Monday, October 21, 2013
Joel Arredondo for Lorain City Council president
Arredondo, 66, of Allison Avenue, is seeking his fourth term as president of council.
An Admiral King High School graduate, Arredondo has a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Kent State University. He works in auto sales for Sunnyside Toyota in North Olmsted. He and his wife, Joyce, have two grown children.
Arredondo has been a member of numerous community organizations and groups including the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, the Mexican Mutual Society and Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress.
If he returns to Council, Arredondo said he would like to change the way that council packets are distributed due to the great amount of paper.
“I encourage electronic methods via iPads. It would save the city thousands of dollars by reducing the amount of paperwork needed to be printed each week for meetings, and reduce time for the Clerk of Courts to research then respond to questions. “This will also assist with creating a more environmentally friendly city,” he said.
In the next two years, growing jobs through sound economic development strategies is vitally important, Arredondo said.
“As we open up access to the waterfront, it is important that the city administration, the Lorain Port Authority and City Council move forward with a unified voice and are open to new possibilities,” he said. “Expansion of the steel plant is another key development.
“As citizens, we must also be aware that to enhance economic development opportunities in Lorain it is imperative that we support an improved local school system, the Lorain County Joint Vocational School and Lorain County Community College that are charged with the responsibility to educate and train new talent required for industry, commercial and recreational expansion in Lorain,” Arredondo said.
-- Richard Payerchin, Morning Journal article from Oct. 20. 2013