District 2 Candidate Baker: 'Create More Jobs at Home'

Citing the need to control development and create new jobs locally, Menifee resident John Baker recently pulled application papers to run for City Council representing District 2.

Baker, 64, has lived in the southwest portion of Menifee since 2003. A general contractor for 26 years, he sees the benefits in upcoming projects such as the movie theater complex and new restaurants being built. However, he said the number of housing developments coming to town could cause a problem on many fronts.

"We have a lot on the board right now," Baker said. "I like the rural aspect of Menifee; that's why I moved out here. I feel that is being taken away from a lot of people. I'd like to slow the development of new housing tracts.

"We need more light commercial so we can create jobs. Too many people drive to Orange County and San Diego for work. By the time they get home, they feel like they're just staying at a hotel before they leave again."

Baker said he believes light commercial projects would keep more of the working force at home.

"When homes are being built, those people leave as soon as the development is finished," he said. "When they're done working on a tract, there's no reason to be here. We need to keep our jobs here.

"I think we're losing focus of where we're at. We need to slow down. We create things and say 'Let our kids take care of it.' When is it going to stop?"

If he qualifies to be placed on the ballot, Baker would oppose incumbent Tom Fuhrman and Matt Liesemeyer for the District 2 council seat. Candidates have until Aug. 8 to return completed applications and be qualfied for the election.




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