This election we have two seats open on the Beaumont City Council. Current City Council Member and former Mayor Jeff Fox is running for re-election. Jeff has been an active member of the city council and has also served as the city representative on the Riverside Transit Agency. Council Fox has accomplished many goals and implemented programs that have benefited the city. He is well known appreciation for our Military Veterans, Fireman and Law Enforcement. The two memorials in front of City Hall were Jeff’s idea and he worked tirelessly to get them built. Jeff has also worked hard to get new parks and playing field for the youth of our community. He worked with me prior to being on the City Council to develop the 23 acre Sports Park. This park was built over a time span of 10 years plus using volunteer labor for a lot of the work. Jeff did a lot work in rounding up that help. His plan for an economic stimulus plan for the city of Beaumont helped us to continue to build new homes and help new business start with a reduction in permit fees. I can’t begin to count the time Jeff has spent going to Sacramento and or Washington DC to lobby congress for funds to build bridges, roads and even a dog park in our community. Although Councilman Fox and I don’t always agree, he has been an asset to our city and I believe he deserves to be re-elected to the City Council.
In regards to the other Council seat that is currently held by Nancy Gall, I cannot support her re-election. Although she has been an active participant as a city council member, she apparently doesn’t grasp the requirements of the position. I believe a Council Member should be concerned with the well being of the whole city and not just your pet special interest. matters. She shows up for the meetings most of the time unprepared and doesn’t ask questions beforehand if she doesn’t understand an item on the agenda. It appears that she doesn’t have the time for the position, since she refused appointments to daytime committees. This is why I think we have a better choice with Brenda Knight. Brenda ran for election in 2010 and came 5th with less than a 100 votes between her and Dave Castaldo. She has served on the Planning Commission, Veterans Expo Committee, Pass Transit , and other civic duties. I am impressed with Brenda’s willingness to listen and come up new ideas. She almost always attends the city council meetings and provides valuable input to agenda items. I am also impressed that she continued to serve the city as a volunteer even after the council didn’t renew her appointment to the planning commission. I believe she would provide an excellent women’s viewpoint on matters that come before the city council. In addition she would be a wonderful ambassador for the City as a Council Member. She has the time and the desire to serve the whole community. She doesn’t have any special interests other than continuing to make Beaumont a great place to live. I believe she deserves to be elected to the City Council.