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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City CouncilCity of El CajonNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

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Appointed Council Member
6,744 votes (10.77%)
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  • #1- SAFETY for our citizens is my foremost priority. We need to hire more police and firefighters. To accomplish this I will work to continue to increase city revenue by encouraging businesses to invest in El Cajon.
  • #2- AFFORDABLE HOUSING is a vital need for our City. To support this this we need to encourage developers to build affordable housing within our city by expediting permits and projects and leaving our no impact fees policy in place.
  • #3- JOB CREATION is a necessity for the future of El Cajon. I will continue to support policies that bring job growth. Part of this is to attract new businesses like we did with Fox, Marriott. and several new car dealerships.
Profession:El Cajon City Council Member
El Cajon City Council Member, El Cajon City Council — Appointed position (2013current)
El Cajon Planning Commission, City of El Cajon — Appointed position (20082013)
San Diego County Child Care and Development Planning Council, San Diego County Office of Education — Appointed position (20112013)
El Cajon Arts and Culture Commission, City of El Cajon — Appointed position (20042006)

 

Councilwoman Star Bales was appointed to the City Council on December 17, 2013, to fill a City Council vacancy. 

Prior to joining the City Council, Councilwoman Bales served on the El Cajon Planning Commission from 2008 – 2013, she was also a Commissioner for the El Cajon Arts and Culture Commission from 2004 - 2006. In 2005, she received a Commendation for her contributions and dedication to the Arts Commission from the City Council. 

Councilwoman Bales is a renowned artist and volunteers as an art docent for local schools and for the Boys and Girls Club. She has served as a Councilmember for the San Diego County board of education Child Care and Development Planning Council. Additionally, Councilwoman Bales was a Board Member for the San Diego Army Advisory Council and continues to be a member of the El Cajon Historical Society. 

In 2007, she worked side by side with our brave men and women in uniform. her service as a civilian contractor in Iraq provided critical aide to our troops.

As an El Cajon City Council member, she  worked together with city council member to bring great progress to the city. During her term the city council has;

 

•   Implemented balanced budgets.

•   Reduced crime by 25%.

•   Enhanced the quality of life with fun public events, and improvements to city parks.

•   Supported pro-business policies that help grow jobs and city local economy.

•   Approved many new, high-quality residential homes to provide new options for city residents.

 

Star Bales have been a resident of El Cajon since 1983 with her husband Gerald and their two children.

Councilwoman Bales was born in Iraq and came to the United States in 1979. She eventually moved to El Cajon in 1983 and has lived in the City ever since.

  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
  • Assemblyman Brian Jones
  • El Cajon Mayor Bil Wells
  • El Cajon City Council member Gary Kendrick
  • El Cajon City Council member Bob McClellan
  • El Cajon City Council member Tony Ambrose
  • Santee Mayor Randy Voepel
  • PSAR Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors
  • El Cajon Professionals Firefighters Association
  • El Cajon Professionals Firefighters Association
  • The San Diego Republican Party
  • The San Diego Lincoln Club
  • Cajon Valley Union School District Superintendent David Miyashiro
  • Carl DeMaio
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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

STAR BALES
Council Member

As an immigrant from Iraq, I have been blessed with the opportunity to experience the American Dream, and I hope I can continue improving this community through public service.

Prior to my time on the El Cajon City Council, I served as on the El Cajon Planning Commission and El Cajon Arts and Culture Commission.

In 2007, I worked side by side with our brave men and women in uniform. My service as a civilian contractor in Iraq provided critical aide to our troops. As an El Cajon City Council member, I’ve worked to bring great progress to our city. During my term, we’ve:

Implemented balanced budgets.
Reduced crime by 25%.
Enhanced our quality of life with fun public events, and improvements to our parks.
Supported pro-business policies that help grow jobs and our local economy.
Approved many new, high-quality residential homes to provide new options for our residents.

Should you elect me to another term, I will continue working hard on issues that matter most including infrastructure, public safety, recreational opportunities, and economic growth.

I have been a resident of El Cajon since 1983 with my husband Gerald and our two children. I would be honored to have your vote.

Operations Supervisor
5,649 votes (9.02%)
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  • Our Homeless population has a diverse set of needs, I want to help our community meet their needs.
  • I want to make sure that our City remains fiscally responsible, and attract more businesses to our downtown area
  • I grew to love El Cajon while living in an apartment, but I want to make sure families have the opportunity to purchase homes in our city
Profession:Operations Supervisor
Operations Supervisor, Shadow Mountain Community Church (2003current)
Planning Commissioner, El Cajon Planning Commission — Appointed position (2009current)
Southern California Seminary MRS, Religious Studies (2010)
Southern California Seminary Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology (2006)
Christian Heritage College (Now San Diego Christian) Bachelor of Arts, Communications (2003)
Volunteer , AWANA (1995current)
  • San Diego Republican Party
  • Mayor Bill Wells
  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • City Councilman Bill Baber
  • City Councilman Gary Kendrick
  • City Councilman Bob McClellan
  • City Councilwoman Star Bales
  • City Councilman Tony Ambrose
  • Cajon Valley Union School Board Member Jo Medina-Alegria
  • Grossmont Union School Board Member Gary Woods
  • California Republican Assembly
  • San Diego Lincoln Club
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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

PAUL CIRCO
AGE: 35
Operations Supervisor

Paul Circo has the local roots, experience, and vision we need for the El Cajon City Council.

