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OKAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE EVENING

[ CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Bill Wells]

SESSION OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

THE MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER AND I WILL ASK THE CITY CLERK TO PLEASE CALL THE ROLE.

ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE PRESENT.

WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE? REMAIN STANDING FOR A MOMENT OF STYLISTS AND WHEN I ASKED MR STEVE WALKMAN TO COME UP AND LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE.

READY BEGIN PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT, STAFF, DO YOU HAVE ANY AGENDA CHANGES? NO SIR.

COUNSEL,

[ PUBLIC COMMENT: At this time, any person may address a matter within the jurisdiction of the City Council/Housing Authority/Successor Agency to the El Cajon Redevelopment Agency that is not on the Agenda. Comments relating to items on today’s docket are to be taken at the time the item is heard. State law prohibits discussion or action on items not on the Agenda; however, Council, Authority and Agency Members may briefly respond to statements or questions. An item may be placed on a future Agenda.]

IT BRINGS US TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

AT THIS TIME, ANY PERSON MAY ADDRESS A MATTER WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE CITY, THE CITY COUNCIL, HOUSING AUTHORITY, SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE ALCOHOL REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY THAT IS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

COMMENTS RELATED TO ITEMS ON TODAY'S AGENDA ALREADY BE TAKEN AT THE TIME THAT THE ADAM IS HEARD.

STATE LAW PROHIBITS DISCUSSION OR ACTION ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

HOWEVER, COUNCIL AUTHORITY AND AGENCY MEMBERS MAY BRIEFLY RESPOND TO STATEMENTS OR QUESTIONS AND AN ITEM MAY BE PLACED ON A FUTURE AGENDA.

ANGELA, DO YOU HAVE ANY CARDS UNDER PUBLIC COMMENT? YES SIR.

WE HAVE SIX CARDS.

THE FIRST ONE IS TAYLOR ABELE.

HI TAYLOR.

WELCOME.

HI, GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

I JUST WANT TO SPEAK QUICKLY AS A RESIDENT AND BUSINESS OWNER OF EL CAHONE.

UM, JUST THAT I CARE A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR CITY AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TO GIVE MY RESOUNDING SUPPORT FOR MR. ORTIZ, PHIL OR T'S TO BE APPOINTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL.

I'VE KNOWN PHIL FOR MANY YEARS AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT HE'S ONE OF THE MOST SELFLESS MEN OF CHARACTER, INTEGRITY AND HONOR.

I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO NOW.

I TRUST HIM COMPLETELY TO HELP GUIDE OUR CITY IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION IN COOPERATION WITH ALL MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL WITH GENUINE CONSIDERATION AND COMPASSION FOR ALL THE CITIZENS OF EL CAHONE.

HE HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE MORE THAN QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION BY HIS ACTIONS, TIME AND TIME AGAIN WITH HIS CONSTANT INVOLVEMENT.

IN OUR COMMUNITY AS A VOLUNTEER.

PHIL IS A SUPPORTER OF SEVERAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING ECE, TLC, ST MADELINE, SOPHIE CENTER, AND COMMUNITY CLEANUP GROUP TO NAME A FEW.

HE IS LITERALLY ROLLING UP HIS SLEEVES AND HELPING WITH HIS OWN TWO HANDS TO CLEAN UP OUR CITY AS A BUSINESS OWNER HIMSELF.

PHIL KNOWS FIRSTHAND THE CHALLENGES WE FACE AS BUSINESS OWNERS, WHICH GIVES US ME GREAT CONFIDENCE TO KNOW THAT IF APPOINTED BUSINESS OWNERS AND ALCOHOL AND WE'LL HAVE A WELL-QUALIFIED GOOD MAN REPRESENTING US.

ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE, I HAVE LITERALLY ENTRUSTED HIM WITH MY FIRST BORN CHILD WHEN HE OFFERED TO WATCH MY ONE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, SO MY WIFE AND I COULD HAVE A MUCH NEEDED DATE NIGHT OUT.

I KNOW I'M ONLY ONE OF COUNTLESS CITIZENS OF ALCOHOL WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED HIS GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS FIRSTHAND.

ULTIMATELY, I'M CONFIDENT PHIL IS THE BEST MAN FOR THIS POSITION BECAUSE HE HAS PROVEN IT WITH A LIFE OF VOLUNTARY PUBLIC SERVICE EXCELLENCE AND CHARACTER AND HIS SACRIFICE FOR THE WELLBEING OF HIS FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

WITH ALL THIS IN MIND, I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST THAT THIS COUNCIL APPOINT FILLER T'S.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

CAMERON.

STEWART.

HELLO CAMERON.

WELCOME.

MR MAYOR.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE THE ACT PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMBER NOW, RIGHT? YES, SIR.

UH, THAT'S WHAT I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF.

SAY I'M THE, UH, CAMERA STEWART BORN AND RAISED IN EAST COUNTY, YOU KNOW, LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE.

A BUSINESS OWNER IN EAST COUNTY, UH, CARE ABOUT THE CITY VERY MUCH.

AND UH, I'M HERE TO REQUEST THAT THE COUNCIL APPOINTS PHIL ORTIZ, UH, FOR THE COUNCIL MEMBER POSITION THAT'S OPEN.

UH, I'M HERE TODAY REPRESENTING THE SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

I'M CURRENTLY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

UH, PHIL ORTIZ SERVES ON THAT BOARD, UH, UNDER MY LEADERSHIP.

AND, UH, SINCE BEING ON THAT BOARD, HE HAS, UH, BEEN VERY ACTIVE AND WILLING TO HELP, UH, AND REALLY JUST CARES ABOUT, UH, THE CITY AND WHAT WE'RE DOING TO HELP THE CITY.

UH, I WOULD ALSO JUST SAY THAT HE'S BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING IN THE DA, UH, THE DA'S OFFICE, UH, TO JOIN UP WITH OUR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND LAND USE COMMITTEE.

HE, UH, HELPED, UH, GET THAT DONE AND, AND HE'S JUST A, A GREAT GUY.

I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE ACTIONS THAT HE'S DONE AND HOW HE'S HELPED US.

AND,

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YOU KNOW, JUST SHORT AND SWEET.

I'M JUST HERE, UH, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD TO, UH, REQUEST THAT PHILBY, UH, APPOINTED AND, UH, I HAVE FAITH IN HIM THAT HE WILL, UH, MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS.

JUST SEEING HIS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ON A DAILY BASIS.

UH, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY CLEANUP GROUP THAT HE STARTED.

UH, HE'S A GRADUATE OF THE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FROM THE SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

UH, I THINK LEADERSHIP IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO HIM AND I THINK HE REALLY CARES ABOUT THIS CITY AND I, I'VE SEEN THE EFFORTS HE'S PUT IN, UH, DURING THE, UH, PAST FEW YEARS, UM, AND BEING INVOLVED WITH THE CITY.

UH, AND SO THAT'S IT.

SHORT AND SWEET CAMERA STEWART, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, REQUESTING PHIL ORTIZ BE APPOINTED.

THANK YOU GUYS.

THANKS, KARA.

DAN SIDDIG LIANO HI JIM.

WELCOME COUNCIL STAFF.

UH, JUST REAL QUICKLY, UH, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT, UH, WHOEVER IS SELECTED TO FILL THE SEAT, UH, THAT THEY HAVE THE MORAL FORTITUDE REGARDLESS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF, PARTY BELIEF OR ANYTHING ELSE, THEY HAVE THE MORAL FORTITUDE TO SERVE IN A BIPAP PARTISAN WAY.

THIS COUNCIL NEEDS A NEW FACE AND AN HONEST AND TRANSPARENT FACE.

AND I'M NOT ENDORSING ANYONE THIS EVENING AND I'M MISSING ONE OF MY BEST SHOWS, BUT AFTER EIGHT O'CLOCK, THE MASTER CHEF JR BY BEING HERE, THAT'S HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO ME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

IT'S YOUR, WHAT WAS WHAT SHOW YOU MISS A MASTER CHEF, JUNIORS.

THAT SHOWS SOME SERIOUS DEDICATION.

THANK YOU.

KEVIN MILLER.

HELLO KEVIN.

HELLO, MAYOR CITY COUNCILMAN.

SO PLEASURE TO BE BACK HERE AGAIN, ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH A GREAT FEELING IN THIS ROOM.

UH, IT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY AND IT IS AGAIN AND I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, IT WOULD BE TOUGH TO BE THE THIRD GUY UP SAYING GREAT THINGS ABOUT A GUY LIKE FEELER TO TEASE, BUT THERE'S ENOUGH TO SAY THAT I'M NOT SCARED OF THAT.

UM, I'VE WORKED WITH PHIL ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT PROJECTS.

