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City CouncilCity of San JacintoNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of San JacintoCity Council

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (18/18).
  • 21,296 ballots counted.

About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Andrew F. Kotyuk

Mayor of San Jacinto
6,547 votes (30.74%)Winning
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Crystal Ruiz

Incumbent
5,110 votes (24%)Winning
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Small Business Owner
4,371 votes (20.52%)Winning
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  • Public Safety - San Jacinto MUST figure out a way to maximize our dollars and coverage
  • Blight - Panhandling, Homeless issues, and Code Enforcement all need immediate attention.
  • Good Local Jobs - We need to advocate for infrastructure improvements in the valley that will attract the kind of jobs we need to reduce commutes.
Profession:Small Business Owner
Cal State University San Bernardino Bachelor's, Psychology (1994)

Russ was born in Orange CA. The family moved to Riverside, CA soon after.  He attended school in Riverside through high school at Arlington HS.  He worked his way through college at California State University San Bernardino with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Communication.  He has worked several jobs, including having "done his time in fast food"; working as a Children's Group Home Administrator, Executive Director for a non profit providing medical services to homeless women, assistant manager at a computer store, and the last 16 years self-employed as a small business owner.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Riverside, CA - Parks and Recreation Volunteer
  • Riverside, CA - Arlington High School ASB
  • Riverside, CA - Jefferson Elementary PTA; President, Secretary
  • San Jacinto, CA - DeAnza Elementary PTO/PTA; President, Vice President
  • San Jacinto, CA - Monte Vista PTSA; Vice President, President
  • Hemet / San Jacinto Council PTA - Secretary, Board Member
  • San Jacinto Rotary
  • San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce; Founding Member, Secretary, Board Member
  • Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce - Volunteer
  • Hemet/San Jacinto Habitat for Humanity
  • Community Pantry  - Volunteer
  • American Legion Post 848 - Volunteer
  • General Community Volunteer Project Organizing like the Fire Station 78 Clean Up.
  • San Jacininto Lions Club - President, Vice President, Publicity, Newsletter
  • San Jacinto Unified Measure V Oversight Committee - Co-Chair
  • City of San Jacinto Planning Commissioner

As you can see, Russ cares about the quality of the community.  Vote for Russ to keep improving San Jacinto.

www.russutz.com   www.facebook.com/VoteUtzimproving San Jacinto.improving San Jacinto.

PUBLIC SAFETY

As you should know, the city budget can not currently support the public safety coverage our citizens need and deserve.  I would like to comb through the budget and work to find excess spending; but that will not completely solve the problem.  We need to look creatively at new solutions for our public safety; and carefully explore what our options may be, while at the same time maintaining our relationships with Riverside County, but demanding better value for our dollars paid for their contract services.  The Riverside County Sherrif's Department just returned $14 Million dollars to the County General Fund this year; part of that could have been city contract over-payment for services.  Riverside County Sherrif's and Riverside County Fire/Cal-Fire both have fantastic people locally, they work hard and provide a great product for us; they are however,  expensive, and diminish local control and flexibility.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Like all the valued city employees, our code enforcement officers work hard.  However, our code enforcement structure is deficient.  We need coverage 7 days a week.  We need to hold land owners and residences responsible for glaring code violations that diminish our ability to enjoy our city.  We need to help businesses by keeping other businesses and vacant property owners accountable.  This can be done with a very low financial impact to the city; and actually could provide positive cash flow as violations as enforced.

PANHANDLING​

We have a serious problem with panhandling.  Aggressive panhandlers hurt businesses by making citizens not feel safe when going shopping; visitors are given a terrible first impression of our city, and legitimate charities that could benefit from the dollars our very generous citizens give are instead starved for donations.  We must come together to do what we can to find a real solution to this issue.  If elected I would propose a collaborative approach to directly address the panhandling problem with the local non-profits, service clubs, businesses, concerned citizens and government offices to develop and implement a plan; including an education program for citizens to give directly to the organizations that serve the homeless instead of giving to the homeless.

GOOD LOCAL JOBS​

While the city can not "will" or "demand" any business to come to our area; we can work with property owners and those businesses to help facilitate them coming.  We need to focus our long term goals of the city to continue to be business friendly, to make the necessary infrastructure improvements to allow for these businesses to come, and have the educated workforce they need.  We can do that via partnership.  MSJC, SJUSD and the city must do a better job of working together to promote to businesses and recruit them to come to San Jacinto.  If we can get some quality jobs here in the valley, it will greatly benefit everyone by taking people out of the commuting rut; freeing them up to spend more time in town - being involved with their children, frequenting our local businesses, and volunteering to make thte community better.  Of courrse the time and money they save by not commuting will also directly benefit local businesses providing even more jobs.

