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Decision '93 / A Look at the Elections in Los Angeles County : Los Angeles City Council / 7th DISTRICT : Q AND A

April 11, 1993


Richard Anthony Alarcon, 39, of Mission Hills took a leave of absence from his position as Valley-area coordinator for Mayor Tom Bradley to make his first bid for public office. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Cal State Northridge.

LeRoy Chase Jr., 48, of Sylmar is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley and is manager of the Pacoima Community Center. He holds a bachelor's degree in health education, physical education and recreation administration from the University of Utah. He has never before run for public office.

Albert Dib, 58, of Sylmar has taken a leave of absence as businessman in the produce industry to be a candidate. He has studied music at the Juilliard School of Music and Westlake College of Modern Music, in addition to studying psychology at Los Angeles City College. He ran for the 7th District City Council seat in 1989.

Anne V. Finn, 78, of Sylmar has served on the Los Angeles grand jury, the San Fernando Valley Advisory Group on Transportation Solutions and is currently a commissioner on the Handicapped Access Appeals Board. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin and worked as a social worker in California. She is the widow of Los Angeles City Councilman Howard Finn.

Lyle Everett Hall, 53, of North Hollywood is a fire captain with the Los Angeles Fire Department. He attended UCLA and USC and completed a five-month trade program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. In 1989, he ran for the 7th District City Council seat.

Raymond Joseph Magana, 38, of Sylmar was a field deputy for City Councilman Ernani Bernardi until last September and served as chairman of both the Sylmar Citizens Committee on Planning and the Pacoima Enterprise Zone. He also was on the Los Angeles Citizen Panel on Transportation Solutions. He earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Cal State Northridge and a law degree from UC Davis Law School. He is an attorney and holds a California real estate brokers license. This is his first bid for public office.

Henry Reyes Villafana, 29, of Pacoima teaches fifth and sixth grades at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima, which he attended as a youth. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from USC. This is his first bid for public office.

Significant Problem

Q. What do you believe is the most significant problem facing the district? How would you solve it?

Alarcon: Crime and the overall deterioration of the quality of life in this community. I propose a districtwide community council to formulate a plan of action to improve community services, job opportunities, organize better access to city government and other resources and enhance our land utilization with emphasis on opportunities for youth development.

Chase: Jobs, crime, safety, a clean community, activities for young people. The 7th District received inadequate consideration in many areas.

Dib: Crime. We need police and stronger Neighborhood Watch programs. Also, we need more job opportunities and programs for young people to keep them off the streets.

Finn: Personal safety. The city needs to cut spending by consolidating agencies, departments and commissions with overlapping functions. With creative spending cuts and funds raised from the privatization of selected city services, we can hire additional police, which we need right now.

Hall: Public safety and crime. We need more police on our streets. Hire trained reserve officers and use civilians to replace uniformed personnel in desk jobs. I will create tougher anti-graffiti and anti-gang programs.

Magana: I believe the most significant problem facing the 7th District is the lack of jobs. It is extremely important to create an environment which promotes the business climate. We must provide tax incentives for industry to locate and/or stay in Los Angeles and work with federal officials on more benefits for the enterprise zones.

Villafana: The most significant problem facing our district is public safety. Creating an environment of safety will require greater support of our Police Department (I will reallocate over 50% of my City Council salary to police protection in the form of an overtime pool); community involvement; and a strong and caring program by city government to serve the children of our community.

City Services

Q. Do you believe the San Fernando Valley gets its fair share of city services?

Alarcon: Certainly the northeast Valley does not. Police deployment is inadequate, community plans are outdated, access to City Hall is limited, a disproportionate share of landfills and heavy industrial uses negatively impacts the quality of life, housing stock is deteriorated, our streets are in bad need of repair.

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