UH, HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN FORMING A DINNER FOR THE BUS KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY AND GETTING TOGETHER BIKES AND TVS AND A SH A WONDERFUL DINNER FOR KIDS THAT WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THAT, THAT ANY OTHER WAY.

I'VE WORKED WITH THEM, NOT ONLY IN THE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE, BUT WHEN WE GOT DONE WITH THE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND HE WAS A GRADUATE, WE ASKED HIM TO COME BACK.

AND JUST LAST WEEK HE SPOKE ON CULTURE AND DIVERSITY AND DID AN EXCELLENT JOB TO THIS YEAR'S LEADERSHIP CLASS.

UM, THERE'S JUST SO MANY, UH, EXAMPLES OF HOW PHIL IS NOT ONLY A GREAT VOLUNTEER, BUT AN EFFECTIVE ONE.

HE GETS STUFF DONE AND I AGREE WITH THE PERSON WHO SPOKE BEFORE ME.

WE NEED A NEW FACE.

HE'S A YOUNG MAN.

HE'S, HE'S OUT THERE WORKING REAL HARD FOR HIS FAMILY AND, AND I'M HIS FRIEND.

SO WHAT I DID IS INSTEAD OF BEING JUST HIS FRIEND AND HIS BUDDY, UNTIL YOU'RE GOOD STORIES, I WENT THROUGH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE APPLICATIONS TO SEE IF I REALLY INCURRED CONSCIENCE COULD SAY THIS IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB.

AND I'LL TELL YOU, I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS OUT HERE THAT I'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH THAT I REALLY RESPECT AND I WOULD STILL ASK YOU TO A POINT FILLER T'S FOR THE VACANT SPOT THAT WE HAVE ON THE CITY COUNCIL.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

KAY.

AURORA CABRERA HIGHER WARRAH.

HELLO.

YOU MIGHT HAVE PULLED THAT THING DOWN THERE.

THERE YOU GO.

HI.

GOOD.

GOOD EVENING.

MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

GOOD.

EVEN THE AUDIENCE.

MY NAME IS .

OUR FIRST, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE MAYOR.

MR. WELLS WOULD HAVE BEEN INVITED, BUT OUR PRECEDENT TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND CELEBRATE THE DAY.

THAT PRAYER.

CONGRATULATIONS.

RIGHT? THIS SETUP.

NOW I GO, NOW I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS, THIS POSITION I JUST WENT, EVERYBODY AND THE CITY COUNCIL, THE VOTE WITH THE CONSCIENCE FOR THAT HEART, UM, WEED THE WEED OR DID THEY THINK THAT THAT CANDY THAT FELT TO BE SITTING AT THAT POSITION, BUT WITH HONESTY AND DON'T LET ANYBODY INFLUENCE YOU.

THAT'S ALL I HAD TO SAY.

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AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

GOD BLESS YOU.

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ROGER'S SECRET WEAPON DIDN'T YOU? SHE'S GREAT.

OH, THAT'S FINE.

WE HAVE MY SEVEN MONTH OLD BABY.

ALL RIGHT, WELL YOU MIGHT BE A GOOD, A GOOD, UH, COMPETITION.

WHOSE LEGS? WE HAVE FOUR MORE SPEAKERS AND NEXT ONE IS MOHAMMED TO HAMA.

HI MOM.

AND HOW ARE YOU? YEAH.

UH, GOOD EVENING.

UH, MAYOR WELL, UH, CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, CITY STAFF AND ATTENDEES.

MY NAME IS MOHAMMED AND UH, I WAS UH, FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO KIND OF DRIVE AS THE CITY FOR RECEIVING THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AWARD OR FOR THE TRIES AT DISTRICT PLAN.

AND I BELIEVE TONY CHUTE IS HERE.

SO, UH, WE REALLY DESERVE THIS.

WE'VE WORKED ON IT.

AND I BELIEVE WE'RE AMONG FEW CITIES WHO RECEIVE THAT OR EVEN THE ONLY CITY WILL RECEIVE THAT.

THANK YOU FOR MINING.

EXCELLENT.

THANK YOU.

AND SPEAKING OF THE CANDIDATES, I WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE APPLICATIONS AND FORTUNATELY I DIDN'T SEE ANY OF THE APPLICANT MENTIONED THE MIDDLE EASTERN COMMUNITY OR PUT AN ANY OF THE PRIORITY OF THE SHOES.

UM, BUT, UH, CONSIDERING THE BENEFIT OF THE CITY, UH, MY RECOMMENDATION OR SOMETHING THAT I WOULD SUGGEST IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE FROM THE PLANNING COMMISSION BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY KNOW THIS, THE CITY COUNCIL MORE THE IDEA, THE VISION OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

THEN IF WE'RE LOOKING AT DIVERSITY ON LOOKING OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE THAT I CAN RECOMMEND IS A HUMBARD CABRERA AND JOEL LAGUARDIA BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WE ALWAYS SEE REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF EXPERTISE.

SO THIS IS WHAT I'M HERE TO SAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU SIR.

MINGO VILLA SEVERE HOWARD, UH, MET YOU A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK WHEN WE WON THE WORLD SERIES.

I'M ACTUALLY THE LEAGUE PRESIDENT FOR, I'M A PONY YOUTH BASEBALL.

OKAY.

YOU REMEMBER THAT? THAT'S GREAT.

CONGRATULATIONS.

AND WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT STEPHEN WOOD FOR THE OPEN VACANT SEAT.

OKAY.

UH, WE BELIEVE HE'D BE ABLE TO ENHANCE THE COMMUNITY, UM, HELP OUT, YOU KNOW, UM, ONE OF OUR MAIN FIELDS AS WELL AS PARK.

AND WE SEE REDUCTION IN NUMBERS BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF HOMELESS AT WELLS PARK.

YOU KNOW, WE ALSO USE SOME CONE VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL AS ONE OF OUR MAIN FIELDS.

SAME THING.

THEY, UM, SOMEBODY HAD THE BRIGHT IDEA TO PUT A CONEX IN THE BACK, YOU KNOW, NOW TO A HOMELESS CAMP BACK THERE, YOU KNOW, ON THE SCHOOL PROPERTY.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S, THERE'S MANY ISSUES THAT THAT NEED TO BE RESOLVED AND I BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, MR STEVEN WOULD, WOULD, UH, HELP MOVE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

SO THAT'S WHO WE, UM, SUPPORT.

THANKS FOR COMING.

YUP.

THANK YOU.

GEORGE IBARRA.

GOOD EVENING, HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.

ONCE AGAIN, I'M, I'M HERE.

MY NAME IS GEORGIE BUTLER.

I'M WITH THE, UM, EAST COUNTY JUSTICE COALITION AND WE'RE HERE.

UM, WE'RE COMPRISED OF OVER 25 ORGANIZATIONS AND WE'RE HERE TO, UM, GIVE OUR, UM, UM, WE WANT YOU TO VOTE OR APPOINT STELLA DELRIOS.

HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF ELKHORN, NOT JUST THIS COUNTY, BUT OKLAHOMA FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

SHE'S, UH, SHE HAS BEEN ON THE WORLD SCOPE.

SHE'S GONE TO UNITED NATIONS FEW TIMES.

UH, SHE'S GONE TO WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON, DC, AND A FEW TIMES SHE RUNS AN AGENCY HERE IN OKLAHOMA AND JUST THE SAME.

AND SHE'S, UH, UH, SHE JUST VOLUNTEERS EVERYWHERE.

I'M LOOKING, SHE'S AT, UH, SHE'S WORKED.

UH, SHE'S WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH, UM, THE, THE, UH, REFUGEE COMMUNITY HERE IN, IN, UH, EAST COUNTY.

UH, THE, SHE JUST GOT AWARDED THE, UM, AN AWARD BY THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, THE MUSLIM BY THE MOSCOW AND ALCOHOL.

AND, UM, SHE JUST, SHE JUST WORKS TIRED ENDLESSLY FOR THE COMMUNITY.

I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT WE'VE BEEN OUT THERE, UM, DOING WORK WITH A LOT OF THE HOMELESS EVEN AFTER HOURS.

UH, WE GO OUT THERE AS A GROUP SOMETIMES AND ASSIST THE HOMELESS.

I THINK SHE'S A PERSON.

I KNOW SHE'S A PERSON THAT WILL ADDRESS THE HOMELESS ISSUE HERE IN OKLAHOMA.

UH, DRAW MORE BUSINESSES HERE AND, AND INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF EPCOT HORN, WHICH IS BADLY NEEDED.

YOU'VE ALL BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB AND I THINK THAT THE JOB COULD BE DONE EVEN BETTER IF WE BOUGHT THE STELLA LONG.

I DO HONOR THE WORK YOU DO ON A BOAT.

MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, UM, I CAN SAY IS TO STELLA.

SHE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING OVER 2,600 PEOPLE TO BECOME CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.

AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM WERE MIDDLE EASTERN FOLKS.

SHE HAS

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THE RESPECT OF THE MIDDLE EASTERN COMMUNITY BECAUSE SHE WORKS TIRELESSLY FOR THEM, BUT SHE WORKS TIRELESSLY FOR ALL THE COMMUNITIES AND AT THE HOME AND, AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.

SO, UM, I'M JUST HERE, I COULD BE WATCHING MAGIC CHIP TOO, BUT, UH, I JUST THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT I'M HERE TO TOBACCO.

STELLA, SHE'S A TRUE FRIEND, NOT JUST TO ME, BUT TO EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, I THINK ALCOHOL CAN, YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE SECOND, AS FAR AS, AS FAR AS BEING THE MOST IMPOVERISHED CITY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, WHERE THE BEST CITY IN THE COUNTY? I THINK SO.

OKLAHOMA IS A PLACE TO BE.

SO, UM, SHE HAS A VISION FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN THIS, IN, IN, UH, IN SAN DIEGO AND UM, I'M SORRY.

AND THEY'LL GO HOME.

SHE HAS A VISION FOR VET SERVICES.

THEY'RE BADLY NEEDED, JUST THE SAME, BUT IT SERVICES ARE NEEDED ALL AROUND HERE IN OKLAHOMA.

AND NOT THAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB LIKE I SAID, BUT, UH, I THINK IT'S TIME THAT UM, WE UH, PUT A PARTY ASIDE, NO DEMOCRAT, NO REPUBLICAN, CONSERVATIVE OR LIBERAL.

LET'S JUST APPOINT THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB.

SOMEONE WHO'S GOING TO BE FAIR TO BOTH SIDES.

AND, UM, I JUST, I JUST HOPE THAT, UH, YOU DO WHAT'S RIGHT AND, UH, APPOINT, UH, MS .

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANKS FOR TALKING.

THANK YOU.

OUR LAST SPEAKER FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS STEPHANIE HARPER.

OKAY.

HI.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE A BACKGROUND WHY I'M SO INVOLVED WITH OUR POLITICS AND UM, HELP WHAT IT MEANS TO ME.

IT WAS JULY OF 2013 WHEN I ATTENDED MY VERY FIRST CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

LITTLE DID I KNOW THEN HOW MUCH THAT ONE MEETING WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE.

I WAS SPEECHLESS AT THE LIES THAT UNFOLDED BEFORE ME AT THE, AT THE TIME COUNCILMAN WALLACE WAS INDIRECTLY ASKED IF HIS JOB WAS TO PRAY FOR BUSINESS GROWTH.

MR. ROSE TOOK THAT AND RAN WITH IT AND BY THE END IT WAS, IT WAS THE CITIZEN WHO WAS NO LONGER THERE TO DEFEND HIMSELF.

SAID THAT PRAYER WAS RIDICULOUS, WHICH WAS A LIE.

WHAT HAPPENED? I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, WHY WOULD HE LIE ABOUT WHAT WAS JUST SAID? I MEAN, WE ALL HEARD THE SAME THING.

RIGHT, BUT I GUESS NOT BECAUSE NOT ONE OF YOU SPOKE UP TO CRAIG, MR. WELLS, YOU JUST WENT ALONG WITH IT.

AT THAT MOMENT I KNEW SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE.

I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, WHAT OTHER KIND OF LIES AND INJUSTICE WAS GOING ON IN MY CITY, RIGHT UNDER MY NOSE BESIDES STAFF, THERE WAS ONLY LIKE FIVE PEOPLE THERE, INCLUDING MYSELF.

IT SEEMED LIKE NO ONE CARED AND THE MORE NO ONE CARED, THE MORE IT SEEMED TO GET AWAY WITH.

I DECIDED THAT I HAD TO STAND UP TO THE CORRUPTION AND BE THE VOICE FROM THE CITIZENS TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DECISIONS AND LAWS THAT THEY MAKE.

SO WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO SPEAK BECAUSE FOR ME THAT'S ALL THIS IS, IS A CHANCE TO SPEAK THE CHANCE TO MAKE MAYBE FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME, BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT WHO YOU THREE WILL PICK.

SO EVERYONE HERE KNOWS YOU'RE NOT ME.

I DON'T HAVE THE SAME IDEOLOGIES AS YOU.

I BELIEVE THAT LISTENING TO THAT TOO AND ACTED UPON WHAT THE CITIZENS ARE TELLING YOU SHOULD BE A HUGE PART OF YOUR JOB.

BUT I DON'T THINK YOU GUYS THINK SO.

YOU WILL CHOOSE SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH YOU AND STAYS QUIET IN THE BACKGROUND.

AND THAT'S NOT ME.

I'M A FIGHTER.

I WILL NOT SIT AND LET YOU KEEP GETTING RAISES EVERY YEAR TO THE ONES WHO MAKE OVER $100 AN HOUR.

NO WAY.

NOT WHEN OUR CITY HAS 600 HOMELESS CITIZENS, HALF OF THEM, WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

THIS HAS HAPPENED ON YOUR WATCH.

I WILL NOT SUPPORT HIKES IN THE RATES BY SDG UNION, BUT I WILL SUPPORT CCEE TESTING FOR OUR CITY SOMETHING.

AND THEN IF YOU HAVE SUPPORTED, I WOULD NEVER HAVE WENT ALONG WITH PUTTING THE BAND ON FEEDING OUR HOMELESS CITIZENS.

THAT WAS JUST AN ALWAYS WRONG, BUT SINCE YOU THREE HAVE MADE IT KIND OF ILLEGAL TO BE HOMELESS IN OUR CITIES WITH LAWS THAT MAYBE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOUR PAST, IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME.

WE HAVE CHILDREN GROWING UP IN HOTEL ROOMS. WE HAVE DISABLED SENIOR CITIZENS AND VETERANS WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY SLEEPING ON THE STREETS.

YOU THREE JUST HAVE JUST SAT BACK AND WATCHED OUR CITY FALL APART.

SO I DON'T WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT.

SO I AM NOT TAKING MY HAT OUT OF THE RUNNING BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT ME.

I WILL WAIT UNTIL THE CITIZENS VOTE ME IN.

IT'S NOT A MATTER OF IF, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF WHEN I'LL BE SITTING UP THERE AND WHEN I DO THE CHANGE THAT IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED AND MERCY WILL HAPPEN.

I KNOW THAT I WILL BE ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR CITY AND NOT MY POCKET.

I WILL EXPOSE ALL CORRUPTION AND BE ABOUT MAKING OUR CITY AFFORDABLE FOR OUR CITIZENS AGAIN AND SAFE FOR OUR CHILDREN.

I WANT TO SEE BUSINESSES SWIPE AGAIN, NOT BE THE POOREST CITY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY.

I WON'T WORK TO MAKE THIS THE VALLEY OF OPPORTUNITY AGAIN.

THE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM.

SO I KNOW YOU WON'T BE CHOOSING, BUT I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

[100. City Council Appointment RECOMMENDATION: That the City Council appoints an eligible candidate to fill an "at-large" vacancy on the City Council with a term through November 2020. ]

NOW THAT BRINGS US TO PUBLIC HEARINGS.

I DON'T WANT TO HUNT HUNTERS.

THE APPOINTMENTS OF CITY COUNCIL AND STAFF WOULD TELL US ABOUT THIS PLACE.

CERTAINLY CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

AS PART OF THE AGENDA PACKET, WE'VE

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INCLUDED ALL THE APPLICANTS.

UM, AS WE INDICATED EARLIER AT THE THREE O'CLOCK MEETING, SEVERAL OF THOSE APPLICANTS HAVE DROPPED OUT AND WE JUST HEARD A, A FOURTH APPLICANT HAS DROPPED OUT.

SO THE COUNCIL HAS 18 CANDIDATES OR APPLICANTS TO CHOOSE FROM TONIGHT.

DURING YOUR THREE O'CLOCK MEETING, YOU MADE A DECISION TO, UM, HEAR A TWO MINUTE REMARK FROM EACH OF THE APPLICANTS.

AND THEN BASED ON THAT, UM, WE RECOMMEND YOU HOLD PUBLIC COMMENT, COMMENT.

AT THAT TIME, TAKE ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY.

AND THEN BASED ON WHAT YOU HEARD, WHAT YOU'VE READ IN THE APPLICATIONS AND FROM THE, UH, THE PUBLIC, WE WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE THAT YOU PRESCRIBED EARLIER TODAY AND NOMINATE ABOUT UP TO SIX INDIVIDUALS.

