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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The CPRC, and Ward 2 candidates

Last night, the League of Women Voters held a forum at the Kansas Avenue 7th Day Adventist Church, which offered community members an opportunity to listen to and field questions at all the city council candidates running for the Ward 2 seat.

Candidates appearing were businessman Andrew Melendrez, retired teacher Gloria Willis, retired Riverside County Sheriff deputy, Ruben Rasso and retired city employee, Deen Teer.

The four candidates spoke on the issues that had impassioned them to run for office, to an audience of 40 people. Traffic, public safety, University Avenue, job training, traffic, economic development, the new ethics code and traffic were the issues that were discussed by the candidates.

The candidates agreed on several issues, disagreed on many others, but all of them agreed on one thing: When the voters of Riverside passed Measure II last year, they had spoken about the importance of keeping the city's civilian review mechanism in place. The message sent by all four of them was this:

The Community Police Review Commission was a valued and necessary componant in the city of Riverside.

All of them began their comments when asked about their positions about the CPRC with the assertion that the people had made it clear that civilian review was an important part of the fabric of this city and if elected, they all intended to honor the wishes of their constituents.

Melendrez even said he was endorsed by the CPRC, which was likely a flub. Rasso stood up and said he was no body's puppet and that he would honor his constituents' feelings about the CPRC by supporting it. He said he believed it was necessary to keep officers accountable for their behavior.

The behavior of all these city council candidates in terms of being so willing to carry out the wishes of the people who spoke through a crucial vote last year is to be commended.

The election that is scheduled for Nov. 8, 2005 includes municipal races as well as a list of very important propositions to vote on, include proposition 75 which will determine how union members will decide whether or not their annual dues are spent on political campaigns launched by their PACs.


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