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Issues Matter Most in 2018 Local Elections

I do not believe that we need to dethrone a city council member by personal attacks like what happened in 2014, but the issues matter more in how Ontario Council Member Alan Wapner has conducted himself in regional organizations such as the Southern California Association of Governments and San Bernardino County Transportation Authority should be the main and only factor.

In the high desert, two members of SBCTA did get dethroned in 2016. However, we must be careful in who replaces people such as Alan Wapner if the opportunity arises. Blanca Gomez replaced Ryan McEachron in Victorville and she has become an opposite in what we want in a council member. Even though a growing number do not want toll lanes or easier passage of transportation taxes, we do not want radicals either where Blanca is an advocate for open borders and wants unqualified people to be planning commissioners.

The minimum we should ask for from our SBCTA members is the following:

Toll roads should be voted on by the residents of the counties involved.

Transportation taxes should not become permanent and continue to ask for voter re-authorization.

Threshold to lower passage of tax increases should not be lowered nor advocacy should be encouraged. The merits of transportation projects should be the main factor if voters want to increase their taxes with the 2/3rds requirement.

Bus Rapid Transit should be prohibited if lanes of traffic are blocked off from regular use.