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Should Party Affiliation Play Part in City Council Campaigns?

Candidates announce political endorsements in a race for nonpartisan seats on Temecula City Council.

The that a Temecula City Council candidate had been endorsed by the Riverside County Republican Party caused some to ask: should party affiliation even play a part in campaigning?

The Temecula City Council is organized as a nonpartisan local governing body of five elected officials, according to the city website.

It was announced Aug. 24 that —housing and redevelopment consultant Jamie White and retired nurse Patrice Lynes—received the county Republican Party's endorsement.

Others in the race include Mayor Chuck Washington, who is seeking his third council term; Councilman Mike Naggar, running for his fourth term; former city commissioner Paul Jacobs and real estate agent Walter Wilson.

Jacobs, who said he is not affiliated with any political party, questioned the Republican endorsement.

"...Local offices such as the city council and the board of supervisors are non-partisan contests and should remain that way," Jacobs said. "People on both sides of the political aisle are sick and tired of lockstep politics, 5-0 votes and elected representatives that parlay their positions of public trust into personally lucrative jobs and investments.

"There are six fine people on the ballot to fill two seats on the City Council. The only endorsement that matters is the one from voters on Election Day, November 6, 2012.

"Citizens are encouraged to register to vote, independently learn about the candidates and decide for themselves by casting a ballot. Ballots are the currency of democracy more precious than money or political endorsements. I trust and count on the wisdom of voters to decide for themselves on November 6, 2012."

Naggar questioned the Republican endorsement but for a different reason: he said he was "not informed nor invited to participate in applying for that endorsement."

Randon Lane, chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party, defended the endorsements. He said the endorsements for Temecula City Council candidates came about as a combination of those who applied and had a history of being involved with the party on a county level.

"Every party seeks to endorse those people who are involved, whether it is on the local, county, state or federal level," said Lane, who currently also serves as a Murrieta City Council member and is seeking re-election to that office. "People can say it is nonpartisan all the way, but the first question people ask you is if you are a Republican or Democrat. They want to know your party preference."

Lane has been involved in the party at the county level for 10 years, and said every election year in the months of August or September, endorsements are voted on.

"It is always encumbent on the candidate if they are wishing to seek the endorsement to come and be a part of it."

Candidates from Banning, Corona, San Jacinto and Hemet are among others who received the party's endorsements this election year, he said.

Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Right on, Patriot. Naggar and Washington didn't get the endorsement so they are ticked. If they want to get the Republican endorsement, I suggest they start acting like Republicans. Try it guys, you might like the results from voters. Patrice Lynes and Jamie White got the endorsement because they deserve it and will be wonderful additions to the Temecula City Council.
The Patriot September 02, 2012 at 05:06 AM
"we don't need to fix what isn't broken.." they have done and continue to do a great job of hiding all the problems and lying to keep them covered up. Thinks are broken, it's only a matter of time before the citizens will feel it. Some in old town already are...
Blondie422 September 02, 2012 at 05:55 AM
We are all so dumb. Here is the explanation of our debt. This is not confusing at all. Is it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TaJHjDntWY
Blondie422 September 02, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Attorney tells City Council: You are not allowed to discuss that item (the temecula debt) because it is not on the agenda? Then, they spend 4:27 discussing that item (the temecula debt) that the attorney says they are not allowed the discuss... hmm... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TaJHjDntWY Was there a rule broken?
Blondie422 September 02, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Diane, we don't even have our own police here in Temecula. We rent Riverside County Sheriffs. Feel safe now?
Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Anti-voter and anti-labor policies? Republicans encourage voting but DISCOURAGE voter fraud, even for their own party. We believe elections should be fair to all. How is that ant-voter? Republicans are not anti-labor, we believe the taxpayer should not pay the retirement of PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS, let them pay their own retirement, like I do. Republicans don't give a hoot about private sector unions who spend their own money on their retirements. i, personally, don't like the way unions take the members' dues and use them to support the political candidate who the union chooses to support, even candidates whose political values are different from the member. I believe the union member should be able to designate what candidate they want their dues to support. That's not ant-labor. Now, let's talk about the anti-free market, anti-jobs policies of the Democrats...
Paul Jacobs September 02, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Randon Lane, Chairman of the GOP of RivCo claims, "People can say it is nonpartisan all the way, but the first question people ask you is if you are a Republican or Democrat. They want to know your party preference." The Secretary of State says it is a nonpartisan office. Having been on the campaign trail, some people do ask party affiliation, but not most. Neither party has demonstrated an ability to bring about good government. This is our community and I encourage people to learn about the candidates and vote based on that information.
Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Us stupid? Anyone accepting that as a legitimate explanation is the stupid one. All it does is give out a bunch of unverifiable figures. We don't know if the roughly $98,000,000 in bond indebtedness is legitimate or not, and the Temecula citizens still need to pay on those projects. This issue needs to be agendized so there can be public comment and better explanations.
Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 07:35 AM
The city attorney was cautioning them that if they went into it in too great of detail that it could be a violation of the Brown Act. They were safe, in this instance, because the presentation of the report was just basic and they didn't take any action. What is more concerning to me is that the state suspended the Brown Act a few months ago because they were trying to save cities (etc...) money in these trying times. Some people are talking about making the Brown Act a Constitutional amendment so things like this won't happen. By suspending the Brown Act, the state has created a situation whereby politicians are not accountable to anyone for their actions. It could be written into a city charter that the Brown Act must be followed. But that is another topic...
Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 07:49 AM
One can claim to be non-partisan all they want, the simple truth is people bring their beliefs and biases to the table with them. Biases that they may not even know they have but never-the-less still exist. That is why attorneys spend so much time in jury selection, they are trying to uncover hidden biases. Party affiliation should be out in the open because it could help us to make a better informed decision when we vote. Why hide it? I always educate myself on the candidate and vote accordingly. While the D or the R plays a role for me, ultimately it is what the candidate believes - and can do for me and my city - that will cause me to vote for them. I don't see any difference between that and listing someone as a "businessman" or "incumbent" on the ballot. My philosophy is the more information we receive about the candidate, the better.
Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 08:13 AM
It it their love for Agenda 21 that makes you want to run out and pull the ballot handle in support of them? Patrice Lynes and Jamie White have my full support, not because they are Republicans but because they understand the issues and will govern the city in our the best interest. They have a big job ahead of them if they are elected, undoing all the Agenda 21 garbage...if its not too late.
Tarmack September 02, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Popeye, that is the type of a comment people make when they don't have facts on their side. You must be getting your talking points from the Obama administration.
wolfcreek September 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I like a city that is run well. I think that the City’s leaders have done a great job during this economic downturn. Good job = My vote.
Diane September 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why...so that sheep will just vote party line D or R?
Diane September 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
As for police,,,on my to anywhere in town,,I see at least 5 PO in cars or motorcycles,,and, they are quick to give out taillight and brake light tix,,so I feel safe and annoyed. Do you want Temecula to get caught up in the union pension red tape like the other cities. If we are renting,, sounds more cost effective to me!
Paul Jacobs September 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Diane, you are absolutely correct that Temecula benefits greatly by contracting police services through the Sheriff's Dept. Temecula safety could benefit more by converting the old city hall into a police station, but the sitting Council abandoned that idea while they were building the $65 million Civic Center. If the City can afford the Taj Mahal, citizens deserve an additional investment in public safety.
The Patriot September 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
"I agree from the Tea Bagger." Coming from the biggest racist of them all.
