She stands now as an example of the kind of aggressive yet intelligent leadership shown by many business women in Menifee.
A Menifee City Council member and candidate for mayor in the upcoming election, Kuenzi works with other city officials to balance the need for business growth and increased tax revenue with the wishes of residents regarding traffic, city environment and other topics.
With that goal in mind, Kuenzi joined city council member Sue Kristjansson and planning commissioner Bill Zimmerman in a booth at the July 4 city festival, soliciting ideas for community improvement.
High on the list were requests for healthier choices in grocery stores, such as Trader Joe's and Fresh and Easy. Kuenzi took these suggestions and has come up with a plan.
Having determined after discussions with Trader Joe's officials that the chain has no plans to come to Menifee, Kuenzi focused on Fresh and Easy, a chain of neighborhood markets that has a distribution center just a few miles up Interstate 215. The response from those officials convinced her to seek residents' support with a letter writing campaign, which she announces today in this space.
"Trader Joe's is not coming to Menifee," Kuenzi said. "On the other hand, when I called Fresh and Easy, they said they would love to talk to us. It's all about whether the business deal makes sense for them, but letters from residents certainly won't hurt. I urge residents to write a letter to Fresh and Easy, explaining to them why their business would be attractive to the people of Menifee."
Kuenzi asks those interested in writing a letter to email it to her at email@example.com. She will forward the letters to Fresh and Easy in an attempt to help bring a local franchise here.
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