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[ --J ..... I 'J J" IIULL LIILJ .-L J_. _ dL.J  lL .j jl I.l. " I This week, the Islander finalizes its pre-coverage of the five candidates in the race for Aval(m City Counci and the two candi- dates for Mayor of Avalon. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 10. This is each canoidate's parting shot. Candidates' Final Statements BY KATHRYN NEWLANDER Tim Winslow For those of you who don't know me, my wife Marti, my son Greg and I moved to the Island in 1979 when I transferred to Avalon as a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff. Prior to this I served in the US Air Force. When I left the Sheriff's Department, I started a food and beverage company with my wife. We operated this busi- ness for 20 years, and then we sold it to Catalina Beverage where I'm now employed as a salesman. Owning a business in Avalon was tough going at times; but it only strengthened our resolve to succeed. I am a pro-business candidate. This city, as well as the others throughout the state, has been dealt a crippling blow to our economy. The state has just taken most of our ACIA funds and as a consequence our ACIA has been dissolved. This dissolution is a very com- plicated process, and it involves a committee of persons, the majority of who will not live in Avalon. I have been chairman of the ACIA for the last four years and I would like to be re-elected to continue to work on this huge issue. I want to make sure the any actions taken are in the best interest of Avalon. With the funds gone, any projects that we have to tackle will require a tremendous amount of planning to determine how we are going to finance them and meet our infrastructure needs. We must be prudent in our spending and cautious as to whom we retain to work on our projects. We should not deal with compa- nies who wish to use our town as a demonstrationproject fo ......... ,r ,,,,.--,,,,. w-e should only use companies with good and proven track records in the particular field. I have always believed in slow to moderate growth with an em- phasis on quality of life. I believe that the quality of life issue should not be professed by a candidate if he or she does not intend on practicing it throughout their entire term of office. [ further believe that there is more to being a councilman than just going to two regularly sched- uled meetings a month. It took me 1 ½ years to convince the Long Beach Unified School District to bring back drivers education to - Avalon High School which had Winslow, Page 5 41 Friday, April 6, 2012 Robert Kennedy My name is Robert Kennedy. I seek re- election to the Office of Mayor. If elected this will be my fourth consecutive term. I have been honored with this responsi- bility. I have been married for 30 years, am a father of four and have been engaged in business in Ava- lon for the past 28 years. These accomplishments have given me a unique perspective of Avalon. I know our strengths and have also identified our weaknesses. Since my first political term, three of my children have acquired their under graduate degrees. One has gone on to acquire her doctorate and one will achieve her masters this May. The baby, now a junior here in Avalon, loves to pay attention and debate public policy. I believe law SChOOl is in her future. The eldest nas returned to Avalon to raise her family. This adds to my motivation to continue to lead Avalon toward a 0right future. I want Avalon to rare all of my children to raise meir families here and to continue to call Avalon home. My manage- ment style is guided by common sense solutions to everyday prob- lems and also by the belief that somtions to issues can be achieved mrough stakeholder collaboration. I have allowed our communities visioning process to influence my decisions when it can. I have made myself available to all resideffts and visitors to discuss and resolve issues effecting Avalon. During my tenure as council and mayor our accomplishments include: • We eliminated the need to subsi- dize the mumcipal hospital • We planned for and defeated The Avalon fire - we planned for and defeated a flood • Housing units were constructed and first time home ownership was assisted In the current Term • We removed the stigma of "gangs in Paradise" and returned community policing to Avalon • We hired and implemented a management team that could han- dle personnel, financial and legal issues responsibly and efficiently • We presented the Motorcycle Grand Prix boosting our economy when we really need it. • We took early steps to allocate six million dollars in spending be- fore the governor took our funds. • We hired a new sewer treatment Kenedy, Page 5 Sue Rikalo Susan Rikalo needs your vote! If you think I am the right candidate for Avalon City Council, please take action and vote. This year s elec- tion will be extremely close, which means one vote could be the differ- ence! With four years of experience under my belt, I am better prepared than ever to represent you. Below are a few of the key accomplish- ments I am particularly proud of: • Hiring an effective city manage- ment team. • Saving the ACIA funds and com- mitting them to our sewer infra- structure project. • Upgrading the wastewater treat- ment plant and hiring Environ Strategies to run it. • Balancing our budgets without raising fees. • Buying new accounting software for the city so oar financial reports are now timely and accurate. • Getting agreements in place to reopen the Pebbly Beach road. • Helping make the motorcycle race possible. • Lobbying for