Jakubeit seeks 2nd term as Mayor of Penticton
With the municipal election less than five months away, I, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit confirm that I will stand for re-election as Mayor of Penticton.
“We serve with the commitment to make Penticton a great place to live today and in the future. I feel over the last four years I’ve grown and gained the experience that will provide consistency, stability and the leadership needed to continue the momentum we have generated during our term.”
“When I look back at the work Council has done such as advocating for the $312 Million dollar Hospital expansion, approving the development of 1169 housing units since 2014, Yes project, revitalization of the downtown, lakeshore walkway, relocation of the casino, sculpture walk, and being recognized as one of Canada’s most entrepreneurial cities I am very proud of being part of the team that helped make these projects happen”.
“I felt it was important to let the community know I’m committed to continuing the work we started during my first term as Mayor. We have the right staff in place and a great community story to share and build on”
“I have worked hard to create an environment where council could debate and disagree on the issues of the day in a respectful manner and share consensus around the final decision of Council. As a member of Council it is impossible to please everyone but we strive to balance the needs of 34,000 residents. Serving on Council can be challenging but I can tell you it is also very rewarding when you have a strong team in place.”
Proudest moment as Mayor:
“I am very proud of the feedback I receive from residents on the improvements in the city over the last 4 years and visitors that marvel at the beauty of the community, our amazing events, and our first class amenities. In terms of a decision made by council, supporting the development of over 1169 homes in the community, our commitment to youth, in particular the YES (Youth Engagement Strategy) project and keeping the Casino in Penticton which will generate $100 Million in revenue over the next 40 years was a major accomplishment. “
Biggest regret as Mayor:
“The management of the Skaha Park Project is my biggest regret. Lack of a clear process and community engagement resulted in two years of conflict and ultimately overshadowed what has been an exciting time for our community.”
“In the end we resolved the situation by creating three park policy’s with clear engagement requirements to ensure that all future decisions related to parks will be community driven. The lessons learned during this difficult time in our history resulted in the development of an engagement strategy that has been set in place and currently utilized to ensure that the values of the community are clearly understood before a major policy decisions are considered by Council. “
Biggest Challenge of the next term:
“The community faces many challenges but of those I am deeply concerned about our social issues in the community and the growing frustration surrounding these challenges. It is easy to get overwhelmed as the issues are bigger than just Penticton, and it is a national crisis that cannot be easily solved. We need to find the balance between supporting those in need and meeting the expectations of residents and local businesses.”
Vision for Penticton’s future:
The OCP (Official Community Plan) a community driven process will shape the future of Penticton and will be the blueprint for community growth.
Continue to advocate for affordable housing geared towards young families and seniors.
There is a growing level of optimism and confidence in our business community so we need to continue to support retention and expansion of local businesses to foster and grow the local economy.
I think there is a tremendous opportunity to interconnect and beautify the Channel walkway in partnership with the Penticton Indian Band. It would a great joint project and opportunity to connect our communities and showcase first nation’s culture
There are several innovative initiatives identified in our Smart City challenge proposal that we should explore that can help us become more healthy community.
We made progress with groups working together (ie. Tourism and Hoteliers), and we need similar alignment with non-profits, faith based groups, and provincial agencies to address our social issues.
I like the aspect of preserving some history and heritage as we reinvent Memorial arena as a dry floor multi-purpose facility to accommodate tennis, lacrosse, pickle ball, ball hockey, floor sports, air cadets, and other community uses. I am also supportive of a new ice sheet provided a realistic funding model can be achieved.
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Born in Toronto, Andrew and his family moved to Kelowna where he grew up, graduated from KLO Secondary and attended Okanagan College. He started his own wholesale company distributing CD's which is how he met his wife, LeAnne 27 years ago. Together they have raised two children, Dustin and Ronni and have a dog named Klara.
Andrew moved his business to Penticton 26 years ago and together with his wife they operate the Grooveyard record store in Downtown Penticton. Andrew also started a video production company (Groove-V Productions) that specializes in web streaming of sporting events, plus business and product promotional videos.
Past accomplishments include being President of the Downtown Penticton Association where he lobbied for the 1 hour free parking and championed the Community Market in the 200 block of Main Street. Andrew is the organizer of the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic. He also helped to negotiate the deal to bring Axel Merckx Gran Fondo to Penticton. Andrew has 25 years volunteering with Minor Hockey with the last 8 of those years on the BC Hockey Executive Board. Andrew currently is the chair of the Okanagan Film Commission and the organizer of the Reel Peach Fest film festival. Andrew has been on city council for 10 years first elected in 2008 and in 2014 was elected Mayor of Penticton.