What is your motivation to run for Kuna City Council?
2014 is Kuna’s 150th anniversary. Where do you see Kuna headed as it progresses through the next 10, 25, and 50 years?
What current administration policies if any have you disagreed with? What is your position on those issues or how would you have done them different?
What current administration policies or actions have you agreed with? What is the current city government doing well?
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
What is your position on city parks and expanding the greenbelt?
What is your position regarding the Gateway West Transmission Line Project?
What is your opinion regarding the Kuna Overpass?
Should the city of Kuna be more or less involved on an organizational or donor level with Kuna Days?
How do you feel about Kuna city government being the event organizer for other community events?
Should Kuna be involved or not involved in commercial and retail recruitment to the city?
What is your opinion on expanding the city limits through annexation?
What is your opinion about constructing a city pool?
What is your biggest concern with the city of Kuna during the next five years?
If the city were in a financial crunch, how would you deal with it?
Increasing taxes, bonds, scaling back the budget through cuts or some other method?
Richard C. Cardoza
Age – 72
Occupation – Insurance agency principal
Kuna Resident – 41 years
8 years on the Kuna City Council, Member of the Kuna Disaster Fund for 27 years, 5 years on the Kuna Community Hall Board, 30 years on the Kuna Community Auction committee
To get recreational activities for the youth of the community. To increase the city parks and open spaces.
I expect to see more home growth and with that more commercial.
The selling of the 107 acres that the city owned on Lake Hazel Road. the property should be kept for future use as a park for your youth.
The city is doing a great job overall getting grants to accomplish some of the community projects.
It is one of the most important issues that the community has for the city. the city is making great strides to complete the green belt to the East of Swan Falls Road.
The transmission line should be located through the BLM area south of Kuna and not through the city limits.
The overpass is long overdue and both the city and Ada County Highway District are working hard to find funds for the project. One of the biggest problems is where the overpass will be located within the city.
More involved as it brings people to the community, some of which might move to Kuna for the small city atmosphere. The city and merchants benefit from Kuna Days at Bernie Fisher Park.
Kuna City also donates to the Kuna Easter Egg contest, if the event benefits the community as a whole I have no problem in the city being involved.
The city should be involved in the Chamber and currently is part of the recruitment of businesses to town with the Chamber.
The city has done enough annexation in the past and now needs to provide services to those homes and businesses. There is enough land available within the city now to meet the needs for another 30 years.
A city pool would be a step in the right direction. We as a city should be looking at a recreation district to provide those issues that have been poorly addressed in the past.
Providing facilities for our children. Parks, gyms, pool and athletic fields.
In the past the city has asked the employees to voluntary take reduced working hours to meet budget and that has worked to the satisfaction of all concerned. The city would also need to cut back the purchasing of big ticket items like trucks, tractors and forgo pay raises.
Age – 29
Occupation – Risk Control Manager
Education – Kuna High School Graduate 2002
Boise State University BBA in Finance 2009
Kuna Resident – 24 years
City Council Candidate in 2009 and 2011, Youth Leader
I love this Community. I have lived here for 24 years and felt it was time to be involved in the decisions being made. I am raising my family out here and want to be involved in the progress out here in Kuna.
Kuna is still a very attractive and upstart community. Although growth is inevitable I think we will see that Kuna maintains its small feel over the next 10 years. It is smart to prepare for the growth to come and maintain a balance between new businesses and residential growth. Kuna will always be a strong, close, attractive community; whether it is 10, 25, or 50 years from now.
It is tough to determine what policies to disagree with or agree with as the information isn’t as free flowing as it used to be. The big topic of discussion over the last few weeks has been the plot of land that was just put up for sale. The Council and Mayor decided to rush a vote to determine if they should sell it for less when it didn’t meet the asking price. Although I agree with the sale of the land it was unwise to rush a discussion and vote for the same day decision that involved millions of dollars. Every decision with that sort of impact must be well thought and thoroughly discussed to make sure the decisions made are what is truly best for the City of Kuna.
Kuna has seen a lot of changes over the last couple of years. It has seen the Boys and Girls Club thrive over the summer. It has seen commercial businesses take interest in Kuna with the additions of new businesses such as Ridley’s and Ace. The administration has also taken preference in new additions onto the greenbelts and sidewalks. These are all key things that if elected, I will ensure are followed through and the growth of businesses will maintain itself.
A Willow Tree. Who doesn’t like a Willow Tree?
Both of these things are necessary. City Parks add to the beauty and intrigue to every community. Giving more for families and children to do outside of the home will only strengthen the family and strengthen the community. The Greenbelt is a positive thing as well. Adding to it will only encourage the residents to get out, exercise and enjoy the beauty of the community. Both of these must be done and built in the right manner.
