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City of MantecaCandidate for City Council

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Gary Singh

Manteca Business Owner
16,682 votes (31.01%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Address Manteca's homelessness issue
  • Increase public safety so every resident feels safe
  • Attract more family wage jobs and increase high tech companies to Manteca

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small business owner, realtor and Councilman
Owner, Crossroads Real Estate (2020–current)
Co-owner, Manteca Liquors (2002–current)
Member, Central Valley Association of Realtors (2010–current)
City Council Member, City of Manteca — Elected position (2016–current)
Realtor, Roland Group (2014–2020)
Planning Commissioner, City of Manteca — Appointed position (2014–2016)

Education

University of the Pacific Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration with a minor in Bio-Chemistry (2005)

Community Activities

Member, Manteca Rotary Club (2014–current)
Member, Central Valley Association of Realtors (2010–current)
Board Member, Community Foundation of San Joaquin County (2019–current)
Board Member, Hope Family Shelter Advisory Board (2017–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Joaquin Central Labor Council
  • San Joaquin Building Trades Association
  • IBEW Local 104

Elected Officials (10)

  • San Joaquin County Office of Education President Ken Vogel
  • Manteca Unified School Trustee Kathy Howe
  • Manteca Unified School Trustee Stephen Schluer
  • Modesto Mayor Mani Grewal
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Miguel Villapudua
  • Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dahliwal
  • Manteca Mayor Ben Cantu
  • Manteca City Council Member Debby Moorhead
  • Manteca City Council Member Jose Nuno
  • San Joaquin County Treasurer-Tax Collector Phonxay Keokham

Individuals (6)

  • JoAnn Jamerson
  • Former Manteca City Council Member John Harris
  • Former Manteca City Council Member Mike Morowit
  • Former Manteca Mayor Jack Snyder
  • Former Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford
  • Former Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Gary Singh's Candidate Statement

Summary

 

Gary Singh's Candidate Statement which will appear in the Sample Ballot

Manteca is a wonderful community, yet we have challenges that must be addressed to maintain our special “Family City” quality of life.

 

As your Councilmember, we have hired more police officers and firefighters and built a new fire station to keep Manteca safe.  We continue to improve our roads and streets to ease traffic congestion.   I hold regular office hours to listen and respond to your concerns making it easier for residents to communicate with city government - increasing responsiveness, transparency and ensuring your voice is heard in City Hall

 

As a local business owner, I understand our city needs family wage jobs so residents can work and shop locally - reducing commute times, decreasing traffic and air pollution and allowing residents to spend more time with their families - enhancing our sense of community. 

 

We have made great progress but there’s still work left to be done.  Innovative leadership is necessary to ensure Manteca’s future by implementing “green” policies to protect our environment, attract Silicon Valley companies and bring in new IT jobs.  During these unprecedented times, government is more important than ever and must meet the needs of Manteca residents.

 

 

Let’s continue to move Manteca forward together.

Homelessness

Summary

Gary Singh's position on homelessness

One of the fundamental causes of homelessness is the widening housing affordability gap which lead to other issues. The Covid crisis has caused the gap to widen even more. Homelessness is not just our city’s issue but a nationwide problem. The City of Manteca cannot nor do we have the means to solve this problem on our own. We need to use our surrounding cities and county resources and also create a coalition of non-profits and churches that want to help these individuals so we can work together as a unit implementing a holistic approach to solving this difficult problem.

Homeless individuals are not all the same. Some, unfortunately, were hit with hard times and others are taking advantage of the system - panhandling to get money and exploiting the system. We need to help the individuals that truly want to turn their lives around and guide them to community resources that will help them get there. Recent research on the issue has taught us that investment in permanent housing is extraordinarily effective in reducing homelessness as well as being a cost-effective measure. Numerous research studies have consistently confirmed that long-term housing assistance not only successfully reduces homelessness, it is also less expensive than temporary shelter.

We can leverage additional financial resources by accessing federal housing assistance. These programs are one of the most successful housing-based solutions to reduce homelessness. The two largest programs are public housing and Section 8 vouchers. Housing vouchers allow low-income households to rent modest market-rate housing of their choice and provides a flexible subsidy that adjusts with the family’s income over time. The city has also started in doing a nexus study to look at potential creating a fee on development that can afford it to encourage more attainable housing to be built.

Another way to address homelessness involves moving the long-term street homeless population - the majority of whom are living with mental illness, substance abuse and other serious health problems - directly into subsidized housing or a faith-based shelter. This would link them to support services, either on-site or in the community. From there the first thing would be to clean up the individual (simple thing as a shower) so they can get their dignity back and  the ultimate goal would be to help teach these individuals the life skills that can offer the opportunity to get a job that would allow them to become self-reliant.

Building a traditional shelter in Manteca is not the solution to our chronic homeless problem we need to look at a multiprong approach.  When I visited the St Mary’s shelter in Stockton, it is clear that many do not want to use these facilities because of the rules prohibiting drug and alcohol use or the prohibition on pets.  Before I even got to the shelter what I saw was a veritable “tent city”. These are individuals that do not want to follow the rules and choose to live outside the shelter and only go inside to get meals. Being homeless is not a crime and shelter staff cannot force them into one of the available programs. They have to make the decision to improve their lives on their own. 

A Navigation/Resource center is what I believe will be one of the solutions working with our non-profits and organizations that understand and provide these services with staff that can relate to the individuals that are on our streets. It is all about building relationship with our unsheltered population as our officer Mike Kelly has been successful in doing. Having a center with all resources under one roof would allow individuals to be screened, identifying causes of the person’s situation and then appropriate programs such as alcohol, drug or mental health treatment can be offered.  At the same time, staff could help with things like obtaining a driver’s license, settling unpaid fines, financial planning, legal services and CalWORKs processing to help untangle barriers to self-sufficiency.

In order to effective address this crisis, we need to build a local and countywide consensus and the unified political will to address this growing problem.  We also need an ongoing commitment by all the municipalities and the community-based organizations to provide funding and the appropriate services to address the many faces of homelessness. This is not just a Manteca problem and it needs to be tackled in a collaborative way countywide with each city buying in. If you have further questions or thoughts, I can be reached at E-mail: SinghForCouncil@gmail.com, Website: SinghForManteca.Com, Facebook.com/SinghForManteca, Instagram:@CouncilmanSingh, Twitter: @SinghForManteca or phone 209-612-6161.

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