Peter Liu is an immigrant and Army Veteran who is also a self-made millionaire. And now he is running for Mayor of Oakland. He is particularly fed up with the school system becoming more dangerous now than it was when he was in school, “at the hands of liberal democrats.”
And now things are personal for Peter who had never considered a run for office before. “I have a son, so now I have a stake.”
Liu is laying out a conservative plan for greatly minimizing the crime risk using what some may call some common-sense but unconventional policy ideas. The way Liu sees it, “As long as we get the discussion going, the sooner it takes off.”
He’s hoping that his ideas gain steam saying, “why keep a good idea to yourself.”
Here is his basic five step strategy that he calls his “Community Empowered Safety Plan.”
1. New police chief will readily issue conceal carry permit to lawful city business owners, their workers or residents age 21+ who have clean background – Reality is the police can’t protect them neither in peacetime nor a riot.
2. For every person caught with an illegal gun (stolen, serial scratched off, ineligible felon, etc.) obtain search warrants ASAP for their residences to get more illegal guns, find fingerprints on those guns, match in FBI databases for suspect straw purchasers for more potential arrests.
3. Install mandatory surveillance in medium and high crime areas. Surveillance footage will be accessible real time via internet to lawful city residents with login and password.
4. New policing strategy involve more community participation. Each officer will setup and advise a neighborhood watch that has about 7 to 25 volunteer members led by a team leader voted by the members. They will meet once a month to discuss issues affecting the neighborhood and the officer will be present as needed to give advice. Once the city declares an emergency, all neighborhood volunteers will be notified to prepare for best course of action to protect themselves or neighborhood which includes evacuation orders.
5. Start a business center to teach small businesses entrepreneurship to city residents. “How to brainstorm a business suitable to the individual, how to make a business plan, obtain a business license, market their services or products, etc.
“I will give people the courage to start their business,” Liu says. He has had it with the proposed minimum wage increases that is driving small business away and killing entrepreneurship.
Peter says that his solutions will work for reducing crime because he has actually lived in a real-life warzone before and his experiences are what the foundations of the plan are based on.
Even though Liu is a wealthy individual, he has pledged to not spend more than $1000 on his campaign. “I don’t think more than $1,000 is needed. I don’t want to owe anyone any favors,” he says.
“They say politics is a rich man’s game, that candidates who say to themselves that if they don’t get monetary donation over X amount then he/she will not run. I will destroy that notion. I will let people know that politics should be an honest person’s endeavor, regardless if you are rich or not. This is not a game, our sons’ and daugthers’ future is at stake. It is too great of a loss to us if we don’t have effective leadership to motivate our residents and businesses into protectors of our love ones.”
You have to admire someone like Peter who immigrated to the United States in 1987, joined the Army and found success as a real estate investor. Now he’s pounding the pavement to clean up Oakland.
If he gets anywhere close to winning this election on $1,000 — I’d imagine the city’s budget would be in good hands.
Read more about Peter’s plan that he encourages local politicians in all parts of the country to adopt.
Is Peter Liu someone you would vote for if you lived in Oakland? Let us know in the comments section below.