City Council, Place 6
Then we will compare and contrast the city or cities situationally with Frisco and augment their recommendations with our current plans where they make sense. Finally, we will create action steps as to when and if we need to mobilize to mitigate risk and prevent a devastating aftermath. Each of these steps will be communicated to the citizenry consistently throughout the process. My utmost effort here is that we should be well prepared for any such future disasters and devise a solid mitigation and recovery plan for Frisco.
I have been pursuing this passion of mine in the communities that I lived in, starting from Mysore, my birth place, and Frisco, my adopted new home. I see a great deal of work that I could contribute by being a part of Frisco City Council.
I decided to run for the office to serve my community.
I was involved and have organized several [community]-related activities, like AKKA blood drive in 2008 [New Jersey] [and] vaccinations for swine flu [in] Pittsburgh, to name a couple.
In addition to the above, I engaged with Frisco community closely in the last two years to understand the needs of the community. This has prepared me to effectively serve on City Council.
Encourage Women’s & Youth to become entrepreneurs: Provide some incentives for small and family-owned business to continue [to] run business. Motivating and conducting excellent workshops and encouraging small business will increase in generating the revenue to city.
Modernization: Emphasize on city cybersecurity, emphasize on auto bill pay on utilities, and emphasize on reducing OR, if possible to, eliminating convenience fees.
Infrastructure: Emphasize on new innovative ideas to handle the traffic, emphasize on having more lung space and parks, mobile library and emphasize on trails and sidewalks. Frisco City is growing in a rapid pace, [with] people moving to Frisco from all over the nation; we need to accommodate the upcoming flow.
Public Safety: [We] definitely need to recruit more first responders, create a Medical Reserve Corps, build the strong bridge between police department and community and develop the educational workshops between police department and students in every school level.
We need to accommodate the various levels of housing based on their income and their jobs.
Apartments should be built close to business parks as well as retail and commercial business. This will have greater impact on reduction on traffic flow.
In my work life, being in the health industry little more than a decade, seen the lives very closely, which makes me drive to bring city to resident’s door; will work for the betterment of Frisco community. Partnered with American Cancer Society and providing free transportation for chemo therapy treatment for Frisco residents.
Sai will serve community full-time and available 24/7.
Contact: 214-597-1911 | www.brianforfrisco.com
Our businesses are now opening, COVID-19 positive cases declining, schools opening back up and while we comply with state mandates we keep our citizens and businesses’ best interests in mind in making decisions.
I support shutting down when we did and would make the same decision again, but I am ready for Texas to open back up!
Prior to being elected, I served as the vice chairman of the City of Frisco Board of Adjustments/Construction Board of Appeals and as a board member on the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.
During the 10 years that my family and I have lived in Frisco, we have been involved with almost every local charity and service organization, supporting them to do our part to make Frisco as strong as possible.
I want to make sure the we are as focused on economic stability as we are on economic development/incentives and take care of the people and businesses we already have here. Our EDC has already started this shift and are also recruiting businesses that are thriving in this new environment.
My City Council colleagues and I just passed a proposed 2021 tax rate that will lower the taxes paid by the average citizen. We have to make sure that we stay focused on the conservative financial management that have allowed us to weather the storm so far and not put a greater burden on our citizens.
Additionally, as we continue to grow as a city, we will, unfortunately, see increases in traffic and congestion, but our goal is to reduce the increase in congestion to a rate much slower than our growth. This will be accomplished by supporting our engineering [and] transportation departments and challenging them to stay on the cutting edge of technology and best practices.
Public transportation will be needed in Frisco, but not in the form that it is currently known. My vision for this transportation solution will need to be led by private industry and include multimode solutions that are as flexible as our needs in Frisco.
During my first three years on Frisco City Council, I have been the only vote against a new multifamily development—two, actually—and I have supported others that I thought were right for Frisco. Those that I did vote in favor of, I worked to negotiate a reduction in their density and to keep them away from existing single-family residences. As we develop the rest of Frisco, we will no doubt need additional multifamily units, but they must be kept in line with what the residents of Frisco want. This is a much more complicated issue than most citizens and candidates realize while running for office, and it is not possible to make everyone happy. However, I will always vote for what I think is best for Frisco based on talking to city staff, developers and as many citizens as I can.
Ultimately, the only thing guaranteed to make Frisco affordable is promoting job growth and attracting the best companies to Frisco.
Contact: 502-264-3752 | www.friscosadaf.com
These complex issues cannot be tackled in silos, but must be solved through a matrixed and interconnected approach–one that incorporates the Chamber of Commerce, our ISD partners, our higher education partners, our social services organizations, business leaders, and even retired and active military advisers. Frisco is a strong, resilient community–but if we are not afraid to have difficult conversations, together, we could lead the way for all cities in the nation on this.
This initiative can be funded via federal aid the city has received from the CARES Act.
Next, I believe my extensive work with the many houses of worship in Frisco gives me a unique insight to the diversity of not just our faith community but also the needs of our most vulnerable communities. Frisco’s faith-based groups are on the front line of serving the homeless, the hungry and the vulnerable; these are people helped by the private sector, and therefore, the city doesn’t have to step in. As our city grows and these populations in need also grow, my insight will be vital as we all work together—public and private agencies—to lift them up in the most effective and responsible ways possible.
Of all the other qualities about me which I believe prepare me for serving on City Council, I would close with the one I feel most significant: my ability to solve problems and seek solutions, as opposed to being vocally negative but with no contribution. It is not enough for an elected official to simply be against everything that comes across his or her desk. We deserve leaders who are FOR positive change, innovation, vision and community investment.
And there has been demonstrable impact socially and commercially as well. The city budget is going to be affected, over the next 2-3 years, especially as we begin to see the trickle-down effects of businesses closing, workers losing jobs, and homeowners and tenants being unable to make their monthly bills.
I would like to be a part of helping Frisco City Council develop and lead a bold recovery plan. Please see my COVID-19 response to understand my ideas on how Frisco can lead the metroplex and the nation.
I think that the biggest concern we face is the uncertainty of what will happen with the approximately 30% of our city that is still open land and remains to be developed. Large, centrally located parcels, like Brinkmann Ranch, provide outstanding opportunity, but that kind of a blank canvas also brings a huge unknown; it could become a big commercial campus or another university project or a mixed-use, master-planned community, like Legacy West. If it becomes 5,000 acres of dense multifamily housing, that will irrevocably change the nature of our city. There is no question that zoning for dense, multifamily apartments is the most lucrative outcome for any developer, but it also puts the largest and most expensive strain on our infrastructure and roads. Frisco must ask whether our City Council will have the collective integrity to do what is right in these cases, thinking not just of today’s developers but also of tomorrow’s residents and neighbors.
As someone with a reputation for listening respectfully, keeping my word and collaborating with compromise, I feel that I can bring a more effective presence to City Council than the incumbent. Frustrated residents have relayed [to me] their feelings that he listens without hearing and serves a narrow political agenda driven by future campaign ambitions rather than what is right for Frisco right now.
Then, the desirability of our community has created great demand, such that people want to move to Frisco from all over the world. This is good, but it has driven up housing prices. Improving how our homes are appraised and taxed by the county appraisal district is another area that could significantly ease the burden on homeowners. As someone who represented the residents of Frisco, I would not be afraid to ask hard questions of the county officials who drive those appraisal processes.
I believe the good and the bad here can all be improved by collaboration between our state, county, city and ISD partners. Respectful understanding that sets aside partisan ideology is how collaboration will happen. I do not filter public policy and people through a political lens, and that is the first step to finding solutions.