One of the proposals would route this Transmission Line South of Kuna. They would use already existing routes and lines so as to affect as little as possible. I don’t see this as being an issue as Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power are working closely to ensure this will minimize any negative impact on the environment as well as the convenience of the community. The Idaho section of this project is slated to be completed between 2019 and 2013.
The Kuna Overpass is long overdue. The options being discussed are all great options. The most important thing to look at is where the growth has potential to really take off. I feel the overpass would be better utilized as a direct extension of Meridian Road with Swan Falls being close behind. The growth on the south side of the tracks will be taking place near both of these areas.
The city of Kuna should be less involved on the Organizational side of Kuna Days and more involved on the Donor side of Kuna Days. There is a committee that organizes and plans Kuna Days but the funds are not always there. Kuna must be smart about it and incorporate it into their budget if possible. Kuna Days is a long standing tradition in Kuna and must not go away. The city has an obligation to the community to make sure this doesn’t happen.
The government shouldn’t be the event organizers but certainly be involved. Find committees to ensure these are taken care of and just ensure that events are taking place. It is important to the community to have citizens involved the planning and execution of events. The government should overlook and make sure these events are being executed to city code.
Absolutely! The administration has an obligation to assist in recruiting all businesses looking to expand. Figure out how to bring a more diverse business community to the city. This will even out the tax base and bring in more revenue to the city. It will also allow the residents to shop in their own city and not drive into neighboring cities. More employment opportunities will arise with bringing in more businesses as well.
The bigger the community becomes the more we must look at expanding our city limits. I am for annexation as long as it makes sense in what areas we are looking at annexing.
I am for a city pool or some form of recreational facility. The community needs more options available to the citizens. A city pool limits us if built outdoors but build a recreational facility and the citizens would have a year-round option.
I don’t know if this is a concern but something the administration must be ready for. As the economy turns around you will see the growth in Kuna. We must be ready for it and plan ahead. It is important for the city not to have to continually react to opportunities but to realize they are coming and get ahead of them.
If the city were in a financial crunch, the first and most important thing to look at is the budget. All options must be exhausted through budget cuts on things that are not necessary before increasing taxes on the residents or purchasing bonds. Budget cuts, as hard as they might seem, have always made sense to me before borrowing more money or just raising taxes on the citizens.
Age – 45
Occupation – Service Team Leader – Les Schwab Tire Center
Education – High School Diploma
Kuna Resident – 7 years
Kuna Days Chairman, Lions Club, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Registered Voter, Attend council meetings and public workshops on a regular basis.
Donor and sponsor of other various local organizations and events
When I first moved here I wanted to participate in the community. I volunteered as a chairman for Kuna Days my first year and have been a chairman for 7 yrs now. I am an active Lions Club member. I volunteer with the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. My wife and I have donated to various local organizations.
Kuna is going to continue to grow. I see Kuna growing from a bedroom community to a community that everyone eats, shops and plays in. I see a great parks and recreation district. A strong Chamber of Commerce. Public transportation to and from Kuna. A large industrial park with a train off load station. Multiple railroad over-crossings. A safe community that everyone will want to live in.
For the most part the city has been headed in the right direction. One thing I disagreed with is the removal of the requirement of a permit to be a vendor in the city. It used to be all vendors were required to have a permit. I felt one of these reasons was to protect the citizens of this city. When the city decided to create a special event permit, which I support, it did away with the requirement of all vendors to have a permit. As an example lets look at a food truck that drove in from out of state and the possibility of a food born illness. Under the old code all vendors would have been required to submit their personal information to the city so they could contact them if needed. If the food vendor were to set up outside of a special event, or on any given weekend, they are not required to have a permit.
The city is headed in the right direction. The city recently agreed to sell the 100 acres it originally bought for the sewer plant. That money is being used to pay off the $2 million dollars that the tax payers were going to have to pay for on the LID settlement. Although the city may not be able to make that type of purchase in the future the money is going to be used wisely to strengthen the city financial outlook. The second thing the city is doing well is being more open and allowing citizens to be heard. Prior to this administration when I attended the council meetings it felt like the citizens didn’t have a voice. It felt like the majority were displeased when someone wanted to talk. Since I have been attending the meetings regularly it feels like they want to hear what you have to say.
A Swamp Bay Magnolia because they have lateral roots that firmly anchor the tree to the ground. I feel this best represents my commitment to the Kuna community.
I am in full support of our city parks and expanding the greenbelt. I feel this will help strengthen our infrastructure and getting everyone to enjoy the benefits of staying in Kuna. This will lead to a stronger business community since we won’t be leaving Kuna to relax and play. People will tend to shop and eat more locally if they are already out locally. This will make our businesses profitable and therefore encourage business growth. This will lead to more jobs in Kuna and the local money staying in Kuna. It can also contribute to the quality of life Kuna has to offer and provide needed recreation areas.
While the line may be necessary it needs to stay out of Kuna. There are other routes this line can take that doesn’t encroach on the city.
