving are acceptable to you; Trust that you will appreciate the effort, thought and study which I have brought to the process of acting on your behalf; trust that you will tell me when I have strayed, and trust that you will also tell me when I have taken a stance with which you ardently agree and which will improve your daily life in some tangible way.

There is no closer relationship in American government than that between you and your local elected council and mayor. Trust is personal. My work on your city’s behalf is personal. Your decision to vote for me was personal. I am blessed to be able to work for you and to continue justifying the trust you have placed in me. You have given me the gift of your trust to help me lead this great city. I take the leader’s task you have thrust on me as a personal trust. I want to honor and live up to your trust in me, and I want to continue to look for every way possible to make our city’s services, our streets and schools and libraries and playgrounds and parks and buildings safe, efficient, available and dedicated to the improvement of our lives. It’s personal.

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