Paul has been a resident, employee, and community volunteer in El Cajon for more than 16 years. He met his wife in El Cajon, and they are raising four children in our city. Paul is a dedicated member of Shadow Mountain Community Church and has mentored hundreds of El Cajon children through the AWANA Program.

Paul has been deeply involved in city issues through his role on the El Cajon Planning Commission. Paul has been a leader in the effort to write and implement zoning ordinances that maintain El Cajon’s small-town feel. He was a critical force in stopping the proposed downtown development plan that would have required a minimum of eight stories in certain parts of our city.

As a Councilmember, Paul will be dedicated to focusing on the issues that matter to all residents such as infrastructure, parks, public safety, and a growing local economy. He believes protecting our heritage is critical to the future of El Cajon.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions at paulcirco@yahoo.com. I would be honored to have your vote.

Chamber Commerce President
8,015 votes (12.8%)Winning
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  • 1. REFUGEES - Work closely with state department to ensure that anyone coming isn’t a terrorist and will embrace American Values!
  • 2. SALES TAX - Lets lower our sales tax to compete with Santee, Lemon Grove & Chula Vista to keep residents shopping local.
  • 3. HOMELESSNESS - Introduce a plan to get homeless persons jobs such as street cleaning and graffiti removal.
Profession:Chamber of Commerce President

 

Wikipedia Bio on Ben Kalasho, 

 

 

Ben Kalasho is not only the founder & president of the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant but is also more famously known for being the Founder & President of the Chaldean American Chamber in the State of California. The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has been dubbed the fastest growing business group in San Diego. Ben also founded N-PIN, a global fundraiser which raised large funds for victims who escaped ISIS held territories. He is the man behind San Diego’s most extravagant Masquerade Ball known as the Royals Masquerade Masquerade Ball whereby the goal of that event is raising toys for less fortunate children in East County. Mr. Kalasho’s latest creation is MEGA NETWORK, a TV media outlet based in San Diego bringing relevant news and important topics to the larger Middle Eastern Community on Youtube. Please help me welcome Ben Kalasho and his wife the Director & Producer of the Miss Middle East Pageant and star of Posh Panache an online show which show cases trendy hot spots, talent and ideas, Jessica Kalasho!   

 

Early life, education, and business career

Ben Kalasho was born in Baghdad, IRAQ of Chaldean/Assyrian heritage. His father, Ghazwan Kalasho, was a hotel owner as well as a prominent business man in IRAQ. He was born a Christian and is the middle of 6 children. He has a brother, Brandon Kalasho and four sisters, Yvonne Kalasho, Bessma Kalasho, Ellen Kalasho & Rhonda Kalasho. 

He attended UCSD (Ext.) where he studied economics. Ben Kalasho left school to pursue a career in Real Estate and investments. As a right hand to his father, Ben was intimately involved in all aspects of the family owned businesses. His wits and passionate personality proved him to be a very successful businessman in San Diego. Ben Kalasho now runs San Diego’s fastest growing business group.  

 

Early political Life

He volunteered in many local and national campaigns throughout his life. Ever since he was 18 years old, Ben dedicated his time and energy to beautifying his local community and has been an advocate for government transparency.  In 2012, he was urged to run for office after hundreds of El Cajon residents wrote him direct letters and emails. After his official announcement to run for office, he quickly obtained the endorsement of Teachers, Police, Elected Officials and Community Leaders. Ben was facing a challenging race, as there had not been a minority elected to the El Cajon Council since the 1980’s. Ben lost his bid for council by less than >1%. He continues to stay active and has amassed a huge following. He has been urged to run for higher office because of his passion, eloquence and his innate talents for problem solving. Ben Kalasho also speaks 4 Languages: Arabic, Sureth, English, Spanish. 

 

Liaison 

In a speech in 2012, former California State Senator Waddie Deddeh announced Ben Kalasho as the Liaison of the Chaldean American Community in El Cajon.

 

The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce 

He is the Founder and President of the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. A vision he had for the Chaldean/Assyrian community for over a decade. Currently the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is the fastest growing business group in San Diego. 

 

The Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA

He is the Founder and President of the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant of California. His goal and vision was to empower Middle Eastern women and break the stereotype and rumors of being passives in his community. The Pageant has grown to house it’s own board and committee with Mr. Kalasho as President. The Pageant is conducted every April, and usually has over one thousand people in attendance as well as all major TV and Media outlets. 

 

MEGA Network

MEGA Network was created by Ben Kalasho as a means to engage young Middle Eastern Progressives into Middle Eastern affairs and politics. The Mission of this Network is to conduct a proper news channel in English with a no holds barred attitude. Delivering unedited, honest and non partisan news to viewers worldwide. The official launch of this network is 7/1/15. 

 

 

 

Achievements & Goals

Ben Kalasho has earned endorsements and recommendations from local, national and international officials and organizations. He received an award from the East County Small Business for Job Creation. Mr. Kalasho has numerous awards in Marketing and Business from the National Small Business Association, Chambers of Commerce and notable Networking Organizations. He received recognition from State Senator Joel Anderson, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Congressman Ron Paul, State Assemblyman Brian Jones and Local Law Enforcement. He was the honorary speaker at the annual Assyrian/Armenian/Greek Genocide, which was held at the Ronald Reagan Center in El Cajon. His goal is to unite the Assyrian and Chaldean communities under the commonality of oneness. 

 

 

 

Personal Life

He is currently married to Jessica Deddeh, a professional in the dental field going on to pursue a second degree in accounting. Jessica is also the Producer of the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant USA. As well as a host on the popular show POSH PANACHE. 