 

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Kenneth J. Kidby

Retired
3,001 votes (14.09%)
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Retired Professional Driver
2,267 votes (10.65%)
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  • Finances = Budget, Revenue, Expenditures, New Sources of income and I have a few in mind
  • Public Safety, We need to have our own fire station downtown and have our own dispatch center, we also need more officers on the streets
  • Proper medical care, we need to have a hospital in our city, 50% of the people in San Jacinto Valley needing hospital care leave the valley, there is a shortage of hospital beds in Riverside & San Bernardino County.
Profession:Retired Professional Driver, Community Activist 6+ years
Brooklyn Automotive High School High School Diploma, Academics and Auto Mechanics (1961)
Little League and Pony League volunteer for 12 yrs, Board of Directors, Santana National Little League & Grossmont Pony League (19872000)
  • Rancho San Jacinto Community

Finances = The Budget, Revenue, New Revenue

Summary

Finances will cover  The Budget, Revenue, New Revenue

The budget needs to be analyzed very carefully! Any Slush Fund that still exist should be eliminated. Any gifts should not be allowed. Any item that is not absolutely needed before the next budget should be eliminated! Revenue should be looked at for any mistakes any missed items. Future income should be looked at and explored even if it is outside the box. I have a few ideas of my own, but I am more then willing and able to listen and pay attention to other people's ideas.

Police Department, Fire Department, and Dispatch operations

Summary

Should we go with our own Police Department, Fire Department, and Dispatch Operations? The short answer is YES, but it is not as easy as it sounds. County is too expensive for our income!

The County services have always been expensive and in recent years it has finally been acknowlege that we and a lot of other cities can NOT afford them. Our city in conjunction with other cities are looking into the possibility of forming a joint Police Department. I have some apprehensions as to whether that will work or not. Years ago when we had millions of dollars of reserve in the General Fund, a plan was submitted to create our own Police Department. It was clear to me then and now it should have been adopted but it was not. We should be planning on it for our future.

Our contract for fire protection has only been looked into recently and was all set to pull the plug and go with a JPA (Joint Power Authority) but the council and staff did not do their home work. In short the city had to renew the contract for another year, but it will take longer then that. With proper planning, money, and grants it can be done. the very first thing that needs to be done is to build our own fire station downtown. That is because CalFire has said they will not share their fire station. The second thing is to have a dispatch operation. That is because whether we go on our own or a JPA with Idyllwild Fire District we will need it. 

Proper Medical care

Summary

Our city needs a modern hospital and we need 7 day Urgent Care Offices like they have in other cities.

Our city needs a modern hospital with all the personnel and equipment to perform any and all operation that a hospital would need to perform on it's patients. In addition, it needs to an emergency room that is properly equipped a properly staffed to care for patients in need of emergency treatment in a timely manner. Here are some facts you need to know! 

1) In the San Jacinto Valley, 50% of all people needing hospital care get it outside of this valley. Except in the case of my Orthopedic Surgeon, he states in his case it is 90% because the hospital in Hemet does not have all of the necessary equipment to perform his work. This should be that way.

2) There is a shortage of hospital beds in both Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

3) If this situation is corrected it would not only mean getting local hospital care but: A) More jobs   B) More revenue from multiple Sources   C) Higher average income, which would give other businesses a desire to locate here.

If I am elected I will make every effort to make this change happen because there is too much at stake NOT TO.

Homemaker
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  • Put money into the smaller, licensed businesses located within the city, as opposed to larger, out of the area companies, who have no vested interest in our city and its people. Include park trash removal and landscaping maintenance services
  • Have ongoing focus groups every 2-3 months in different areas of the city, where residents and business owners in specific areas can voice their concerns and needs.
  • Work on infrastructure elements, such as roadway repairs, that coincide with improvements and additions of routes of travel for walking and biking pathways with continuity, fluidity, and improved safety.
Profession:Homemaker

EXPERIENCE:

        PROFESSIONAL:  Residential/Commercial Painting company co-owner for over 15 years; Tax Preparer’s Certification earned in 2000

        EDUCATION:  Los Alamitos High School graduate

 

        COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:  Community Emergency Response Team, Taxpayers Against Measure CC, Advocate for community concerns on a regular basis in monthly city council meetings

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