I had a great time at the Bakersfield Realtors Association mixer this afternoon as their guest speaker. Topics included the strength of the Bakersfield real estate market, along with continued business growth and job creation. As I told them, anyone in office who says they’re going to create jobs had better own a business. The truth is businesses create jobs not politicians. Elected officials can foster a business friendly environment, through low taxation and minimal regulation. Encouraging business growth, not hindering it.
We also discussed the downturn in local sales tax revenues, due to reduced oil production and drought conditions affecting the agricultural industry. But also the City Council taking decisive cost saving action to ensure that we continue on good financial footing.
I also recapped my first six months in office, with my successes in reopening the closed Southside Police Substation, Spices & Bath Salts ordinance to protect our community from synthetic drugs, my efforts helping to resurrect the canceled 4th of July fireworks show, supporting auto mall businesses with road and infrastructure improvements.
It was a fun event with great people. Thank you Bakersfield Realtors Association for the gracious invitation.