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The El Segundo Residents Association (ESRA) Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at El Segundo City Hall in the City Council Chamber, at 350 Main St., on the southeast corner of Holly Ave. and Main St., across from Stuft Pizza on the northeast corner. Enter the City Hall building through the glass doors on the south side of the building on the southeast street corner, next to the Wall of Honor.
QUICK VOTER GUIDE:
Vote for City Council:
- Suzanne Fuentes – Incumbent, proven fiscal conservative.
- Mike Dugan – Very intelligent fiscal conservative.
Measure A: NO – Huge permanent new taxes on residents and huge tax increases on businesses. The fire union is funding the “YES on A” campaign, because they expect much of the new taxes will pay for even more excessive pay raises and pension increases for themselves and their buddies in the police union.
All residents will pay the business taxes that are passed on to them as customers. Mayor Bill Fisher has failed to roll-back any of the huge salary increases he gave to the fire and police unions every year since the start of the Great Recession. These salary increases also increased the pension contributions paid by the City.
MEASURE A has BAD TIMING and should be rejected for that reason alone. It asks us to approve huge tax increases BEFORE the City Council negotiates new long-term contracts with the City employee unions later this year after, the April election. If Measure A passes, it will greatly weaken the City Council’s bargaining position. The fire and police unions will claim most of the new tax money as their own.
Also, why is Mayor Bill Fisher asking us approve the Measure A tax hikes before we can see whether those labor negotiations result in even more huge pay raises rather than appropriate and significant cost savings?
The next election in El Segundo is the Tuesday, April 8, 2014 El Segundo General Municipal Election.
The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The deadline to register to vote for this election is March 24, 2012 before 6 PM in the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office. The voter registration affidavit must be received by the County Clerk’s office by the deadline.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
12400 IMPERIAL HIGHWAY
NORWALK, CA 90650
You can determine whether you are registered to vote here, at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website, LAVote.net:
Refer all questions for this election to the El Segundo City Clerk’s Office at 310-524-2305.
The El Segundo City Clerk’s election information web site is:
The Sample Ballot on page 3 contains a precinct map and a list of polling places depending on the address at which you are registered to vote. Call if the City Clerk’s office if you have any questions about your polling place.
VOTE-BY-MAIL ballots must be received before the polls close on election day.
VOTE-BY-MAIL ballots may be delivered in person at the City Clerk’s office or at any polling place during normal office or poll hours.
If you cannot find your assigned polling place, or if you lost your absentee ballot, you may request a Provisional Ballot and vote that ballot at any El Segundo poll for this election listed on page 3 in your Sample Ballot, including City Hall. You cannot be denied a Provisional Ballot when you request one.
Here are the three polling places listed on page 3 of your Sample Ballot:
El Segundo City Hall
Human Resources Conference Room.
350 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
Southeast corner of Holly Ave. & Main Street, enter from Holly Ave.
El Segundo Library
Friends of the Library Room
111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245
Northwest corner of Mariposa Ave. & Main Street, enter from Mariposa Ave.
Center Street Elementary School
700 Center Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
East side of Center Street, block north of E. Mariposa Ave.
EL SEGUNDO CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
The City Clerk’s office is located in City Hall at 350 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245.
It is located on the south-east corner at Holly Ave., across from Stuft Pizza.
Parking is generally available in front of City Hall on Holly Ave. or Main St.
For more information about the city election, visit the City of El Segundo Election Information web page:
If you need to talk to someone in the City Clerk’s office, any of these three people should be able to help you:
Deputy City Clerk II
Deputy City Clerk I
BALLOT MEASURE AND CANDIDATE INFORMATION:
Measure A is the only ballot measure on this ballot. It will be devastating to El Segundo residents and businesses if it passes.
VOTE “NO” ON MEASURE A.
Two of the five City Council seats are up for election. Each seat has a four-year term. This election will determine a new majority on the City Council, for better or for worse.
By far, the two best candidates for City Council are:
- Suzanne Fuentes
- Mike Dugan
These two candidates are independent of special interests, including the firefighter and police unions that are the primary cause of our city’s financial problems.
Now is our chance to remove tax-and-spend Mayor Bill Fisher from office. His incompetence, maleficence, arrogance, and failure to listen to residents’ warnings regarding his irresponsible tax-and-spend approach to city government has resulted in wildly excessive and unsustainable City employee compensation and pensions, especially for the fire and police unions. He tried to charge residents more than half a million dollars in new Trash Collection Fees, but we voted that down. He tried to charge businesses increased Utility Users Taxes (Measure O), but we voted that down also. Now he is trying to charge residents and businesses MUCH HIGHER taxes and FEES with Measure A, to pay for the HUGE pay raises he gave every year to the fire and police unions.
David Atkinson, who ran as a fiscal conservative in 2012, has turned out to be a big disappointment. He is another tax-and-spend politician, and he usually votes in lock-step with Bill Fisher and Marie Fellhauer.
Suzanne Fuentes is a proven fiscal conservative. She voted against the current City employee union contracts that Bill Fisher helped railroad through the City Council. These contracts gave wildly excessive pay raises that jacked up the employee pensions, which are based on the single highest year salary.
Suzanne also voted with Carl Jacobson against the 50-year lease of the City Golf Course to Top Golf without any percentage of the food and beverage revenue going to the City. Bill Fisher voted together with David Atkinson and Marie Fellhauer for that absurd lease. 50 years is much too long, even if the lease is otherwise a good idea, and it is not clear that it is good. Most El Segundo voters will be dead before that lease expires!
Mike Dugan is a very intelligent and a fiscal conservative who does his own impressive research and analysis. We also need him on the City Council and Bill Fisher off the City Council.