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Write-In Candidate Ron Moody Makes Last-Minute Run for IB City Council

Ron Moody was approved to run for the Imperial Beach City Council Tuesday and said he's running because he's tired of current city leadership and a lack of progress to build a shopping mall at 9th Street and Palm Avenue.

With two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, Ron Moody of Imperial Beach has decided to throw his hat in the ring and run for City Counci.

The longtime local resident was notified that signatures he gathered received final approval Tuesday, the final day to enter the race as a write-in candidate.

Moody joins a field of five candidates vying for two seats on the Imperial Beach City Council.

He has contemplated running for office since the last time he ran six years ago, and more seriously in the past six weeks. He admits he's unprepared, and that he didn't want to have to run, but feels compelled to get involved.

The reason he's running for office can be summed up in words he shared with a colleague:

"I said 'Dave, you know, I'm just tired of getting promises and seeing nothing happen, and I couldn't not do anything about it anymore. The council's broken. Nobody is speaking to that issue,'" he said.

Moody has lived in IB for more than 30 years and said he entered the race primarily to return accountability to City Council. None of the other candidates are addressing what he calls IB's biggest problem.

"They make promises about how they're going to fix the economy, but none of them want to talk about how they're going to fix the council," he said.

"Not one person that I've talked to feels they're being represented by the city. Not one person feels like they know why the development at 9th and Palm has been stalled for most of the year," he said.

Moody wants to see progress reports on projects the city undertakes become a regular service so Imperial Beachians are aware of city actions.

"The information that ought to be coming out of the city is not coming out. There seems to be a lack of accountability. A real sense that what goes on within the city chambers, stays within the city chambers, unless they're pressed to get that information out," he said.

Developing tourism, bringing in new businesses and promoting IB are also among the issues he wants to address if elected.

"There's a strong political no growth lobby in this city that has perpetuated a myth that there is going to be uncontrolled development if the city tries to move to improve its commercial areas," he said.

IB can't even get 9th and Palm built when millions in free land was given to a developer to seal the deal, Moody said.

"Where are the high rises and rampant development these individuals that put down any kind of development proposals are talking about? It's a cry wolf tactic. And what it's doing is preventing you and me from having the services and the opportunities that everybody who lives here deserves," he said.

Moody has not attended a city council meeting since July 2011, when the city passed a strict ordinance regulating medical marijuana in Imperial Beach.

Moody is not in favor of Prop S. He believes medical marijuana began with the intention of serving patients with debilitating illnesses, but the issue has been "hijacked" by the "marijuana lobby" as a way to make marijuana virtually legal.

"Ganja Mama, Black African Killer Weed… I mean the names, these are not medical names. Look in the [San Diego] Reader, and you'll see it's the drug counterculture that is pushing this whole movement," he said.

The city already has a stigma and poor reputation for drug use in the past, he said, and Prop S won't help Imperial Beach.

"You cannot move a community forward if you're recognized for dysfunction, for non-productivity and all of the promises that the council makes never address that issue," he said.

Moody said he first ran for City Council six years ago after an alley assessment district failed to pass, but it was living through Hurricane Camille in Mississippi in 1969 that first pushed him into public service.

"Going through that taught me the value of community and standing with others, and it's a lesson that stuck with me the rest of my life," he said.

Local residents who want to learn more about Moody can visit writeinib.com.

Smiley ShakeANDwink November 02, 2012 at 01:17 PM
@ibsandyshores: (part 2) IB is 'nearly BANKRUPT': JUST LIKE THE SOUTH WAS. RELEVANT. The carpet baggers ended up SAVING the South ECONOMICALLY as well as EDUCATING them to boot. Seems to me that lots of (apparently) much needed revenue generated from said dispensaries could easily be funneled into the IB Education System if it isn't already. RELEVANT. I'll also add that back then, many of those plantations were growing AND SMOKING HEMP like the FOUNDING FATHERS of this great nation did. Added point of pot smoking founding fathers = ADDITIONAL RELEVANCE (SEE??). The 'carpet baggers' were INDEED job creators, DUALLY RELEVANT in that I went on to point out that: 1) IB could use the jobs and revenue generated by dispensaries, and 2) because you're obviously a Tea Bagger, and think much like the Civil War LOSING Seditionist Traitors of the South, which also applies to the fact that Tea Baggers often like to blather on and on about how great the "Job Creators' are. R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T !-!-!
Smiley ShakeANDwink November 02, 2012 at 01:19 PM
@ibsandyshores: (Part 3) Choosing to use outdated slang which originated from the historically WRONG side of the Civil War shows a complete lack of intellectual integrity on your part with regards to several points which I have only begun to outline during this discourse. Perhaps you've been hitting the bottle a bit too hard lately to be able comprehend that fact? Better watch your HEALTH, my friend!!! Come to think of it. the only thing that's IRRELEVANT here is your 'no' vote on Prop S, because as Summer Hemphill so kindly points out to you below: "it's already the law & it will be enforced in IB regardless of the outcome of Measure S !!!". I'm a longstanding IB resident here, NOT A CARPET BAGGER. I'm also a taxpaying patriot veteran who would rather see my brothers and sisters who would benefit from having a healthier alternative for pain and other afflictions than the dangerous pharmaceuticals which claim numerous lives years after year, which marijuana claims NOT ONE IN RECORDED HISTORY... EVER. http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death I'm a resident voting YES ON S. And my vote is JUST AS RELEVANT as it was when I voted for Prop 215 in the first place. I hope that will be 'meaningful' enough for you.
Marcus Boyd November 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Prop S Town Hall Meeting video has been released on Patch, unedited and in its entirety. VIDEO: http://imperialbeach.patch.com/blog_posts/video-prop-s-town-hall-meeting#youtube_video-12007401
Ron November 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
You've been duped into believing that progress means the end of your town as you know it. Not so. Have you ever been to a beautiful town that had an attractive and pedestrian friendly commercial district? Why not so for your own town? a commercial district to hang out in and enjoy, not worrying about traffic etc? Progress can be a good thing, and is necessary for survival. What do you feel about the Sports Park talks going on w/YMCA, and the prospect of loosing that community asset? For an accurate picture of my position on growth and progress, please check out my web site writeinib.com. I think you'll find that using the assets and resources we already have to reflect the character of our town, being creative and environmentally respectful (including height limits) is what I regard as progress. Here's a link to a meeting of the DRB (design review board) prior to the city's decision on a height variance to the Seacoast Inn. My position on height limits clear-----http://www.writeinib.com/?page_id=251 Grow
Ron November 03, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Prop S is a veiled attempt to provide easy access for recreational marijuana use. The advertisements <http://www.mmofsd.com/>for these cooperatives validate that. Its backers have no empathy or concern for those with the medical necessity for the relief marijuana can provide. The pro marijuana lobby with its deep pockets hijacked the legislation and exploited the intent. It is a classic example of good legislation gone bad. No one on the council with the exception of Councilman Brian Bilbray, voted in favor of allowing cooperatives to operate within our city. He sided against the Sheriffs department and the City Attorney.

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