October 25, 2020

Chatham Commission District 6 candidates talk job creation, public transportation – News – Savannah Morning News

The southernmost section of Chatham County is encompassed by District 6, covering a varied assortment of communities — including Savannah’s Southside and its somewhat-struggling commercial corridor — and stretching way to the wilds of Ossabaw Island.

After besting a fellow Republican candidate in Georgia’s June 9 primary, William Dyal is now facing Democrat Aaron “Adot” Whitely in the Nov. 3 Chatham County Commission race to represent District 6. Both are newcomers to public office; current District 6 Commissioner James “Jay” Jones chose to forgo a reelection run in favor of a failed bid to become the board’s chair.

In separate interviews with the Savannah Morning News, the District 6 candidates discussed some of their plans and spoke about what is motivating them to run for this County Commission seat.

Empty commercial spaces and job creation

While residential development is continuously ongoing in District 6, business growth is less dynamic there,

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Shots fired at vehicle of off-duty Harris County deputy working security job

Shots were fired Thursday night at the vehicle of an off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy as he patrolled a west Houston apartment complex where he works an extra security job, officials said.

An unknown suspect fired shots at the unmarked police vehicle, striking it multiple times but missing the deputy, around 8:40 p.m. at an apartment complex on the 2100 block of Hayes Road in Briarforest, said Major Tony Huynh of the sheriff’s office.

The deputy, who was in full  uniform, had a conversation with an unknown person, got into his car and was driving around a corner when the shots were fired, Huynh said.

The deputy was not injured. He has been a police officer for eight years and employed by the sheriff’s office for five years.

“I’m upset and disappointed by the hateful and cowardly actions of the shooter(s),” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Friday morning. “The attack

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Nonprofit Partners With Small Business For Job Training in Bicycle Industry

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Uptown Bicycles will join in an effort to train young adults to join the bicycle industry. Photo credit: @uptownbicycles, via Facebook

Local funding to both draw more bicyclists onto the road and train workers for the industry has been awarded to a San Diego-based nonprofit.

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Rider Safety Visibility received a $200,000 grant to support workforce development training for young adults in the bicycle industry via its Pedal Ahead program. The community electric bicycle initiative launched this week in San Diego County’s District 4.

The sprawling area, represented by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, stretches from La Jolla along the coast to Encanto in the east and Paradise Hills in the south.

The group will support workforce development in the eastern communities by providing opportunities for those between the ages of 18 and 26 to participate in internships, mentorships

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