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Juan Diaz Questionnaire

Juan Diaz Questionnaire

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Mar 08, 2011
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Juan Diaz
1. In recent years, the mayor and City Council have used a mix of revenueincreases and cuts in expenses to balance the city budget. Do you agree? If not,what would you do differently?
I know that we are in challenging times for the city, but these are also challenging timesfor families here in Jacksonville. My preference is to evaluate the budget and identifypotential reductions in spending before raising tax rates. I would look first to ensure thatcity departments are operating as leanly as possible, and focus on non-essential cityservices in first priority for any reductions. As a Member of the City Council, that is how Iwill approach it, if we can do it without jeopardizing our quality of life and deterioratingthe level of core services due to Jacksonville residents.
2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
Public safety is one of my top priorities, a primary purpose of government.When we have murder rates that lead the state, we need to think outside of the box tolook for solutions. I support the Jacksonville Journey because it supports safeneighborhoods, and safe neighborhoods can deliver a greater likelihood of economicopportunity. I think this year’s murder rate, which was one of the lowest in years, isproof that we can address the crime issue successfully.
3. What endorsements have you received?
I have received the support of many, well-respected business leaders of both large andsmall businesses in Jacksonville, and I continue to add supporters daily. I am optimisticthat I will receive the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce (JaxBiz) endorsement, theFirst Coast Manufacturer’s Association (FCMA) endorsement, and many other associated business endorsements throughout the city. I am also seeking theendorsements of numerous local elected officials, and will announce thoseendorsements at the appropriate time.
4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
I have been a very engaged community member during my time in Jacksonville.(See my biography for more information)
5. How do you intend to comply with Florida’s public records and government inthe sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshine law, whatwould you do?

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