YOU WOULD WRITE THOSE INDIVIDUALS A PIECE OF PAPER, TURN THEM INTO THE CITY CLERK, AND THEN WE'LL TALLY THOSE BASED ON THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT RECEIVED TWO OR MORE NOMINATIONS WILL, UH, CONDUCT SOME INTERVIEWS FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS PRIOR TO THIS MEETING.

STAFF MET WITH THE APPLICANTS AND EXPLAIN THAT PER PROTOCOL WE DREW NAMES, UH, RANDOMLY AND BEFORE YOU, YOU HAVE A LIST OF INDIVIDUALS WITH THE ORDER BY WHICH, UH, MS, UH, MS. CORTEZ DREW THAT THEIR NAMES FROM THE, FROM UH, A BOWL.

SO WITH THAT COUNCIL, UH, WE'RE HERE TO TURN THE TIME OVER TO YOU TO ENTERTAIN APPLICANTS.

AH, THANKS VERY MUCH.

BEFORE I GET STARTED, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT THIS IS AN APPOINTMENT TO FILL THE REMAINDER OF THE VACANCY FOR MR BANK COLOSSAE WHO RESIGNED.

SO THAT MEANS THAT IF YOU'RE A POISONED TONIGHT, YOU WILL BE AND YOU WANT TO CONTINUE ON THE COUNCIL, YOU, YOU'LL BE RUNNING IF YOU ARE ABLE TO RUN IN DISTRICT TWO OR DISTRICT FOUR, BECAUSE OF THE, THOSE ARE THE TWO OPEN DISTRICTS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO EXPLAIN THAT IT'S NOT A FOUR YEAR TERM, BUT IT'S A TWO YEAR TERM COUNSELOR.

YEAH, IT'S ALSO DISTRICT THREE.

OH, THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

I FREE THOUGH.

DISTRICT TWO, THREE AND FOUR.

SO I'M HAVING SAID THAT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED.

UM, NUMBER ONE IS MICHELLE MITCHELL.

WELL, I, I SHOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK AND THEN, UH, AT THE END WE'LL CHOSE, UH, THE FINALISTS WHO ASK QUESTIONS OF, HI MICHELLE.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU MAYOR COUNCIL.

I DON'T HAVE A CHEERING SQUAD WITH ME.

I HAVE NOBODY TO SPEAK UP FOR ME.

BUT HERE WE GO.

I'M NOT A POLITICIAN, I'M NOT A BUSINESS OWNER.

I'M A RESIDENT.

I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS.

THIS TIME I'VE RAISED MY FAMILY HERE.

MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE HERE AND I GOT TIRED OF COMPLAINING, SO I DECIDED TO RUN.

I'VE GOT THREE AREAS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO REALLY FOCUS ON.

ONE IS HOMELESS, BUT THE THING IS IT'S NOT HOMELESS.

IT'S A DRUG PROBLEM AND I HAVE SOME REALLY GREAT IDEAS.

ONE OF THEM IS TO LOOK INTO THE PROGRAM CALLED PLEADS, AND THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM THAT CAME OUT LAST WEEK WAS SAN DIEGO CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.

IT'S A $300,000 PROGRAM THAT THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO CAME UP WITH 150,000 AND THE COUNTY CAME UP WITH ANOTHER HUNDRED AND 50,000.

I'D LIKE TO KIND OF EXPLORE THAT AND SEE IF THAT COULD BE A POSSIBILITY FOR OUR CITY.

UM, THE NEXT WOULD BE A HOUSING FAIR.

I'D LIKE TO BRING IN MORTGAGE BROKERS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS, A HUD VA, AND SHOW PEOPLE HOW THEY CAN AFFORD A HOME AND ALCOHOL.

I THINK THERE'S LIKE $286,000 IN A PROGRAM CALLED AMERICA.

I THINK IT'S CALLED AMERICA FIRST.

AND I'D LIKE TO GET RESIDENTS A CHANCE TO LOOK INTO THAT.

WE BOUGHT IN OKLAHOMA BASED ON THE MCC PROGRAM AND THAT'S HOW WE WERE ABLE TO BUY OUR HOME IN 2000 THE THIRD ONE WOULD BE, I'M SORRY.

I'M NERVOUS.

YOU'RE FINE.

THE THIRD ONE IS, UM, GOSH, THE THIRD ONE IS BRINGING IN EMPLOYERS.

WE HAVE A LOT OF VACANT BUILDINGS AND I'M UP, SO GO AHEAD.

GO AHEAD.

FINISH YOUR THOUGHT.

I'M SORRY.

WE HAVE A LOT OF VACANT BUILDINGS IN OKLAHOMA AND WE HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYERS THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ENTICE GENERAL ATOMICS.

I WORK FOR GENERAL ATOMICS.

WE HAVE OVER 15,000 EMPLOYEES.

IT WOULD BE NICE TO MAYBE HAVE A A SUBSTATION OUT HERE.

THERE'S GENERAL ATOMICS, THERE'S AMAZON, WHO KNOWS, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF BUILDINGS OUT HERE THAT WE SHOULD GO BY AND SEE IF WE CAN'T INCORPORATE SOME OF THAT.

I DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT I KNOW ON MY POSITION

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WHERE I WORK AT GENERAL ATOMICS, YOU GIVE ME A PROBLEM AND I WILL SOLVE IT.

I'M GOOD AT FINDING SOLUTIONS AND WORKING WITH GROUPS.

I WORK WITH HIGH LEVEL VIP VISITORS THAT COME TO OUR OFFICE AND I KNOW THAT I CAN WORK WITH EVERYBODY ON THIS COUNCIL.

I CAN WORK WITH EVERYBODY IN THE STAFF AND WE CAN GET SOME PROJECTS COMPLETED AND THAT'S ALL.

THANKS.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THAT TWO MINUTES IS GOING TO GO ARRIVE REALLY FAST.

IF YOU'RE FINISHING YOUR THOUGHT, I CERTAINLY WILL LET YOU FINISH POSTS.

TRY TO KEEP THE TWO MINUTES.

WE'RE GOING TO BE HERE TILL MIDNIGHT.

JAMES, ELIA, JAMES.

SORRY.

GOOD.

MR MAYOR, I WENT ON AHEAD AND I PREPARED SOMETHING.

SINCE WE'RE LIMITED ON TIME, UH, I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR MISSING MASTER CHEF TONIGHT.

MY NAME IS JAMES .

I'M A GOOD HUSBAND.

I'M A BAD SURFER AND I'M LOOKING TO BE APPOINTED TO THE VACANT CITY COUNCIL SEAT HERE TONIGHT.

MY ENTIRE LIFE, WHETHER IT WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, DOING THE MORE THAN 10 PLUS YEARS OF VOLUNTEER WORK WITH REFUGEES OR MY TIME AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SEMINARY.

I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A DESIRE TO SERVE MY COMMUNITY, BEING COUNTY AND AMERICAN AND I BELIEVE ONE OF ONLY TWO CALGARY AND AMERICANS THAT HAVE APPLIED FOR THIS VACANCY.

IN A CITY OF LIKE ALCOHOL AND THAT HAS CLOSE TO 30,000 CALGARIANS.

MY DESIRE TO SERVE IN MY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EVEN MORE OF A DRIVE FOR ME.

UH, BEING A LIFETIME ELKO HOME NATIVE, UH, AND RESIDENT, I FEEL LIKE I KNOW THE ISSUES THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY.

PUBLIC SAFETY, HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

I'VE ROBUST BACKGROUND WITH A MYRIAD OF DIFFERENT SKILLS THAT MAKE ME THE BEST PERSON FOR THIS JOB.

I'VE 10 YEARS OF WEALTH MANAGEMENT AS AN ECONOMIC SPECULATOR AND AN ADVISOR FOR SOME OF THE LARGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN WORLD.

MY FORMER POSITION WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION, WHILE I WAS THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR ALMOST A DECADE, TAUGHT ME ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PERMITTING, ZONING, GRANT WRITING, AND ALL THOSE OTHER BORING BEHIND THE SCENE THINGS THAT POLICY WANTS, LIKE ME, LOVE TO DO TO MAKE BUSINESSES SUCCEED.

FINALLY, I KNOW HOW TO SPEAK, LISTEN, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TAKE ACTION IN MY COMMUNITY.

AS A FORMER STATEWIDE POLITICAL CANDIDATE MYSELF, I RAN INTO DISTRICT OF ALMOST HALF A MILLION PEOPLE.

I TOOK PRIDE IN BEING SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE CAME TO WITH ISSUES AND HELPING THEM RESOLVE THEM.

MOST OF YOU APPARENTLY COUNCIL KNOW ME EXCEPT FOR MR MCCLELLAN WHO'D ONLY EXPERIENCED THAT REALLY HAD WITH THEM WAS WHEN HE SOLD ME MY FIRST CAR WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD.