Pkmd September 02, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Actually Temecula has their own Temecula Motoer cops which carry the Temecula logo but are actually RSO, they are also the rudest, meanful group of cops you will ever meet. They also are not well liked by RSO because of the attitude they work so hard to give to the Temecula residents. I am married to LEO and I have noticed their behavior several times and even their attempt to Intimidate other's by wearing their uniforms. They give great cops bad names. If just so everyone knows. If you ever need one you can find them 5 days a week sitting out in front of Margarita Middle school with their radar guns pointing at you both a drop off times and pick up times. Doesn't matter that the elementary school on La Serena had tried several times to get them to help patrol the area. Kids have had to run out of the way for the motorist running the light, or turning when the kids are in the cross walk. Most of these motorist are talking on their phones. I understand that a speeding ticket gives more money to the city, and that is always more important than the life of a child.
Pkmd September 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Temecula motor cops are the worse. They work harder to potray themselves as blow holes instead of law enforcement officers. Thier rude behavior is well noted and supported by their Sgt who thank God is retiring soon if not already. As a wife of law enforcemnet I can reassure the citizens of Temecula that most officers including those of RSO can not stand these guys. They are aware of the image they give and that image get shuffled out to other great cops. Also, if you ever need one of these jerks just look onMargarita Rd at any one of the 5 days that school is in session. They are constately harrassing the motorist outside of Margarita School even when other schools have called for their assistance. I know that tickets provide the city with more funds and that way more important. Who ever gets these seats and I do believe that the seats need to change, please take the City of Temecula off the shoulders of these Motor cops. They are not what Temecula wants as police officer's. We want cops that want to help our children understand rules and regulations and scare them to death while sitting on their MC with a radar gun pointed at them. These guys can't even smile while riding at the Christmas Parade. However they are getting paid by Temecula not RSO.
Pkmd September 02, 2012 at 10:51 PM
opss that should be... an Not scare them to death......
Tarmack September 03, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Popeye, as usual, you got it wrong. The tea party loves Herman Cain, Allen West and Condoleezza Rice to name a few, all of whom are African-Americans. That's not racism. You really need to stop watching BSNBC. It seems to me as if you may be a closet tea bagger...or ignorant...and I have my suspicions :) The tea party isn't racist; we don't dislike Obama because of his blackness, we dislike him because of his REDNESS. (for those of you in Rio Linda, "red" is the communist color). More Kool Aid, please !!!
Tarmack September 03, 2012 at 03:15 AM
No, so we know their core beliefs: big government (D) vs. small government (R), spend and tax (D) or cut spending and cut taxes (R). I want t know what category above that my city council candidate falls into - before I vote. I would never knowingly vote for someone who wants to increase spending, raise taxes or grow government and if I see that they have the Democrat endorsement, I know what category they fall into. That's why I feel comfortable putting my support behind Patrice Lynes and Jamie White. After hearing them speak, I would know there are R's behind their names. The fact that they got the Republican endorsement tells me that the Republicans are right-on this election.
Jim September 03, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Somebody just told me "Temecula does not have its own fire fighters". Now I'm hearing we "lease" them from Riverside County. What happens to us if Riverside County goes broke due to their $1.6 billion redevelopment debt? http://www.pe.com/local-news/politics/politics-headlines-index/20120807-riverside-county-redevelopment-debt-1.6-billion.ece
Tarmack September 03, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Wow, SOMEONE didn't have their prune juice this morning :)
Tarmack September 03, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Paul, are you referring to a specific study that Temecula has conducted? Because I know that when a city contracts with the SO, the city ends up paying the costs, including pensions, of each deputy assigned to the city. I would need to get more information before I could agree with you. Diane, while it is true, union pensions are the root cause behind many California cities going bankrupt or being on the verge of bankruptcy, it is the job of the city council to negotiate acceptable salaries and pensions for their officers. Unfortunately, the PO unions hire tough, skilled, professional negotiators who are no match for the inexperienced city council member. If we could trust our council members, current and future, to negotiate in the best interests of the citizens, maybe... just maybe...it could be cost effective to have a TPD. But...that's not a very likely scenario.
Jim September 03, 2012 at 03:41 AM
(August 2012 - Republican Convention) Republican Platform Rejects Agenda 21 and "any" UN sustainability projects. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/12675-gop-platform-rejects-un-agenda-21-as-threat-to-sovereignty
Tarmack September 03, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Agenda 21 explained simply: http://youtu.be/TzEEgtOFFlM
Brenda September 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
True TV unfortunately. Also as with companies and other large conglomerates its often times very productive with its out with the old and in with the new.
Eric Cartman September 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Patrice Lynes has a solid comprehension of Agenda 21and how to remove it from our general plan. It is already beginning to constrain our Liberties. A vote for Patrice Lynes is a vote to remove Agenda 21, this is something that every Temecula citizen should be concerned about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bImnXfPAMY&feature=youtu.be
Lash LaRue September 22, 2012 at 02:28 AM
To vote for a democrats is to vote for the KKK and the Communist party. The Democrats voted in mass against the Civil Rights act and the KKK was a branch of the Democrat Party Sen Robert Byrd was a grand Dragon of the KKK. Todays Democrat party is a wing of the Communist Party that is why they showed Soviet Era battleships at the convention in North Carolina. The first grand wizard of the KKK was honored at the 1868 Democratic National Convention, no Democrats voted for the 14th Amendment to grant citizenship to former slaves and, to this day, the party website ignores those decades of racism, Three years after Appomattox, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting blacks citizenship in the United States, came before Congress: 94 percent of Republicans endorsed it. The records of Congress reveal that not one Democrat either in the House or the Senate voted for the 14th Amendment.Three years after the Civil War, and the Democrats from the North as well as the South were still refusing to recognize any rights of citizenship for black Americans. South Carolina Gov. Wade Hampton at the 1868 Democratic National Convention inserted a clause in the party platform declaring the Congress' civil rights laws were "unconstitutional, revolutionary, and void." It was the same convention when Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first grand wizard of the KKK, was honored for his leadership.

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