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Eastvale Holds Elections Nov 8

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Eastvale, CA – As many have claimed they aren’t going to vote in this November election due to the choice of candidates, the City of Eastvale will need you to go out and vote anyway, as three seats are up on the City Council.

The City Council previously took action at the April 27, 2016 City Council meeting to initiate the process of converting to by-district voting for the November, 2016 election. The Council approved Resolution No. 16- 09 initiating the by-district process, and District 2 and 5 are for the full term of four-years and a Councilmember from District 1 for a partial term of two-years.

Districts 1, 2, and 5 are up for election and there are eight residents who are vying for those seats. In District 1, which encompasses the north east side of Eastvale, from Cloverdale through the Ontario border, you have newcomers Mario Marroquin and Todd Rigby vying for a council seat. District 2, which covers the complete opposite of 1, encompassing the mid to north side of Eastvale, zigzagging from Schleisman, Scholar Way, through Citrus, Harrison, Chandler, ending by River Road at the Corona border, you have emcumbant Joseph Tessari against newcomer Bashar Madani. And finally in District 5, current Mayor Ike Bootsma is defending his seat against Raul Gutierrez, Robert Hetrick, and Brandon Wilson Plott. District 5 covers the west side of Walnut from Archibald Ave to the Chino border.

The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates with the County of Riverside in the conduct of Municipal elections. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring the result of the election, the coordination of the candidate nomination process and the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even numbered years to fill expired City Council terms. All election services are provided according the California Elections Code, according to the city of Eastvale’s website.

City Council members are elected at-large for a four year term. Council Members serve “staggered” terms, meaning that either 2 or 3 seats are open for election every two years. Council Members receive $400 per month stipend as compensation for their service.

Qualifications for Candidacy. To qualify as a candidate for member of the City Council, you must reside and be registered to vote within the jurisdiction at the time nomination papers are issued. More specifically, you must be:

  • Be registered voters at their current residence in the City of Eastvale
  • Residing in the district in which they are running
  • A citizen of the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Not disqualified from holding office by the Constitution or laws of the State of California.

To become a candidate, you must first be issued a Nomination Paper which specifies the office you are seeking. You must obtain the signatures of at least 20 and not more than 30 registered voters within the City of Eastvale. A number of additional forms are required to be filed.
The nomination period ran from July 18, 2016 through early August 12, 2016. Write-in candidates must file a statement of write-in candidacy, a nomination paper and a Statement of Economic Interests, as well as other forms, during the period of early September 2014 through late October 2014. Signatures and voter registration information on the nomination paper will be verified in the same manner as a regular nomination paper. Write-in candidates’ names donot appear on the ballot or in the sample ballot pamphlet.

Voter registration forms are available at all public libraries, post offices and City Hall. To receive a registration form by mail, please call the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office at (951) 486-7200 or the City Clerk’s office at (951) 703-4420. Completed registration forms can be hand-delivered to the Registrar’s office located at 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 or Eastvale City Hall located at 12363 Limonite Avenue, Eastvale, CA 91752 or dropped off in any U.S. mailbox. No postage is necessary. For additional voter registration information visit www.voteinfo.net. (most information courtesy of the City of Eastvale)



Vote-By-Mail Ballots Accepted

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Chino Hills- Election Day is coming up! On June 7th, the City Clerk’s office in Chino Hills City Hall will be available as an official drop-off location for vote-by-mail ballots from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters may also deposit their ballots in a secure election box during regular business hours Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The exact location to drop off ballots is on the second floor at City Hall, 14000 City Center Drive.

Polling place information and official election results are available at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters website http://www.sbcountyelections.com.