AND SOME OF YOU HAVE TOLD ME I AM THE EXACTLY THE KIND OF PERSON THAT YOU COULD WORK WITH BECAUSE I'VE PROVEN TO BE NONPARTISAN IN MY COMMUNITY.

SO NOW I'M GIVING YOU THAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE ME THAT PERSON THAT YOU CAN WORK WITH A I HUMBLY ASK FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT TONIGHT AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING THIS PROCESS IN THE COMMUNITY.

THANKS JAMES UNDER TIME.

THAT'S A, THAT'S A PLUS TOO.

I WENT AS FAST AS I COULD DO.

GREAT.

THANKS JEFF.

SET.

COOL.

RICHARD AGADEZ.

HI RICHARD.

DID I GET THAT LAST NAME CORRECT? CLOSE ENOUGH, SIR.

OKAY, I'LL GO INTO THIS IS FINE.

A GUN, DEZ, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY.

IT SOUNDED BETTER WHEN YOU SAID IT.

SO THAT IS MY NAME, RICHARD LAGUNAS JR.

I'VE LIVED IN THIS CITY FOR 32 YEARS.

I'M RETIRED FROM THE ELKO AND POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE I SERVED WITH INTEGRITY FOR 30 I HAVE DEVOTED MORE THAN HALF OF MY LIFE TO MAKE OKLAHOMA A BETTER COMMUNITY THROUGH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THROUGH MY COACHING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL.

I HAVE MENTORED SEVERAL YOUTH AS I BELIEVE THE YOUTH ARE OUR FUTURE.

ON THE APPLICATION IT ASKS FOR THREE CONCERNS FOR OUR CITY.

ONE WAS HOMELESSNESS, TWO WAS VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, AND THREE, I'D LIKE TO SEE INSTILLING A DERRICK TYPE PROGRAM IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN AN EFFORT TO FIGHT DRUGS AND BULLYING.

MY PLATFORM IS LAW AND ORDER.

WHILE WORKING, I HAD A REPUTATION OF TREATING ALL WITH RESPECT.

THIS IS SOMETHING I HAD TAUGHT MY TRAINEES AND SOMETHING I STILL PRACTICE IN MY DAILY CONTACTS.

I BELIEVE THE LAWS OF OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD BE ENFORCED WITH COMPASSION OR IF YOU WILL, SPIRIT OF THE LAW VERSUS LETTER OF THE LAW.

I HAVE SEEN CHANGES IN OUR CITY OVER THE YEARS, SOME BAD, BUT I'VE SEEN A LOT OF GOOD ALSO AND I MUST COMMEND YOU ON THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING TO OUR CITY.

THAT BEING SAID, I BELIEVE PEOPLE WON'T COME TO OUR CITY IF THEY DO NOT FEEL SAFE.

WE HAVE THE FINEST FIRST RESPONDERS IN THE COUNTY HERE IN OUR CITY.

I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT.

I KNOW THE COMMAND STAFF FOR BOTH THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THE INTEGRITY THEY POSSESS HAVING THIS KNOWLEDGE.

I BELIEVE I CAN IN A DIPLOMATIC WAY BE A SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE WHEN QUESTIONS ARISE FROM THE CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC SAFETY, I'M A MAN OF INTEGRITY.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM SEEING WHO I AM IN THE MIRROR.

I TEACH THE PLAYERS THAT I COACH.

INTEGRITY IS VITAL AND MAKES A PERSON WHO THEY ARE AS AN OFFICER OF THE LAW, ONE MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

I STILL LEAD MY LIFE BY THESE VALUES.

IF GIVEN

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THE OPPORTUNITY, I WILL DO MY BEST TO REPRESENT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

I FEEL I HAVE PROVEN THIS IN THE PAST WITH MY ACTIONS DURING MY SERVICE TO THE CITY.

I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, SIR.

, JOHN, RICHARD CAMPBELL.

MR. CAMPBELL, WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

WELL, JOHN IS INDEED MY FIRST NAME.

I'VE ALWAYS GONE BY MY MIDDLE NAME, RICHARD OR DEBT.

UM, MOST FOLKS, MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS ALL CALL HIM THE DECK.

SO, UH, THAT'S WHAT WOULD BE PREFERABLE.

I WOULD SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES THAT WORK, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT BRING NEW INCOME STREAMS INTO THE CITY.

AN EXAMPLE OF THINGS AT WORK, UH, TWO HOTELS, BRAND NEW HOTELS IN TOWN, A NEW MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIP ON MARSHALL.

AND LAST I HEARD RANGE ROVER WAS GONNA JOIN, UH, WITH THEIR DEALERSHIP ON MARSHALL AS WELL, WHICH WILL EVEN BE BETTER FOR THE CITY.

THEIR REHABILITATION OF EQ PACK WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

THE INITIATIVE UNDERTAKEN BY FORMER CITY MANAGER WILL OFFERED TO BRING IN LIVE NATION TO MANAGE AT PAC WAS PIVOTAL.

THAT COMBINATION OFFERS POTENTIAL FOR NEW BUSINESS ACTIVITY AND HOPEFULLY THAT COULD LEAD TO THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE ENTIRE DOWNTOWN AREA AS THE AREAS NEEDED.

AN APPROVEMENT PROBABLY HOMELESS, I SHOULD SAY, SAID BE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST.

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE, I HAVE REVIEWED THE, UH, PRELIMINARY PLANS THAT THE SAN DIEGO RIVER FOUNDATION HAS TO IMPROVE FORRESTER CREEK, WHICH RUNS THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE CITY EAST TO WEST.

I THINK IT HAS REAL POTENTIAL.

IN CLOSING, I WANT TO MENTION THAT, UH, THE CITY IS CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM.

JOE DIRECTLY OUT OF AN INITIATIVE THAT I WORKED ON AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF APARTMENT OWNERS WITH POLICE CHIEF, JIM D, JIM DAVIS, DIRECTOR WITH HER RE TROUBLED NEIGHBORHOOD OF GANG ACTIVITY AND POORLY MANAGED PROPERTIES, BUT POINTED, I BRING NO PERSONAL AGENDA.

RATHER, I WOULD PLEDGE TO DO MY VERY BEST TO BE AN ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SIR.

MARK HAMILL.

TONIGHT'S PRONOUNCE THAT CORRECTLY.

IT'S JAMIL.

NEVER NO ONE TO MAKE THE J CYLON OR YEAH, IT'S FINE.

EVERYBODY THINK 50 50.

WHEN PEOPLE SAY MY NAME, I GET THE EMIL, IT'S WELCOME.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE UP HERE AND INTERVIEW FOR THIS.

SO, UH, JUST TO GET SOME OF THE NITTY GRITTY OUT OF THE WAY HERE.

I AM A FIRST GENERATION IMMIGRANT, IF YOU WILL.

MY PARENTS MOVED US TO SAN DIEGO IN 1989.

I'VE LIVED HERE.

I WENT THROUGH JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL HERE.

I HAVE THREE CHILDREN OF MY OWN, SO I HAVE A LOT OF, UM, INTEREST IN SEEING ALCOHOL RUN WELL FOR MY OWN KIDS.

THAT'S ACTUALLY THE BIGGEST REASON WHY I'M HERE.

JUST TO ENSURE THAT MY KIDS HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE.

AND, UH, WELL OTHER THAN THAT, I'M BASICALLY A SCIENCE GUY.

I'VE WORKED IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE SCIENCES MOST OF MY LIFE.

I WENT TO SCHOOL AT SDSU.

UM, I PASSED OUT A RESUME BECAUSE I HONESTLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

I FIGURED IT'S AN INTERVIEW, SO I'M ROLLING.

UM, BUT YEAH, I MEAN I'M AN ANALYTICAL GUY.

I'M AN ANALYST.

I WORKED IN PROGRAMMING SYSTEMS, ADMINISTRATION.

I WAS A PROJECT MANAGER FOR AWHILE, SO I KNOW HOW TO MANAGE FINANCES AND UH, UM, BACK TO PROGRAMMING AGAIN.

RIGHT NOW THAT'S MY CURRENT JOB.

SO I HAVE A LOT OF BACKGROUND, A LOT OF PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND THAT CAN HELP MAYBE AUTOMATE AND IMPROVE SOME OF OUR SYSTEMS HERE.

UM, I'VE OWNED TWO BUSINESSES, BOTH HERE IN EL CAHONE.

IN FACT, YOU, SOME OF YOU MIGHT'VE SEEN IT ON BROADWAY.

I USED TO HAVE QUADRANT STUDIOS.

IT GOT CONVERTED TO MY SISTER'S LAW OFFICE.

NOW SHE'S USING IT.

