Rafael Pineyro – Candidate for Doral City Council, Seat 1

 

Campaign website:

www.rafaelpineyro.com

 

Current Employment: Management Consultant at Pineyro Enterprise Inc.

 

Political Experience: 

  • Manager – Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Case Manager -Williamson County Juvenile Court: working directly with families dealing with their children’s problems with alcohol and drugs.
  • Chief of Staff & Legislative Analyst – City of Doral for the only two mayors who have directed the destinies of Doral to date.

What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it?

Quality of life. Therefore, I will work on:

  • Support a balanced development that protects established neighborhoods; work with the county to promote workforce, affordable and millennial housing programs.
  • Increase mobility through smart traffic planning, roadway design, expand public transportation services (trolley system and bus stops), and the maintenance and enhancement of existing streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
  • Protect our environment and green space with a commitment to clean energy.
  • Comprehensive goals to increase police presence. Also, to have our police department build those close relationships with all our community, by working on awareness campaigns related to family and juvenile court, crime prevention, and regular neighborhood meetings.

 

How will you handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants?

Doral’s growth has not come without a cost. Our residents are still facing growing traffic congestion, public safety, and housing affordability crisis.  I must recognize that our city is part of the successful integration of immigrant’s contribution to the economic vitality and to a vibrant and ever-changing culture. Therefore, we need to take a “community partnership model” by working with cultural organizations, religious groups, local business owners, and other community organizations with our police department and local leaders to address this reality. By taking these approaches the city will create an economic condition that capitalizes high growth businesses, creates job opportunities, and reduces crime activities.


Do you think the city should increase its police force?

Yes, I do. The current economic downturn and population growth has resulted in an increase of criminal activities in our city. I will always be a pro-police resident and business owner. Therefore, I’m the only candidate running for seat 1 with a straight message when it comes to the importance of increasing police presence in our streets (especially during nighttime) and the importance of community policing and engagement. To make this happen we need to offer better working conditions and benefits to our police officers. A workforce-housing program, so that our officers can live and work in the same place, will be part of my initiatives among others.

 

Personal message to voters:

Let’s work together for the future of our city. As your next councilman, I will promote development planning, policy, and decision-making that include economic development regulation and housing policy. Fight against tax, fee increases, and repeal elected official pensions. Create programs and daily activities to assist our senior citizens. Create HOA and condo legislation to help our communities. Create programs for our special needs families. Support our police. Work on finding real solutions to mitigate the unpleasant odor affecting all of us. Finally, support and maintain parks & recreation system for our youths. Thank you!

 

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