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Lake Elsinore City Council Candidates Forum Scheduled: 8 Vying For 3 Seats

The event, hosted by the non-partisan Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee, will begin a 7 p.m. at the Tuscany Hills Recreation Center, 75 Summerhill Drive in Lake Elsinore.

Eight Lake Elsinore City Council candidates have been invited to discuss the issues in front of voters during an Oct. 4 Candidates Forum.

The event, hosted by the non-partisan Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee, will begin a 7 p.m. at the Tuscany Hills Recreation Center, 75 Summerhill Drive in Lake Elsinore.

Viet Tran, region manager for Southern California Edison, is scheduled to moderate the forum.

Donna Franson heads the Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee and reiterated that the organization does not make endorsements.

“The event is being held for the benefit of the voters,” she said.

The forum format will follow Riverside County Registrar of Voters guidelines and will include opening and closing statements by the candidates that are each timed at no more than three minutes in length, Franson explained. Questions will be posed to the candidates by Tran and each respondent will be have a time limit in which to answer. The questions were submitted by the community, Franson explained.

While all eight candidates have been invited to attend Thursday's forum, one candidate -- William Park -- has not responded, but Franson said a seat will be held for him.

The eight city council candidates are vying for three seats now held by council members Bob Magee, Melissa Melendez and Peter Weber. Magee is running for re-election to the council, Weber is running for election after being appointed to the council in 2011, and Melendez is running in the 67th State Assembly District race.

The six other city council candidates include Lake Elsinore Unified School District coach Jerry Carlos, Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce board member Natasha Johnson, Steve Manos, Lake Elsinore Planning Commissioner Rick Morsch, William Park and Craig Turner.

The community is encouraged to attend the forum; seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call Donna Franson at 951-674-1989.

