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Cities: Council Candidates and Where They Stand on O.C. Issues

Anaheim (Two seats)

Paul Bostwick

Age: 57

Occupation: Business owner

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Issues: Improve neighborhood safety; protect neighborhoods from high-density development

Frank Feldhaus

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired telecommunications executive

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Issues: Reduce crime; work with school boards

John R. Karczynski

Age: 26

Occupation: Business owner

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Issues: Empower and invest in neighborhoods; build police station in West Anaheim

Todd Kaudy

Age: 28

Occupation: Businessman

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Issues: Reduce overcrowded schools; limit commercial development in Anaheim Hills

Lucille Kring

Age: 55

Occupation: Businesswoman

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Issues: Reduce crime by expanding community policing; work with code enforcement to reduce overcrowding

Leonard L. Lahtinen

Age: 64

Occupation: Community college trustee

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Issues: Improve older and neglected neighborhoods; supports community policing and code enforcement

Sean F. Leonard

Age: 29

Occupation: Special education/occupational therapist

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Issues: Encourage people against voting because contends it will not put an end to crime or bring cleaner neighborhoods

Brea

(Three seats)

Lynn Daucher

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Age: 52

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Completion of downtown redevelopment; ridgelines/hillsides preservation

Burnie Dunlap

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Age: 55

Occupation: Incumbent; businessman

Issues: Complete economic revitalization of downtown; acquire land for a sports park

Roy Moore

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Age: 63

Occupation: Retired financial executive

Issues: Finish downtown and surrounding stores; implement term limits

Glenn G. Parker

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Age: 46

Occupation: Incumbent; business owner

Issues: Ensure public safety comes first; support for family, youth and seniors

Steven C. Vargas

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Age: 36

Occupation: Small business owner/executive assistant to OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer

Issues: Supports council term limits; wants to make Brea business-friendly by rejecting new fees and by creating a volunteer position of business ombudsman

Buena Park

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(Three seats)

Art Brown

Age: 61

Occupation: Incumbent; retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy

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Issues: Wants to work on plans for a new Metrolink station; building up Auto Row

Paul D. Gonzales

Age: 40

Occupation: Owns and runs a jewelry store

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Issues: Wants to maintain police service levels; develop more youth programs

Patsy Marshall

Age: 54

Occupation: Incumbent; owns Marshall and and Associates, a public relations consulting business

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Issues: Wants to maintain and improve service levels for police, parks and other departments while maintaining financial stability; wants to make city more attractive to businesses, tourists and convention-goers

Dannue L. Mayo

Age: 47

Occupation: President and CEO of Golden Opportunity Youth Assn.

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Issues: Wants more after-school programs for youths as well as programs for senior citizens; would start a program called Police on the Block, where police voluntarily live in the city

Gerald N. Sigler

Age: Declined to state

Occupation: Incumbent; retired manufacturing engineer

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Issues: Wants to build new Civic Center; would ensure protection of city’s water supply and continue to beautify city and improve Entertainment Corridor

Costa Mesa

(Two seats)

Caroline Butler

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Age: 51

Occupation: Businesswoman

Issues: Expand area policing program; preserve open space and create small “pocket parks”

Linda Dixon

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Age: 49

Occupation: Institutional fund development consultant

Issues: Preserve open space; expand recreational facilities for children and teens

James R. Fisler

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Age: 47

Occupation: Businessman

Issues: Stop funding the Costa Mesa Job Center; build 19th Street bridge

Lawrence Jones

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Age: 31

Occupation: Congressional aide

Issues: Redevelop unattractive properties; eliminate public funding that helps undocumented immigrants

Gary Monahan

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Age: 39

Occupation: Incumbent/restaurateur

Issues: Continue emphasizing public safety; keep a tight rein on spending

Chris Steel

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Age: 57

Occupation: Small-business owner, private investor

Issues: Try to evict undocumented immigrants from the city; eliminate 19th Street bridge proposal

Cypress

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(Three seats)

Del Davis

Age: 48

Occupation: Retired Navy officer

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Issues: Wants to build community unity through town hall meetings; supports police and fire efforts

Nicholas Eighmy

Age: 55

Occupation: Printing company owner

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Issues: Wants to spend less money on Lincoln Avenue redevelopment; opposes Planning Commission ballot measure B

Leo Friedland

Age: 67

Occupation: Administrative analyst

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Issues: Dedicated to developing more recreational facilities and continuing redevelopment of Lincoln Avenue

Louis Giampapa

Age: 47

Occupation: Business representative

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Issues: Maintain the police force; redevelopment on Wicker Drive

Susie Linde

Age: 41

Occupation: Regulatory compliance analyst

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Issues: Increasing revenue by lobbying the state to keep a bigger share of property tax; increasing public safety

Frank McCoy Jr.

