Daily Republic - Vacaville City Council: Beaty looks toward city’s future
By Susan Hiland
VACAVILLE — Raymond Beaty believes his life experiences will help Vacaville into the future as a City Council member.
Beaty is no stranger to working with others to achieve a goal.
He began a ministry career in 1982 in Texas. He relocated to Napa 18 years later and began an executive recruiting and training service for the five largest real estate franchise companies. He sold the his company in 2007 and returned to ministry at The Father’s House, where he currently serves as the director of community outreach for the Vacaville, Napa and East Bay locations.
Beaty began the “We Love Our City” nonprofit to address hunger, poverty and social injustice while working to establish lasting civic partnerships in the surrounding communities.
“In addition to overseeing the Vacaville, Napa and East Bay Storehouse food pantries, I work to maintain a variety of programs in these areas, including Adopt-A-Block, Adopt-A-School, Youth After School Program, Book Mobile, Mobile Medical Clinic, Community Garden and Graffiti Abatement,” he said.
“Any place that the city was hit hard by the economy, we help,” he said.
While working with various county services, he said he began to see he could help at a larger level, which prompted him to run for City Council.
“I can help with budgeting and as a grant writer,” he said. “If they need to find it, I can do it.”
Beaty said he has learned to work with others and feels his skills in negotiations has the potential to bring real change.
“I look forward to bringing my years of experience in negotiating with federal, state, county and city agencies to serve the residents of Vacaville,” he said.
Beaty said he is looking to address the problems of homelessness in the community.
“A neighborhood advisory committee seemed prudent to getting out there and helping,” he said. “We can add services and help teach about recovery.”
Playing into that same issue is wanting to see Vacaville residents feeling good about getting out into the community.
“It is important to have a public safety culture in place,” he said. “Creating an environment where people can play in the park and feel safe is important.”