Monday, August 28, 2006

Desert Dispatch Article - August 28, 2006

Note - This is a copy of the actual article on the candidates with the responses edited. Only my portion is reprinted here. Hey, let the others get their own blog!

Meet your candidates

Lawrence "Larry" Halstead

Monday, August 28, 2006

He said he received a degree in political science from the University of California at Davis in 1976 and has spent a lifetime as a community activist fighting for issues such as the environment, freedom of choice in health care and civil rights and against government corruption.

He is founder and CEO of businesses relating to publishing, graphic arts, health product distribution, international marketing and political consultation, he said. Currently, he said, he is founder an director of the Earth Haven Foundation for Kids, a non-profit dedicated to advocating on behalf of children who are born addicted.

What really sets him aside from the other candidates, he said, is that he is the only viabl e voice for change and reform. He said he would not be the choice for anyone who likes the current leadership at city hall.

His priorities if elected would be youth and more activities to keep kids out of gangs, opening the Al Vigil pool and keeping the Henderson pool open as well as economic development with a more active enterprise zone and the support existing businesses in places such as Route 66 and the outlet malls.

Another priority would be safety, and he said he helped police get their recent pay raise. The city needs to realize it is ill-pre pared for any natural disaster such as an earthquake, he said. Pointing to the recent city raw sewage spill as an example of one of the challenges that face the city he said he would work hard to clean up the water supply.

The biggest challenges that face the city are supporting youth, economic development, fire, police, clean water and quality of life, he said.

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