Age: 36

Occupation: Lieutenant, Long Beach Police Department

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Issues: Expanding Cypress Police Department; expanding community policing efforts

Mike McGill

Age: 38

Occupation: Businessman

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Issues: Maintain police staff and beginning to address city’s two aging fire stations; maintaining momentum of Lincoln Avenue redevelopment

Todd W. Seymore

Age: 38

Occupation: Businessman

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Issues: Maintaining police force; favors redevelopment on Wicker Drive and Lincoln Avenue

Frann Shermet

Age: 59

Occupation: National coordinator for the U.S. Decathlon

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Issues: Maintain public safety; continuing redevelopment of Lincoln Avenue

Lydia Sondhi

Age: 49

Occupation: College professor

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Issues: Maintaining public safety; creating sound economic base for the city

Dana Point

(Three seats)

Joel Bishop

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Age: 41

Occupation: Director of information technology

Issues: Seek sensible development on Headlands; no hotel on Strand Beach

Eric James

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Age: 55

Occupation: Planning commissioner

Issues: Believes council should be more responsible and responsive; would seek cooperation with Headlands developer and quickly design mutually satisfying plan

Harold Kaufman

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Age: 56

Occupation: Incumbent/settlement broker

Issues: Opposes airport at El Toro; supports making compromise plan between city and developer on Headlands future

Geoff Lachner

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Age: 54

Occupation: Attorney

Issues: Opposes hotel on Headlands, would prefer an educational center and giving city chance to buy the land

Ingrid McGuire

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Age: 66

Occupation: Member, South Coast Water District Board of Directors

Issues: Supports city’s Headlands Specific Plan, would appeal the judge’s recent ruling against the plan; opposes airport at El Toro

Robert Moore

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Age: Declined to state

Occupation: Businessman

Issues: Continue fight against airport at El Toro; would work to ensure reasonable development of Headlands; believes in property owner’s rights and keeping as much open space as possible

Walter Neibauer

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Age: 48

Occupation: Planning commissioner/businessman

Issues: Reducing water drainage pollution on public beaches by supporting merger of water districts; against hotel anywhere on Headlands, would work with the developer and maintain maximum open space

Robert F. Nichols

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Age: 71

Occupation: Planning commissioner/attorney

Issues: Will work with Headlands owners and residents to develop mutually acceptable specific plan within parameters set by city; will encourage small harbor renovation

Raquel Olamendi

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Age: 24

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Issues: Will work for a compromise on the Headlands and unity and civility among council members

Wayne Rayfield

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Age: 64

Occupation: Retired engineer

Issues: Opposes hotel on Strand Beach; would preserve as much open space as possible on Headlands and would seek expert advice on storm-drain issue

Michael Winterhalter

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Age: 37

Occupation: Senior manager, Ashland Chemical

Issues: Protect property rights of Headlands, Monarch Beach and Capistrano by the Sea developers, while making sure they build attractive, environmentally sensitive and economically feasible projects; opposes a hotel on Strands Beach

Fountain Valley

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(Four seats)

FULL TERM

(three seats)

Guy Carrozzo

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Age: 66

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Public safety; provide more affordable housing for senior citizens and build a senior center

Laurann Cook

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Age: 49

Occupation: Mayor

Issues: Maintain public safety; strengthen city’s economic base

John J. Collins

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Age: 54

Occupation: Mayor pro tem, businessman

Issues: Strengthen public safety programs; neighborhood preservation

Marie Hulett

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Age: 36

Occupation: Lieutenant with Orange County Animal Control

Issues: Increase community involvement in local government; ensure city lives up to motto, “A Nice Place to Live”;

Frank Perdicaro

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Age: 32

Occupation: Software professional

Issues: Favors elimination of vehicle registration taxes; advocates passing fewer laws and repealing “unreasonable ordinances”

TWO-YEAR TERM

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(one seat)

Larry R. Crandall

Age: 49

Occupation: Fountain Valley School District trustee, private investigator

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Issues: Equip police and firefighters with state-of-the-art equipment; build a senior center

