A Tail of Two Cities … Connecticut production, 2015.

Eric,

When did you last see or perhaps read  Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?  You have an interesting sense of humor but, comparing London and Paris of 1789 with Redding and Gorgetown in 2015?  Good comedy is hard and sometime absurd comparisons, like yours, are funny but … this one is a bit extreme.

A Tale of Two CitiesEric, while 33% of Redding is “preserved”, Redding must have 10% of its land RESERVED for the development of low and middle income housing. You would have known this if you happen to have experience in public administration in addition to learning about wars which is what you know. You should also know that Washington has the right and power to come into Redding, reappropriate land owned by Redding, and there is plenty available 33%, on which they will build low and middle income housing as prescribed by the law.

And as I said before, Georgetown is your Midsummer’s Night Dream, hence my question about the last time you read it. Again, if you had any experience in real-estate development, something which you did not have the opportunity to learn while working for NATO in Afghanistan, you would know the basics and that is DEMAND. Nobody builds commercial or housing unless there is a demand. There is NO DEMAND for either in Redding. Plenty of commercial real-estate is available in Ridgefield, Bethel and the other nearby towns and Redding is far too expensive for any low or middle-class to want to move in it. Just think, how many servants the rich in Redding could employ?  And no Eric, if you build it they will not come, they can’t afford to live in Redding and their jobs are somewhere else.  No Eric, they will not come!

However, if you don’t believe that, show everyone that you stand by your conviction and be the first to invest your money in this award-winning project right now … and let us know how it’s going.

Redding doesn’t need irrational and unsustainable dreams of future revenues while they spend right now! Redding needs its expenses cut now, to reduce the current huge taxpayer’s burden! Redding doesn’t need a $2.2M police budget and 17 cops for 9000 people and zero crime. Redding can’t afford cops in schools, unless the parents are willing to pay for the service themselves. Redding can’t afford a $47.5M town budget and Redding can’t afford a growing school budget while the student population is decreasing and projected to continue to decrease for the foreseeable future. And most of all, Redding can’t afford yet another Republican administration after 20 years of Republicans colluding with the police department to support their spending addiction! Redding can not survive another Republican administration after 20 years of colossal mismanagement of the town’s budget and its people.

While 33% of Redding is “preserved”, as required by federal regulation Redding must have 10% of its land RESERVED for the development of low and middle income housing. You would have known this if you happen to have experience in public administration and not the military. You should also know that Washington has the right and power to come into Redding, reappropriate land owned by Redding, and there is plenty available, and build as prescribed by the law.

And as I said before, Georgetown is your Midsummer’s Night Dream. Again, if you had any experience in real-estate development, something which you did not have the opportunity to learn while working for NATO in Afghanistan, you would know the basics and that is DEMAND. Nobody build commercial or housing unless there is a demand. There is NO DEMAND for either in Redding. Plenty of commercial real-estate is available in Ridgefield, Bethel and the other nearby towns and Redding is far too expensive for any low or middle-class to want to move in it. Just think, how many servants the rich in Redding can employ?

Redding doesn’t need irrational and unsustainable dreams of future revenues while they spend right now! Redding needs its expenses cut now, to reduce the current huge taxpayer’s burden! Redding doesn’t need a $2.2M police budget and 17 cops for 9000 people and zero crime. Redding can’t afford cops in schools, unless the parents are willing to pay for the service themselves. Redding can’t afford a $47.5M town budget and Redding can’t afford a growing school budget while the student population is decreasing and projected to continue to decrease for the foreseeable future. And most of all, Redding can’t afford yet another Republican administration after 20 years of Republicans colluding with the police department to support their spending addiction! Redding can not survive another Republican administration after 20 years of colossal mismanagement of the town’s budget and its people.

Eric’s article in The Redding Pilot

Eric Witt

Charles Dickens began a Tale of Two Cities with the line: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

I think that is apropos for our tale of two cities here in Redding. On one side, we have a Redding that responded to the rush of development by establishing a planning commission, protecting our water resources and acquiring open space. Public and private efforts led the preservation of more than 33% of Redding as ‘forever green,’ maintaining a country atmosphere in the midst of increasingly urban Fairfield Country. As First Selectman, I would ensure this vision is retained and strengthened. Our rural beauty is at the heart of what attracted many of us to Redding and is at the core of what we offer as a town.

Georgetown is another part of the Redding story. The award-winning plan for creating a village center out of the old wire mill has stalled. In July, after failing to negotiate a path forward with owners and creditors, the town filed for foreclosure. To bring this project to fruition — one that includes affordable housing, office and retail space, as well as facilities for arts, recreation, and open space — strong leadership and negotiation skills are needed. I have helped save companies more than $1 billion through contract negotiations and managed a country-wide transition for NATO in Afghanistan.

With education and experience in engineering, finance, and the law, I can turn this chapter of the Georgetown story into the ‘best of times.’