 

Websites

www.MissMiddleEastUSA.com 

www.ChaldeanAmericanChamber.com

www.MegaNetwork.tv

 

 

 

 

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL 2016 CANDIDATE STATEMENT

 

 

 

BEN KALASHO

Chamber of Commerce President

 

"The most important issues for El Cajon residents are that our families live in a clean and safe community. I will ensure that our taxes and fees are justified and spent effectively".

 

BEN knows El Cajon’s concerns first hand. He will work to insure that immigrants coming to El Cajon are vetted and will work to uphold American Values. 

 

BEN is the Founder & President of the fastest growing Chamber of Commerce in San Diego. 

 

BEN considers El Cajon a city of opportunity for business. He will work to attract new businesses and create more jobs for El Cajon residents as he has done throughout his successful Organizations. 

 

BEN went to school in East County and studied Economics at the University of California San Diego. He has been a local community leader for over 12 years.

 

BEN will be a councilman concerned about public issues, not politics. He is supported by local elected officials from all Republican, Democratic and Independent parties. More importantly, he is supported by thousands of local residents.

 

 

BEN is walking door to door and is working hard to earn your vote. A vote for BEN is a vote for the kinds of results that renew El Cajon and your neighborhood! www.BenKalasho.com 619-663-7710

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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

BEN KALASHO
Chamber of Commerce President

"The most important issues for El Cajon residents are that our families live in a clean and safe community. I will ensure that our taxes and fees are justified and spent effectively."

Ben knows El Cajon’s concerns first hand. He will work to ensure that immigrants coming to El Cajon are vetted and will work to uphold American Values.

Ben is the Founder & President of the fastest growing Chamber of Commerce in San Diego.

Ben considers El Cajon a city of opportunity for business. He will work to attract new businesses and create more jobs for El Cajon residents as he has done throughout his successful Organizations.

Ben went to school in East County and studied Economics at the University of California San Diego. He has been a local community leader for over 12 years.

Ben will be a councilman concerned about public issues, not politics. He is supported by local elected officials from all Republican, Democratic and Independent parties. More importantly, he is supported by thousands of local residents.

Ben is walking door to door and is working hard to earn your vote. A vote for Ben is a vote for the kinds of results that renew El Cajon and your neighborhood! www.BenKalasho.com 619-663-7710

Email BenKalasho2016@gmail.com
Parent
6,452 votes (10.3%)
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  • Collaberating with other programs, asking County for funding and grants in order to solve our homeless problem.
  • Going through the budget and cutting out the wasteful spending so those funds may be put into projects that will benifit the community.
  • Cutting through the red tape in order to get the animal shelter built and re-opening the ECPAC, making sure we go solar.
Profession:Parent and Paralegal
Administrative Assistant, Firewatch (20102011)
Mira Costa College Certificate, Paralegal (2014)
Volunteer, Rock and Roll Marathon (20142014)

 

El Cajon is my hometown. I attended Pepper Drive and El Cajon Valley High School, class of 1991. Growing up I took singing, acting and dancing lessons. I was a member of “The Music School” here in El Cajon and I also played the accordion.  My childhood was a great one. Even though I had my daughter when I was only 17 years old, I still managed to attend college. I attended Mesa College where my major was Dramatic Arts, then I attended Mira Costa College where I received my paralegal certification.

The majority of my professional career (14 years) I was a Disc Jockey working on every military base here in San Diego entertaining our wonderful enlisted men and women. I owed my own mobile D.J. Company and I also was an Entertainment/ Event Coordinator, along with being a Wedding Coordinator. During this career I learned how to deal with different situations and to uphold myself in a professional manner at all times. I love working with people and am a natural leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • East County Democratic Club
  • La Mesa/ Foothills Democratic Club
  • Dr. Bonnie Price
  • Jose Caballero
1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of El Cajon, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Stephanie L. Harper:

I believe the most significant challenge facing El Cajon is the growing homeless population.  If I am elected these are the steps I will take toward rectifying the situtation with our homeless population.  I would make sure that we are requesting all the funding we can from all of our sources (federal, state, and county).  I would collaborate with any type of homeless programs available that we may gather information from.  I would partner our homeless efforts with organizations like the Alpha Project and Dreams for Change. I would review programs that should be helping and make sure they are following processures and stop funding programs that are not helping.  Build a homeless shelter or issue conditional use permits for homeless shelters. Put more funding into Cris House and their programs for the homeless.

 

I am the mother of two beautiful, loving human beings, I have the utmost respect for the law and those who uphold it. I was born in the United States of America. I am a taxpayer. I am poor. I love my flag, and I love this wonderful city that I live in.  Now, I maybe different than those around me, but those things I am proud to be. 

I guess I am one of those democratic believers that are different, because I still believe that the government is for the people by the people, not from the people for their pockets.  We the people need to make sure of that, in any and in every way, always.  We are trusting rich people who are just looking to keep us poor, so they can stay rich, to take care of our tax dollars in any way they see fit.

Taking care of our children, our future, that's what makes us Americans.  Making sure every child will grow up to have a better life than their parents did, that's what makes us American.  Standing tough, no matter what comes our way, that's what makes us American.  

Our fore fathers ran away only once and that was to come to this great land and not even before they got settled they came to take 'Her' away, but we fought and won 'Her' in fact she is still here today and will be tomorrow because Americans will never let FREEDOM get taken away. 

How great is the freedom we love so much if we don't ever use it? How wrong is it to abuse what we fought so hard to keep?

