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Nir Crystal

Former projects for Ra'anana residents

Nir Crystal​

Parents' Patrol in Ra'anana

The Parents’ Patrol was established in 2010 by Nir Crystal and Tami Peled-Hayun at the request of the Mayor in office.  The Patrol operates as a special unit in the Civil Guard Unit of the Israeli Police and is considered the best in Israel. Crystal served as the Patrol leader until the end of July 2018, when he was obliged to cease his activities on becoming a candidate in the  Mayoral elections.  This is in accordance with Police protocol. The Patrol operates on weekends and school and public holidays, helping to reduce unruly and dangerous behavior such as excess alcohol, smoking, violence and more. At the same time, many complementary activities have been carried out on these subjects.  Over the years, the Patrol volunteers have been able to save lives many times.

Nir Crystal​

The postal services revolution in the city

On 2014, the average queueing time in Ra’anana to pick up mail was 40 minutes. The Opsterland branch was too small to accommodate the crowds, who often had to queue outside the branch in all weathers. I initiated a petition to improve the service, which was signed by hundreds of residents and which I presented to the Knesset.  I also meet with representatives of the Israel Postal Company resulting in a revolution in the postal service in Raanana.

The average waiting time is now only 9 minutes. In addition to the post offices, eight more businesses were selected to distribute packages to residents. The opening hours have been expanded, you can order a courier to your house and of course schedule an appointment on the Internet to co-ordinate pick up.  Today many postal services in Ra’anana are on a par with those around the country.

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The traffic light at the Ben-Gurion interchange and Highway 531

Even before Route 531 connected to Highway 4 South, hundreds of cars drove on Ben Gurion Bridge from Highway 531 from the east, turned left on the bridge and went back to 531, this time from west to east. On July 14, 2017, an accident occurred with irreversible damage to the vehicle. This was the the third one I attended as a Civil Guard volunteer. In light of my experience and as head of the Volunteer Unit of the Tel Aviv Fire Department, I understood there was a pattern of repeated accidents here. To my delight, I managed to prove this to Netivei Israel, after countless petitions and endeavors.  They took the subject very seriously and on July 19, 2018, a traffic light was installed saving lives every day.

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Broadcasting Council meetings - a revolution in awareness

In February 2014, a few months after my appointment as a Council member, I submitted a proposal to film and broadcast the Council meetings. In my view, open and active reporting to the public are the basic duty of every elected official and I am standing for election to serve the public. The Mayor at that time, Zeev Bielski, proposed appointing a committee to examine the matter, but in practice nothing happened !! Again I put forward a proposal in 2015 and it was rejected by a majority vote. Again I repeated this in 2017 and again the coalition dropped the proposal. At the first council meeting headed by Eitan Ginzburg, in March 2018, I again raised my proposal.  It was clear to me that this was a good strategy.  After all, who will oppose a vital proposal for the good of the residents during an election year? This time, to avoid an embarrassing loss to me as a member of the opposition in an election year on this issue, the temporary mayor (who previously voted against the proposal) announced that there was no need to hold a vote and that the Council meetings would now be broadcasted. That is how a democratic regime should be. Open and accessible to the public. This is my way and this is just the beginning of the revolution that I plan for Raanana.

Nir Crystal​

Opposition to the relocation of the Herzliya airport to an area north of Ra'anana

For years there has been talk about moving Herzliya Airport from its present location, one of the alternatives being in the Sharon area to the site northwest of Ra’anana’s “garbage mountain”.  We are talking about  a total of 120,000 departures and landings a year, approximately 330 departures and landings per day, Ra’anana’s quality of life would be seriously threatened in neighborhoods such as Neve Zemer, Kiryat Sharet, Lev Hapark and Neot Uzi. To this end, as Ra’anana’s representative I joined the regional headquarters, fighting to end this proposal, led by the Regional Council of Hof Hasharon, headed by Mr. Eli Bracha together with representatives of many of the nearby communities such as Batzra and Bnei Zion. We signed a petition, held a large demonstration and held many meetings, and in the past few days we were informed that this plan has been dropped from the agenda regarding our region.

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Activities for Holocaust survivors, lone soldiers, the elderly and more.