EASTVALE: Process For Filling Vacant Two-Year City Council Term

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Eastvale – On July 9, members of the City Council voted to appoint the remaining two-year term left vacant with the resignation of Councilmember Jeff DeGrandpre. The schedule for the appointment process is outlined below:

  • Application Period: Any registered voter living within the City of Eastvale may download an Application for City Council Vacancy from the City’s website at www.eastvaleca.gov , or pick up an application packet from Eastvale City Hall beginning at noon on July 10, 2014. Applicants must submit a signed application as well as a completed Form 700 to Eastvale City Hall by noon on July 24, 2014. ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE TIME-STAMPED WHEN RECEIVED – NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED IF STAMPED AFTER 12 P.M. ON JULY 24, 2014
  • Special Meeting of the City Council: All applicants who have submitted complete applications by the 12:00 p.m. July 24 deadline will be interviewed at a Special Meeting of the City Council on Wed., Aug. 6. The Special Meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 13830 Whispering Hills Drive. Candidate names will be drawn at random. Each candidate will be allowed a two-minute statement, and then will be asked a set of pre-determined questions. Candidates waiting to be interviewed will be asked to remain in a separate room until their name is chosen, as to not give an unfair advantage. Once all candidates have been interviewed, members of the City Council will vote on the appointment. If a candidate is successfully chosen on Aug. 6, that candidate will be sworn in and seated as a member of City Council that night.
  • General Election, Nov. 4, 2014: If a candidate had previously filed nomination documents to run in the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election, and is appointed to fill the remaining two-year term for this current vacancy, the candidate will be required to withdraw their candidacy with the County of Riverside Registrar of Voters by Aug. 8, 2014 and will NOT be considered as a candidate in the November 4, 2014 General Election.
  • NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Eastvale on Tues., Nov. 4, 2014 for three members of the City Council, each of said officers to serve a full four-year term. Prospective City Council candidates who wish to file papers for the November 2014 General Municipal Election must schedule an appointment with the City Clerk. The polls will be open for the election between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 4.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Eastvale, City Clerk’s Office, at (951) 361-0900.


Eastvale: Election Season Kicks-Off at Bootsma Ranch


Eastvale – With November’s City Council election season getting closer, some candidates have already thrown their hats in the ring. Current Planning Commissioner, Joe Tessari, and current City Council member, William Link, took part in a Chili Dinner Fundraiser at the Bootsma Ranch Sat., April 12.

The event was a re-election fundraiser for Corona Norco School Board Member Bill Newberry, but Newberry also invited a few city council candidates to participate. The evening proved to be a great way for candidates to introduce themselves to the community and also to begin the fundraising process.

During the fundraiser event, City Council hopeful, Joe Tessari, spoke about his wish to continue his service to the community by becoming part of the council. Tessari has served on the Eastvale Planning Commission for the last three years. Current Council member, Bill Link, also addressed the community and promised to run an open campaign, as he is a very open person and always tries to find the answers needed.

According to the City of Eastvale website, “City Council members are elected at-large for a four year term. Council Members serve “staggered” terms, meaning that either two or three seats are open for election every two years. Council Members receive a $400 per month stipend as compensation for their service”.  The current City Council consists of Mayor Ike Bootsma, Mayor Pro-Tem Adam Rush, Jeff DeGrandpre, Bill Link and Ric Welch.  Adam Rush, Link (who replaced Kelli Howell’s vacated seat in 2013) and Welch’s spots are the three seats that will be up for election in November.

As the election season draws closer, more candidates are expected to come forward and announce their candidacy. Some have even begun to go door to door and introduce themselves to the community. Some previous candidates from the City Council Elections in 2012 and 2013 have already began “pounding the pavement” in hopes of getting their names out there and letting the community know their intentions. And there are others, who are quietly contemplating running and planning their next move.  In an affluent city like Eastvale – with its high public safety, education and income rankings, as well as an extremely active and in-touch community – a City Council seat holds a lot of prestige.

The process to become a candidate starts early and prior to soliciting or receiving any contributions related to candidacy, aspirants must file a Statement of Intention with the City Clerk’s Office. There are also additional filing requirements that are dependent on the amount of contributions anticipated. The official filing period begins on July 14 and ends August 8 of this year. To become a candidate, according to the City of Eastvale’s City Clerk’s office, you must first be issued a Nomination Paper which specifies the office you are seeking. You must also obtain the signatures of at least 20 and not more than 30 registered voters within the City of Eastvale.

To qualify as a candidate for the City Council, you must reside and be registered to vote within the jurisdiction at the time nomination papers are issued. More specifically, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • A U.S. Citizen.
  • A resident of the City of Eastvale.
  • Registered to vote in the city.
  • You must not be on parole or serving time for any felony conviction.

To find out more information about this process, visit the City of Eastvale’s website at http://www.eastvaleca.gov/.