I am in favor of the Highway 69 extension. This area has not been developed yet therefore the impact will be very little. The surrounding area will be developed with the overpass already there and therefore can be planned accordingly. I also feel with the low impact the funding could be more available. I would be open to the Swan Falls option with more input from the Police and Fire Departments along with the businesses that could be affected. The Ten Mile option may be more convenient but it has a high amount of negative impact and therefore I do not support that option.
I would like to start out by saying that I have been a chairman for Kuna Days for the last 7 years. If elected I will recuse myself from any voting because of my participation. With that being said my policy toward any event in this city will be this. I feel the city should look at each event separately and base its participation on how it benefits the residents, businesses, or the city in general. The more benefit it provides the more the city needs to be involved. I as a possible council member would like to be more informed on these events that occur and encourage them. These types of events bring money to Kuna, highlights Kuna, and also can contribute to the moral of the city. These types of annual events showcase what the city has to offer.
It will depend on the type of event. The Mayor’s BMX and Skateboard Competition along with the Safety Day was organized by city and they did a great job. But other events already do a great job with out the city being the event organizer. I do feel however the city should promote,support, and encourage events to happen in the city to some degree. As an event organizer a city presence is always welcomed in some fashion.
The city should definitely be involved. I also think the Chamber of Commerce should be involved. I think its a win win if everyone worked as a team to bring businesses to Kuna.
While at time there is a need for annexation we would need to be careful that we have resources to cover the expansion. We need to make sure it is economically feasible to increase our police and fire services coverage. Another thing to look at is we have a lot of undeveloped land already in the Kuna city limits and we need to make sure their requirements will be met when developed. We will need to make sure we have the water, sewer, and irrigation capacities for them.
100% for. We need to increase our recreation facilities for the children of this community. The majority of people I have talked to want the pool. The pool will benefit everybody young and old. I think we could of already had the pool if the previous bond was only about the pool. I know the city is actively pursuing this but I think we need to some how get this done as soon as possible.
Economic Growth. This will help Kuna gain the resources it needs to grow. It will create more business which in turn create more Kuna Jobs. This will also increase the amount of money staying in Kuna. It will level out the business tax base to lessen the burden on the residents as the need and cost continue to rise. This can be also be used to maintain and grow our parks or strengthen our downtown corridor. This will also allow Kuna to keep Kuna financially sound.
I am sure nobody wants to face this decision, and hopefully the worse is behind us. I think economic growth will help prevent that from happening. I think the first priority would have to be seeing what we can to scale back with the budget. It may be hard to do that since a lot of things have already been scaled back and with the current administration being fiscally responsible. I will make sure every option that we have will be used before raising taxes.
Age – 39
Occupation: self-employed Landlord
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management
Kuna Resident – 8.5 years
Prior volunteer work and Civic Involvement: President of HOA board.
I have assisted my wife with her Girl Scout troop as needed. Also, I have assisted with “Rake up Kuna” several times.
I want to help out others in our society. I think Kuna is ready to hit another “growth spurt” and I want to help ensure that the growth is handled in a responsible manner.
I think Kuna will become much larger of course. I think that Kuna will become Meridian is to Boise now. You will not be able to tell where one city ends and the next begins.
I did not agree with the “LID” fiasco. I would not have ever allowed it to go through as it was written. It was obvious that the “LID” did NOT meet the definition of a “special benefit” for those properties that were assessed and paying for it. Best Bath was another example of “dropping the ball” by the city. The city should have never allowed houses next to an industrial park. Additionally, Best Bath was not going to be engaging in a “light industrial park” activity.
The city seems to be currently running well. I have not seen any other major issues that I disagree with.
Oak. It looks fairly plain on the outside but is really pretty on the inside. IT is also a tree that can stand the “test of time”. Maybe I should go with a Red Wood tree?
I LOVE the green belt and am all for extending it!
No one likes to see ugly transmission lines. I do not like them either, but If we have to have them, then let them install them south of the city, the further away, the better.
I live on the south side of the tracks, so I definitely have dealt with the trains causing me a delay. In the end, I don’t really care where it goes, just get it done! I like Swan Falls road or Meridian road extensions.
I think that the City of Kuna should be involved in donating to Kuna Days. This event really helps to define our city and give it some unique character.
I like the idea, but do not think that the city should be entirely “footing the bill” for these other events. I like the idea of the government being a facilitator to getting some other projects off the ground, but not being solely responsible for these events.
Yes, I do think that City of Kuna needs to get more business to come to the region. The city needs more businesses and the tax dollars that businesses bring.
This seems to be the way that cities grow, so it seems ok to me.
Sounds great, but expensive. I would love to have one here in Kuna, but I am not sure we are quite big enough to afford it.
Preventing another LID-type (or Best Bath) situation from re-occurring again.
I would look at every option (there are no “sacred cows”). It does seem like we pay a lot for police protection, so I would probably look at that first.