The finest of all the projects in which I have taken part in recent years for the elderly, Holocaust survivors and soldiers, is the collaboration  between the Holocaust survivors and cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7. Let’s go back to the beginning –  A few years ago, at the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, I approached one of the survivors of the Holocaust and thanked her for sharing her story with the audience. “To be a free people in our country – that is the whole story” she replied and tuned to go home. I was not able to get that sentence out of my head.  It led me to initiate a project of shared experiences between the cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7, the unit that Ra’anana adopted, and the Holocaust survivors. Together with the Department of Social Services and the Command at Training Base 7, we held several joint events: Hanukkah candle lighting and individual meetings of cadets with survivors in their homes in Raanana. But the highlight was the participation of Holocaust survivors in the graduation ceremony of the officers’ training course at the 7th Training Base in the Negev, in the presence of the IDF’s Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Staff.  During the visit, they planted the “Raanana Garden”, which we donated to Raanana as the adoptive city. Seven olive trees were planted in the garden in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and 70 for the Signal Corps and the Base # 7. During the visit, Holocaust survivors also visited the Yad Vashem special training room at the Base.  Excitement was at its height at the end during the final parade. Miriam, a Holocaust survivor who sat next to me, was so moved when the squad of flag-bearers passed us, followed by the IDF orchestra, she exclaimed “Now I want to say – Damn  them” (the Nazis of course).  And all I had to say to her was … “For that reason, I wanted to bring you here.” I felt that I had come full circle by giving  our dear Holocaust survivors the enjoyable experience of “being a free people in our country” together with the new officers.

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Bicycles

The finest of all the projects in which I have taken part in recent years for the elderly, Holocaust survivors and soldiers, is the collaboration  between the Holocaust survivors and cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7. Let’s go back to the beginning –  A few years ago, at the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, I approached one of the survivors of the Holocaust and thanked her for sharing her story with the audience. “To be a free people in our country – that is the whole story” she replied and tuned to go home. I was not able to get that sentence out of my head.  It led me to initiate a project of shared experiences between the cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7, the unit that Ra’anana adopted, and the Holocaust survivors. Together with the Department of Social Services and the Command at Training Base 7, we held several joint events: Hanukkah candle lighting and individual meetings of cadets with survivors in their homes in Raanana. But the highlight was the participation of Holocaust survivors in the graduation ceremony of the officers’ training course at the 7th Training Base in the Negev, in the presence of the IDF’s Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Staff.  During the visit, they planted the “Raanana Garden”, which we donated to Raanana as the adoptive city. Seven olive trees were planted in the garden in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and 70 for the Signal Corps and the Base # 7. During the visit, Holocaust survivors also visited the Yad Vashem special training room at the Base.  Excitement was at its height at the end during the final parade. Miriam, a Holocaust survivor who sat next to me, was so moved when the squad of flag-bearers passed us, followed by the IDF orchestra, she exclaimed “Now I want to say – Damn  them” (the Nazis of course).  And all I had to say to her was … “For that reason, I wanted to bring you here.” I felt that I had come full circle by giving  our dear Holocaust survivors the enjoyable experience of “being a free people in our country” together with the new officers.

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Copying the room of the poet Natan Yonatan to Ra'anana

One day in 2019, during the time when I served as deputy mayor of the Ra’anana municipality, my brother-in-law told me that he had heard Yehoram Gaon’s radio program on Friday. In the program, Yehoram Gaon said that the late poet Natan Yonatan’s work room is in his house in Yehud and it contains a lot of the poet’s personal items, such as his desk, notebooks of his poems and more. He also said that Neta Raz, the poet’s daughter, has been looking for several years with the help of friends, including Yehoram Gaon, for a suitable public place where the poet’s room could be moved to, so that it would serve as a proper commemoration, but so far they have not been successful.

Wow, what an excitement. I immediately turned to Yehoram Gaon and asked him for the details of Neta, daughter of Natan Yonatan. We arranged to meet and I went to her house in Yehud, together with the director of the municipal archive, Mrs. Rachel Rinstein.

What a thrill it was to hold in my hand, in Natan Yonatan’s  room, poems he wrote in 1946, and here we are in 2019.

We returned to Ra’anana, presented the idea to the mayor, he also came with us to visit the original house, and the rest is history. Through the director of the municipal archives together with a professional curator and a professional team we copied the poet’s room and it is now placed for the enjoyment of the entire public on the main entrance floor of the “Yad Labanim” house here in Ra’anana.

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City appearance

As deputy mayor in the years 2019-2021, Nir Crystal was in charge of the field of the city’s appearance.

