When Paul Bosacki first appeared on the political scene, he had one primary issue: the state of Hesperia's roads.

"That wasn't a big limb to go out on," he laughed, "That the roads in Hesperia need work."

And he should know: Bosacki, 54, is a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, and his week is spent filling in for other letter carriers on their days off, meaning he drives all over Hesperia, and sees the good, the bad and the ugly of residential streets.

In response, he started a Web site in July 2005, PaveRoadsFirst.com, where he compiled public documents relating to Hesperia's budget and road work, and called the city council to task on what he said was a tepid effort to pave and improve the city's streets.

"When I started the site, it was $3 million a year" spent on paving. "Almost flat lined."

Since then, the city council has raised spending on roads, up to $6 million in the 2006-2007 budget, $20 million in the 2007-2008 budget and $10 million in the 2008-2009 budget.

"The city's definitely making an effort," Bosacki said. "It actually raises the quality of life and the price of real estate, which is not a bad thing."

There's also been a change in Bosacki's politics: He's gone from an outsider lobbing metaphorical rocks at city hall to having a role there, as a Hesperia city planning commissioner.

"There's a lot of stuff in the city of Hesperia that wasn't planned, wasn't done with any vision toward the future."

And to prevent that happening in the future, Bosacki is making another run for the Hesperia City Council. In 2006, he came in fifth in a race for three open seats, receiving 4,194 votes -- just 171 votes of third-place candidate Ed Pack. And he did it despite spending only $400, a far cry from Pack's record-breaking $151,616 campaign.

Money is in the forefront of Bosacki's mind, and his campaign platform, this time around, specifically the 1.5 cents of every dollar in property tax paid by Hesperia residents that goes into city coffers, a little more than a tenth of what the County of San Bernardino drops into its piggy bank. He wants the city to get more from the county, even if that means a lawsuit.

"There's a lot of politics involved in why people on the city council would not raise this with the county," Bosacki said. "I am not burdened by political connections. ... We've got to provide services for 100,000 people. How are we going to be doing that for a penny on the dollar?"

Closer to home, Bosacki would like to see the city reorganize financially as well, specifically reconsidering the very existence of the Hesperia Fire Protection District, which gets property tax at a better rate than the city's general fund does, and spends almost all of it on outsourced fire service, through the San Bernardino County Fire Department. The city of Hesperia has not operated its own fire department since 2004. By dissolving the fire district, Bosacki said, the city could just create a "public safety" line item and use the funds to pay for both police (outsourced to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department) and fire service.

He also takes issue with the city's plans for Ranchero Road, which including widening the road between the planned railroad under crossing and freeway interchange. The problem, though, is that much of the road between those two locations is actually in unincorporated county land.

"In order for us to get the penny on the dollar in sales tax" from businesses along the future wider arterial road connecting residential neighborhoods to the freeway, "it has to be in city limits."

In addition to annexing the property along Ranchero Road, Bosacki would like to see the city emulating the development model of Apple Valley, which has been experiencing a retail and commercial boom over the last two years.

"Economic development in Apple Valley is a $0 budget. They want business to come there and they pave the roads for them," Bosacki said. "The reality is the people in Hesperia shop in Victorville and Apple Valley and that's where our sales tax stays."

Bosacki's second run for office will likely be more expensive than his $400 campaign in 2006, but will still be a far cry from some of the well-funded campaigns of some of the other six candidates running for the two seats up for grabs.

"Mine's going to be grassroots. Maybe some signs and billboards. Definitely not a mailer," the letter carrier laughed. "I would get killed at work if I did a mailer."

And once again, he said competitors with big war chests do not worry him.

"I have a great deal of respect and confidence in the voters of Hesperia to know who's running for the right reasons versus someone who's trying to buy an election."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.