Jim Fournier

Age: 66

Occupation: Retired Coast Guard officer and congressional staff member

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Issues: Make sure public safety forces have the best resources; pay attention to youth and senior citizen issues

Douglas Henry

Age: 37

Occupation: Data communications specialist

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Issues: Annex unincorporated county islands within city limits

Fullerton

(Two seats; no statement filed by Bernhardt Arnold)

Don Bankhead

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Age: 66

Occupation: Mayor; retired police captain

Issues: Maintain level of service, equipment and expansion of Police Department; maintenance and upkeep of city’s infrastructure on a scheduled basis

Jan M. Flory

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Age: 54

Occupation: Attorney, incumbent

Issues: Stabilization of city revenues; ensuring $20-million bond is properly funded and library, park and downtown plaza projects are completed on time

Snow Hume

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Age: 41

Occupation: Certified public accountant

Issues: Stop dishonest partisan maneuvering in the election; stop ‘wild spending decisions, such as the $20-million bond issue

Barbara Marr

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Age: Declined to state

Occupation: Retired nurse

Issues: Favors voucher system for subsidized housing rather than tax-subsidized housing projects; opposes ‘unwholesome’ businesses

Pat Shuff

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Age: 57

Occupation: Certified professional legal secretary

Issues: Opposes tax-subsidized rentals; maintaining and repairing city’s infrastructure, roads and sidewalks

Garden Grove

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(Two seats)

MAYOR

Bruce Broadwater

Age: 59

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Occupation: Deputy labor commissioner; incumbent

Issues: Wants city to work within its budget; more community policing

Al Snook

Age: 65

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Occupation: Teacher/insurance salesman

Issues: Expanding minority business; work to balance budget

CITY COUNCIL

(Two seats)

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Barbara Beatty

Age: 54

Occupation: Real estate saleswoman

Issues: Create positive educational environment; promote opportunities for homeowners and business developers and education

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Bill Dalton

Age: 55

Occupation: Garden Grove police lieutenant for 26 years

Issues: Opposes police/fire service cuts and personnel reductions; supports gang and drug abuse awareness programs

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Bob Dinsen

Age: 82

Occupation: Retired building contractor; incumbent

Issues: Considers himself a conservative who supports less government; wants to keep city service fees and taxes as low as possible

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Bradley P. Knypstra

Age: 31

Occupation: Accountant/business attorney

Issues: Opposes new taxes; supports economic development

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Mark Leyes

Age: 40

Occupation: Intergovernmental relations specialist, Orange County Water District; incumbent

Issues: Wants to develop and expand local tax base; supports redevelopment effort for downtown

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S. ‘Tom’ Oh

Age: 38

Occupation: Computer business owner

Issues: Rehire 22 police officers who were laid off in 1996 due to cutbacks; improve financial support for teachers

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Huntington Beach

(Four seats. Candidates Julie Devine and Tim Devine could not be reached)

Ralph H. Bauer

Age: 68

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Occupation: Incumbent; retired chemist

Issues: Wants more and better retail enterprises; would enhance neighborhoods by providing more playing fields and fighting plan to put bridges across Santa Ana River

Bob Biddle

Age: 45

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Occupation: Businessman, owns group tour company and clothing line company

Issues: Wants to find a balance between environment and development issues; focus on public safety and service issues

Connie Boardman

Age: 40

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Occupation: Professor of biology, anatomy and physiology at Cerritos College

Issues: Would work to save Bolsa Chica Mesa from development; supports revitalization of Huntington Center and opposes allowing Wal-Mart to move onto abandoned Crest View school site

Shirley S. Dettloff

Age: 63

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Occupation: Incumbent; publisher of educational materials

Issues: Wants master plan to support needs of city’s children and seniors; wants to raise ‘quality of life’ in the city by improving design standards for architecture and other environmental concerns

Thom Doney

Age: 36

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Occupation: Vice principal of Liberty Christian School in Huntington Beach; reservist in U.S. Coast Guard

Issues: Believes he can give better representation to younger families ; supports private property rights and opposes bridges over Santa Ana River because it could hurt neighborhoods

Dave Garofalo

Age: 53

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Occupation: Incumbent; publishes the Local News, a newspaper that reports only good news

Issues: Has pledged to build a youth sports complex and a senior center; wants to raise salaries of public safety employees to represent market rates

Peter M. Green

Age: 72

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Occupation: Incumbent; professor of biology and ecology at Golden West College

Issues: Wants to protect California coastline; would continue to support public safety officers and business development