We take all our founding fathers died for and all the comforts we have because of that freedom and toss it out without a thought when we do things like, not voting or by letting our children not finish a free education.  Well it's no wonder why the rest of the world looks badly upon us. Doesn't it bother you when you have nothing and someone who has everything just wants for more? No appreciation for the many things that they already have and no want to give to those who have nothing.  Pretty awful huh?  Pretty selfish? That's you when you don't vote.

If things in our country seem like they are getting bad or that the government is doing wrong, guess whose fault that is? It is your fault. I am talking to every single American who is over the age of eighteen and do not VOTE, this is your fault.

People all over the World would kill and do kill to be able to vote on the things that their government will do, but we just brush it off as, “what can I do” or “my vote doesn't count”.  That way of thinking is so wrong, but just the way the MAN wants you to think, because that's the way he takes away your control over your life. 

I have heard so many different reasons why people just don't vote anymore and I have to say every reason is just a piss poor excuse for them to not be a part of their government, so of course 'for the people by the people', just goes right out the window because the people are giving up.  That is just what they want us to do.   The less they have to explain, the better, that way they can keep screwing us over and we just go along and take it.  They want you to think you don't make a difference, but we can make a difference, we can be real and check up on them and kick out of office the ones who are being greedy and messing things up for the rest of us. We are the difference and we make the difference by taking ten minutes out of our day on Tuesday, November 8th, and go vote. We will show those greedy people what we do to those who try to mess with America. . . . . We take it back. . . . We are the ones who are poor, broke, and feel as if we have no future. . . . We need to stand together! We need to weed out the liars!!! CHANGE WILL ONLY HAPPEN WHEN YOU VOTE.

 

City spending money where they want it, not where the citizens want it.

Summary

How much money is going into one project that council wants to do, while the projects the citizens want done are overlooked.

This project’s total funding basically has been already approved by the successor agency, so the need to waste the time to make this an agenda item and put it to a vote seems redundant. So instead of pleading my case on the careless spending of the taxpayer’s money on whatever council wants, I will just inform the citizens on how much this project is going to cost and what uses they will get from this project. Council has already approved the spending of $186,500.00 for Architectural Design, which is over the original quote by $37,000.000.  Council is now voting on awarding a bid for $1,349,800.00 for the construction -Buildings phase of this project. Total cost of project so far is $1,536,600.00.

How is this project going to demonstrate the city’s commitment to providing full and equal access at city recreation centers and parks? Can all of the city’s citizens use this wonderful facility or just the citizens who can afford it? If only the ones who can afford it can use it, how is that equal?   Also I believe the Marriott that is being built right now is going to have a similar facility as this one. This project is going to cost the citizens nearly 2 million dollars and even though this building is going to be a beautiful addition to our city, most of us will never get a chance to use it.  I can afford a $5 or even a $10 ticket to take my son to a play 

The city has already found the funding and are ready to start this project, why can’t someone get on their job and get our ECPAC repairs going as quick? This project is one that council wanted done, no citizen asked for these renovations, unlike the citizens who have appeared before council begging to have the repairing of our ECPAC started.  For six years’ council has promised to reopen and or start repairs and the citizens have fought to keep it.  But council still does things like 2015-2016 successor agency FY budget the Ronald Reagan Center received $100,000.00 more than ECPAC and this 2016-2017 FY budget $110,00.00 more than ECPAC.  What I would like to ask is that this item be tabled to redirecting these funds to be put into ECPAC this could be done by spreading out this project, possibly over the next few years.  If a motion could be made to put this item on hold till the next meeting giving the staff the time to UN-bundle this project and get feedback on the best way to allocate this funding to ECPAC first because this is what the people who pay your salaries and fiance these projects want. 

 

City giving out raises.

Summary

The local government giving themselves raises, to where we have employees making in one month what it takes our average citizen to make in one year.

 

The revision to policy A-29 adds a few new job titles, which I would assume means new jobs and that’s great. It also changes some items regarding the cafeteria benefit. But the revision that I have a problem with is the raises the city is giving to some employees. How can the city see fit to give raises like this and I am not talking about a cost of living increase, I am talking about employees making $13,000.00 a month? 

We are still the poorest city in San Diego County, so how can we afford to give raises to those who already make six figures?

We have citizens that are homeless, not just men but women and children too. These human beings are sleeping on the streets of our city and our city can’t afford to help. We have families that are struggling day to day, paycheck to paycheck, no way to pay for child care so they can work and the future for them is bleak but the city can’t afford to start any new programs that may help them out.

How can council justify this spending and sleep at night?  I am a simple Christian girl who believes that if we have more than we need then the rest is just greed.

Proverbs 28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways though he be rich.

 

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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

STEPHANIE HARPER
Parent

Elect a real citizen who understands you, not a politician.

I am proud to have been East County born and raised. I’m inspired by the dreams of children who want a future in El Cajon. I am passionate about family, fairness and justice, with the courage to fight for all of them. Transparency, accountability and responsibility are the qualities I bring to the table. I am an advocate for the underdog and a voice of citizens. I am a problem solver. I believe that if one way doesn’t work you try another way until you get it right.

If elected, I will eliminate waste from our city government budgets and stop the unnecessary spending. I will work to reopen ECPAC. I will collaborate with local unions to ensure that our middle class doesn’t disappear. I will create a plan to help our homeless people.

I attend city council meetings voicing concerns for those who cannot do so. I believe that everyone deserves to have a voice and be heard.

