I’m not writing today to talk about myself. I want to tell you about the Riverside Community Alliance, or RCA for short. As a formally organized party, we’re not even a year old yet.
But the seed of RCA was planted nearly three years ago, and, I confess, in my mind more than a decade ago, when I first started expressing publicly my disappointment in our one-party rule style of village government.
Even then I dared to dream of the day when Riverside elections would be decided on issues, not personalities or whether or not one would just go along with the status quo. I dreamt of a party that would actually write out a platform of ideas that they would pledge to act upon, not just issue a statement of platitudes that would quickly be tossed aside once ratified in a non-contested “election.”
The seed began to sprout and the dream began to come true when I met Mike Gorman, Jim Reynolds and Mark Shevitz. We’ve devoted countless hours in analyzing local issues and advocating on behalf of the people of Riverside, all the while with an eye to bringing much needed change to our village government, which too often seems at odds with its own citizens.
What does RCA mean by change? Above all, change means fiscal responsibility. RCA pledges to bring spending increases under control and to monitor closely how your tax dollars are spent, from cutting down on consultants, no-bid contracts and attorneys’ fees to ensuring value for the money that we must spend.
And change means focusing like a laser beam on revitalizing Riverside’s downtown, not by building unaffordable new spaces or high-density housing, but by bringing in actual businesses that Riverside residents will support.
Finally, change means a change in the attitude of our village government, from one of bullying and berating residents that dare to disagree to one of welcoming and encouraging honest and open discourse as a crucible out of which emerges good policies and good government.
Riverside cannot just make do with status-quo leadership that thinks the past decade has been a “golden age.” The results of a go-along, get-along elitist leadership is painfully evident.
It’s time for real reform and new leadership in Riverside. If you think my dream has a chance of becoming real, then I ask you to join with the RCA candidates on April 7 and vote for Mike Gorman for village president and Jim Reynolds, Mark Shevitz, and me, Lonnie Sacchi, for village trustees.
Lonnie Sacchi is a candidate for Riverside trustee.