Good things are happening in Glendale

By: 
RAY STRAHL, Guest Commentary

Ray Strahl
Barrel District Candidate
Glendale City Council

Negativity permeates politics at all levels these days, but there are some really good things going on right here in our hometown.
As a Vietnam veteran, I am deeply committed to helping my fellow veterans who have fallen on hard times or are facing challenges. That’s why I am so proud of our city and Mayor Jerry Weiers for implementing the Glendale “Stand up for Veterans” program.
Now in its fifth year, the program brings together resources from a variety of agencies to provide needed assistance to the people who put their lives on the line for our freedom.
From legal aid and diversion programs to employment, education and housing assistance, “Stand up for Veterans” is making a difference in veterans’ lives and the health of our city.
Another program to be proud of, and which I hope to see implemented soon, is a proposal from Weiers called “Glendale Works.” The objective is to reduce the negative impacts of homelessness in our city, while simultaneously helping to lift those folks out of poverty.
The program provides homeless people with jobs working on community improvement projects. It will save the city money, while providing a “hand up” to help them get back on their feet with dignity.
Those are just a couple of the good things happening here in Glendale, and there’s more on the way. So don’t let the negativity get to you. Celebrate the good, and together, we can make it even better.
Ray Strahl and his wife, Diana, are 25-year residents of Glendale, where Strahl has been a businessman and community leader. He is currently running for a seat on the Glendale City Council to represent the Barrel District.

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