Diane Benge Lenning

Age: 51

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Occupation: High school teacher

Issues: Wants to protect natural habitats and control development; wants better maintenance of streets and a better attitude toward business and tourism

Ben Ventresco

Age: 43

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Occupation: Owns a retail business

Issues: Proposes low-cost plan to repair streets, sewer and water systems; supports instituting elections by district for better representation

Irvine

(Mayor Christina L. Shea is un-opposed; two council seats)

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CITY COUNCIL

Larry Agran

Age: 53

Occupation: Attorney/environmental activist

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Issues: Stop El Toro airport; preserve Irvine’s open space

George M. Gallagher

Age: 37

Occupation: Biotechnology project manager

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Issues: Anti-airport and supports implementation of Millennium Plan; protect open-space agreement

Don Irvine

Age: 47

Occupation: Retired Los Angeles Police Department lieutenant; Irvine Unified School District substitute teacher

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Issues: Anti-airport and anti-stadium; supports city establishing its own fire department

Ned E. Kassouf

Age: 76

Occupation: Unpaid president, charitable foundation

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Issues: Anti-airport and supports Millennium Plan; would take only $1 per year as council salary

Carolyn McInerney

Age: 45

Occupation: Executive assistant to O.C. Supervisor Tom Wilson

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Issues: Anti-airport, though she would like region to solve long-term air travel dilemma; protect open-space agreement in Northwood and Turtle Rock areas

Savvas Roditis

Age: 49

Occupation: Businessman

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Issues: Supports international airport at El Toro because of city’s and county’s growth; does not favor a stadium or convention center unless they are privately funded

Greg Smith

Age: 49

Occupation: Business owner/incumbent

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Issues: Anti-airport; anti-Musick jail expansion

Jack Wu

Age: 28

Occupation: Bookkeeper

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Issues: Anti-airport; supports preservation of open space

La Habra

(Two seats)

Rose Espinoza

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Age: 46

Occupation: Electrical/mechanical computer-assisted drafting designer

Issues: Revitalizing La Habra Boulevard by working closely with the businesses; continuing to reduce crime in the neighborhoods

Jephthah Holley

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Age: 21

Occupation: Bank teller

Issues: Redeveloping La Habra Boulevard; lowering the 6% utility tax

Lynton Hurdle

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Age: 42

Occupation: Business owner

Issues: Improving public safety by keeping adult businesses out of the city; maintaining standards in economic development by limiting business growth

Merciline La Porte

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Age: Older than 65

Occupation: Homemaker

Issues: Repealing the utility tax; leaving redevelopment up to individual business owners, such as those on La Habra Boulevard

Dorothy Rush

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Age: 64

Occupation: Mayor, homemaker

Issues: Continuing city’s redevelopment and economic development; maintaining a ‘people-friendly’ City Council

G. Steve Simonian

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Age: 53

Occupation: Retired Montebello police chief, incumbent

Issues: Revitalizing La Habra Boulevard; continuing to recruit ‘quality’ businesses

La Palma

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(Two seats)

Lauree E. Aragona

Age: 52

Occupation: Retired quality and risk manager in health care industry

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Issues: Improve La Palma’s image by doing more to maintain streets and infrastructure; keep police and fire services a high priority in budget

Kenneth A. Blake

Age: 51

Occupation: Controller for construction equipment rental company; incumbent

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Issues: Maintain police and fire protection; attract more business to city to help maintain city services

Sharon Gutjahr

Age: 52

Occupation: Secretary, Kennedy High School

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Issues: Maintain police and fire services; improve code enforcement to keep property values high

Garrett Scott Wada

Age: 34

Occupation: Eye doctor

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Issues: Maintain level of police services; wants better code enforcement on dilapidated houses

Laguna Beach

(Three seats)

Wayne Baglin

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Age: 55

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Improve water quality and stop all sewage spills by continuing improvements to city sewer system; continue support and oversight of county improvements to Laguna Canyon Road

David Connell

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Age: 70

Occupation: Retired aerospace consultant

Issues: City should be more efficient and less intrusive, rolling back restrictions on businesses and property owners; city should be more concerned about effects of overgrown vegetation on views and potential safety hazards from fire and falling limbs

Steve Dicterow

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Age: 43

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Continue improvements made to city’s infrastructure and fire and police coverage; engage public in creating a comprehensive vision plan for city’s long-term future