By not voting for three and just voting for me, you will be making change happen.

Thank you for your vote.

Votesharper2016.com

Stephanie Harper at Politics in Paradise — September 23, 2016 Candidate

This is Stephanie Harper introducing herself to everyone at the Politics in Paradise.  Letting people know she is in the running and ready to win.

Stephanie Harper speaks at city council meeting — September 23, 2016 Candidate

Stephanie Harper letting city council know that what they are doing to the citizens is just wrong.  Speaking on amount of money Assistant City Manager makes.  All information came from city website.

Jan. 26, 2016

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Small Business Owner
5,323 votes (8.5%)
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  • Decrease the amount of regulations and release the economic engine of business and jobs.
  • Listen to our citizens. Spending time being a businessman and El Cajon native, I have been stepped in the life of my community, as a citizen, businessman, and a volunteer. Together, we can overcome our obstacles. "Why? Because we are Americans"
  • Rebuilt El Cajon and make us proud as it once was.​ Through innovation, less regulation, supporting our schools, and listening to our citizens, and finding solutions for the homeless and working poor. No Syrian refugees without proper screening
Profession:Small Business Owner/Volunteer
President, Cabrera and Asscoiates Inc (2003current)
Salvation Army Board of Directors, Board of directors and building committe — Appointed position (2011current)
Gevernment Affairs Committe, Chamber of Commerce — Appointed position (2014current)
member, Latin American Political Association — Appointed position (2014current)
Board member, Citizens against substance abuse — Appointed position (2014current)
President, President of El Cajon Rotary Club — Appointed position (20132014)

Humbert Cabrera is proud to be El Cajon’s Citizen of the Year.  He is a native of El Cajon were I reside with my family. He is the owner of a local design and drafting firm that serves the East County and surrounding communities.  In 2015 Humbert served as this first elected minority president of the El Cajon Rotary.  This platform was used to raise over 8-10K more revenue than the previous year.  This money assisted in funding various educational and community service based programs in East County, such as the dictionary fund for third graders, after school reading programs, and the El Cajon Main Street flag days.  We increased the number of Rotary work days, providing members with more volunteer hours for organizations such as the Home of Guiding Hands, Salvation Army, One Thousand Smiles, and St Madeline Sophie’s Center.  As president Humbert worked to bridge the gap between the local Lions Club, Kiwanis and Elks Lodge, bringing the leaders  of these organizations together to join forces in serving the community.  This leadership helped bring 14-16 new community oriented members into the El Cajon Rotary club.

Humbert continues to serve on the board of the Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation and serve on the board of the Salvation Army of El Cajon Corps and am part of the building and construction committee to help design and raise funds for the new Food Bank/ Community Center that is in the works to serve the needy of the East County.  He assisted in the annual Spring Golf Tournament.  During the Christmas Season Humbert's family and staff volunteer for the toy drive and bell ringing for the Army’s Red Kettle .  

Humbert is a board member of CASA  (Community Action Service Advocacy)  )and LAPA (Latino American Political Association) which helps poor minority communities. He is also active in the Elks Lodge and the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.  His company has provided services for the ECP (East County Posse) to help quadriplegics and those with rare physical conditions get permits for retrofitting additions to structures.  We recently volunteered our time to complete a set of plans and obtained a permit for a 9 year old quadriplegic child and her family to make their home handicap accessible. 

Creating opportunities for minorities, handicapped, and refugee by providing one-on-one job skill training and mentoring, is a task we take on.  As a community activist, He worked to pass the Deemed Approved Ordinance, Proposition D, and the elimination of the faulty red light cameras in the City of El Cajon.

Humbert has worked to meet with community officials in order to make changes in streamlining the building and permits process in several communities, thus assisting homeowners and several small businesses with their ability to thrive.

  • CRA (CALIFORNIA REBULICAN ASSEMBLY-conservatives)

Humbert believes in less government working together to serve it's citizens.  There are over 1,500 new regulations every 2.5 years in the building industry alone.  People cannot get jobs and businesses have to give most of their effort and money to government instead of to employees.  "Government is not the solution, it is part of the problem".  It keeps getting bigger and more wealthy whiel the price of eggs, bread, and esentials keep going up.  We need to work together toward solutions and listen to our citizens.  We cannot allow people to cut in the front of the line, in front of immigrants working throught he system legally.  We need more jobs and less big brother government.  We need to bring citizens together, rather then seperating them into groups.  "America is hungry to feel the sence of mission and greatness, so is El Cajon"

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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

HUMBERT CABRERA
AGE: 49
Business Owner/ Citizen Of The Year

Let’s journey together to make El Cajon great once more!

Humbert Cabrera is an El Cajon native. Being born and educated in El Cajon gives him a unique perspective. After working with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies around the world, Humbert returned home to create a business in El Cajon.

Together, we can bring jobs back. Let’s work to address homelessness. Let’s create solutions to the over-burdening Government regulations and free up workers and businesses to bring American prosperity back to El Cajon. Real Plans for Real People.

Humbert was named El Cajon Citizen of the Year for using his leadership skills, bringing jobs to El Cajon, and for his volunteer work and involvement in the Rotary Club, Salvation Army, Elks Lodge, LAPA, The East County Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Service Advocacy, and ECP. He is known for helping businesses, the working poor, and less fortunate in the community. As a community activist; he supported the efforts to pass the Deemed Approved Ordinance, Proposition D, and the elimination of faulty red light cameras.

By bridging gaps, listening to real people, and working together, we can unleash the power of all citizens and make El Cajon thrive.

