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l I To be fair to all candidates, the Islander asked for their 500 word candidate state- ments in early March, along with a picture. The 10 City Council~Mayor candidates listed below were all given the same instruction: Name, occupation, age, and years on Catalina to be followed by a statement with their views for the readers to get a sense of their campaign and stand on issues. The list below is in alphabetical order. The elec- tion is April 12. Cinde MacGupn-Cassidy Occupation: Business owner and consultant Age: 43 I've lived on Catalina Island for 10 years Running for mayor is a natu- • ral progression to the service I Cinde MacGugan- Cassidy have given in our commu- nity. I was appointed to the Harbor Commission within months of arriving on Catalina and then served for six years as a Planning Commissioner until I was elected to City Council. While I am still an elected official on the Council until 2018, I am running for Mayor of Avalon to bring leader- ship, transparency and long-term thinking to the position. With the right leadership in place, we can streamline our Council meetings, prepare strategically and accom- plish more for our community while following a clearly devel- oped plan that the Council works by. I am asking for the opportunity to lead our community and move us forward. Our community continues to face a multitude of challeng- es; addressing those challenges requires this type of leadership, a balanced economy and sensible government. This is going to take cooperation, vision and leaders who govern for the long-term suc- cess of Avalon. I feel our commu- nity's future is too important to be sacrificed with short-term think- ing. For too long decision making has been reactive rather than pro- active - we need to be anticipating problems, planning for long-term solutions and strengthening infra- structure. The role of mayor is best served with strong community involve- ment. I would like to see a com- munity where citizens are not just involved, but are empowered to make a difference and contribute their skills and their voice. It is important to me that Council deci- sions are reasoned and that the community feels their voice has been heard on issues -- whichever side of the decision they are on. Transparency and the equal appli- cation of city policies and regula- tions should be the expectation, not the exception. While serving as a City Councilmember, I have proven to be a leader with a compassionate heart and a long-term vision of an economically strong and cultur- ally diverse community of Avalon. I run several businesses and have a family in Avalon - my dedication to the spirit of this community is paramount. I am committed to serve our community by doing the research needed to make informed deci- sions - we must constantly seek various sides of issues to help determine the best outcome for the greater good of the community. My commitrdent as a volunteer is unwavering. I continue to serve with the Avalon Rotary Club, Catalina IslandWomen's Forum and the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, my background in accounting and human resource management complements the city's need for financial oversight, practical organization and strong infrastructure. Our vision for Avalon's future should be one where the com- munity's needs are met while our visitors continue to discover the small-town charms that have made Catalina a world class des- tination. Solving our water sup- ply issues, infrastructure, housing and economic well being should be our focus. To do this we need leadership and focus that follows a plan we develop for our future. Bruce Fertig Occupation: Retired Age: 67 Years on Catalina: 45 A few months after graduating from Cal State University F ullerton, I moved to Avalon with my wife & young daugh- ter, Melissa, Bruce Fertig Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dixie Redfearn Assistant Editor Charles Kelly General Manager Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinalslander•com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson Graphic Designer Christy Smith Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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This publication is print- ed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright ~D 2015 and Title Registered; Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. PROUD MEMB£R OFTHE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBUSHERS ~ION in the Spring of 1971. We stayed temporarily in my family's home while looking for housing, which didn't come up until Jan. of '72. (Even then year round housing was hard to find). I have come full circle, living in the family house with my wife, Carol for the past 10 years. Melissa and her younger sister, Jordan went to school here from pre- school to High School graduation. I worked as a Plant Operator for SCE from Jan. '73 to Dec. '08, which gi~s me a background in water resotrce management & implementatioa of rationing pro- grams. Perhaps our most pressing problems is the Island's chronic water shortage. If elected to the Council I can bring years of expe- rience to the water issues that will come