Paul Freeman

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Age: 44

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Continue city’s efforts against proposed commercial effort at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station; maintain quality of life for residents by increasing conveniences for them and reducing congestion from tourists

Toni Iseman

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Age: 53

Occupation: Teacher and counselor, Orange Coast College

Issues: Fight proposed El Toro airport and create regional plan to do so; improve water quality and force inland developers to pay for toxic runoff that pollutes Laguna Beach

Laguna Niguel

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(Two seats)

Joe Brown

Age: 71

Occupation: Anti-airport activist

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Issues: Opposes airport at El Toro; favors developing a long-term plan to reduce crime

Greg Cox

Age: 50

Occupation: Small-business owner

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Issues: Develop a city charter; add unlighted, youth sports fields

Cathryn DeYoung

Age: 42

Occupation: Planning commissioner

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Issues: Opposes El Toro airport; add youth sports fields

Vito Ferlauto

Age: 58

Occupation: Retired captain, Orange County Sheriff’s Department

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Issues: Opposes El Toro airport; improve police services

Carl Gelbart

Age: 41

Occupation: Information technology professional

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Issues: Opposes El Toro airport; stimulate economic growth for redevelopment along freeway

Leni Gillis

Age: Declined to state

Occupation: Business communications professor emeritus

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Issues: Opposes El Toro airport; preservation of open space

Eddie Rose

Age: 60

Occupation: Imcumbent

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Issues: Opposes El Toro airport; preservation of remaining open space

Ira Schaffer

Age: 40

Occupation: Computer education teacher

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Issues: Opposes El Toro airport; supports reasonable expansion of parks and youth sports fields

Lake Forest

(Three seats)

David L. Carter

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Age: 50

Occupation: Systems consultant

Issues: Opposes an airport at El Toro; opposes expansion of Musick jail

Richard T. Dixon

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Age: 50

Occupation: Businessman, incumbent

Issues: Opposes an airport at El Toro; opposes jail expansion at Musick

Peter Herzog

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Age: 43

Occupation: Attorney, incumbent

Issues: Opposes an airport at El Toro; opposes jail expansion at Musick

Kathryn McCullough

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Age: 55

Occupation: Executive director of nonprofit organization, incumbent

Issues: Opposes an airport at El Toro; opposes jail expansion at Musick

Los Alamitos

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Arthur DeBolt

Age: 50

Occupation: Real estate broker

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Issues: Says City Council should better reflect the opinions of residents on school board issues, namely the planned relocation of the Orange County High School of the Arts to Bloomfield Street; maintain identity and character of the city and avoid jumping into the real estate development business

Alice Jempsa

Age: Declined to state

Occupation: Educator; incumbent

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Issues: Recover funds state has taken from city’s budget; improve safety on residential roads and increase traffic flow in the business district

Marilynn M. Poe

Age: 57

Occupation: Incumbent

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Issues: Provide ‘strict police services’; pursue economic development

Robert P. Wahlstrom

Age: 65

Occupation: Purchasing director for a national restaurant company; incumbent

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Issues: Economic development; continue effectiveness of police department

Mission Viejo

(Three seats)

Sherri M. Butterfield

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Age: 58

Occupation: Businesswoman; incumbent

Issues: Opposes commercial airport at El Toro; development and traffic issues related to eastern communities

Joe R. Chavez

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Age: 61

Occupation: Senior programmer analyst

Issues: Opposes city support of the Vigilantes, mall redevelopment and the Kaleidoscope Entertainment Center; seeks stronger term limits

John Paul Ledesma

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Age: 30

Occupation: Industry analyst, market research

Issues: Opposes airport at El Toro; opposes council’s use of redevelopment funds

Dale A. Sandore

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Age: 56

Occupation: Retail businessman

Issues: Opposes airport at El Toro; opposes any public money being spent for private development

Lawrence H. Smith

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Age: 56

Occupation: Incumbent; Mortgage banker

Issues: Opposes airport at El Toro; development and traffic issues relating to eastern communities

Elisia Tabatzky

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Age: 34

Occupation: Computer network engineer

Issues: More support for fire and police services; infrastructure maintenance, especially roads

Susan Withrow

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Age: 43

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Opposes airport at El Toro; continue to enhance city reserves without raising taxes

Newport Beach

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DISTRICT 1

(Balboa Peninsula--One seat)

Michael Kranzley

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Age: 46

Occupation: Stockbroker

Issues: Says city should continue support for airport at El Toro and negotiate extension of John Wayne Airport noise-reduction agreement; revitalize struggling neighborhoods, such as Balboa Village

