September 27, 2013

North Fair Oaks Business Advisory Council Formed

I HAD the priviledge of hosting a dinner at El Guanaco in North Fair Oaks for the business leaders of the Middlefield Road Corridor. For the first time in many years, the business owners gathered, (some meeting for the first time) and talked about their concerns - parking, illegal dumping, flooding that occurs from clogged storm drains in winter, non-functioning crosswalk safety lights, improving the presence of businesses and areas of Sheriff patrol, and more.

It was an excellent exchange of issues and concerns. We were honored to have Sheriff Greg Munks as our special guest. The concerns and preference of the business community will be critical to the shaping and implementation of the North Fair Oaks Community Plan.

I gave an update on the County budget which allocates $13 million in improvements to Middlefield Road--including the under grounding of utilities and an improved entrance to the Fair Oaks Health Center which will open in December.

The group, called the North Fair Oaks Business Advisory Council, will meet informally as topics of community concern come up - like parking, for instance. Every six months we plan to have a formal conversation with the entire group. I will, of course, keep the group informed of issues and upcoming important news.

I would like to give a special thanks to Manuel Ramirez for being the Emcee & Translator for the evening, to Esperanza Vasquez of the North Fair Oaks Community Council for her leadership and to Sergio Gonzalez and Mina Gonzalez for allowing us to host the event at their restaurant! The food was great!

Lastly, I would like to thank Irving Torres, my Legislative Aide and Ana Corona and Elijah Kirton, my Interns who helped put this dinner together!

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