General contractor, veteran Radford seeks seat on Yreka council
Veteran and general contractor Steve Radford said he has considered running for Yreka City Council many times over the 10 years he’s lived here, but he’s always talked himself out of it. “This time it is a calling. There is no choice. I care too much,” Radford said. His name will appear on the Nov. 3 with four other candidates: Tryes Cha, Corey Middleton and Norman Shaskey, Duane Kegg.
“I drove to Yreka on a cold December morning from Carmel Valley,” Radford recalls about his first time in Yreka. The first thing he did was stop for breakfast at Grandma’s House.
The “step-back in time” feel of Yreka is part of what drew him to the area. “I was looking out the window at the mountains all around, it was a ugly, dark gray day, but I could still find the pull. God is what moves me,” said Radford.
Radford believes that his experience as a contractor and in Vietnam will help him as a Yreka City Councilor.
“I have planned, designed and carried out many projects that (have) taken leadership to fulfill,” Radford said.
Q&A with the candidate
Radford answered a series of questions via email.
Q: What are your plans for economic development in the City of Yreka? Do you have any specific plans to attract new businesses?
A: I think The smartest thing that we could do to make Yreka better is education. I believe there is not enough people who care. There is not enough people who are really informed of what is really taking over our city and county. We need our logging back. We need our mining back. Our community needs to step up and speak up.
Q: How do you propose to revitalize Miner Street and the Junction Shopping Center once JC Penney closes?
A: Again its up to all of us to get involved. We need pride in our city and county.
The wind was taken out of the communities when they took the logging and then mining away.
Q: What are your main goals if elected?
A: Work like mad to educate the wrong that is being done to our city and county, and also to instill real pride in our town.
I have been a part of many beautification projects downtown to instill pride. Last being the brick planter around the Gold Miner at the entrance to town.
Q: What is your take on dam removal, and do you believe that it will affect Yreka if the Klamath Project proceeds?
A: They are not going to be removed. There were a lot of studies that were done to lead to putting the dams in. Has anyone looked at those studies? Dams are flood control, irrigation, fishing, water sports, and living on the river.
Q: How could the city reopen Ringe Pool and other facilities for children and families?
A: The city has looked (at) this in many ways. I heard there is a new pool in the planning.
We have been supplementing JC Penney’s and the chamber of commerce which no longer exist. Let’s put that money towards the pool. Our kids should be one of our top priorities. An indoor pool for year round use could bring more support and income. Community Pride!
Q: In what ways could the city council support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Get shops to open up. Support recall of Governor Newsom.
Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Yreka?
A: I love the simple country life where I can ride my bicycle all over these quiet country roads at dawn, take my Harley for a spin, picking up fire wood off the roads on Sunday drives.
I like living where I can help make a difference. The people are genuine and caring.
Q: What is the most pressing issue that is currently facing the City of Yreka
A: Wages and pensions. Every city is just kicking the can down the road. We have to run our city like we do our homes.