By K.P. Sander
Eastvale – With the General Municipal Election just around the corner, citizens are beginning to formulate decisions about who they will be voting for. Three seats are open on the City Council, with only two of the five incumbents seeking reelection. Council members Kelly Howell and Jeff DeGrandpre have resigned within the last year, and Councilman Richard Welch will not run for a second term.
When voters cast their ballots on Tues., Nov. 4, they will select from a field of nine candidates: Ramon E. Aguilar, Steven Daniel Aguilar, Richard Duran, Anwer Khan, William Link (Incumbent, Council Member), Clinton Lorimore, Cesar Morales, Adam Rush (Incumbent, Mayor Pro-Tem), and Brandon Matthew Villalpando.
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.
To qualify, candidates must reside and be registered to vote within the jurisdiction at the time nomination papers are issued. More specifically, they must be at least 18 years old; a U.S. citizen; a resident of the City of Eastvale; registered to vote in the City of Eastvale; and must not be on parole or serving time for a felony conviction. All candidates have met these requirements.
The Eastvale News asked each of these candidates the same two questions in an effort to provide some information toward voting research.
|Q1: What do you feel are the two most important issues facing the City of Eastvale?Q2: What do you plan to focus on if you are elected as a council member for the City of Eastvale?
Yesterday, you received the information from Richard Duran and Anwer Khan. Here, now, we offer up feedback from candidates William Link and Clinton Lorimore.
William Link: 1) A sustainable revenue stream that will satisfy our needs for not only today, but years into the future. 2) Traffic Safety especially around our schools. Regardless of fault there are far too many accidents involving children. 3) To guide Economic Development in the direction that makes Eastvale a destination for shoppers from outlying areas. The sales tax revenue generated from this approach will provide funding for our present as well as future Police, Fire and Infrastructure Maintenance. Without the correct Economic Development the above essential services may lack the funding to grow at the rate that is necessary. 4) Eastvale is initiating a bicycle safety program at present; however, I believe we need more. I would like us to partner with Corona-Norco School District to implement safety courses including walking to school and driver awareness. I also will be pushing for a more aggressive approach in enforcing the traffic laws.
Clinton Lorimore: There are a great many issues that we face as a young and growing community. When speaking with residents a common theme has emerged from these conversations. The residents of Eastvale are tired of always having to get on the freeway. Whether that is in order to go to work, go to a nice restaurant, shop for specific items, or to go out and play. It is my understanding that Eastvale residents would like nothing more than to stay in our city, spending their hard earned dollars here at home. As a member of the City Council I will work with fellow council members to bring these desired amenities to our city. A second associated theme centers on the issue of jobs. We need to do better as a city in attracting companies that are able to provide our residents with jobs that pay well. By building business parks and retail space for the amenities mentioned above, residents will be able to work here in town as opposed to having to commute. If elected to the City Council, I will look for opportunities to address the above concerns as quickly as possible. I will also focus attention on the issue of public safety, keeping our community and schools safe as we continue to grow. In order to address these concerns effectively, we will need to implement policies of smart growth, which will better enable us to live, work and play here at home. To learn more visit: ClintLorimore.com; Contact Clint: 951-520-5832; Email: Clint@ClintLorimore.com.