up. The next Council will be presented with a study analyzing the pros & cons of converting the salt water system into reclaimed fresh water. We already know the corrosive and costly effects salt water has on everything it contacts: the treatment plant; the pipeline distribution system; Fire hydrants & all Fire Dept. equip- ment; and the plumbing & fixtures of residential & business custom- ers. This conversion is likely to be an expensive project. The next Council will have to weigh carefully the cost vs. benefits. The shortage of decent, afford'able housing• has been a problem as long as I have lived here. The City administer§ the Avalon Housing Authority. I would like next Council to maximize the AHA's salable assets to build as much affordable housing as pos- sible. If elected, I would also be eager to work with with any pri- vate developer of dedicated year round housing. The next Council will have to choose a permanent City Manager. I understand that the City Manger's tenure relies on the support of a Council majority. However, when a City Manager has fallen out of favor in the past they have been given enough time for an orderly transition for the City's benefit, as well as the City Manager's. The Council's abrupt firing of Ben Harvey could not have been further from an orderly transition for him or for the City Staff. I have spent about 35 years on the Avalon Planning Commission working with many different Commissioners, City Council members, Planning Directors & staff. I have learned not to make up my mind until after studying the staff report, and then I listen to the comments & concerns of the public at the meeting, I listen to staff input at the meeting, and finally I listen to what the other Commissioners have to Say. If an item is at all controversial, I always give the reasons behind my vote. If elected, I will use the same approach ~sa Cot!ncil member. REMEMBER TO VOTE ON APRIL 12, 2016. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Thanks for your consider- ation, Bruce Fertig Richard Hernandez Occupation: Retired Avalon Fire Captain Age: 62 Number of years on Catalina: 62 I am run- ning for reelection for a couple of reasons. The first is I feel Richard there is a lotHernandez of unfinished business and I feel an obligation to continue and Nenprollt Seeks Boat DonaUon To Support Our Maritime and Yeuth Pregrams Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy Seeks a tax deductible donation of a boat and dinghy. If you need a tax deduction, or want to help an environmental group contact: Norris see these items through. Looking back to when I started as a coun- cilman, I see I was a little naive in thinking that we could accomplish so many things quickly. What I learned was that despite the best of intentions, dealing with gov- ernmental actions and regulations on the local, county, and state level is many times a painfully slow process that takes far longer than anyone can imagine. I am pleased with what this council has done in the last two years as a lot of things came at us and we had to deal with some unforeseen issues on top of the problems we all knew were expected. This leads to my second reason for running. Right now this coun- cil is sort of balanced, but I see an effort under way to try and stack the council for the benefit of a few special interests. I was not happy with a certain set of Chamber Board members trying to pressure certain council members and unduly influence the council's actions. I think the council needs to have people like me who are going to protect the interest of true Islanders, people who have made their choice to live and work here their entire lives against those that come here to make some quick money, build a business, .and then take their profit and run. We need people like me to rep- AUTO, COMMERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURANCE HEALTH INSURANCE-BENEFITS Contact Jim Simonds for a quote Cell: 818,399,7897 resent the working man, the rent- ers, the middle and lower income people, the people who are having a harder and harder time just try- ing to get by. We can't have all the council represent the biggest businesses, developers, and special interests first, and be a rubber stamp for their plans. We are all in this together or we should be, but that's not how it feels sometimes. They have their agendas and many times that may not be the agenda we want or need. Big money, whether its individuals or corporations, means power and influence. Sometimes our only equalizer -is the power of our vote to elect people to keep things in balance. I think I have proven that I am willing to make the tough votes, to represent the average citizen of Avalon. The council needs to be bal- anced and the working men and women need to have their issues heard and represented. That is what I have tried to do, and if re-elected, that is what I will con- tinue to do. Remember, you don't have to have been born here to be a true Islander; you just have to love the island and want to preserve the values and lifestyle that kept all of us from ever wanting to leave. If you agree then I respectfully ask for your vote on election day April 12th. 4 i Friday, March 25, 2016 THE CATALINA ISLANDER