Ask questions of candidates, yourself before voting

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Dear Editor

Well, it is again time for the voters in Los Alamitos to choose the folks who will be making decisions that will have repercussions lasting into the mid-21st Century … a long time after they have left office.

Let me make it very clear that I very much appreciate the work and dedication that our City paid and elected staff accomplish. But I would like to offer my take on how to approach the election and point out a couple of issues that you might want to think about when casting your vote.

Somewhere in your decision making process decide exactly what the criteria should be for a city council person, and then be diligent in asking the candidates specific questions about the results of past decisions, as well as how they would handle anticipated challenges. And look inward and ask yourself, is the quality of your life, as it relates to the City of Los Alamitos, better than last year, two years ago, five years ago, ten years ago…?

Take a look at the 2035 General Plan that took almost 4 years and $100,000 to put together and see if, in fact, the City Council has guided the City to fulfillment of the promises therein.

Think about this also. We don’t seem to be able to have a fully functioning City hall, we do not have a fully manned Police Department, every street in the City is missing (mandated) trees, and many City services and staffing levels are being reduced. Yet, for years, we have continued to support non-profits via tax dollars approved by City councilmen who are also on those same non-profit boards.

I guess the bottom line is that we must be diligent in casting our vote with the knowledge that it will affect the quality of our lives and the lives of Los Alamitos folks not yet born.

Think about it.

Elliott Singer

Los Alamitos

 

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