Leonard Miller

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Age: 69

Occupation: Insurance broker

Issues: Favors airport at El Toro, but more because Orange County needs world access than because of local noise problem; opposes Irvine Ranch Water District practice of releasing treated sewer water into harbor

Tod Ridgeway

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Age: 53

Occupation: Asset manager

Issues: Tackle infrastructure repairs and improvements, such as road maintenance and placement of utilities underground; continue support for airport at El Toro

DISTRICT 4

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(Eastbluff/Dover Shores--One seat)

Gary Adams

Age: 43

Occupation: Transportation engineer

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Issues: Continue Newport Beach’s leadership role in support of El Toro airport; maintain proper balance between resident and business concerns throughout city, particularly where businesses and homes intermingle

Ron Winship

Age: 56

Occupation: Actor

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Issues: Says city should annex Newport Coast, Santa Ana Heights, Banning property and John Wayne Airport by 2002; compromise with South Orange County and have all private aircraft and air cargo fly out of an El Toro airport, and keep passenger flights at John Wayne Airport

Orange

(Mayor; two council seats)

MAYOR

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Michael Alvarez

Age: 42

Occupation: City councilman; heads family-owned corporation and commercial real estate business

Issues: Wants to foster better relationship between city and school district; wants to pay more attention to city growth and need to maintain public areas such as streets, curbs and sidewalks

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Joanne Coontz

Age: 69

Occupation: Incumbent; retired from various corporate positions

Issues: Would continue to focus on public safety; wants to support business community by seeking more economic development

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Juan Pablo

Serrano-Nieblas

Age: 59

Occupation: Environmentalist; retired housekeeper

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Issues: Wants to turn city gardens over to cultivation and distribution of marijuana for the physical and spiritual well-being of residents; would merge police and fire departments to make them more efficient, less costly and less influential over policy

CITY COUNCIL

Mark A. Murphy

Age: 41

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Occupation: Incumbent; account manager at Hewlett-Packard Co.

Issues: Wants to continue to focus resources on public safety; wants to make sure development of eastern Orange is balanced and done with care and attention

Richard W. Siebert

Age: 55

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Occupation: Pharmacist who owns his own store

Issues: Would give strong support to police and firefighters and make sure services do not diminish as city spreads eastward; disagreed with firing of former Police Chief John R. Robertson and would not have extended contract for City Manager David L. Rudat

Dan Slater

Age: 39

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Occupation: Incumbent; residential real estate sales

Issues: Wants to continue crime reduction, improve neighborhood problems and preserve open space and recreational land; wants full disclosure and reform with regard to trash and recycling services and wants new police chief to have same qualities as former Chief Robertson

Jim Wronski

Age: 51

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Occupation: Owns recumbent bicycle store in the city

Issues: Wants to make city more accessible to residents and to keep City Hall open 5 1/2 days per week; would cancel extra charges such as the paramedic subscription fee

Placentia

(Two seats)

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Norman Z. Eckenrode

Age: 60

Occupation: Shakey’s Pizza restaurant owner; incumbent

Issues: Supports lowering the railroad along Orangethorpe Avenue to ensure safety and protect the environment; supports ground-water replenishment through the Orange County Reclamation Project to deliver treated water to the city’s 200,000 families in effort to lower costs

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Jim Fenstermaker

Age: 49

Occupation: Medical group vice president

Issues: Ensure council represents everyone and all city areas equally and hold council responsible for every tax dollar collected and spent; ensure the best use of remaining undeveloped land in city

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John G. Hoevers

Age: 38

Occupation: General manager

Issues: Supports eliminating city’s utility tax; supports hiring additional police officers to meet city’s growth

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Chris A. Lowe

Age: 28

Occupation: Real estate associate

Issues: Protect city schools from crime, including drugs and gangs; supports zero tolerance for gang activity and wants to develop intervention programs for youth outreach activities

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Kenneth S. Luna Sr.

Age: 31

Occupation: Corporate security specialist

Issues: Supports reducing utility tax; wants to lower the railroad to eliminate traffic congestion and increase safety and opposes building railroad overpasses or underpasses

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Patrick J. Melia

Age: 62

Occupation: Retired

Issues: Supports railroad lowering project and its completion to eliminate safety concerns and delays for motorists; supports working with educators to make sure education continues to improve

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San Clemente

(Three seats. Candidates John P. Robinson and Keith R. Trezek could not be reached for comment.)

