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Decision '92 : SPECIAL VOTERS' GUIDE TO STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS : LOCAL CONTESTS : Camarillo Council

October 25, 1992

Four candidates, including two incumbents, are running at large for two seats. The council race comes at a time when the city attempts to raise revenues and yet control the pace of developing its remaining open space.

William L. Brown

Age: 39

Occupation: Criminal defense and living trust attorney.

Education: Bachelor's degree in physical education from Los Angeles Baptist College; master's degree in physical education from Cal State Long Beach; a law degree from Ventura College of Law.

Background: Former Ventura County sheriff's deputy for 9 1/2 years; founding member of Citizens Against Government Waste, a Camarillo citizens watchdog group started this year.

Issues: Brown opposes automatic budget increases every year and believes the city can put off widening roads or cut services to save money. He favors reducing the city's sales tax by .25% to help ailing businesses. He wants the city to make it easier for property owners to build on their own land.

Manuel (Manny) Eneriz

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired engineer. Tutors Latino children to read and speak English.

Education: Through the G.I. Bill, took engineering classes at Los Angeles Pierce College and had Litton Industries training.

Background: A prisoner-of-war for three and a half years in Bataan, Philippines, during World II; member of several veterans organizations.

Issues: Eneriz favors preserving greenbelts around the city and opposes the effort to enlarge the Camarillo Airport. He wants more money for schools and sanitation improvements and believes as a councilman he could become a spokesman for Latinos.

Michael Morgan

Age: 45

Occupation: Federal probation officer.

Education: Bachelor's degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach, master's degree in public administration from USC.

Background: Councilman for 12 years. Mayor in 1983. Led drive to establish greenbelts around the city. Serves on the Camarillo Airport Authority and the Camarillo Sanitary District. Founding member of Camarillo Arts Council and worked to build the city's pavilion.

Issues: Morgan supports the city's preservation of prime agricultural land and wants to preserve Calleguas Creek habitat from encroaching construction. He wants to bring more recreational and cultural activities to the city. He favors the construction of a factory outlet mall on land already zoned for development.

David M. Smith

Age: 47

Occupation: Financial planner.

Education: Bachelor's degree in English and business from Cal State Fresno. Earned a high school teaching credential at Cal State Fresno.

Background: Councilman for past four years. Mayor in 1991. Owns his own financial planning business. Member of Camarillo's Noontime Optimist Club. Active with the Ventura County chapter of the International Assn. for Financial Planning.

Issues: Smith favors aggressively seeking retail businesses to relocate to Camarillo to shore up the city's tax base. He wants city leaders to streamline regulations and meet regularly with company leaders to improve business climate and keep employers from leaving. He also proposes building a new police station.

Fillmore Council

Four candidates, including three incumbents, are competing for three seats on the council. The lone challenger voices no criticism of his opponents. All candidates believe the city's biggest challenge will be coping with additional cuts expected in state funding.

Roger Campbell

Age: 42

Occupation: Owner of auto repair business.

Education: Studied mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for five years.

Background: Councilman since 1984; mayor during 1986-87; 19-year veteran and assistant fire chief of the Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department; member of Ventura County Agricultural Land Trust Advisory Committee; founder of Valley Advisory Committee for Santa Clara Valley; past president of an area division of the League of California Cities; past board member of Fillmore Chamber of Commerce.

Issues: Campbell wants to form neighborhood councils to boost citizen participation in government. He supports using redevelopment funds to build houses for first-time buyers, which could encourage young people to stay in the city. He favors trimming other city departments, such as planning, to maintain police services if state funding cutbacks continue.

Scott Lee

Age: 45

Occupation: Social studies teacher at Rio Mesa High School in El Rio.

Education: Teaching credential from Cal Lutheran University; bachelor's degree in economics from UC Santa Barbara; master's degree in business administration from Cal State Hayward.

Background: Councilman since 1988; mayor from November, 1990, to November, 1991; district representative for local Boy Scout troops; active member of Fillmore High School Booster Club; chairman of a citizens committee that advises Fillmore High School on managing a school farm; referee for youth sports leagues; worked as a banker for 15 years before he became a teacher in 1985.

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