I am asking for your vote. www.humbertcabrera.com

— September 27, 2016 Chamber of Commerce

working to make the community a better place to live

Businessman/IT Manager
3,659 votes (5.84%)
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  • Public Safety and Education: Our city must be safe for all, particularly our children.
  • Our Business Community: We need to keep our base and bring new business to El Cajon.
  • Homelessness: We have to face the issue and work toward a solution.
Profession:Business Owner
Owner/Partner, The Wrangler Family Barbecue (2000current)
Commissioner, City of El Cajon Veterans' Commission — Appointed position (2014current)
Charter Member, East County Regional Homeless Task Force (2016current)

I was born in San Diego and grew up in the SDSU area. I joined the United
States Coast Guard in 1973 signing a six year commitment, and I am a Vietnam
Era veteran.
After my enlistment, I attended Coleman College studying analog and digital electronics.
For the past 36+ years I have worked in the computer industry. I am currently
employed by Oracle Corporation in San Diego where I am a Senior IT Manager.
He manages a team of specialists in three cities across the US that supports
the development of Oracle's latest products,as well as managing a
multi-million dollar budget. I am a partner in what just may be the longest
continually operating restaurant in El Cajon, The Wrangler Family Barbecue
Pit. I worked for one of my current partners, JR, while in high school. I am
an American Legion member, City of El Cajon Veterans' Commission Commissioner,
member of the East County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Round Table. All of
this combined professional and life experience qualifies me to serve the
residents of El Cajon on the City Council. I am hoping to fill the seat being
vacated by Tony Ambrose, the only veteran on the current City Council.

El Cajon needs strong leadership, ready for the challenges facing our wonderfully diverse community.  Our city must be safe for all, particularly our children.  Our children must be able walk to and from school without fear of crime, abduction, or bullying.  I strongly support our police and fire departments and will work to be sure they have all the resources required to assure our safety.

We must be fiscally responsible.  I’ll keep a close watch on spending, and be sure the budget remains balanced with a surplus. We need to do all that we can to make El Cajon attractive to new business.  As a partner in a business that has been in El Cajon since 1965, I understand the challenges facing our local businesses.

As a veteran I greatly appreciate the contributions of every veteran in our community.  I am a Vietnam Era Veteran having served in the United States Coast Guard for six years, I'm a member of the American Legion post here in El Cajon.  I currently serve on the City of El Cajon Veterans’ Commission.  I am a charter member of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Round Table where I am working diligently to eliminate veteran homelessness from the streets of El Cajon.  I am a Citizen of the Year nominee, and have been recognized for my community work by many elected officials. I ask for your support and your vote.

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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

GEORGE V. GLOVER
AGE: 61
Businessman/IT Manager

El Cajon needs strong leadership, ready for the challenges facing our wonderfully diverse community. Our city must be safe for all, particularly our children. Our children must be able walk to and from school without fear of crime, abduction, or bullying. I support our police and fire departments and will work to be sure they have all the resources required to assure our safety.

We must be fiscally responsible. I’ll keep a close watch on spending, and be sure the budget is balanced. El Cajon needs new businesses. New business expands the tax base, keeps taxes down, creates jobs, and keeps our city thriving during tough times. As a small business owner, I understand the challenges facing our local businesses.

I am a Vietnam Era Veteran, American Legion member, and serve on the City of El Cajon Veterans’ Commission. To honor our veterans I authored, and won city council approval for the City of El Cajon Veteran of the Year award.

I’m a member of the East County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Round Table, Citizen of the Year nominee, and recognized for my community work by many elected officials. I ask for your support and your vote.

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W. E. "Bob" McClellan

Retired Businessman
8,687 votes (13.87%)Winning
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  • Safety for citizens of El Cajon CA
  • Hire more fire and police personnel according to budget levels
  • Balance budget for City of El Cajon
Profession:Retired owner automobile dealership
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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

W.E. "BOB" MCCLELLAN
Retired Businessman

Background: Born and raised in San Diego’s East County. Family resides in El Cajon.

Education: Grossmont High School. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Whittier College.

Qualifications: Local business owner 37 years. Extensive understanding of economic challenges facing small businesses and families. Track record as a council member validates my fiscal responsibility. Knowledge and effective use of business expertise, together with good common sense, affords me the necessary qualifications to continue as a member of the El Cajon City Council.

I believe strongly in continued growth for our city. Our current council has established limits on alcohol sales to serial inebriates, and continues to apply pressure on sale of alcohol to minors. Ordinance changes allowing apartments to be converted to condominiums have provided a sense of pride in ownership for residents, as well as enticing more families and business owners to El Cajon. This includes a major downtown hotel.

El Cajon has become a welcoming and desirable place to live. Continued development and beautification are high on my list of continued goals for our city.

I hold great respect for our Police and Fire Departments and continue to be an ardent supporter.

Your continued support is appreciated.

