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September 20, 1997

PLACENTIA

Mayor Norman Z. Eckenrode

Age: 59

Occupation: Restaurant owner

First Elected: November 1978

Term Expires: November 1998

Key Issues: Create a North Orange County Power Authority to deliver electricity at a lower rate to residents and businesses; redirect treated waste water into a pipeline to be constructed along the Santa Ana River that cities and school districts in North County can use to irrigate parks and schoolyards.

Councilman Michael L. Maertzweiler (Mayor Pro Tem)

Age: 55

Occupation: Cost analyst, Boeing North American

First Elected: November 1992

Term Expires: November 2000

Key Issues: Ensure a balanced budget, maximize city income and reduce utility tax from 4% to 3%; continue a strong effort to enforce city ordinances and codes; focus on sign blight, parking violations and building and restaurant ordinances; keep child molesters out of the city.

Councilwoman Carol Downey

Age: 56

Occupation: Teacher

First Elected: Appointed 1985; elected 1986

Term Expires: November 1998

Key Issues: Continue working to maintain high level of services to residents; ensure and maintain a balanced budget; continue encouraging businesses to locate in Placentia to increase sales tax base.

Councilwoman Maria Moreno

Age: 43

Occupation: Educator, businesswoman and community volunteer

First Elected: November 1988

Term Expires: November 2000

Key Issues: Ensure sound fiscal responsibility and increase council responsiveness; create a business and economic development plan; ensure that police, fire and paramedic services remain top priority; reduce crime, address gang problems and implement community-orienting policing; strengthen citywide programs for youth.

Councilwoman Constance Underhill

Age: 55

Occupation: Administrative assistant/coordinator

First Elected: November 1996

Term Expires: November 2000

Key Issues: Eliminate gangs, drug dealers and graffiti; work to expand local economy; restore the city's reputation as a safe, inviting place to live, go to school, work and shop.

Other Key Officials

City Administrator: Robert D'Amato

Age: 50

Time in Office: 19 years

City Clerk: Edmund Ponce

Age: 61

Time in Office: 12 years; term expires November 1998

City Attorney: Carol B. Tanenbaum

Age: 62

Time in Office: 10 years

City Treasurer: Carolyn H. Davis

Age: 60

Time in Office: 11 years; term expires November 2000

Police Chief: Daryll Thomann

Age: 56

Time in Office: 28 years with Police Department; seven months as police chief

Fire Service: Provided by Orange County Fire Authority

How to Reach Them

Council Meets: First and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, council chambers, 401 E. Chapman Ave.

Hours: City Hall is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Telephone: (714) 993-8177

Fax: (714) 961-0283

Factoids

Motto: "The People Are the City"

Flower: Gladiolus

Tree: Palm

Incorporated: Dec. 2, 1926

Population: About 45,000

City Budget: $24 million, including $16.4-million general fund budget

Number of Employees: 135 full time; 113 part time

Highest-Paid Employee: City administrator, $94,386 (salary only)

Council Perks: Council members are paid $150 a month for council meetings and $30 for each redevelopment agency meeting; benefits include medical, dental and optical insurance; reimbursement for miscellaneous expenses, such as travel for city business; parking space at City Hall; office space shared among four council members; mayor has own office.

RESEARCHED BY DEBRA CANO

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