As part of his role, he led a wide variety of projects and new initiatives for the residents of the city, here are some examples:

  1. Improving gardening services in the city – more equipment and technologies, more workers, better service.
    The landscaping services in Ra’anana were operated for many years by 2 contractors (one contractor south of Ahuza Street and the other contractor on the north side). There were too many complaints of the residents due to poor gardening services.
    Nir Crystal, as the commissioner of the city’s appearance, with the cooperation of the professional team, instructed to divide Ra’anana into 5 gardening areas and to launch a new tender.
    As of January 1, 2021, five contractors operate in the city instead of the 2 that operated until then. This means the addition of gardening workers, the addition of more professionals specializing in the water sector, the addition of vehicles such as mule vehicles with devices for washing the public facilities, and more.
  1. More innovation for less money:
    In order to save running costs, Nir initiated the expansion of the use of perennial plants. He also initiated the introduction into the public space of gardening accessories that are used in the private space, such as rocks, pebbles, pitchers, and more.
  1. Recruiting an agronomist for the City gardening Department team:
    Did you know that there are over Tan 20,000 trees all over Ra’anana?
    Nir Crystal, was the first to recruit an agronomist for a permanent position in the city’s gardening department, whose job it is to manage all the professional care of the city’s trees.
  1. Grass clippings parking lots – Nir initiated an experiment in a variety of streets all over the city of dedicated parking lots for clearing grass clippings.
    These parking lots contribute to:
    1. Reducing the waste of parking spaces by concentrating the waste in the designated areas only.
    2. Improving the cleanliness of the city – the cleaning teams know exactly which areas they must clean at the end of clearing the dirt.
    3. Reduction of traffic jams – the trucks are now required to stop at fewer collection points and thus interfere less with traffic.
    4. Reducing the air pollution caused by the many stops of the trucks.
      The experiment showed very good results in most of the places where it was carried out. 
  1. Adding fruit trees throughout the city:
    When the Shimon Peres road (“the northern bypass road”) was paved, they had to cut down orchards. We purchased 337 citrus fruit trees from one of the gardeners, which we scattered all over the city, for the benefit of the residents.
  2. Nir Crystal initiated the operation of the first electric road sweeper in Ra’anana. The vehicle is friendly, has better filtration quality and therefore reduces environmental pollution and of course runs on electricity and is therefore environmentally friendly.
  3. Recycling, recycling, recycling:

    It is clear to everyone – recycling is mandatory for our future. As the deputy mayor in charge of the city’s appearance, Nir Crystal led the package’s recycling revolution in Ra’anana (the orange bins) and intends to expand it further after he is elected mayor.

    Nir also led the implementation of electronic waste recycling in Ra’anana through “e-community” corporation.

For information about your polling place and how to vote (including soldiers), click here

Say “where do I vote”? Why didn’t I get a note? How does my son/daughter vote in the IDF?

Here is all the necessary information for election day in Ra’anana!

There are two options for locating the polling place:

  1. Here is a link from the Ministry of the Interior – enter the link and fill in the appropriate place your ID number as well as the date of issue. The system will return the polling place to you. https://www.gov.il/apps/moin/bocharim/
  1. My headquarters team will also be happy to answer you personally on your polling station: 054-4884-8840 send us a WhatsApp with your name and ID and we will answer you.

Question: Why didn’t I receive the note in the mail?

Answer: Most of us did not receive them. These are notes sent by the Ministry of the Interior, but they are intended for information only about the polling place, they are not necessary for voting!!!

What should we bring to the polling station?

  1. The polling stations are open from 07.00 in the morning until 22.00 at night.
  2. Identification before the polling staff is through an identity card or driver’s license.
    The note we used to receive from the Ministry of the Interior (most of us did not receive it) is not necessary for voting, it is for information only!!!

How many notes do you vote with?
You will receive two envelopes:
One for the yellow note – for direct election to mayor (Nir Crystal),
and the second for the white note – to select the list for the city council (ק Ra’ananim led by Nir Crystal).

Make sure you only take one note !!! of each kind and put them in the envelopes, otherwise your vote could be rejected.

And our children, our amazing soldiers?

They vote in the bases. After identifying themselves to the polling staff, they will receive envelopes like you but unlike us, they will receive a blank yellow note and a blank white note.
Why are they blank? Because troops from other cities will stand behind them in line and it is not possible to bring all the notes from all over the country to each base.
Therefore: they must write their choice in their handwriting.

In our case :
Nir Crystal – on the yellow note,
ק  Ra’ananim led by Nir Crystal – on the white ticket.

Do not add anything other than this text on the notes.

And most importantly – election day is a vacation. It is designed so that we all go to vote and influence our future. Because only those who vote really influence.

I invite you to elect me for mayor and a list of Ra’ananim (ק) under my leadership for the city council.

yours,

Nir Crystal and the list of Ra’ananim (ק)

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