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Talk Is Cheap in Fullerton Election

October 30, 1994

There are so many people running for the Fullerton City Council that it looks like a cavalry charge, but how can we tell the qualified candidates from those who just like to run? How can a voter determine who has common sense and who will say anything to get elected? One good way is to look for logical consistency.

Over the last four years, Fullerton's operating funds budget has declined from $48.5 million to $45.3 million. In response, the city has reduced its work force by 13% since 1991--nearly 100 positions. Next year's budget will reduce staff by at least 20 positions, and an additional 25 positions will be eliminated when custodial services are contracted out. Over the last decade, Fullerton's population has increased by more than 20,000, yet its number of city employees has decreased!

The record shows that Fullerton has been one of the best-administered cities in Orange County for many years. Voters should ask who is irresponsible, those who have struggled to maintain service in the face of declining resources or those who will say anything to get elected. Then they should vote accordingly.

JOHN and EILEEN OLMSTED

Fullerton

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