Mary Anna Anderson

Age: 55

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Occupation: Community volunteer; housewife

Issues: More neighborhood forums and public hearings; unite city groups and pursue “positive focus for our future”

Ray L. Benedicktus

Age: 78

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Occupation: Retired engineer

Issues: Supports a resort on Marblehead coastal property; opposes any beach trail; seeks to preserve and restore Casa Romantica for cultural use

Carol A. Bonner

Age: 53

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Occupation: Former city volunteer services manager

Issues: Working with local merchants; preserving historical structures and revitalizing older commercial areas

Scott Diehl

Age: 48

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Occupation: Veterinarian

Issues: Balancing development to get adequate revenue for city; use past council experience to bring balance and perspective to big issues

G. Wayne Eggleston

Age: 52

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Occupation: Executive director, Heritage Foundation of San Clemente

Issues: Favors cultural center in Casa Romantica and resort for Marblehead property; opposed to a beach trail

Kevin T. Evans

Age: 45

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Occupation: Municipal recreation superintendent, city of Dana Point

Issues: Opposed to putting the proposed Forester Ranch sports park anywhere other than in Forester Ranch; opposed to any beach trail plan

Michelle K. Gillen

Age: 39

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Occupation: Teacher

Issues: Favors working with Talega developers to establish an additional high school; opposes toll roads in the city; opposes beach trail or sea wall

Gary R. Hartung

Age: 47

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Occupation: Home builder

Issues: Favors end to wasteful spending; working to make the railroad tracks along the beach as safe as possible as quickly as possible; opposed to Marblehead development plan

Dan Hensley

Age: 31

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Occupation: Clerk at Ralphs and Sav-On Drugs

Issues: Favors more youth activities; favors donating Casa Romantica to city Historical Society or selling it to San Clemente Heritage Foundation

John Koch

Age: 67

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Occupation: Semiretired business consultant

Issues: Support neighborhoods through strong code and law enforcement; balance business and residential growth in the city; opposed to a beach trail in any form

Paul H. Linden

Age: 60

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Occupation: Retired golf course manager

Issues: Opposes proposed beach trail, favors keeping proposed Forester Ranch sports center in Forester Ranch by raising funds to do so

Thomas L. Padberg

Age: 64

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Occupation: Retired businessman

Issues: Opposes any kind of beach trail; opposes the Lusk, Inc. plan for Marblehead

Susan Ritschel

Age: 37

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Occupation: Businesswoman

Issues: Favors ensuring city’s balanced growth and financial stability by improving the tax base; making preservation of city’s beaches a top priority

Santa Ana

(Three seats; Lisa Bist is running unopposed in Ward 2)

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WARD 4

Alberta Dolores Christy

Age: 53

Occupation: Business banking officer

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Issues: More community-based policing; improve streets and infrastructure

Jose J. Fernandez

Age: 31

Occupation: Tool business owner

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Issues: Develop more youth programs; streamline city budget

Zeke Hernandez

Age: 52

Occupation: Association president/businessman

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Issues: Balance city budget; more support for police and fire

WARD 6

Claudia C. Alvarez

Age: 29

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Occupation: Attorney

Issues: Cut crime; encourage economic development

Patricia A. McGuigan

Age: 64

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Occupation: Incumbent/homemaker

Issues: Continued crime reduction; economic development

Tustin

(Two seats)

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Lou Bone

Age: 61

Occupation: Business owner

Issues: Ensure successful redevelopment of Tustin Marine Corps Air Facility, extend Newport Avenue to Edinger Avenue and fund Red Hill Avenue overcrossing at the railroad tracks

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Mike Doyle

Age: 56

Occupation: Incumbent; restaurant owner

Issues: Redevelopment, including southwest Tustin and Old Town; oversee successful base closure with at least one blimp hangar becoming the world’s largest movie soundstage

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S. Scott Webster

Age: 37

Occupation: Systems project manager

Issues: Redevelopment and revitalization of Old Town; oversee successful base reuse

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Tracy Wills Worley

Age: 39

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Oversee successful base reuse; seek new or expanded library branch

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Villa Park

(Three seats)

Bob Bell

Age: 64

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Occupation: Incumbent; real estate broker

Issues: Ensure fiscal responsibility by guarding the city’s resources; protect and maintain the city’s inexpensive water supply

Denise Bittel

Age: 38

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Occupation: Legal administrator

