"By 1981 we were on our way, and now the issue is how do we make it better. Somehow this council has brought the dollars back to this city."
Successes include widened streets, improved wells and millions of dollars in new businesses and new housing, he said.
He and Adams said the development of the north side of Compton Boulevard, across from the new Town Center shopping center, is the next step in redevelopment. James said another goal for his next term would be to bring a private firm to town that will work with the city in teaching business technology to the unskilled unemployed.
Hays, the 28-year-old YMCA director, agreed that redevelopment should be a key issue in his campaign against James, but he said such development was bound to occur and is directed by professional city administrators, not part-time councilmen.
And he was critical of the way in which redevelopment has occurred. "It is helter-skelter; meaning we're going to put up whatever we can, as quick as we can, wherever we can."