May 28, 2017

Rick Hogaboam’s Platform

Listening and Serving –

  • I like to weigh all sides of an issue, analyze the pros and cons, consult with diverse opinions, and make decisions fully equipped with the necessary information.
  • You can’t please all of the people all of the time, but I promise to respectfully listen to you the people.
  • The following platform reflects guiding values, convictions, and sentiments. You deserve to know who/what you’re voting for. Above all, I hope to serve with respect for you and our city. Whether we agree on every single issue or not, I will treat everyone with dignity and respect. I hope to model civility and never embarrass the city through bad conduct.

Faith –

  • My Christian faith is my core. I believe that Jesus is Lord. He has paid for my sins. I’ve been in pastoral ministry in evangelical churches in various capacities: youth pastor, young adult pastor, Christian education, associate pastor, lead pastor.
  • My faith instructs me to love those who think/believe differently. As a Christian, I certainly want everyone to find salvation and hope in Jesus, but I believe that this comes about through persuasion in love and speech and consistency of ethics; it doesn’t come about through legislation or violence or intimidation. I’m a moral realist and seek justice in accordance with the moral law that ought to guide the general welfare for all, but I don’t believe that various, particular ethical mandates intended for Christians, as Christians, is supposed to be legislated into public policy for non-Christians. This is where the distinction between church and state must be maintained. This doesn’t mean our faith doesn’t inform our conduct and commitment in public policy to certain objective moral absolutes as far as justice is concerned, but it does mean a distinction must be made between what applies for Christians in the sphere of the church and what applies to all in the sphere of general society.
  • A truly tolerant, pluralistic society will be one in which we can disagree vigorously as we remain faithful to our consciences and yet not resort to bullying or name-calling or intimidating those we disagree with. Tolerance doesn’t mean we will all agree with each other; it means that we can treat others with dignity and respect even when there’s disagreement — especially when there’s disagreement.
  • My faith teaches me to seek justice and be a blessing to my neghbors. Government is different than the institution of the church. Those boundaries are very clear, however, I also believe that I’m accountable to God for how I treat others. One role of government is to enforce justice and assure safety and peace for ALL my neghbors.  Whether one is rich or poor, black or white, whatever, each person must be treated with dignity and respect. I want to see everyone flourish. Clean water, safe streets, and a healthy economy lifts all of us. I’m committed to the human flourishing of all — not just some. People of different faiths or no faith can hopefully rally together for these shared civic creeds of neighborly love and lifting one another up.

Family – 

  • I believe that the family unit is a pre-political institution that doesn’t derive its existence from the government. This is an important clarification. The family exists apart from government and therefore possesses its own jurisdiction. The government must recognize the institution and jurisdiction of the family.
  • Education. As a former teach and coach who’s been involved in public and private schools, as one married to a wife who’s also taught in public and private schools, as parents who’ve educated our children in public school, charter school, and homeschool, we’ve experienced it all. Every parent should be able to determine what educational goals best serve their children. We have many wonderful options in Nampa — and children are being served well by all of the options.
  • Family Discounts. I support the pricing rate at the Nampa Recreation Center for a family rate that costs less than if each member had to collectively pay an individual rate. Anything else the city can do to reduce the fees for families to access various services, I would certainly look at and potentially support.
  • Activities. I’m thankful for living in a city that provides many venues for families. We recently attended a movie night at Optimist Park. I also coached girls softball for the Nampa Parks and Recreation league and was able to connect with the parents. These sort of activities present opportunities for bonding among the many great families in Nampa.

Fiscal Responsibility – 

  • Prioritize essential services. Don’t waste precious dollars on services that don’t benefit the whole community. Government has a limited role. Private charity, neighborly love, and mediating institutions are the options of first resort if we’re going to remain a virtuous society, one where those with more proximate moral culpability and duty act to meet existing needs.
  • I believe we can become a model city of efficiency in services per dollar. Quantity doesn’t guarantee quality. We can be fiscally responsible without compromising quality. It can be done.
  • We can’t afford to be wasteful, so we must wise in our stewardship. Delayed maintenance, for example, might cost more in the big picture than regular maintenance. And it’s immoral to place a burden on our children and grand-children, as such delayed maintenance is essentially a form of theft from future generations.
  • Think long-term sustainability. Leverage technology to do things better the first time for long-term quality and return on investment, saving taxpayers money and giving our children a more sustainable service model. We need to stop thinking about band-aid fixes for the short term, which actually end up costing more money. We owe it to our children and the future generation to think about what kind of city we’re leaving for them.
  • Take advantage of growth on our existing grid. We need to grow incrementally on our existing grid to assure better stewardship of our existing investment in maintenance of existing infrastructure. This should decrease the per capita tax liability as we move forward with greater prosperity. Of course we will also grow outward, but we need both: incremental growth on our existing grid and outward growth for new development.

Freedom – 

  • I advocate a full review of licenses and permits and state statutes and federal mandates that get in the way of our freedom and financial growth. I will work with all of the respective branches in lobbying for Nampa’s freedom. I have the endorsement of several state legislators who will work in a collaborative fashion to ensure our freedoms.
  • The Bill of Rights is fundamental. Religious freedom and free speech will be respected. The right to bear arms will be respected. These are natural rights the people possess apart from the government; they are pre-political in nature. Civil liberties will be respected.
  • Unnecessary and burdensome codes and land use restrictions need to be evaluated constantly to make sure we’re not creating an environment that discourages growth.

