Madera City Council Member Sally Bomprezzi, continuing to discuss various development topics:
“We are lacking affordable places for people to live ... apartment complexes for families to live in. I hope the builders are going to start building again. I see signs of that. Over at South High School, there’s a beautiful apartment complex coming in. We need more of that, affordable places that are nice.
Where immediate growth should come from:
“We are an agricultural community, and with that I think we can bring in more business aligned with agriculture, that produce products that are needed by agriculture or that are made of agricultural products produced here.
“We’re right in the heart of California, and I just think we need to do a better job of marketing Madera.
“Shopping, we need better shopping. I’m sick and tired of tax dollars going south of the river because we don’t offer the shopping opportunities here.
“I am very impressed with upgrades that were done to Walmart. I am impressed with the upgrades that have been made on our streets here. That is moving us in the right direction.
“We need more restaurants, because we lose tax dollars when people go to Fresno to eat.
“We need to help businesses that already are here expand.”
On the advent of the North Fork resort and casino, and on tourism:
“I think it’s going to change Madera, but I think it will change it in a good way for the most part. I think it will have conference rooms to utilize, I think it will provide entertainment we haven’t had before.
“It’s going to have an impact on our roads system, and I understand that. But I think it’s going to be the start of better things for Madera.
“I’ve been neutral on the casino, because I think it’s going to come, and we need to be sure the things that happen are the best for Madera.
“I think the hotels we got at the time we got them, they seem to be full.
“Now, we’re attracting the softball tournament circuit. They love our fields because, of all the fields they play in up and down California, ours are kept up the best, and they love coming here. We’re getting a major women’s softball tournament this year (Bobbie Sox), and it’s going to bring a lot of good things to Madera. I think it’s going to enhance a lot of good things for the future.”
On strategy for economic development:
“We’ve got to be out there knocking on doors. The city a few years ago decided to put on a golf tournament to bring some people into town and show off the city. I think people were looking at us. I don’t know if we necessarily got anything out of that, but in the future ... it takes time to develop relationships. I was a banker, and I know it takes a long time to develop business relationships. It takes time to change banks. You have to develop a relationship and develop trust. We need to get out there and show them what we’ve got.”
Monday: Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli.