Dear Mustang Community:
As you may already know, there are 7 candidates running for 3 seats available on the Danville Town Council. We (the Mustang Soccer League) cannot endorse any candidate, but would like to provide our member families with a flavor of the candidates' platform and show their support of youth sports by asking them to respond to the following question:
"What ideas do you have about how our community can develop andmaintain high quality facilities for its youth sports?" Candidates' Responses:
Newell Arnerich, Danville Mayor
Fall signals the start of soccer with 5000 youths playing on fresh cut grass or our premier synthetic turf fields. As Danville Mayor, Councilmember, Commissioner and past ten year Mustang coach, I have worked diligently for 22 years to create more fields, provide cost effective maintenance and look for new solutions to provide premier soccer fields. Our first synthetic field was a partnership with Mustang Soccer at Diablo Vista Park that proved successful in reducing player injuries and providing more available play time. Danville converted the mid-level fields at Sycamore Valley Park into a premier synthetic field as well. We set aside $125,000/year to maintain and replace our premier synthetic fields. Our master plan to re-layout Osage Park can add an additional field and our long-range new park plan will provide additional fields as well. Our partnership with Mustang Soccer is to maintain and build the best fields possible!
Mike Doyle, Danville Councilmember
During my 21 years on the Town Council, Danville has worked hard to partner with the community and youth sports including Mustang Soccer to develop and maintain high quality recreation facilities. In addition to Town facilities, our partnership with SRVUSD has resulted in additional fields, pools, gymnasiums and tennis courts that are available for after school community usage. Danville's General Plan has established high parkland standards. The Town has invested in its' park system, adding facilities, fields, parking and lighting. Danville was the first in the valley to build synthetic turf sports fields, and the Town just completed the $1.2 million replacement of the turf at Sycamore Valley Park. With land to build new facilities extremely scarce, future efforts should focus on continuing to provide high levels of maintenance, and looking for additional opportunities to partner with other agencies to upgrade and improve fields and facilities that don't presently meet our standards.
Lori Hock, Candidate
If elected I would work with the Parks & Leisure Services Commission to establish ways to fund maintenance and development of high quality facilities. By getting an understanding of which facilities were the most outdated, I would start there with upgrades. I would research the towns open fields/spaces to see where new or expansion can be done, to create a beautiful sports facility for soccer/lacrosse fields, basketball courts and tennis courts. Funding this could be done through several channels including developers, individual donations, fundraising events and applying for government grants. Premier fields would be available for youth games and tournaments and would create revenue for Danville and surrounding cities! Youth sports are important and promote athletic scholarships for our students as well as provide after school facilities for our youth. I would do all I could to invest in the future of youth sports in the town of Danville. On a side note, I would seriously love to find a way to build new soccer/lacrosse fields similar to the fields on east Tassajara..(but with more landscape, i.e. trees in a park-like setting) would love to be able to promote these fields to be available for soccer/lacrosse tournaments to high level league play.
Jim Jordon Jelincic I have developed a plan that encompasses three of my campaign promises into one. I have promised to promote the Town of Danville and our town merchants, as well as providing for recreational opportunities for our youth, adults and seniors. Details of the plan will be forthcoming at www.JJJforDanvilleCA.com.If implemented and with minimal effort, my program could raise a potential $122,000 a year for our schools and youth organizations. I project that the Mustang Soccer League's portion of that money would be in the neighborhood of $30,000. As a father of three former Mustang Soccer, and SRVGAL players, I know of the challenges that face our youth organizations. If I'm elected to the town council, you can count on my unwavering support for all youth sports programs.Please vote for me on November 6.
Renee S. Morgan, Danville Commissioner
I have lived in Danville for over 20 years. I have a 24 year old daughter and a 9 year old son active in sports,utilizing our facilities. As a Danville Commissioner for 8 years, I have worked diligently to maintain our parks, fields, facilities and open space. Coaching since 1989, I have seen numerous sporting facilities.
The outcome: Preservation and enjoyment for current and future generations.
Bob Nealis, Candidate
The ability of any town to provide high quality sports facilities is a direct function of the financial resources available. Danville's appeal with high performing schools reinforces demand for families to choose our town as their home. This, in turn, generates revenues to provide for all levels of service we have come to expect. A primary element of my platform is to "maintain sound financial policies and oversight of the town budget" to meet the "expectations of the residents". Both our daughters enjoyed the benefits associated with participating in Mustang Soccer while growing up in Danville. It is only fitting that we continue the obligation to provide and maintain facilities for generations to come. This is a self-reinforcing concept that will serve us all well into the future.
Deanna Sullivan, Candidate
As a lifelong resident, I've played and coached Mustang soccer and my children play Mustang soccer, I feel I have a complete understanding of the league and how the league partners with the Town of Danville and the schools.
It is very important for the partnership between the league, the Town and the schools to be strengthened especially with regard to upgrading or building/adding new facilities. As the largest sports league utilizing these facilities, it should be a requirement that Mustang have a seat at the negotiating tables when it comes to improvements, development and/or rehabilitation.
Though many of the facilities are in good shape, there's always room for improvement, especially when it comes to converting to turf fields. By strengthening the partnership between the league, the Town and the schools, there could be increased buying power for field improvements. This could lead to year round usage and increased revenue.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th