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Voter Guide 2000

City Council, Mayoral Candidates in Orange County

November 05, 2000

* Occupation: Realtor

* Background: Holds bachelor's degree in economics from Cal State Fullerton; worked in the hospital business for 16 years; has served on the Citizens Participation Committee for Community Redevelopment Block Grants in La Habra

* Issues: Supports making city friendlier to small-business owners and homeowners; considers himself a fiscal conservative

Joey Amaro

* Age: 19

* Occupation: Security officer, student

* Background: Currently a student at La Habra High School; has worked as a recreation aide for the city; founded La Habra Coyotes Club, a youth service club

* Issues: Supports renovation of La Habra Boulevard; seeks to build center for city youth; believes in strengthening public safety

Juan M. Garcia

* Age: 48

* Occupation: Community development representative

* Background: Served as a planning commissioner (1988-91), council member (1991-99) and as mayor (1995 and 1999); worked as project accountant for International Construction, an engineering company; worked as an accountant; served as business coordinator and community development representative for subsidiaries of Chevron Corp.

* Issues: Supports continued improvements in storm drains and sewers, modernizing La Habra Boulevard and La Bonita Park; supports aggressive business outreach by creating a business council

Rose Espinoza

* Age: 48

* Occupation: Computer-aided designer

* Background: Daughter of migrant workers, raised in a migrant camp in La Habra; attended La Habra High School; founder of Rosie's Garage, an after-school tutoring program for low-income neighborhoods

* Issues: Supports renovation of La Habra Boulevard; proposes reducing utility tax and giving city budget surpluses back to taxpayers


Three Elected

Christine Barnes

* Age: 53

* Occupation: Businesswoman, community volunteer

* Background: Executive director, La Palma Chamber of Commerce; president, Paradigm Software Corp.; past member PTA board; West Orange County Legislative Committee member; Cypress Education Foundation member; Kennedy High School Management and Resource Team member

* Issues: Wants to maintain La Palma's strong financial base; maintain citizen safety through a strong Police Department; implement stronger code enforcement guidelines; promote recreational opportunities for youth, families and seniors

Alta Duke

* Age: 66

* Occupation: Incumbent, public administrator

* Background: Representative, Southern California and Orange County Council of Governments; Orange County Library Advisory Board member; four years on City Council; helped update city's General Plan

* Issues: Wants aesthetic and infrastructure improvements with sound fiscal policies; install more monument signs; enhance public safety; enforce codes to preserve neighborhoods; establish five-year street-improvement plan; plan new community building; work closer with school districts

Richard Lutz

* Age: 59

* Occupation: Retired financial analyst

* Background: Anaheim Union High School District board member; member ROP board; Traffic Safety Committee member; La Palma Days Committee member; director of Kennedy Scholarship Foundation; La Palma resident since 1969; church and school activist; honored as La Palma Family of the Year for 1999

* Issues: Wants to keep La Palma a safe and secure community that puts residents first; provide events and services voters desire

Richard Polis

* Age: 59

* Occupation: Senior design engineer

* Background: Degree in general education from Pierce College; reactivated homeowners association and served as president (1982 and 1983); chairman/co-chairman of La Palma Days Parade Committee (1985-present); La Palma representative to League of Cities; member of Orange County Sanitation District; resident of La Palma since 1976

* Issues: Wants to represent the residents of La Palma; improve homes, tax rates, businesses and children's safety; maintain or improve the quality of standards for which La Palma is known

Paul F. Walker

* Age: 40

* Occupation: Incumbent, firefighter

* Background: Four years on City Council; helped stop Anaheim Union School District from building homes on Kennedy High School property

* Issues: Wants to enlarge the recreation department to include a new community center; extend El Rancho Verde Park; complete senior townhouses on Walker Street; attract strong, new businesses to bring in tax revenue for repairing infrastructure; build an auditorium at Kennedy High School


Two Elected

Wayne Baglin

* Age: 57

* Occupation: Broker/owner Baglin Real Estate

* Background: Chairman, state Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego region; member, board of governors, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project; director, Aliso Water Management Agency; board of directors, Laguna Canyon Foundation; member, Laguna Beach City Council (1978-81 and 1994-98)

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