Posted by CotoBlogzz
Ranch Santa Margarita, CA - the RSM City Council battle lines are not only drawn, but are also well defined - voters will have a clear choice between the good old boys or new change:
The candidates vying for Rancho Santa Margarita's two available four-year seats on city council in the November general election include Tony Beall, Carol Gamble and Kenney Hrabik. The former two candidates represent the status quo in more ways than one, while Hrabik represents change and is endorsed by Councilman Jesse Petrilla.
Currently, City Council members serve terms of four years at a time with no limit on how many terms they can serve. Elections are usually staggered so that every four years, two seats are open. Then, in the next election, three seats are open.
Carol Gamble kicked off her campaign last Friday saying that she was “…deeply disturbed by the deceptive campaign tactics employed by certain candidates in the most recent 2010 RSM City Council election… Sadly, I expect one or more candidates will once again try to deceive our residents in this year's election. She goes on to provide examples attributed to her opponent with her version of the truth:
The candidate statement for Tony Beall, who is vying with Carol Gamble and Kenney Hrabik for Rancho Santa Margarita's two available four-year seats on city council in the November general election.
Tony Beall's Statement
Carol Gamble's Statement
Fight for the Rancho Santa Margarita Taxpayers
End Benefits Paid to Part-Time City Council Members
Disclose Benefits Paid from Boards and Commissions
Always keep Public Safety as my Highest Priority
Protect our Children from Sex Offenders and Predators
Bring Conservative Disciplined Fiscal Responsibility
Maintain a Balanced Budget and Protect Reserves
Operate a Lean Limited
Create Economic Development and Business Retention
Recruit Quality Businesses Creating Local Jobs
Assure RSM has a Pro-Business Friendly Environment
Cut Fees and Regulatory Bureaucratic Red Tape
I Will Never Vote to Raise Fees or Taxes
Oppose Annexation of Coto de Caza
Complete Development of Chiquita Ridge Sports Park
Install Term Limits for City Council Members
Continue to support policies promoting:
conservative fiscal policies;
vibrant local businesses;
reduced traffic; and
safe neighborhoods and parks.
I will continue to work to:
ensure our City remains fiscally strong;
conduct City business openly and transparently;
promote robust business and job opportunities;
maintain public safety as a top priority; and
ensure we all enjoy a high standard of living.
Rancho Santa Margarita's Shovel Ready Voters Guide
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - We say that the 2010 general election is a Shovel Ready Election – including the elections in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita (RSM). As opposed to the promised Shovel Ready Projects used as a justification to pass massive government spending that even the President now agrees, were not really shovel ready, in this case this voters guide is shovel ready: Get ready your shovel, put your boots on and get ready to shovel the guano out of office.
Petrilla Takes On RSM City Hall's Kerryesque Stand on Annexation and Public Safety
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Jesse Petrilla, candidate for Rancho Santa Margarita City Council blasted the council for its stand on public safety and annexation. Petrilla took particular aim at the votes ".. cast by the three council members up for re-election, may eventually destroy the small town atmosphere we in R.S.M. have all come to love."
While the RSM city hall voted to increase its political capital with parasitic bureaucracies, such as LAFCO and CLRC by reversing itself to opposing LAFCO's amendment to sphere of influence, in essence committing to provide more services to more residents, it also voted to make cuts to its public safety budget: View this as Rancho's version of DC's smoke-filled back room deals which included Stupak's Soul Sale, the Cornhuskers Kick Back, the Union Bribe, the Louisiana Purchase, and others