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IB City Council Election Forums Announced

What kind of questions do you think candidates should answer before you vote?

Imperial Beach City Council candidates will meet for two separates forums in a week later this month to share their opinions on issues important to the city, the announced Thursday.

Last month, homemaker Erika Lowery, teacher and lifeguard Bob Patton and business owner Valerie Acevez  against incumbents Jim King and Brian Patrick Bilbray.

Bilbray was elected to a two-year term in 2010 to fill a seat held by Councilman Frank McLean who died in May 2009. Former Mayor Diane Rose was appointed to the position until the 2010 election.

The will be held Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of South County-Imperial Beach.

Members of the audience may submit question ideas.

The League of Women Voters and chamber members will decide which questions are asked.

The will be held at the chamber's monthly breakfast Sept. 27 at the Dempsey Holder Safety Center starting at 7:15 a.m. Candidates will make short speeches. There will be no question and answer period.

$10 for members, $15 for non-members to attend.

What kind of questions do you think Imperial Beach City Council candidates should be asked? Share in comments.

Libi Uremovic September 07, 2012 at 12:53 PM
the duty of the council is to manage and monitor the city officials.....currently our council sits in silence while the city manager, ass city manager, and city attorneys pillage the city, and oppress the citizenry. my 2nd question is: do you understand that it is the job of the council to monitor the city officials, not to join them in pillaging the city?
Rick C September 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I second those thoughts.
barbara September 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
1. What ideas do you have to encourage small business establishment in IB? 2. What changes would you propose (or support) to make it easier to establish/run a business in IB? 3. What sort of businesses would you especially like to encourage here (service related, retail, professional services, food, ...) in keeping with your vision of IB in the future?
Tim O'Neal September 10, 2012 at 03:25 AM
1. Is IB on the right path to fiscal sustainability? Explain your position. 2. How are you DIFFERENT from past and/or present council members? 3. In the immediate future, what should IB focus on to increase revenue? (tourism, property tax, or sales tax etc.) 4. It's been suggested by developers that IB's codes are restrictive and should be loosened in order to stimulate development in the city. Do you agree with the developer's assessments? 5. Do you feel services catered toward IB's youth and seniors are important? (ie Teen and Senior's Centers)
Ed Sorrels September 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Tim, Are you aware that there are general contractors that won't work in our city as it is just to much hassel. And the company that put up my solar array on a grant basis will no longer come to I.B. for the same reason. And myself having just finally!!! completed this years upgrade to my home a 250SQFT addition will not be doing next years ;project as I don't want to have deal with those self same people. I find it strange that one of the most professional contacts that the city has with those that live here are those in the building dept, And one of their rep's look's like a homeless person. In this instance I found them to be troublesome rather than helpful and one was to me threatening and to me not well versed in general building trade information, which I am going to bring up at the next city council meeting now that I have my final. I noticed at the meeting that both of the Lady"s has had problems with our building dept. which was why my question toi thbe canidates was whatwould you do if elected to improve the professionalism and trainning of the building dept. There were a range of answers, from they are understaffed, which if true should be addressed as they are the first people that a new business encounters when looking into opening a new business in our city and redoing a site to accomidate their need's. To increase their training and general trainning on how to deal with people. Just my observation's !

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