AND MY, UH, I ALSO RAN A FINANCIAL BUSINESS FROM 2008 TO ABOUT 2015

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WHEN I CLOSED IT DOWN WHERE I WAS A BUSINESS ANALYST MOSTLY.

AND I'M DOING A LOT OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS, SO I HAVE A LOT OF BACKGROUND IN FINANCE AND AS WELL AS IT, UM, IN REGARDS TO ISSUES, I AM A INDEPENDENT, LIFELONG, NEVER REGISTERED FOR ANY PARTY.

I HAVE A LOT OF PRIDE IN THAT.

I TAKE PRIDE IN IT.

AND UM, YEAH, I MEAN THAT'S, THAT'S BASICALLY IT.

I'M OUT OF TIME, SO I CAN'T REALLY SAY MUCH MORE THAN THAT, BUT HOPEFULLY I, UH, YOU'LL GIVE ME SOME KINDERS SITTER HAITIAN HERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING AND TALKING.

OKAY.

ABRAHAM MU HARIS.

HELLO ABRAHAM.

HELLO.

THANK YOU COUNCIL STAFF AND EVERYONE ATTENDING.

MY NAME IS ABRAHAM O HAZY AND I'M BORN AND RAISED HERE IN OKLAHOMA.

I'VE ATTENDED THE RINK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MAGNOLIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BOSTONIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CONE VALLEY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, EL HOME VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, AND EVEN GROSSMONT COLLEGE.

UM, FOR MY AA.

UM, AND, UH, AT THE TIME AT OAKLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, I BECAME AN ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER.

AND AT THAT SAME TIME, SOCIAL MEDIA CAME ABOUT WHERE I WAS ABLE TO USE THAT NETWORK.

UH, TODAY, UM, I ATTENDED CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY AND I STUDIED INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES WITH A MINOR IN COMMUNICATIONS.

AND, UH, DURING MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS ACTUALLY MENTORED BY DARYL PRIEST OF DP HOMES, WHICH, UM, HE'S STILL A MENTOR OF MINE AND FRIEND THAT I'VE WORKED WITH TODAY TO GIVE BACK TO ELKHORN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, MY DREAM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN NFL PLAYER TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY SO THAT I COULD COME BACK TO OKLAHOMA AND DO SOME SPECIAL THINGS.

OBVIOUSLY THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT, BUT I BECAME AN ENTREPRENEUR AND I STARTED GIVING BACK TO EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, UM, AFTER STARTING A BASKETBALL LEAGUE, UH, AND RAISING MONEY, UH, WITH ALUMNI FUNCTIONS WITH MY GOOD FRIEND RONNIE KASHA IS HERE TODAY.

WE RAISED $9,500, AND DONATED IT TO THE ECV, UM, ASB.

AND, UH, WITH THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO INCOMING FRESHMEN RECEIVE FREE ASB CARDS AND, UH, UPPERCLASSMEN WERE ABLE TO GET IT AT $7 INSTEAD OF $20.

UM, AND I ALSO STARTED A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED ALUMNI UNITED TO MOTIVATE, INSPIRE AND EDUCATE OUR YOUTH WITH ATHLETES, ENTREPRENEURS, AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS.

AND WITH THAT I STARTED THE SAN DIEGO KINGS BASKETBALL TEAM, WHICH IS A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM IN THE AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION.

UH, AND I'VE BEEN USING IT AS A PLATFORM TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH THE SLOGAN COMMUNITY FIRST.

AND MY, UH, MAIN GOAL THERE WAS TO WIN IN THE COMMUNITY BEFORE WINNING IN THE GYM.

AND NOW WE'RE GOING INTO OUR THIRD YEAR AND I'M HAPPY THAT ALL OUR GAMES ARE NOW RIGHT HERE IN OKLAHOMA AND AT EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL.

UH, MY FOCUS WAS BECOMING A COUNCIL MEMBER IS TO MAKE THE CITY OF OKLAHOMA ONE OF THE BEST CITIES.

AND THE ONLY QUESTION I HAVE IS WHY NOT OKLAHOMA? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

PHIL ORTIZ.

HI.

I WANT TO CLEAR SOMETHING UP REALLY QUICK.

IT'S PROBABLY GONNA TAKE SOME OF MY TIME, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

WHEN CAMERON STEWART SPOKE A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD, A CHAIR, I WANT TO JUST CLEAR UP THE HEAT AND NOT SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

HE WAS SPEAKING AS HIS, AS AN OWN INDIVIDUAL PERSON.

I'M NOT ENDORSED BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SO I NEED THAT TO BE SAID.

UH, HONORABLE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL AND STAFF.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND DEDICATION TO SERVING OUR CITY, SERVING ON THE CITY COUNCIL AS A POSITION OF PUBLIC TRUST THAT REQUIRES RESPONSIBILITY AND EXPERIENCE AS A BUSINESS OWNER, PLANNING COMMISSIONER, COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AND FAMILY.

MAN, I TAKE THIS POSITION WITH THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF SERIOUSNESS AND I'M HUMBLED THAT SO MANY OF MY NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS HAVE ENCOURAGED ME TO APPLY FOR THIS VACANCY.

I BELIEVE THE CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA DESERVE SOMEONE TO REPRESENT THEM THAT IS DEDICATED TO UPHOLDING THEIR VALUES, LISTENING TO THEIR CONCERNS, AND FINDING CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO OUR UNIQUE SET OF CHALLENGES.

GROWING UP IN EAST COUNTY, I BELIEVE THAT THE CITIZENS ELK HOME, I KNOW THE CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA REPRESENT WHAT IS BEST ABOUT THE UNITED STATES.

THEY'RE GENEROUS, THEY'RE COMPASSIONATE, AND THEY'RE DEDICATED.

I SEE THESE QUALITIES LIVED ALL ACROSS OUR CITY FROM THE OAK AND COMMUNITY CLEANUP GROUP THAT I HELPED START WITH KATHY PELLMAN, OUR EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WHICH I'M A BOARD MEMBER ON.

OUR CHURCH COMMUNITIES ARE NUMEROUS NONPROFITS.

ALL OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENT GROUPS OF CITIZENS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO BEAUTIFYING OUR COMMUNITY, ADVOCATING FOR A VIBRANT BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUTH AND LIFTING OUR CITIZENS UP OUT OF POVERTY AND ADDICTION.

ONCE AGAIN, EXAMPLES OF CITIZENS BEING GENEROUS, COMPASSIONATE, AND DEDICATED.

IF APPOINTED, I'M DEDICATED TO CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK THIS COUNCIL AND STAFF HAS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED AND CONTINUING THESE VALUES BY BEING A CITIZEN FOCUS COUNCILMAN WHO WILL KEEP MAKING OKLAHOMA THE AMAZING PLACE IT IS TO LIVE, WORK, AND RUN A BUSINESS.

NEXT TO MARRYING MY WIFE AND RAISING OUR SON.

BEING ON THE CITY COUNCIL WOULD BE THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE OF MY LIFE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN MY TITA IMMIGRATED HERE FROM THE UNITED STATES, FROM MEXICO TO SEEK A BETTER LIFE, SHE NEVER WOULD HAVE DREAMED THAT HER GRANDSON COULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO

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BE A CITY COUNCILMAN.

UH, BUT THEN AGAIN, MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER NEVER DREAMED THAT HER DAUGHTER, MY TITA WOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST LATINO BUSINESS OWNERS IN CHICAGO.

AND I'M PROUD TO BE FOLLOWING IN MY FAMILY'S FOOTSTEPS, WORKING HARD IN MY BUSINESS AND INVESTING IN MY COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

AND MY THREE, UH, PRIORITIES WOULD BE PUBLIC SAFETY, UH, STRONG CITY FINANCES AND MANAGING THE HOMELESS PROBLEM, UH, HOMELESS POPULATION RESPONSIBLY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

MARK LEWIS.

MARCUS, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

IS HE IS THERE.

IT'S GOOD TO BE IN THE HOUSES.

BE POLITE, PAY THEM AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MEMBERS OF THE AND CITY COUNCIL, COUNCIL THEY DO A LOT OF HARD WORK OVER THE YEARS.

THEY'RE VERY HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY AS WELL.

SO I'M TAKING OH, AND THEY BELIEVE IN IT.

THEY TELL THE TRUTH.

WAS, IS VERY IMPORTANT.

ALSO THE MEDIA TOO AS WELL.

THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE TOO AS WELL.

EVERYONE EVERYONE IN HIS PLACE RIGHT NOW IS QUALIFYING.

THEY'RE ALL GOOD.

BUT MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TELL THE TRUTH.

I AM A CHRISTIAN.

I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST, YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH ANYBODY EXPECTED TODAY.

