Faris' Major Accomplsiments
I promised to be on the side of the people, always! I promised to protect the future of our children and their quality of life by good stewardship of your tax dollars.
Let's review the outcome of my major efforts together here.
the voice of the PEOPLE
A strong advocate for Fiscal Responsibility
A fighter for putting your tax dollars back to public projects that benefit you and your children
A constant advocate for fiscal responsibility by opposing “Tax Giveaways” and any other forms of the waste of tax payers money.
Tax dollars belong to public education, public amenities and services, NOT in the pocket of multi-million dollar developments with no public benefit.
the voice of the PEOPLE
The visionary for establishing a podium for the voice of the people in form of “public comments” for the first time in the history of Overland Park: A thirty minutes free-speech episode in the beginning of all city council meetings when people can talk to their councilmembers directly.
A voice of reason for defending OP from Apartment invasion & Overdevelopment and an advocate for sensible suburban planning
Supporting neighborhoods and their quality of life against overdevelopment all around Overland Park including:
1-Ward 5: Sorrento II project
2-Ward 5: 143 AND Metcalf
3-Ward 5: 133rd and Nall
4-Ward 3: Brookridge project
5-Ward 2: Ranchmart South project
6-Ward 4: Nottingham on the green neighborhood
7-Ward 6: Ryan’s Run neighberhood
8-Ward 6: Arboretum neighberhood
9-Ward 6: Bluhawk development
10-Ward 1: Santa Fe Park neighborhood
Proactive leadership at the time of need: Promoting the use of Overland Park Convention Center for vaccination when OP needed it.
““Farassati first raised the possibility of using the convention center as a mass vaccination site in an email to Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach and City Manager Bill Ebel on Jan. 15 – well before people waited outside in the cold at Okun Fieldhouse.
KSHB, Report By: Andy Alcock, Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 03, 2021
Watchful reminder of government’s fiduciary duty during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to protect tax dollars and prevent waste.
"However Hamblin and Farassati said a business that has been as successful as Creative Planning would not need the incentives. Creative Planning has $45 billion in assets under its management and recently has been in acquisition mode."
Enforcing the logical use of CAREs act money for families in need and NOT wasteful expenditures.
"Faris Farassati is one of the two council members to vote against the purchase and who is still asking the council to rescind the vote approving funding. He told The Star: "When we look at the CARES Act and where this country is going with the economy, people are losing jobs. People are not able to pay rent. People are not able to pay utilities. I personally do not find it necessary to buy a bunch of expensive cameras to essentially make money."
A powerful voice to protect the benefit of public and fight the influence of special interest groups.
"However, Councilman Faris Farassati said he believes Dimensional Innovations' application was rushed through too quickly.....He was the only "no" vote on the proposed tax incentive at the December city council meeting"
"Overland Park city records show the company's formal application for the tax break was submitted Nov. 6, one day after Hamblin defeated incumbent Rick Collins in the most recent city council election.
Collins’ son, Tom Collins, is a part owner and executive at Dimensional Innovations"
A strong supporter of first responders, public safety and furloughed low pay workers in all cases including stablishing hazard pay for first responders during covid-19 pandemic.
"As a virologist, I can tell you that the probability of catching this virus is high for first responders. We're talking about a few hundred thousand dollars maximum for the most deserving people who are getting out there and helping our residents," Farassati said.
".....Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21 President Mike Mosher wrote, "We are scared of an invisible enemy we can't fight."
A strong proponent of transparency, accountability, responsible decision making and equality
".....Faris Farassati asked for the session because “the public demands and deserves transparency, and as leaders we need to be ready and willing to provide it. As of today no executive session or other fact-finding measures have been taken.”
Washington Post July/2020.
An unconditional ally for the people of Overland Park and a friend to the city’s history.
"However Councilmember Faris Farassati, one of two who voted against the bid, said it wouldn’t hurt anything to delay the building and hear the opponents out. He also contested White’s statement about who the park is being built for.
“This park is not being built for a certain age bracket. That’s not true. It’s for every citizen of Overland Park,” Farassati said."
A strong supporter of small businesses and responsible economic development
"In Overland Park City Council member wants to change how the city handles rental licensing fees.
The current structure charges a flat fee per building. Therefore, someone who owns one building with 120-units pays once. An owner with several single-unit buildings plays multiple fees.
Council member Dr. Faris Farassati wants the City Council to create a more fair fee structure.
"Once we come to an understanding that something is defective, we have to take immediate action. We cannot just leave it because we are not willing to revise it," he said."
An advocate for reducing juvenile incarceration: Working with law enforcement, state and county officials to reduce juvenile detention for non-violent crimes.
"Policymakers are also looking to societal factors that impact young adults’ decision making and behavior. Young adults experience violent crime and trauma at a higher rate than other population groups. And like other age groups, socio-economic, racial, and ethnic disparities persist for young adults."
Supporting the voice of the people in rejecting Chipseal for OP streets
"The No. 1 reason the people of Overland Park are so upset and so dissatisfied is simply, safety, the ramifications of this technique," Farassati, Ward 5 council member, Park said. "This needs to come to an end."
Supporting the peace and safety of neighborhoods
Farassati thinks it’s time for that to change.
“My belief is that we need to look into a more restrictive and stringent program with the top priority being safety and peace in the neighborhood,” he said.
Supporting the voice of people in the future of the iconic "OP Farmers Market"
“We need to engage in a level of discussion before we ask for proposals to come in. We have our constituents that we need to protect. We have to listen to the voice of the people. If we engagement with accepting proposals before we as the elected officials have a chance to engage the community, I don’t that’s a path we want to pursue,” Farassati said.