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Imperial Beach: Together we stand; Divided we fall.

Everyone is not a winner, but only through peace can we grow together.

This election is over.

There are some hurt feelings. That is what happens in a competition. There are winners and there are losers. Part of me wants to readdress the problems that stem from the fact that “everyone’s a winner” is a common theme in schools, but it isn’t the place or time. Everyone is not a winner every time. I wasn’t.

But does that make me weak? Does that mean I don’t go on? Oh no. This is the time I remember one of my favorite mythological creatures – the phoenix. The phoenix rises from the ashes.  The story originated with the Egyptians, then the Greeks, throughout time even to the modern Fawkes – the phoenix in the Harry Potter series. The phoenix is not immortal; it has to burn, die, and reborn to continue. 

What will Imperial Beach do to bring the chasm that this election created, repair itself? What will be the phoenix for our city and our citizens?

We must look to those leaders, and put our faith that they will lead us into the next few years. We must let them lead as they see fit, with the citizenry’s guidance. We must hold them accountable to the promises made and balance it with the faith we put in them. It is a balance our forefathers hoped that we would grasp.

I want to call a peace, congratulate the winners, and wish our city, state, and country all the best in the next few years.

Please join me in this peace. The name calling, the hated, the hurt needs to stop. We can’t look back; we must look forward.

My father said something on the day that I told him I aspired to be in politics. “Remember, with every vote you make, do what is best for the State.”

I wish is that we can all come together and do what is best for our cities, our state, and our nation.

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Tim O'Neal November 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
You might not have won the election, but you did what 99.9% of our community will never do...you threw your hat in the ring. It takes courage to put your views out there for all to judge, especially here in Imperial Beach. See you in 2014?
Erika Lowery November 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
You'll see me before then too.
Jack Fisher November 09, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Amen! Well spoken. Let's be united in helping this city that we love.
Libi Uremovic November 09, 2012 at 01:24 PM
jack, can you take on the sheriff's contract? we're being way over charged .....almost $1/2 million a month and it's not going to the line workers .... the sandcastle scam was the big red flag to everyone that someone is making backdoor deals....
Jack Fisher November 09, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Libi, I have been in favor of bringing back the old IBPD for years. I agree with you on the costs of what we pay the Sheriffs is too much for the quality of the service we recieve. You forgot to mention the free gas they get from Hank. With the City being broke I'm not sure what we can do about this. Thoughts
Libi Uremovic November 09, 2012 at 01:31 PM
good for you girl.... i'll get you started on the city employees benefits next week... i saw in the news that a city in cali 'announced' that they didn't have the millions of dollars that they were supposed to be setting aside for their employees.... the treatment of city workers begs the question: where is that big and powerful union we've heard so much about..?
Libi Uremovic November 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
yes the fact that we provide unlimited fuel to the sheriff's dept is part of our bad contract... and there's a monthly $27,000 'administration' fee that's been added... the city isn't broke jack - they're wasting half the budget and telling us that we're broke... think about it: ib is beach front property in so cal....why would the city not have enough money....are your taxes too low...? this is government money...no one is allowed to 'make profit', but we are paying far more than it cost the sheriff's dept to provide the service, so the money is going into someone's pocket... let's audit the books on the sheriff's dept for the last 2 fiscal years....we'll see exactly how they came up with their monthly expenses and the sandcastles bill ... as we stand; we are negotiating contracts in the dark....we have to know the actual costs of the past 2 years' services .... and when we find out that the services have cost a fraction of the bill we're going to get our money back from whoever stuck it in their pockets...
Libi Uremovic November 09, 2012 at 02:22 PM
this weekend i'm doing the final totals on attorney fees and fuel costs for the last fiscal year and requesting the records for the 4th or 5th time....i've lost count.... now that the election is over we'll be able to get other advocates like the tax payer association to jump in and pressure compliance and prosecutions of our city officials
Ed Sorrels November 10, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Hell Libi, That was david, and he couldn't get off his fat ass to do anything surely not negociate for the city employee's as he saw himself as part of the city cabal, The b est new's of the last year was that he had packed up his loot and headed out. I have people living in garages right across the street and can't get anyone to do a damn thing, But the city was all over me during the addition on my house, They also have a ADA non-compliant drive way and have failed to pave their alley as required. I have quit building on my house because of the city !
JB November 11, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Erika- You ran with a lot of class. It seems that's just how you roll. Thanks, Jeff Brown

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