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Eastvale’s General Municipal Election: Candidate Feedback- Part III

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.

 

Eastvale’s General Municipal Election: Candidate Feedback-Part II

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?

 

 

Last week, you received the information from Ramon E. Aguilar, and Steven D. Aguilar. Here, now, we offer up feedback from candidates Richard Duran, and Anwer Khan.

 

Richard Duran

Richard Duran

Richard Duran: As a retired Law Enforcement Officer with 32 years experience, one of my priorities is public safety within the City of Eastvale. I will continue to work with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and Cal Fire to establish on-going dialog for traffic safety, neighborhood watch programs, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and bike safety for the residents and children of Eastvale. I will continue to work to obtain a Riverside Sheriff’s Department sub-station within the City of Eastvale. I will work hard to attract new businesses such as restaurants, clothing stores, hotels, as well as jobs for our residents within the city. I will meet with small business owners who currently run their small business out of their homes, and encourage them to establish a storefront providing their goods and services for our residents. I will to continue to work with the surrounding cities of Corona, Norco, Ontario, Chino and Jurupa Valley city governments on infrastructure growth surrounding Eastvale. Several of the important issues are traffic safety, freeway traffic, businesses, schools, parks and sports programs for our children.

My focus is on the residents of Eastvale, and it is important to establish monthly neighborhood meetings allowing us to hear from the residents their needs and expectations of City government. I look forward to meeting all of you, and getting to work for the good of Eastvale.

eastvale_city_council_candidate_anwer-khanAnwer Khan: The two most important issues facing Eastvale are its impending budgetary problems and its projected inability to satisfy its public safety needs. These problems are largely interrelated. At a recent city council meeting, it was projected that by 2018, the city would not be able to provide its current level of services and maintain a balanced budget. The gravity of the situation becomes even more clear when one considers the growing need for services, law enforcement, and fire coverage created by the addition of 995 houses in the city through projects approved by the county prior to Eastvale’s incorporation. Currently, of the estimated 37,574 working-age residents of Eastvale, only about 478 actually work in the city. As 98.73% of working-age residents are not present in the city for substantial portions of the day, they are not shopping in Eastvale. This means that the city is losing out on much needed sales tax revenue on which the city relies to fund services. In fact, it is the absence of offices and workers in the city during the day that has kept many sit-down restaurants from opening within the city. In order to meet the increasing demands posed by Eastvale’s growth, the city must expand its sources of sales tax revenue. Efforts must be made to market directly to businesses and increase Eastvale’s “visibility” to attract them to Eastvale, particularly in light of the city’s ideal location and the fact that its percentage of highly educated persons is higher than that of the county and the state. Local entrepreneurs with home-based businesses should also be assisted in growing their businesses into brick and mortar locations within the city. A recent permit study indicated that there were over 1,000 home business permits issued in Eastvale. However, to draw businesses and to aid home businesses seeking to transition, office space must be developed soon since the city is already 90-95% built out. While the Leal Specific Plan includes office space in its list of land uses, that project may be multiple years away from breaking-ground. The city must press construction of the Eastvale Business Park and fast-track any permits or city inspections related to such projects without circumventing any city codes, laws, or regulations. This will have the double effect of creating jobs in Eastvale and providing a population within the city during the day that will drive sales tax revenue and, thereby, ensure funding for police and fire protection at the recommended levels. Beyond attempting to press the development of business space, working to draw businesses, and seeking to zone land for future schools, I will focus (1) on making the city’s government more responsive to its citizens and (2) on reforming the city’s government to reduce the opportunities for wrong-doing. There are many reasons people are unable to attend city council meetings. Some people work. Others have family commitments. Simply because they are unable to attend, their voices are not heard and decisions are made by the city council without their input. Similarly, a resident must search the city website for the meeting’s minutes to know what was decided. Together, this means that issues are often raised and resolved without residents being informed. I would like to expand the city’s social media presence to provide a direct link to a meeting’s agenda and to allow for online public comments on agenda items. The comments from those who have identified themselves as residents of Eastvale would then be read by the Public Information Officer or a delegate during the meeting. After each meeting, a brief summary of the highlights would be posted to the social media site. Later, when the meeting minutes are available, the link for the minutes would be posted. On some occasions, online surveys, for which residents would actually have to register, could be used to decide certain projects such as how an undeveloped space in a park should be used. In terms of reforming city government, I would begin by seeking term limits for members of the city council. In addition, I would seek to reform the city’s commission system which currently involves commissioners being appointed solely through the nomination and vote of the city council. This process lends itself to potential abuse by council members seeking to appointment their friends or people they have promised positions to. Instead, I would support a system that requires applications for any commission seat, with certain identifying information of the applicants redacted, to be vetted by the city manager, city attorney, and sitting members of the relevant commission. The applications of the top candidates, with certain information still redacted, would then be forwarded to the city council for selection of the commissioner through a vote. While problems in such a system would still be possible, it would be less prone to abuse and would make it more likely that an individual is selected based on his or her merits. The city should undertake these measures to prevent wrong-doing by future members of the city council who may be acting in their own interests rather than that of the city. For more information, please visit:  www.EastvaleUnited.com and www.facebook.com/AnwerKhanEastvale.

