El Cajon City Council race: the Candidates

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BEN KALASHO

What do you think are the most pressing issues in your community?

Without a doubt, the rapidly growing homeless population is one of the most pressing issues in our city. However, I would argue that the lack of action from the current mayor and old guard sitting council members are an even bigger problem.

BEN KALASHO

What do you think are the most pressing issues in your community?

Without a doubt, the rapidly growing homeless population is one of the most pressing issues in our city. However, I would argue that the lack of action from the current mayor and old guard sitting council members are an even bigger problem.

El Cajon is, in my opinion, on the brink of becoming bankrupt within the next 9-12 years due to our unfunded liabilities and outrageous pension commitments. Since being on the council for just two years, I am gravely concerned with the economics of our city. Most residents aren’t going to take the time to read 300+ pages of budget and relay on us, the officials to report back. Unfortunately, my colleagues aren’t well versed in budgets and this is where we see cities failing.

What do you believe the primary responsibility is of a city council member?

Our job is really simple: we give direction. We direct staff in various departments, such as Public Works, Police Department, Finance Department, etc., to act on the decisions we make at our regular Council meetings by a three council majority.

Furthermore, we are tasked with ensuring that public money is spent conservatively. Protecting families and working to maintain a clean city is also a large part of our duty. We constantly aim to make El Cajon more inviting and safe.

What do you most hope to accomplish if elected to represent your district?

Fletcher Hills and Grossmont areas require added law enforcement presence. I vow to add three new patrols for our area. Adding those additions will improve call time responses and maintain law and order.

Fletcher Hills and Grossmont areas primarily care about protecting their home values and those patrol additions will do just that. Round-the-clock area coverage is ideal for maintaining safe neighborhoods and safer neighborhoods means homes are worth more.

Councilman Gary Kendrick was reached for comment but did not respond to the East County Californian.