John McCormick for Lafayette City Council

Key Issues

There are many issues and opportunities before us as citizens of Lafayette. I stand by my votes in the City Council this year and I am pleased to discuss them at any time. However, there are a couple of key issues that I am particularly passionate about that I would like to share with you. You can also see some of my other positions in the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Supporting Downtown and Our Local Businesses

Plaza Park, Downtown LafayetteAs a local small business owner, Chamber Board Member, and City Council Member, I am passionate about supporting our business community. I understand the challenges and opportunities that come with being a local business owner. I am on a first-name basis with many of the business owners in town. I am uniquely positioned to represent you and ensure the continued economic success of our city.

My priorities include:

  • Actively listen and respond to issues of concern to our local businesses, including crime and parking, and foster a positive business climate.
  • Work to re-open the Park Theater and invigorate the section of downtown from Plaza Park down Golden Gate Way.
  • Support and encourage activities and events designed to bring locals and visitors to Lafayette to shop and dine.
  • Open new parks along Mt. Diablo Blvd and adjacent properties to provide a welcoming space for new downtown residents, make our community more active, and preserve green space wherever possible throughout Lafayette.
  • Consider new opportunities for businesses to complement new downtown housing.
  • Update downtown Objective Design Standards that will provide guidelines and guardrails about future building downtown. 

Fiscal Sustainability and Transparency

Park TheaterOur city has a looming budget crisis. We need to address it in a careful and prudent manner. Our city government provides excellent service on a limited budget, and we want to keep it that way. As a member of the City Council, I have the following priorities:

  • Continue to review our city budget to identify areas of potential waste and inefficiency
  • Insist on transparency for items that affect the budget
  • Prioritize maintaining current service levels to ensure the well-being of all citizens
  • Consider a modest sales tax increase to balance the budget

Fire and Public Safety

Con fire Fire TruckProviding fire and public safety is the sacred trust our community members have with their government, and I take that responsibility seriously.

My priorities include:

  • Ensuring the police department is properly funded and supported.
  • Supporting new laws to keep our businesses and residents safe from crime and harassment.
  • Working closely with ConFire, Moraga Orinda Fire, and other county and state resources to ensure our community is as safe as possible.
  • Carefully considering evacuation routes and downstream impacts when dealing with traffic management, new housing development, and increasing biking and pedestrian options on our streets and roads.
  • Working with local and state insurance providers to work through our current home insurance crisis to ensure Lafayette citizens have access to proper insurance coverage at a fair price.

On or before November 5th, please vote for John McCormick for Lafayette City Council


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