 

Eastvale’s General Municipal Election: Candidate Feedback – Part 1

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 Community 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?

The Eastvale Community News will display two of the candidate’s answers each week, up to the election. Here is your candidate feedback for Ramon E. Aguilar, and Steven D. Aguilar:

 

Ramon-Aguilar-Eastvale-City-Council-Candidate-2014

Ramon E. Aguilar

Ramon E. Aguilar: The first issue would have to be protecting the residents from any further financial burden. There are many ways of doing this, first by assuring that we get what we pay for (contracting out to the Sheriff’s Department is a big chunk of our City’s budget). I believe that we should be looking into establishing our own Police Department. Secondly, I would be establishing our own Unified School District that would serve only Eastvale’s resident students, guaranteeing that our schools receive the proper allocation of funds to better serve our youth. Thirdly, I would look at why and what has not worked in the past when it deals with bringing a high end variety of services to our residents (businesses, retail, restaurants and nightly social venues). The second issue would have to be maintaining the safest cultural environment in Eastvale. As a former CHP officer, and Dean of Discipline (for LAUSD) I have been fortunate to have firsthand experience in dealing with safety issues and preventive measures at different levels in our community. As a former Title 1 Coordinator at LAUSD, I managed the school site’s multimillion dollar budget and provided transparency to all stakeholders and community members. I would definitely look at the City’s budget to evaluate and provide transparency to the community of Eastvale and survey what the priorities are within our community. In order for any type of growth in our City, we need to make sure that every dollar is being utilized effectively and efficiently and determine if the resources are being used to improve the growth of our City.

 

Steven Daniel Aguilar: Sustainability: As one of California’s newest cities, Eastvale has reached a critical juncture where it

Steven Aguilar-Eastvale-City-Council-Candidate-2014

Steven Aguilar

must determine its destiny. Since its inception, Eastvale has faced financial threats beyond its control and it’s imperative that the City Council ponder new ideas and examine fresh perspectives to increase our revenue base in order to safeguard the future of our City. As Eastvale enters these important years of existence, the future of our financial stability will be determined by the Council’s actions and leadership decisions. Economic Growth: Eastvale must create a strong tax base and recruiting business is the key to this strategy. As a former employee of a major company, I understand that business and local government must work in partnership in order for both to succeed. The City Council needs to make the decisions that will increase economic development to keep tax dollars in Eastvale and allow residents to work where they live. As your next Council Member, I will focus on: increasing our public safety budget by making every effort to be involved with contract negotiations, investing our tax dollars to provide more efficient City services while maintaining a balanced budget, enhancing the quality of life in Eastvale to better represent our community’s development, and lastly, securing the future of our great city. I truly believe that Eastvale’s destiny is to be one of the premier communities in the region. To achieve it, we need an elected body that is responsive to our residents, leadership to make the tough decisions, and a clear direction to move forward in. I would be honored to have your vote in the November election for Eastvale City Council. Please contact me at (951) 751-8549 for more information and remember to vote for #5!

 

Eastvale: Notice of Qualified Candidates

City of Eastvale

 

Eastvale – Notice is hereby given that a General Municipal Election will be held in Eastvale, California, on Tuesday, the 4th day of November 2014. The following is the list of Candidates, shown as they will appear on the ballot:

 

City Council Candidates

 

  • Adam Rush
  • Clinton Lorimore
  • William Link
  • Brandon Matthew Villalpando
  • Steven Daniel Aguilar
  • Ramon E. Aguilar
  • Cesar Morales
  • Richard Duran
  • Anwer Khan