Constant Comment October 01, 2012 at 07:24 PM
This should be very interesting. Hope there is a good turn out. }~)
Teller of Truth October 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Your BALLOT is your strongest tool to fight any injustices that you perceive. It is your chance to voice what you feel and to make it count. So come for the knowledge to make your own informed choices instead of just a popular one. Remember, you are in charge & any changes that you want to see on a national scale, clearly begin at home.
Reverend Smith October 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Nice choice of location. Tuscany Hills seems to be where all the council members live. And that killer hill keeps out all the riff-raff with who are dependent on old cars, bicycles and public transportation to get there. Not to mention, on their turf, they can control the situation. Welcome to the privatized society.
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 03:20 PM
LE Resident, you are a total contradiction. You keep talking about being beholding, etc to others, but you contradict that as well. You have mentioned a couple of times that you are supporting William Park and Jerry Carlos. Let’s consider this. William Park worked in his family business, a liquor store near Four Corners. His dad dies and his mom keeps the business running…barely. William didn’t know anything about running a business and the business went belly up and they lost their house. Also, William, at one point, claimed to be a former member of the Marine Corp. Well, you may want to check with the VA for the truth of that. Also, William Park has never voted…period! He works at a bowling alley in Moreno Valley for one of the most corrupt business owners this city has ever seen, Michel Knight. Knight has put up money for William Park and Steve Manos, hoping they will get on so that he can have his three vote majority (Daryl Hickman being the 3rd).
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Jerry Carlos worked for the police department, fire department and parks department. He has been on the public dole nearly his entire life. If his family banking/real estate business was so great, why did he live off the taxpayers? Because picking up trash in the park somehow paid more? He didn’t even believe enough in this city to open his business here. He keeps touting that his experience is so perfectly in line with what the city needs. So he is going to come in and tell the Fire Chief, the Police Chief, and the Parks Commissioner how to do their jobs? Yeah, that is going to go over real well.
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Bob Magee? Are you serious? Except for Daryl Hickman’s relationship with Michel Knight, Magee is the dirtiest one up there. He’s even worse than Melendez, as far as political corruption goes. Who do you think has been behind all of this anti-Castle and Cooke rhetoric? He is! Why? Because, he is taking money from several other developers who are Castle & Cooke competitors. Go look at his campaign contributions and compare those against several of his votes in their favor(s). He’ll make a vote in favor of a project and almost the next day, he gets a healthy campaign donation. If this guy was so great, why couldn’t he beat Melendez? Another thing about Magee is that he is so unbelievably cheap. Being conservative is one thing, but he has choked our growth by not being willing to take a couple of risks or even allowing the city to accept free money, because it was from a developer he didn’t like. Bob has stacked the deck in the city to get what he wants. He put Mike Oneal on the planning commission so that he could have an inside track. According to three different people on the inside, Bob Brady was doing whatever Magee told him too. When Brady couldn’t get it done, he told (and still tells) Barbara Liebold to get it done. Open your eyes!
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Aren’t you the same nut who said that he is voting for Paule but not Jeffries? Paule and Jeffries are both endorsing one another and are both vocal about what Buster is doing. The two believe in almost the exact same things. Why would you vote for Buster and Paule at the same time? That doesn’t even make sense. Maybe you like having less money for our county lock ups and our sheriffs? Maybe you like that he has been voting money away from emergency services for years. Maybe you like that he was one of the main reasons that Moreno Valley lost 1300 jobs in 2008?
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Yes. You have repeated yourself and sound just as dumb as you did the first time. Wait, actually you sound more dumb for REPEATING yourself. No wonder your profile pic shows hair being pulled out in frustration. You can't even make sense in your own mind! You demonize Hickman and say you'll vote for Park. These two are the same beast! They are being employed and also financed in their campaigns by the same person. I guess you are voting for Park because he doesn't live in Tuscany? That's fine, since he doesn't even really live in the city. You are bagging on the Tuscany Hills residents, but you are voting for Jerry Carlos who lives in Tuscany? You're voting against big business, but voting for Magee? Why? Because although he likes big business money, at least he's not taking it from Castle and Cooke? Let's run down where the people live - Tuscany: Manos, Carlos, Morsch. Canyon Hills - Weber. Northlake: Johnson, Park (presumably). Lakeland Village - Magee, Turner. So, if you are selecting candidates based on where they live, now you can make an informed decision, but based on what you have written, I don't think you care about being informed, or at least with the truth.
mynameis October 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
you all speak of the" horrible gang activity in lake elsinore" sounds like the real gang is running your town.
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
By the way, you say you want someone who will work for the people? What about how Magee just gave $25k to a select few people who buy from the dealerships in town. What kind of vehicles does he drive? Hmmm. Oh wait, they are GM vehicles. Do you think he is going to pay to have his bright, shiny Corvette serviced the next time he goes in? I don't think so.
Diana October 02, 2012 at 06:22 PM
@Eyd, thank you! I have been saying this about Magee forever, when everyone praises this Man I ask "and just show me what he has done for LE", answer nothing, he has his own personal agenda, and keeps this town surpressed. In my opinion he has been sitting on Council for way to long, he needs to go.
sam shepperd October 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I think LE Resident is for anyone who will make it easier for more narcotics dispensaries to open in Elsinore. Which is one of the problems with anyone addicted to something. They're one-issue voters, willing to overlook a host of shortcomings in a candidate as long as they vote their way on that one issue. I include second amendment fanatics and fundamentalist religionists as well.
Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I am voting for Natahsa Johnson. Why? Because she is a woman, and we need a female presence on the city council. You mark my words, she'll beat Bob Magee in votes. She is not a perfect candidate, and she is really close with the Chamber, but I am hoping she won't play favorites. I am voting for Craig Turner. Why? Because I see this guy around. I know that Ron and Cindy Hewison (from HOPE) like him. I know that Stan Crippen likes him. Those three are some of the most stand-up people I know and that's good enought for me. I also heard from someone that knows him that he won't back down to Magee. I am afraid that Natasha might. The problem is the third person. I am inclined to vote for Jerry Carlos, but I'll have to think about it.
julie dawson October 03, 2012 at 05:44 AM
@ Eydhunred, you got that right, Bob Maghee and friends made sure Brady got the city manager position after their first choice backed out. Bob had no city manager experience, but was rewarded with a $ 50, 000 raise after a year. Bob Maghee is his friend and is responsible for that waste of money. Who the hell gets a 50 grand raise, what BS. Lake Elsinore desperately needed a city manager with experience. The fill in city manager is better than Bob, the little old ladies may not like him as well, he is to busy to talk with them for hours, he has work to do.

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