visitor friendly policing. • Re-evaluating and re-organizing all city staff positions. • Building the new structure for the preschool. * Improving the Joe Machado field and creating a more user-friendly and up-to-date website for the city. I don't want to stop there! I am seeking another term because if given the opportunity, I will con- tinue working on key projects I am deeply involved in: • A waste to energy plant for us at the landfill. . A enerl r,n e,,t rmgs us into the future while protecting our community. • Edison's proposed sale of the water and gas utilities, and our ongoing bay water quality issues. I am a well-rounded candidate who is known for getting things done. I study the issues and consider all points of view. I have a deep love and respect for the history of Avalon and for our community. My schedule is flexible so I have the time to attend subcommittee meet- ings. I have had five businesses on the island so I am reality based. I would appreciate your vote - and if your friends are undecided, please make a case for me and encourage them to vote as well! Continue learning more about me by visiting w-ww.SueRikalo.com. • Scott Nelson I have been a resident of Avalon since 1982, married for 32 years to Kelly Nelson and have raised two sons on the island, Aaron and Adam. I am the owner of Scott's Plumbing and have been in busi- ness since 1981. I have previously served on Avalon's city council from 1994-2000 and 2006-2010. The many changes you see in Avalon such as the Mole restora- tion, Front St, Casino walkway, sewer plant upgrades, trash facil- ity, city hall and fire station were accomplished during my time in office. In my most recent term 1 personally initiated and achieved to increase boat subsidy for adults and children; contractors service placards on their vehicles for potential savings to be passed on to the costumer: revised parking times on city streets to help reduce parking tickets: encouraged Vons to secure shopping carts to allevi- ate abandoned carts. I challenge the sale of the land on Metropole Avenue, keeping a portion for our local housing needs: we now have a parcel of land for the city to sale or use for moderate to middle income and senior housing. Also. I was a very active councilmember in reorganizmg the current city manager and city attorney posi- tions. Some of my goals if elected would be to continue to promote as many events ds possible to bring much needed revenue and jobs to the city and to encourage more visitors to enjoy our beauti- ful island. I will continue to be a stron aAvoc for local business and entrepreneurship. I believe in home ownership for moderate to middle income residents; encour- age more "green energy" such as solar systems; find solutions for more electric charging stations for the goal of quieter streets and cars. I am an advocate for any sporting and youth activities: music and film festivals, a community pool and community center. I support our local establishments to 'ovide music and entertainment. Ourcity needs to be progressive. I will be an active and strong voice in defending our city's rights against State and Federal intru- sions on our monies. The city's deteriorating infrastructure will I need to be funded; instead of I special assessments, I will make I decisions to assist in local business Nelson, Page 4 Richard Hernandez If I am fortunate enoughto be elect- ed, there will be a lot I will need to leba'n and I am sure I won't have all the answers; but what I can promise is that I will give .110% to represent all the citizens of Avalon, and that I will ask the tough questions about why things are not getting done in a timely manner, who ts responsible, and hold them accountable, just like how people have to function in the private sector and in the real world. I will also push for fewer "closed ses- sions" and more transparency so that everyone can see and hear the pro- cess in action. I also want to put ev- erything on the city's website from the current budget, monthly updates on revenues generated and warrants paid, any contracts the city signs. employment job classifications and pay scales, regulatory notifications from county, state, and federal agen- cies, grants applied for and awarded. and any other relevant public documents, so that every citizen can easily see how. when, and where revenues are being received, tax dol- lars are being spent, and how well we are meeting plan at any given moment in time. So if you are happy with how the city has been function- ing over the last several years then you should vote for the incumbents. but if you feel like I do, that there have been too many surprises, too many projects put on hold. too much reacting and not enough anticipating issues in advance, and virtually no accountability, then isn't it time to have some new people bring a fresh set of eyes, and maybe a different approach to how we move forward. I would like to be one of those new people and I would appreciate your vote on April 10! • Nelson From page 4 growth and to increase tourism to help provide the funding. In the past while serving on council I believe I was known to give everyone a chance to voice their opinion, make their argument and I would then try to make my decisions based on the facts. I challenged many issues and tried to do what was fair for everyone. I hope to have shown I try to be fair. listen to all ideas, have the courage to ask the hard questions.- I am asking for your support and your vote on April 10. 2012. Scottn48 @hotmail.com Please feel free to ask me any question. • THE CATALINA ISLANDER