Rancho Cucamonga is one of San Bernardino County’s nicest cities. It has a rich agricultural and wine-making history; however, today it is mostly a suburban area with few vineyards remaining.
It is a city whose leaders have capitalized on its strategic location near major interstates as well as having Route 66 run through its heart. Anthony Rice wants to be one who leads the city into the future. He is running for a spot on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council.
Rice agreed to an interview with Examiner. Here is part one of that interview.
Q: As a current or future council member, what skill do you bring to the office that makes you uniquely qualified to run for council?
Rice: Being a young, passionate political activist in the area for the past five years, I bring a fresh perspective on what should be the proper role of our city government. As a small business owner, I know the hoops and regulations one must go through just to make a buck. As Councilman, I would reduce burdensome taxes and regulations on businesses and individuals. While attending CSUSB I was a Planning Intern for the City of Fontana Planning Department. In Fontana, I learned first hand the inner workings of city government and the affect it has on individuals and businesses.
Q: How would you look to improve the economic climate of the city?
Rice: I would open up certain city services to more market participants, and I would absolutely tackle pension reform. The city shouldn’t have only one trash or cable company servicing the city. As councilman, I would advocate for innovative ways to open up city services such as the trash service.
As for pension reform, I would outsource bids to the private sector for almost every city service. This will accomplish two things: 1. It will provide the city a dollar benchmark as to what it would cost to run certain city services with a private company versus the cost of current services, and 2. It would send a clear message to the public employee unions that the city is serious about addressing the current fiscal problem. It would also be a huge bargaining chip over the unions when it comes time to renegotiate contracts since it will certainly be shown the city wastes too much money for many of its services.
Q: What are the obvious issues that city government should look to address to improve the quality of life for its residents?
Rice: I will address this question from a civil liberties standpoint. I am absolutely opposed to two blatantly anti-liberty stances the city has taken recently. Ordinance 851 is a city law that requires a permit for any gathering of 100 or more people. I am absolutely opposed to this restriction of the people’s First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
The city has plans to install a video surveillance system throughout the city. These video cameras will even have speakers on them that would allow police to tell “troublemakers to disperse.” I sat down with Detective Wolfe at the Rancho Police Department on this and even he admitted that all the cameras would do is move crime elsewhere. Video surveillance does not deter crime as shown by London’s steady crime rate and a recent Home Office study proving video surveillance does not reduce or prevent crime.
Rice will be 28 years of age at the time of the election. He has been married to his wife, Jenny Rice, for three and a half years. She is a lifetime resident of Rancho Cucamonga. Anthony has lived there for 20 years. They have an 18-month-old son named Elijah.
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