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1. AFFORDABLE HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOODS

Fall River City is a city of diversity. We pride ourselves on our "make it here" slogan. We need to work together to create  strategic investments and a comprehensive housing strategy plan, so we can address the urgent and structural housing challenges many neighborhoods in our city are facing today.

As you City Councilman “The Voice of the People”, I will advocate to reform the Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) and other incentive programs, making them accountable to City Schools, Libraries, and other impacted taxing jurisdictions, while mandating strong investments in permanent, affordable housing near transit centers and jobs. In addition to necessary incentive reform, a housing trust fund would allow the City to work with developers, community partners, and neighborhoods to build and maintain quality affordable housing across the entire community.

Our neighborhoods are spaces where people come together to build community and that is why I want to hold speculative real estate and slumlord owners accountable to ensure they will be a good neighbors and property owners. We all can agree the housing struggle is real, affordable housing is too difficult to attain. That is why we must act now and push for policies that would make housing accessible to all residents in our city to build healthy and stable communities which will allow us to strengthen our foundation for our well-being and the well-being of generations to come after us. Fall River should be a community for not only this generation but an area safe and secure for our offspring.

2. COMMUNITY PROSPERITY & JOB DEVELOPMENT

The City of ”Make It Here”...was built on the pursuit of the American Dream. Beginning with the Native Americans that we first met on the shores when we came from Europe; Great Britain, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and many other people fleeing oppression from governments that abused the system and the people that they were supposedly intended to represent. Although I cannot literally name or identify all of the people who represent the different countries and nationalities that I have personally met or have in some way been influenced by, in Fall River, we also celebrate immigrants from Italy, Lebanon, Greece, Poland, Israel, Palestine, Greater Arabia, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Cambodia, India, Africa, South America and Hispanic, and across the globe. If you need proof, take the time to visit our International Flag Display at City Hall and see just a portion of the communities that Fall River proudly represents.  

We must eliminate barriers that prevent residents from finding and maintaining family sustaining jobs. The strength of our city depends on leveraging the opportunities that already exist and establishing new pathways to economic independence by prioritize a culture that supports creativity, diversity, and intersectionality in order to have our city economic  fruitful. I vow to roll up my sleeves  to work with community partners to expand entrepreneurial opportunities, making it easier to start a business and create new jobs by streamlining regulations, licensing, and permitting processes that limit growth potential that will create opportunities where there currently do not exist any, which is why I support creating transitional work opportunities for youth and adults by living in poverty, who were formerly incarcerated or homeless, to build 21st century skills and establish work history that ultimately leads to permanent job placement when they complete the Fall River Technical Education program as I stated in INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY platform. Our economy is stronger when more people are able to participate in it and that is why I am committed to creating communities of prosperity and expanding job development opportunities in Fall River City.

3. INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Planting Seeds for the Future

As an (Quality Jr. Engineering │ Quality Control Assurance) experience person that worked in the electronic and medical device company for 20 years, I believe that innovation and technology will draw a different kind of economy here to Fall River. It’s will employer a lot of young people in our city, especially a huge benefit for the project lead the way (PLTW) and vocational-technical students. There are so many opportunities for growth in this sector, it’s such a fast growing industry, which we can use technology to advance anything that we’re doing, whether it’s in our work with the state and federal government, which is the biggest industry here in Massachusetts, or anything related to our local level government. The more we’re able to harness “the tech industry” in the city, the better, because otherwise we’re just giving it to other municipalities.  

The Fall River Technical Education program

Professional Development for the Electronics Industry

Course Description: The Fall River Technical Education program prepares graduates as an entry-level employee of an electronic/medical device company. After completing the training program the students will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of the electronics industry that will equip them to make an informed decision about pursuing more courses in this subject area. Students will gain experience a hands-on skills development the technology and employers will gain strong workforce at their company.

This course will provide instruction in Electronics Industry technology, covering:

*All classes are taught by certified instructors who not only know the material but have also performed the soldering techniques thousands of times on customer's boards to prove their "real life" effectiveness and reliability.

Basic Blueprint Reading (Introduction to Print Reading)

o   Describe the basic format for conveying technical information in a drawing

o   Identify and interpret the various drawing views used in technical drawings

o   Understand how information is organized in notes and title blocks

o   Interpret the different line types used in drawings

o   Understand the concept of the drawing scale and how it affects information shown in the drawing

PCB Assembly Visual inspection Techniques:

o   Visual Inspection is the oldest and most basic method of inspection. It is the process of looking over a piece of equipment using the naked eye to look for flaws. It requires no equipment except the naked eye of a trained inspector.

ESD COURSES:

o   The basic concepts of ESD: how it occurs, proper precautionary measures required to avoid electronic damage to sensitive electronic components, how to control ESD by working in ESD protected areas and workstations, proper mitigation techniques, proper handling techniques and use of personal grounding devices.

INSPECTION COURSES:

o   The IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies is the most widely used specification published by the IPC for the electronics manufacturing industry. This publication is a visual document that provides comprehensive accept/reject criteria for the handling of electronic assemblies, mechanical assemblies, component installation, location, orientation, soldering, and cleanliness of assemblies, marking of assemblies, coatings, laminate conditions, discrete wiring assembly, and surface mount assemblies. Our hands-on inspection course takes those with specification knowledge and deals with the real world challenges of PCB inspection in a hands-on class.

PCB INSPECTION (BARE BOARD) COURSES:

o   The IPC-A-600 specification for rigid printed boards is the standard for PCB workmanship quality. Training in this program involves learning the acceptance criteria on all types of printed board surface and internal conditions. The knowledge of these criteria is important to both the PCB manufacturer and assembler. Your knowledge will improve your understanding of printed board quality issues while improving communication between you and your PCB manufacturer.

WIRE HARNESS COURSES:

o   PC/WHMA-A-620 is an industry consensus standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation used by both military and commercial contractors. Classes of products are defined and include criteria for Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect conditions to support the collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for each class.

SOLDERING BASICS:

o   Soldering equipment

o   Soldering iron

o   Soldering iron holder or stand

o   Solder

o   Wire cutters

o   Small pliers

o   Vice or holding frame


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