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Voter Guide 2000

City Council, Mayoral Candidates in Orange County

November 05, 2000

* Occupation: Regional sales manager for DCP-Lohja Inc., a Danish company that makes specialized paper products

* Background: Incumbent

* Issues: Hopes to continue to make the city safe and clean; will make the fight against the El Toro airport his focus; wants to have an active role in the library expansion; public safety is a top priority

Joe R. Chavez

* Age: 63

* Occupation: Project manager setting up data processing systems for Los Angeles County for the last 29 years

* Background: President of Melrose Homeowners Assn. for past three years; associate degree, East Los Angeles College; attended Cal State Los Angeles; swim coach

* Issues: Wants to limit council spending and break the cycle of candidates who are beholden to businesses that contribute to their campaigns; didn't spend money for mailers and didn't accept contributions; wants a moratorium on development; especially concerned with development along Crown Valley Parkway; wants term limits

Lance MacLean

* Age: 42

* Occupation: Associate executive director for student government at UC Irvine

* Background: Member of El Toro Reuse Planning Authority fighting the airport; delegate to Lake Mission Viejo Assn.; has served on homeowner association boards and as a youth soccer coach; master's degree in public administration

* Issues: Oppose an airport at El Toro; build city hall within budget and on time; promote businesses in the city; maintain public safety through strong police and fire departments; support recreation programs, facilities, parks and open spaces; conservative fiscal management

Gail Reavis

* Age: 51

* Occupation: Retired purchasing manager

* Background: 35-year resident of Orange County; active community volunteer; six-year member of the Marine Corps Air Station-El Toro Restoration Advisory Board; fought for cleanup of pollution on base

* Issues: Against redevelopment money being given to developers; believes spending on new city hall needs to be watched carefully; will make public safety priority; wants to keep pornography out of the library; supports funding for senior services; will work for continued park development


District 2

Dennis P. Lahey

* Age: 58

* Occupation: Computer sales consultant

* Background: Commander of American Legion Post 291; co-chairman of Law and Order events at July Fourth Old Glory Boat Parade; bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin

* Issues: Supports Measure S and opposes Measure T; wants to push for a General Plan update with participation from residents

Gary L. Proctor

* Age: 55

Occupation: Businessman, owner of Juvenile Defenders legal services firm

* Background: Probation officer and arbitrator for the State Bar of California; California probate referee in the Superior Court for 16 years; Orange County airport commissioner; member El Toro Citizens' Advisory Commission; bachelor's degree in finance from USC; law degree from University of San Francisco

* Issues: Opposes Measures S and T; sees expansion of flight caps at John Wayne Airport and promotion of a second airport at El Toro as the city's primary concern; wants to revitalize older areas

Steven Rosansky

* Age: 40

* Occupation: Real estate broker

* Background: Assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America; bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania; doctorate in law from UCLA

* Issues: Opposes Measures S and T; wants to focus on updating the General Plan

District 5

Patricia M. Beek

* Age: 52

* Occupation: Retired from retail management

* Background: Parks, beaches and recreation commissioner; president of Newport Beach Little League; board member, president and coach for the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area; youth soccer (AYSO) division commissioner; board member, Assistance League of Newport-Mesa; bachelor's degree in sociology from University of Miami

* Issues: Supports Measure S and opposes Measure T; supports establishment of harbor commission to oversee the bay

Steve Bromberg

* Age: 56

* Occupation: Arbitrator and mediator

* Background: Member of city's Civil Service Commission; president of Little Balboa Island Property Owners Assn.; former board member of Balboa Island Improvement Assn.; co-founder, board member and general counsel for Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation; pro bono attorney for Balboa Island Improvement Assn., Little Balboa Island Property Owners Assn. and Balboa Island Business Assn.; doctorate and law degree from University of La Verne School of Law

* Issues: Opposes Measures S and T; wants to push for affordable housing for seniors

Robert Schoonmaker

* Age: 68

* Occupation: Retired engineer

* Background: Board president of Big Canyon Town Homes; school volunteer; master's degree in business management from University of La Verne; bachelor's degree in management from University of Redlands; associate's degree in applied science retail business management from State University of New York

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