I KNOW I NEED TO DO.

I WATCHED THE PROGRAM.

THE FOOD PROGRAM PROVIDES SUPPORT TO THE LOCAL RESIDENTS TOO AS WELL.

I DO MY FAIR SHARE.

THESE ARE ALL THE RESTAURANTS I CAN NEED, SO I DID TRY TO DO MY JOB, BUT THE THING IS THIS BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY, WE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS I'VE BEEN THE MAYOR 17 YEARS, 16 YEARS, MEMBER OF COUNCIL FOR SIX YEARS I'VE BEEN ON THE COMMISSION OF THE PARKS AND REC COMMISSION AS A COMMISSIONER FOR THE OF ALL THINGS.

YOU'LL NOT COME BELIEVE THAT, BUT A YOUTH COMMISSIONER AND CHAIR OF THAT.

I WAS APPOINTED BY MAYOR SNAP A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, BUT IT WAS GOOD.

I BELIEVE IN OKON.

ALCOHOL HAS BEEN GOOD TO BEING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND .

I WANT TO THANK MAYOR LEWIS WHO GAVE 25 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO SERVING AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF YOU.

MARK.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING.

OKAY.

JOE I DROVE WELCOME.

I WANT TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE HONORABLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND HONORABLE MAYOR BILL WELLS FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS OF FILING, FILLING THIS VACANCY.

I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE LIVED IN OKLAHOMA SINCE 1977 AND TO BE A PART OF OUR ASIAN COMMUNITY MAKING UP ALMOST 4% OF ALCOHOL, MORE SO OF THAT GROUP OF WHOPPING 225 ARE FILIPINOS AND LIKELY I'M RELATED TO ALL OF THEM.

I AM FORTUNATE TO BE A PRODUCT OF THE CAHONE VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HONORED TO SERVE CURRENTLY ON THE GOVERNING SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

SINCE 2014 MY SERVICE ON THE BOARD IS CLOSELY COMPARABLE TO THE SEAT THAT I'M SEEKING FOR CITY COUNCIL.

UNDER MY TERM AS BOARD PRESIDENT CAHONE VALLEY WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE DIGITAL PROMISE AND LEAGUE OF INNOVATION SCHOOLS, A BIPARTISAN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH WAS AUTHORED AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS IN 2008, OUR RECOGNITION IDENTIFIES SCALE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AMONGST THE NATION.

73 TOP DISTRICTS.

I'VE HELPED TO IMPLEMENT OUR ONE-TO-ONE TECHNOLOGY PLAN ROLL OUT AND IN APPROVAL OF THE CREATION AND OPENING OF THE FIRST, UH, ELEMENTARY COMPUTER SCIENCE, UH, SCHOOL RIOS, ALSO AFFILIATED WITH THE PARTNERSHIP OF GOOGLE.

I'VE APPROVED, UM, I'VE APPROVED RELATIONSHIPS WITH QUALCOMM, ILLUMINA, MULTIPLE OTHER BUSINESSES IN THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, PARTNERING WITH THEM TO ASSIST AND RESTORING RELEVANCE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIMARILY WITH THE FOCUS OF OUR DIRECTION, WITH OUR UNIQUE CURRICULUM OF THE WORLD OF WORK, CONNECTING STUDENTS TO A REALISTIC PATHWAYS TO CAREERS AND EXPOSURES.

ALSO RECEIVING GLOBAL ATTENTION.

OUR MOST INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS, WHICH I WAS ABLE TO BE A PART OF WAS THE CREATION OF TEDX

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KIDS AT ELCA HOME.

AND THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS ALLOWED ALL STUDENTS IN CAHONE VALLEY, THE ACCESS FOR A ROBUST AND PERSONALIZED CURRICULUM DESIGNED BY TED ED TEAM THAT EMPOWERS OUR CHILDREN IN PRESENTATION LITERACY, GIVING OUR STUDENTS THE UNDERSTANDING TO ARTICULATE OUR IDEAS AND THOUGHTS.

I HAVE FULFILLED A CAPACITY OF SERVICE AND IN MANY WAYS.

BUT MY GREATEST MEASURE OF ACHIEVEMENT WILL BE MY APPROVAL RATING OF MAYOR WELLS AND THE CITY COUNCIL AND ALSO MY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA TEACHER, ENGLISH AND SPEECH TEACHER WHO IS ALSO PRESENT HERE TONIGHT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, HUMBER CABRERA.

HELLO.

HOW ARE YOU? COUNCIL MEMBERS, MAYOR.

SOMEBODY AT THE THREE O'CLOCK SAID SOMETHING ABOUT TRANSPARENCY.

SO I WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT.

AND THE FIFTH GRADE I WAS A DEMOCRAT AND IN THE SIXTH GRADE I WAS AN INDEPENDENT.

SO, AND I'M THE ONLY ONE OF THE ONLY FEW NATIVE BORN EL CAHONE IAN'S HERE.

SO LET'S JUST NARROW IT DOWN TO THAT AND WE GO, UM, WELL I WANT TO BE ACTUALLY IN ALL SERIOUSNESS ABOUT TRANSPARENCY.

I WANT TO TELL YOU ALL SOMETHING VERY PERSONAL TO ME THAT I HAVEN'T TOLD ANYBODY.

I'VE TOLD A FEW PEOPLE MANY YEARS AGO ON MY BUSINESS.

I'VE BEEN DOING WORKING WITH THE L COHEN SINCE THE 80S.

I ACTUALLY GOT SOMEBODY THAT CAME TO ME AND SAID, LOOK AT, WE DO NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU HIRE MINORITIES AND YOU HIRE WOMEN AND I HIRE A POWERFUL IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE WOMEN.

AND THEY SAID, WE ALSO DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A LATINO, SO WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS DIFFICULT ON YOU.

NOW ALCOHOL AND IS THIS NOT THIS KIND OF PLACE? EL EAST COUNTY IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.

I JUST WANT YOU, WHEN YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT THE VOTE TODAY, DON'T THINK ABOUT THOSE INFLUENCES.

THOSE ARE THE BAD INFLUENCES OF ALCOHOL.

THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT THINK THAT THEY HAVE CONTROL OF THINGS.

DON'T GO FOR THEM.

THERE'S OTHER PEOPLE IN OTHER PLACES.

AND NELL CONE IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.

UM, AS A RESULT OF THAT, I ACTUALLY BECAME, UH, EAST COUNTY CHAMBERS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR TWICE I BECAME A CITIZEN OF THE YEAR BECAUSE IT EMPOWERED ME TO DO EVEN MORE BECAUSE THE THINGS THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE SAYING THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

SO POLITICS IS A DIRTY, PEOPLE SAY AWFUL THINGS ABOUT YOU.

THEY SAY AWFUL THINGS ABOUT ME, BUT I JUDGE YOU.

I DO NOT JUDGE YOU.

I LET THE LORD JUDGE YOU AND, AND I KNOW EACH ONE OF YOU.

I WORK, I WORK WITH YOU.

IT'S ABOUT THE MINORITIES, THE TAXI DRIVERS, THE 5,800 PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR ME LAST TIME WHEN I RAN FOR ELECTION AND I'D ASKED YOU JUST LET GOD BE THE JUDGE AND I SAY, YOU KNOW THAT I'M THE PERSON THAT YOU CAN WORK WITH.

I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH ALCOHOLICS SINCE THE EIGHTIES MAYOR WALLS.

WE WORK TOGETHER WITH THE CHAMBER, A MEASURE D WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO DRAFT IT WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

WE SUPPORTED YOU ON THE RED LIGHT INITIATIVE AND WHEN IT CAME TO FOX SHOCKS TO HELPING BRING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN INTO OKLAHOMA, WE WORK TOGETHER ON THAT.

THAT WAS GREAT.

GARY KENDRICK, WE WORKED TOGETHER ON THAT DEAN TO APPROVE ORDINANCE CASA GROUP AND BRINGING THE PEOPLE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION INTO MY OFFICE TO GET THEM TO SUPPORT YOU ON THAT.

THAT WAS A GREAT THING.

WE KINDA RAN OUT OF TIME AND, UH, BOB MCCLELLAN, STEVE GOBLE WORKING ON THINGS FOR YOU.

JUST CONSIDER SOMEBODY THAT IS A, AS A NATIVE, CONSIDER SOMEBODY THAT HAS DONE THE WORK.

CONSIDER A MINORITY, CONSIDER SOMEBODY THAT SUPPORTS WOMEN ISSUES AND CONSIDER SOMEBODY THAT ACTUALLY REMEMBERS RONALD REAGAN WHEN HE SAID THERE'S NO LIMITS TO THE AMOUNT OF GOOD YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU DON'T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, AMBER.

I APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY.

RAILS.

OKAY.

HI, MR. ELLIS.

REAL SORRY.

GOOD EVENING.

AND AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

I KNOW THIS IS A HARD PLACE TO BE FOR YOU TO MAKE ALL THIS DECISION AS A LONGSTANDING RESONANT OF 40 YEARS PLUS IN ALCOHOL.

AND I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE MANY ACCOLADES AND QUALIFICATIONS.

UH, THE ONE THAT I'M MOST PROUD OF, THOSE YOU'VE HEARD BEFORE.

I ATTENDED THE UNITED NATIONS IN 2012, UH, TO ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON THE BEHALF OF THE WOMAN OF STAT.

THE STATUS OF WOMEN ALSO BE IN A REPEATEDLY GUEST SPEAKER FOR CEDAR, FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IS A, IS ALSO, UM, SOMETHING THAT I'M VERY PROUD OF.

AND IN ADDITION, I JUST RECEIVED A NOMINATION THAT I'M GOING TO RECEIVE FROM THE SUMMIT CENTER OF SAN DIEGO FROM FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT I'VE GIVEN TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

SO I SAY WITH, I SAY ALL THAT BECAUSE I TAKE

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GREAT PRIDE IN SERVING A DIVERSE COMMUNITY.

I ALSO CHAIR THE WELCOME NEWCOMER NETWORK, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF 50 ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE REFUGEE ASYLEE AND IMMIGRANT ISSUES.

UM, MY MYSELF, I'M AN IMMIGRANT ALSO FROM MEXICO.

I KNOW THAT ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS WHERE 25%, 29% HERE IN ALCOHOL, BECAUSE I WAS THE CHAIR OF THE CENSUS LAST YEAR AND I'M ALSO INVOLVED IN THE CENSUS THIS YEAR.

I, THE COMMUNITIES OF THIS, I UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THIS COMMUNITY AND I'M ALSO A HOUSING ADVOCATE.

I WROTE A HUD GRANT JUST RECENTLY AND AN APRIL 29TH OF THIS YEAR.

I'M PROUD TO SAY I BROUGHT IN $900,000 TO OUR AGENCY TO SERVE HOUSING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HOUSING, EXCUSE ME, AGAINST HOUSING DISCRIMINATION.

UM, I'VE BEEN A RENTER.

NOW I'M A HOMEOWNER.

I ALSO BEGAN AS A VOLUNTEER AT MY AGENCY AND I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

I'M GETTING NERVOUS WITH THIS CLOCK HERE, BUT MOSTLY I RAISED MY CHILDREN GRANDCHILDREN HERE, JOHNSON SCHOOL TO EMERALD SCHOOL, TO THE ALCOHOL HIGH SCHOOL.

I SERVE ON THE POLICE CHIEF SPORT ON THE CHIEF OF POLICE SPORTS PROUDLY BECAUSE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF THE CITY AND ALCOHOL AND IT'S CONSTITUTES, I KNOW I'LL BE COMMITTED AND DEDICATED TO THE GREAT CITY TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS, HOMELESSNESS, ANTI-BULLYING, VETERAN AND SENIOR ISSUES, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ALL THE ISSUES.

I WILL LISTEN WITH COMPASSION AND TRANSPARENCY AND MOST OF ALL HONESTY.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

THANK YOU, MA'AM.

ONE, CARLOS MERCADO.

HI, MR RICARDO.

HOW ARE YOU? HELLO MAYOR CITY COUNCIL STAFF.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

FELLOW CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA.

MY NAME IS JUAN CARLOS MERCADO.

YOU CAN FIND ME AT DOT COM.

UM, MY STORY IS VERY SIMILAR TO EVERYONE HERE.

UM, BITS AND PIECES.

I AM AN IMMIGRANT.

I CAME HERE AT A YOUNG AGE.

I DIDN'T SPEAK ANY ENGLISH.

UM, SO I STRUGGLED WITH THAT.

UM, AT 19, I UH, ENLISTED IN THE ARMY.

I, UM, I'M A COMBAT INFANTRY VETERAN FROM IRAQ.

UH, I SPENT 10 YEARS THERE.

UH, ALSO ALUMNI FROM SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, UH, ROTC, A COMMISSIONED OFFICER, UM, 10 YEARS TOTAL IN THE ARMY, UH, DISABLED VETERAN.

UM, I GREW UP IN THE SOUTH BAY, UH, ALL THE WAY UP TO, UM, SOUTH OF THE EIGHT, ALL THE WAY TO CALEXICO THROUGHOUT MY LIFE.

UH, AND I CAN SAY, I CAN SAY I HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO SAY THAT I'VE BEEN HERE IN OKLAHOMA FOR YEARS.

AND WHAT SHOCKED ME, A PLEASANT SURPRISE WAS THAT THE PEOPLE, ERICA WHON ARE THE NICEST EVERYWHERE I GO.

YOU'RE GREETED, PEOPLE LOOK YOU IN THE EYE AND THEY SAY, HELLO, HOW ARE YOU? HOW'S YOUR DAY? THAT TO ME, THAT WAS JUST INCREDIBLE.

SO, SO, YOU KNOW, I, I'M VERY, I'M, YOU KNOW, I'M, I'M, I DUNNO, I'M, UM, IT, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT.

IT JUST, IT UNTOUCHED.

UM, UH, SO, YOU KNOW, UH, I, I JUST LOVE IT HERE.

I GUESS I'LL, I'LL, I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT.

I LOVE IT HERE.

UM, ON THE ISSUES, I WANT TO SAY, LIKE EVERYONE SAID, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT WE NEED AFFORDABLE DAYCARE.

OKAY.

WE NEED THAT.

I, I HEAR THAT FROM THE, UH, FROM A LOT OF THE, UH, UM, UH, FAMILIES, UM, UH, TO THE HOMELESS SITUATION.

PEOPLE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT.

WE CAN, WE CAN DO BETTER.

YOU'RE DOING GREAT.

WE CAN DO BETTER.

UM, THERE'S, THERE'S SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN THERE, RECREATIONAL ABUSE THERE.

UM, ALSO, UM, I'VE, I'VE BEEN AN ADVOCATE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES AND I'LL WRAP IT UP WITH THAT.

I'VE BEEN, I'VE BEEN FIGHTING THE DEPORTATION OF SOLDIERS.

WE ARE DEPORTING SOLDIERS.

I HAD HAD SUCCESS.

I AM THE FOUNDER OF THE PORT OF VETERANS OF AMERICA AT DOT COM AND I HAVE OVERTURNED DEPORTATIONS OF SOLDIERS.

UM, MY TIME IS UP.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO UM, TO, TO SPEAK AND UM, THE APPOINTMENT FOR US CITY COUNCIL.

THANKS FOR COMING, SIR.

AMANDA MCGIMPSEY HELLO.

WELCOME.

HELLO COUNCIL.

LET'S GET THAT RIGHT.

UH, GOOD EVENING.

UH, MY NAME IS AMANDA MCGIMPSEY AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING MY APPOINTMENT TONIGHT, A CITY COUNCIL WOMAN.

I WOULD BRING A DECADE OF BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS A PASSION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE.

I'VE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO TO COORDINATE STEM EDUCATION EVENTS.

AND HAVE CONSULTED WITH UM, ON STRATEGIC MARKETING AND OPERATIONS PLANS FOR THE EAST COUNTY HOMELESS TASK

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FORCE.

I AM ALSO CURRENTLY PURSUING MY MASTER'S OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION WITH A RESEARCH FOCUS ON HOMELESSNESS.

MY PRIORITIES ON CITY COUNCIL WOULD BE TO INCREASE A NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY SUPPORT BUSINESS AS FAR AS SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AND CREATE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR HOMELESSNESS.

THROUGH MY WORK WITH THE EAST COUNTY HOMELESS TASK FORCE, I BELIEVE A HOUSING FIRST APPROACH IS NEEDED TO SOLVE HOMELESSNESS.

I COMMEND THE COUNCIL FOR THEIR RECENT PROPOSAL TO US OF ESTABLISHING A ROTATING NIGHT SHELTER.

I WOULD ALSO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT REUNIFICATION EFFORTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSITIONAL HOUSING TO ADDRESS UH, AT RISK POPULATIONS.

AND FINALLY I WOULD PROMOTE REGIONAL COLLABORATION NOT ONLY WITH THE SURROUNDING CITIES IN EAST COUNTY BUT ALSO WITH LOCAL NONPROFITS WHO ARE WORKING TO TOP THE ISSUE TO SUPPORT THE SAFETY.

I WOULD FORM A CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO SUCCEED, INCLUDING A COMPETITIVE SALARY AS WELL AS PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING ON HOW TO DEAL WITH HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WOULD ALSO