Did someone say opportunity? Few things are more exciting in life than spectacular opportunities.
In Concord, we are poised for the greatest opportunities to come our way in over half a century. This is huge. It dwarfs the half-yearly sale at Nordstrom, or getting free tickets to see Beyoncé on stage.
Seriously, Concord is on the threshold of becoming a world-class city. Developing Concord's former Naval Weapons Station property has the potential to turn our dot on the map into a shining star on the globe.
Let us embrace the vision of a world-class sports complex adjacent to a state college or university. It would be awesome to hike or bike on a great trail system spanning the area from Willow Pass Road and Highway 4 to the peak of Mount Diablo.
Sure, this is in the future, but I believe it is coming faster than most think.
On the immediate horizon is the connection of BART to downtown Todos Santos Plaza. Whether it's business offices, commercial retail, or residential development, Concord has already realized the benefits of increased activity with the very successful Music and Market series.
New businesses are beginning to create additional activity downtown at a refreshing rate. More importantly, we need to assure a balanced development program between the Naval Weapons Station property and existing Concord.
We will not develop a new Concord at the expense of hurting our existing city. Concord will remain one city all within our geographical boundaries.
We are proud of our public safety record and the council is focused on making certain that neighborhood streets remain safe. To this end, I have initiated my signature program for my period as mayor. I am interested in and have dedicated my efforts to creating a Regional Family Justice Center in Concord.
We must be proactive in accepting the challenge to combat domestic violence. One frightening statistic is that potentially more than half of future criminals come from a family experiencing domestic violence.
A Family Justice Center will help us cut down on future criminal activity by an early redirection of people to making the right choices. I believe the council is supportive of creating such a center.
This program will take a total community effort. We need to marshal the strength of many community organizations, neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, local, state and federal service entities.
Yes, it takes an entire village and we can do it.
A full-court-press will ensure the success of our efforts. There is much to be done.
The city team of council, staff and a myriad of volunteers, working cooperatively and together, will help us overcome all the obstacles that we must negotiate. Together nothing is impossible.
Since I am embarking on an elevated status in my council service, I want to share a bit of my background. I have a Bachelor of Arts
degree in theology, I am the pastor of a church in Concord, own and operate a small construction company, and serve proudly as the Critical Incident Chaplain of the Concord Police Department.
Of course, I live in Concord with my wife Tammy and two children, Joseph and Cassie. I have been privileged and honored to serve on the City Council since November 2010, and look forward to continuing in this capacity.
I am active in regional and statewide agencies and committees, and will be holding regular office hours at my office at City Hall. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my views and ideas via these newspaper columns and other city publications.
Tim Grayson is the mayor of Concord. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.