About 40 Wayne Baglin supporters showed up Sunday at the home of
Catharine Cooper and Steve Kawaratani.
Again, no suggested donations.
"The last event raised more than $3,000 and we are hoping that he
exceeds that here," Design Review Board chairman Kawaratani said.
"What's important is the diversity of people here." Two other members
of the review board, several former members and two members of the
task force appointed to review the review policies were among the
"Wayne is aligned with my ethics, morals and values," Cooper said.
Baglin said he believed he could work effectively with either of
the other two candidates, incumbent Cheryl Kinsman and Jane Egly.
"I hope they feel the same about me," Baglin said.
His goals for the new term include the development of the Village
Entrance, which he said has the backing of the community. He wants it
done without relocating the Maintenance Yard to Act V.
Baglin said Maintenance Yard functions and equipment can be fitted
into the entrance project with the exception of the street sweepers,
the city nursery and gravel and sand piles.
If the yard is moved, Baglin said, there will be no money in the
city till to develop the entrance.
Baglin also raised the issue of his smoldering relationship with
City Manager Ken Frank at the fund-raiser.
"There is no question that I think his retirement is past due,"
Baglin said. "I hope three people [council members] will tell him to
Baglin called Frank an autocrat, who he thought was a friend until
In 2002 Baglin was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury with
violating state conflict of interest law for elected officials. A
jury acquitted him of the charges.
However, after being sworn in the 1996 election, Baglin also
called for Frank's ouster.
Asked about Frank's position on the relocation, Baglin said three
council members want it, so Frank wants it.
"If three members opposed it, he would fabricate information for
that," Baglin said.
Baglin said Frank keeps the council in the dark about the city's
financial position on a monthly basis. He characterized city revenues
as a "slush fund to be spent by the city manager as he wishes."
Incumbent city treasurer Laura Parisi, who is running unopposed,
said the present accounting system makes it difficult, if not
impossible, to track the city's financial position on a monthly
basis. The listing in numerical order of all checks written for the
city that is included in the council agenda packets is not enough,
according to Parisi.
"That is why Mayor Kinsman and I have actively supported upgrading
the city's system," Parisi said. "My desire is to have a system that
is more informative and more accessible for residents as well as
Baglin had one area of praise for Frank.
"Ken does his best to see the city does not get sued," Baglin
Council members are trained not to criticize the city, according
to Baglin, and if they do, Frank steps in.
"If we get sued our words will be used in court," Baglin said.
In the two years between the 1998 and 2000 council elections, when
Baglin was sitting on the State Regional Water Quality Control Board,
he was highly critical of the city's water quality programs. He
continued his crusade after being elected in 2000 and chaired the
city's Wastewater Advisory Committee.
"We have cleaned up our beaches here," Baglin said. "I feel I have
given the council direction in that.
"If no one on the council is interested [in those issues], it will
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