Public Safety 

  • Police. Our Nampa police department has done a great job over the decades. Gang violence and deadly crime aren’t welcome in Nampa. Pro-active and efficient police work has helped reduce crime. As we grow, we must make sure that quality isn’t compromised as our department serves more people and a larger grid.
  • Fire. Our Nampa fire department has done a great job. We must make sure their response time remains the same as we scale up as a city.
  • Revenue has been down as violations have decreased because of fewer citations. I think we all enjoy the fewer citations. We certainly don’t want to depend on citation revenue as a model for funding. This underscores how important it is to have a sustainable funding model for public safety as we continue to grow, making sure that new growth brings the best return for cost of services of our infrastructure.
  • Volunteer. I encourage citizens to help volunteer where they can to help assist our service to the city. There are opportunities for citizens to serve in various capacities, allowing our sworn personnel to instead devote their time on matters more pressing to public safety.
  • Neighborhood watch. We can also participate in cultivating safer communities through civic responsibility and engagement. Loving our neighbors requires that we look out for their good.

Business Growth –

  • Make it easy to do business in Nampa. Money will go where it’s appreciated. We must exhaust all avenues at streamlining the process for startups and businesses moving from phase one to phase two and other incremental growth. If the city is in the way, we need to get out of the way.
  • We can’t afford to lose business if the city is in the way. Every lost business means fewer jobs, loss of access to desired goods/services, and a shift in the tax burden on residents.
  • Anything we can do to encourage private investment on our existing grid is a net gain for everyone. This is how we flourish as a community.
  • Anything we can do to lighten the cost of doing business on existing infrastructure is also a must. We’re already paying for the infrastructure and maintenance, so we must prioritize economic growth where money is already invested.
  • Private wealth creation shouldn’t be penalized. We must look at all options to encourage private investment to improve existing structures without fear of a punitive tax model that increases the cost of doing business beyond the initial improvements.
  • Rather than rely mostly on credits and giveaways, picking winners by bundling incentives for one big haul, we can achieve wealth creation by cultivating a better business environment for all, large and small. 
  • I will oppose unnecessary codes that target home-based commerce.
  • Mixed use growth can also make efficient use of our grid, encouraging business below and affordable housing above, often for people who work and do life in these high-density areas of the city.

Downtown –

  • I’m optimistic about the potential of downtown Nampa. I’ve met with business owners and will strive to be an ally for their good ideas. We must have a collaborative relationship.
  • 4th Fridays and the Farmers’ Market are proof that our community longs for good food, music, and neighborly interaction. Anything the city can do to facilitate these activities is a win for community-building and local commerce.
  • Since we’re already invested in a large parking garage, we should look at possibly transferring one of the smaller lots in downtown to private ownership for the business community. This will bring more investment into downtown.
  • Continued upgrades to the streets and crosswalks and sidewalks to improve foot traffic access and biking will also help accommodate increasing demand.
  • We must help the Business Improvement District thrive with a collaborative relationship. A thriving downtown not only serves our collective quality of life, but it will generate the necessary revenue to protect our collective tax burden. A thriving downtown is a win-win-win for all parties.

Quality of Life –

  • Recreation. With Lake Lowell, golfing, parks, ponds, the green belt, biking, and more, Nampa is truly a gem when it comes to recreation and quality of life. As Nampa grows, we must be careful to preserve our unique features that make Nampa a beautiful place to live. Our Parks and Recreation department has done a tremendous job facilitating activities in our parks, leveraging our resources for active play and team-building for our youth. There’s increasing demand from sports leagues for use of our parks as well. We need to make sure our future planning is diversified to accommodate these quality of life needs in our community.
  • I support working out a long-term solution on the golf courses. They are cash-flow positive, add to our quality of life, used by our local high school teams, provide open, green space, and draw people to our community, adding to the hospitality sector growth in our city.  
  • Healthcare. Nampa is home to a growing presence of top-notch healthcare facilities and personnel. We benefit from more specialized care and access. We must continue to prioritize this increasing specialization and quality. This is a large part of our local economy.
  • Community formation. Nampa is filled with many strong faith communities, non-profits, service clubs, private schools, and other associations. We can and should provide meeting space at our facilities as a public service for those seeking to serve our community.
  • Charities serving those in need. The social good of our community matters and we’re truly blessed to have so many big-hearted people and institutions seeking to love their neighbors in tangible ways. There are some who face economic challenges in our city. Some are homeless and find shelter at the Lighthouse Mission. Some are hungry and find resources at various locations for food. Some are in deep debt and find transformational assistance at Love INC. Some are facing a major pregnancy decision and find assistance at Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center. It’s absolutely critical the city does what it can to allow these charitable institutions to function in their service to those in need in our community.

Education and Job Growth –

  • There is an increasing demand for skilled labor. NNU and CWI are important institutions in educating and equipping our future work force. Other career-focused education options, like Stevens-Henager, are also preparing job-seekers with the tools to enter emerging markets in our area.
  • Nampa is home to great schools: public, charter, and private. There’s also a growing homeschool community. I believe that our library has great potential to aid in the education of our children, either as an after-school resource or as a resource for the homeschool community as a meeting space for study and co-ops. Just as the Parks and Recreation does a tremendous job facilitating use of our parks for various programs, I believe our library has potential to facilitate programs to assist in education and even some basic job-seeking skills like building a resume or learning software.

 

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