Small Business Owner
7,905 votes (12.62%)Winning
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  • Boosting Public Safety to Ensure Safer Neighborhoods
  • Addressing Homelessness in El Cajon to Improve Quality of Life for Everyone
  • Reduced Regulations to Attract and Grow Business
Profession:Small Business Owner/Marketing Professional
Senior Vice President, Annex Brands, Inc. (2006current)
Franchised Store Owner, PostalAnnex+ (20002007)
Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Factory 2-U, Inc. (19971999)
Senior Marketing Analyst / Senior Financial Analyst, Foodmaker/Jack in the Box, Inc. (19901997)
Franchised Business Owner, Baskin-Robbins, Inc. (19941997)
San Diego State Univeristy Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Marketing (1987)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration (1983)
Grossmont College Associate of Arts (A.A.), General Major (1981)
Marketing Committee Member , Partnerships With Industry - Helping Adults with Developmental Disabilities Gain Employment (2013current)
Chairman - Advisory Board of Marketing Dept in College of Business, San Diego State University (2012current)
Volunteer Coordinator - Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner for the Homeless, The Salvation Army (19862000)
Volunteer for Home Repairs for Seniors/Low Income, Lutheran Social Services of San Diego (19961998)
Wish Grant Coordinator, Make A Wish Foundation (Orange County and San Diego) (19891990)
  • San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
  • El Cajon Police Officers' Association
  • San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
  • Dr. Michael Emerson, Grossmont Healthcare District Trustee
  • Guy McWhirter, La Mesa City Councilman
  • Jim Stieringer, Grossmont Union High School District Trustree
  • Bill Baber, La Mesa City Councilman
  • El Cajon Professional Fire Fighters
  • Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors
  • Patrick Edd, Pres/CFO of PostalAnnex+/Annex Brands, Inc.
  • Former El Cajon Mayor Richard Brown
  • Jack Lentz, Founder and CEO of PostalAnnex+/Annex Brands, Inc.
  • Former El Cajon Mayor Joan Shoemaker
  • Walter Ekard, Chief Adminstrative Officer (ret), County of San DIego
  • James Davis, Chief of Police (ret), El Cajon Police Department
  • Bob and Cindy Taylor - Taylor Guitars
1.
Plan of Action

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of El Cajon, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?

Answer from Steve Goble:

Boosting public safety to endure safer neighborhoods is the #1 priority.  According to SANDAG's mid-year report for 2016, violent crime in El Cajon is up 28% vs same period in the prior year.  Property crime is up 14%.  Much of this increase is likely due to prisoners being transferred from state prison to county jail and then released due to overcrowing (result of AB109) and lowering the penalties for some crimes such as selling drugs from felonies to misdemeanors (Prop 47).  As a result, some criminals know the worst they'll get is a ticket instead of going to jail.  However, the state didn't give us adequates funds to track these parolees, and they're back to their old bad habits. We need more police officers to be a visible deterrent to these increases in crime.  Compared to the 2003 city budget, we have 20 fewer officers, yet crime is up.  We have to reprioritize our budget to pay for more police.  

We also need to pay our current police officers better to retain and attract the best candidates to the department.  According to a November, 2014 study done for the City of San Diego, El Cajon's police officers rank 16th or worse out of 19 cities in base pay.  Already we've seen the Rookie of the Year leave for a different city for higher pay.  Again, it's a matter of priorities in the budget, and we have to find new sources of revenue or shift monies from other areas, or both.  We need to do a better job of retaining our existing force and providing a more attractive package for prospective candidates.  Years ago, when the department would post a hiring period, they'd get 400-500 applications.  Today, they're getting less than 300, and after vetting, perhaps only making an offer to just one candidate.

Boosting pay and the increasing the number of officers will result in an increased public safety presence which will lead to safer neighborhoods.  This is perhaps the most significant challenge facing the city.

Issues Steve Goble Believes are Important For El Cajon

Summary

The following list is the priorities I see for making a better El Cajon.  It's not a complete list, but one to start a discussion on budget priorities.

Resources

   Police

El Cajon is very fortunate to have a dedicated, professional police force guarding our city, keeping the peace. We need to make sure they have all the resources they need to ensure our community remains safe.      The preliminary FY2016-2017 plan calls for approximately $31 million or 45.7% of total General Fund expenditures. While I support this allocation, I hope we can find funds to put at least two more patrol cars on the streets and raise the pay of existing officers to rank higher than 16th out of 19 cities surveyed in a 2014 report done for the City of San Diego.

   Fire

Fire service provided by Heartland Fire Department is at a nationally recognized, superior service level.  In June, 2015, the department achieved a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office.   At that time, only two agencies in all of San Diego county had a Class 1 rating from the ISO:  Heartland and Poway.  Only 10 in California and 97 nationally out of 47,000 agencies have earned this prestigous rating. (Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/jun/18/heartland-fire-top-rating/)   The preliminary 2016-2017 budget calls for El Cajon's share (with La Mesa and Lemon Grove also contributing) to be $11.7 million in spending, and I agree with this allocation.  However, like most citizens, I always hope any response time can be improved, and where we can make improvements to that measure, including taking a look at increasing resources to do this, I will support this.   Ensuring our public safety departments are not only adequately staffed and trained but also properly outfitted is a very important issue to me.

