Gorsulowsky’s vision for a greener Cupertino
For City Council candidate Tim Gorsulowsky, a lot has changed since his time here in the ‘80s and ‘90s — whether it be safety and housing issues to education and city development. He believes his idea for changes will make the city of Cupertino a better environment for many current and future families.
“I love being involved to make a difference,” Gorsulowsky said. “I enjoy doing that, not for monetary matters whatsoever but ultimately, to help other people. That’s all I’ve ever done.”
He finds that city beautification is often disregarded in Cupertino, especially due to tree plantation and removal. However, he sees that simply changes can boost city maintenance.
“I love the idea of seeing trees planted,” Gorsulowsky said. “I’d like to see a regulation on tree removal. Not just giving trees but helping make sure that the trees survive. [...] It’s the beauty of the city. ”
As someone who is invested in public service, Gorsulowsky has also worked closely with the security industry — the Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS), as well as different cities and counties of California, where he believes that citizens’ safety is first above all. He explains that there is often a misuse of the words regarding these two phrases: low-income housing versus affordable housing.
“When you do put in those type of facilities that encompass low income housing, it changes the entire scope,” Gorsulowsky said. “[People] were fraudulently using [that] term because affordable housing means [...] to make housing costs lower. Low income housing means [that some] don’t make very much money and live there, [...] [can increase the] criminal activity.”
In addition, he makes it clear that safety cannot be compromised.
“I think we need to look towards the citizens’ safety first, that’s my belief,” Gorsulowsky said. “Citizen safety is first and that’s a fact.”
Along with his experience in the security industry, Gorsulowsky values the Career Technical and Education (CTE) programs he took in high school that are not included in today’s education. He emphasizes its importance and how it has given people a foundation to explore different interests to see what they like and don’t like.
“The CTE programs that I took, I learned things I don’t ever want to do,” Gorsulowsky said. “You don’t have to do that. Don’t feel pressured, don’t let anybody pressure you to do that. You may not want to go into the medical field, that’s why you’re in this program because you’re going to find out that you don’t like dealing with sick people. [...] So those are so important because it gives you guidance [and experience].”
Overall, Gorsulowsky’s overarching ideas as a candidate prioritize actions beneficial for the people he represents. Although he did not win, his work is rewarding to him.
“I would want to see [Cupertino] more beautiful and see some happy parents, that’s what I want to see and that’s what I think is worth gold truly,” Gorsulowsky said. “People are so greedy sometimes that they forget that money is not that important.It’s not the most important thing in the world. You know, people’s hearts and souls and their happiness, is to me, is what it’s all about truthfully.”