Issues: Is concerned about the influence of other cities and wants to protect the qualities of Villa Park for young families and upcoming generations

Bill Dougherty

Age: 74

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Occupation: Retired Marine colonel and semi-retired lawyer

Issues: Keep city’s status quo as a rural community; keep traffic out of the city and maintain it as a crime-free community

Robert E. McGowan

Age: 62

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Occupation: Retired airline captain; former mayor

Issues: Supports conversion of El Toro into a commercial airport; restore independence to community access cable television channel

Russell Patterson

Age: 53

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Occupation: Contractor

Issues: Listen and consider citizens’ input before making decisions; to ensure the El Toro airport plan does not adversely affect Villa Park

William P. Zakowicz Jr.

Age: 68

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Occupation: Retired aerospace manager

Issues: Ensure a safe environment for residents, including children and their pets, and to find a solution to coyote problem

Westminster

(Four candidates for mayor; a fifth, City Councilwoman Marge Shillington, has dropped out of the race; two council seats)

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MAYOR

Frank Fry Jr.

Age: 73

Occupation: Incumbent; retired grocery manager

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Issues: Opposes privatization of water system; favors cultural arts center but thinks latest building estimates are too high

Joy L. Neugebauer

Age: 70

Occupation: Councilwoman; executive director, Westminster Museum; ran tool company for 37 years before selling in 1992

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Issues: Wants to improve infrastructure by studying how water revenue is used and possibly using more of it for system improvements; opposes water privatization

Chuyen Nguyen

Age: 49

Occupation: Marketing consultant

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Issues: Wants to make city safer, cleaner, more beautiful

John G. Stupar

Age: 50

Occupation: Business ethics professor

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Issues: Favors privatizing water system; wants to run city like a business

CITY COUNCIL

Robert Crossley

Age: 62

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Occupation: Retired manager for U.S. Air Force aerospace contracts (civilian)

Issues: Opposes building a community cultural center; wants to get residents more involved with governing process by scheduling town hall-style meetings

Tony Lam

Age: 62

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Occupation: Incumbent; restaurant owner

Issues: Wants to bring more business to city; supports privatizing water system

Dancharles Maka’ena

Age: 51

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Occupation: Advertising manager, printing company

Issues: Wants city to put more work into improving infrastructure; wants to attract and retain more business

Kermit Marsh

Age: 33

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Occupation: Attorney

Issues: Wants to increase size of police force; opposes full privatization of water system, would consider limited public-private partnership

Garth Murrin

Age: 38

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Occupation: Computer telecommunications engineer

Issues: Wants to see taxpayer money spent more efficiently on infrastructure; wants to build bridges to the Vietnamese community

Duoc Tan Nguyen

Age: 54

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Occupation: Runs business in Little Saigon, which provides services for immigration, notary and faxing

Issues: Wants to make Little Saigon more attractive to tourists; hopes to simplify regulations for small-business owners

Margie L. Rice

Age: 69

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Occupation: Incumbent; retired, worked in beauty shop and sales

Issues: Wants to improve water infrastructure by dedicating funds from the utilities tax directly to water department; opposes water system privatization

Helena Rutowski

Age: 61

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Occupation: Member, Westminster School District Board of Trustees

Issues: Favors privatizing water system to improve infrastructure; wants to see a cultural arts center built

Yorba Linda

(Two seats)

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Allen M. Castellano

Age: 27

Occupation: Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy

Issues: Favors widening Imperial Highway; thinks Shell housing project has the proper density and will benefit the city

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Thomas A. Foss

Age: 45

Occupation: Builder of transmitters and other communications sites

Issues: Supports expansion of Friends Church; favors improvements to Imperial Highway, but not current widening plan

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Richard J. Freeman

Age: 57

Occupation: Newspaper columnist and retired optometrist

Issues: Agrees Imperial Highway needs work but will accept however residents vote on Measure J; opposes Shell project

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John M. Gullixson

Age: 50

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Favors completion of major road improvements planned for the city, including Imperial Highway widening; favors keeping Brea police as the city’s law enforcement agency

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Jack Parra

Age: 50

Occupation: Anaheim police lieutenant

Issues: Development should be responsible and well-planned; believes Imperial Highway expansion may harm Old Towne

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Gene Wisner

Age: 64

Occupation: Incumbent

Issues: Believes Imperial Highway widening must go forward; favors Shell development because its overall density is within city guidelines and because it will add a school, park and golf course to the city

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