   Infrastructure

You can't save your way to prosperity.  Put otherwise, if you don't continually reinvest in the infrastructure of the City, eventually something's going to give way, causing an even bigger headache.   I support the City's plans to update its sewer system, replacing pipe on a scheduled basis to ensure we don't experience something unexpected. Continuing to resurface or reslurry roads must continue to be a priority (more on this below).   Investing in new technologies such as LED lighting will provide cost savings in other areas.   Making appropriate investments in technologies will ensure we serve the public efficiently and with excellence. Roads According to the City's preliminary budget, road conditions are rated according to a measure called the Pavement Condition Index (PCI).  A rating of 100 is for a newly constructed road while anything less than 20 is considered a road in very poor condition.   El Cajon reports its average condition of the 452 miles of roads in the city as an 80, with the average for all of California a 66 and San Diego County a 70.   Roads in good condition are important for public safety, property values, and a community's image.  I support the current plan to spend general fund resources to maintain or exceed the current rating of 80. Reduced Regulations Having been a small business owner twice, I know what it means to be impacted by governmental regulation. For example, when I owned a Baskin-Robbins franchise in another East County city in the mid-90's, I sought approval for two tables with chairs in front of the store.  My store was quickly outgrowing the seating available inside. That city said I would have to put in gaslamp-style lights to fit the rest of the street, planter boxes to provide visual enhancements, and new concrete curbs and gutters in front of the store where there was an asphalt burm.  All told, the project would have cost me over $80,000. Needless to say, I decided my two tables with chairs wasn't going to bring me over $80,000 in additional business to cover the cost of the improvements, so I stopped work on that project.   Like the situation I've just described, I believe there are often unintended consequences, usually negative, which accompany many regulations. These consequences often have an adverse impact on the very people who should be rewarded, not punished, for taking risks in creating jobs, adding value to a community.   When governmental regulations result in new fees, taxes, and required contributions, we reduce the incentive for new businesses to start and for existing owners to invest and grow.   Therefore, I am in favor of the least amount of regulations on a business.  Let the market have the first opportunity at self-regulating.  I want El Cajon to become the hub for new business incubation, and I support the City's plan to allocate funds to achieve this goal. Recreation El Cajon is rich in heritage, strong in tradition.   We have beautiful facilities to enjoy these deeply rooted values of our community.  The City lists 15 parks, playgrounds, and sports fields which offer programs and events to build healthy individuals and families. Participating in these programs offers residents a greater sense of connection with each other, increasing the value of the community.   There are many good stories which could be told from the programs and activities found in these centers, and if any young person has ever not participated due to a lack of resources, I'd like to make sure we remove that obstacle.  The City's budget plan estimates 22.7% of El Cajon's youth (ages 3-14) participate in the city's programs, and I'd like to see that number increase to 25% in the next year.   Better parks, better playgrounds, better sports fields add value to a community as a desirable place to live and play. Responsibility We often think of a person who is "reserved" as self-controlled or restrained in showing emotion.  However, reserved can also mean "set aside" as in, "That seat is reserved."     In the operation of a City, we "reserve" or "set aside" funds for unexpected expenses.  Responsible fiscal management shows "self-control," restraining our spending so we can provide for civic needs if resources ever fall short.   As a fiscal conservative, I support a plan which ensures we have adequate reserves to cover unexpected situations. From natural disasters to unforeseen calamities and more, we need to be able to provide adequate support to the City's residents. Renewal 

For Property

When shopping carts are left abandoned, when graffiti is sprayed, we need to quickly clean up our house.  The longer it remains, it may communicate we don't care, and it becomes a magnet for more of the same.  When we see signs advertising  "We Buy Diabetic Test Strips" or "We Buy Houses - Cash!" nailed to utility poles, it negatively impacts the image of our neighborhoods.   As a marketing professional, I'm keenly sensitive to how a visual presentation impacts an organization's image.  I will work diligently to ensure we can quickly clean up visual blight wherever and whenever it pops up.

For People

As a City of many cultures, we have the opportunity to demonstrate that which makes us great, our good-neighbor attitude. No matter the country of origin, no matter the area of town we live in, we all like coming together for a cause or a celebration.  I'd like to explore more events which accomplish this worthy goal.  It can't help but develop more friendships and more unity in our community.
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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

STEVE GOBLE
Small Business Owner

I am running for El Cajon City Council because, like most residents, I want to ensure we have: safe neighborhoods, quick access to emergency services, roads in good condition, a sound infrastructure for utilities, a pro-business environment, recreational and community programs, a clean community, a rainy day fund for the unexpected, to care for those who can’t care for themselves where appropriate, and to honor the heritage of a friendly El Cajon.

As a former small business owner and now a corporate executive, I will add my experience to the Council, with the goal making El Cajon a more valuable place to shop, dine, play, and live. There are many good things happening in El Cajon’s revival; I’d like to use my experience as a marketing executive to help get others to talk about El Cajon for all the right reasons.

Throughout the years, others have tested and trusted my leadership, elevating me to positions which serve not only business owners, but also clients of charitable organizations such as The Salvation Army, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Please join me in continuing the great work already underway in El Cajon and vote for Steve Goble for El Cajon City Council. Learn more at GobleForCouncil.com.

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Vickie Knight Butcher

Executive Director NonProfit
5,752 votes (9.18%)
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CITY OF EL CAJON
Member of the City Council

VICKIE KNIGHT BUTCHER
Executive Director Water for Children Africa

Vickie Knight Butcher served on the City of El Cajon Planning Commission for 12 years and had the opportunity to serve as its chair. Vickie is a 35 year resident of the City of El Cajon, where she and her husband, Dr. Richard Butcher, raised five children and actively volunteered in the athletic program of Granite Hills High School.

She earned her undergrad degree in Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and continued her education by earning a law degree. She worked at the East County Regional Center Municipal Court in El Cajon. Civic service includes both Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Vickie brings state, national and international leadership to this race. She served on the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the State Advisory Board on Drug Programs and on the Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board. She is a past president of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association and the World Affairs Council.

As Executive Director of Water for Children Africa, Inc., she has led many humanitarian efforts to provide safe, sustainable water to needy children in rural African villages and has headed 20 international trade and business conferences.

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Joseph R. Fountain

Special Education Teacher
4,438 votes (7.09%)
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