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Steven Vargas

  • BBON Q&A with 2014 Brea City Council Candidate Brett Murdock

    3 years ago by

    Q&A by Carolyn Campbell


      As in the case of the 2012 City Council election, we are conducting another candidate Q&A to provide residents with detailed information about the 2014 Brea City Council office seekers. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision - we posed seven questions including two-part questions to five candidates, and one incumbent, who are vying for three Brea City Council seats.

        Incumbent: Brett Murdock

          New candidates: Steven Vargas, Cecilia Hupp, Glenn Parker, Michael Kim and Marc Harris.

            With the exception of Marc Harris, their responses are published in the order received.

              And finally, their email and/or website address is included, should you want to comment.

              Brett Murdock


                BBON: Please tell us your background and/or experience?

                  Brett: I have lived in Brea for 37 years and attended Arovista Elementary, Country Hills Elementary, the Brea Junior High, and graduated from the Brea High School. I have a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from UC San Diego and a Juris Doctorate degree from Chapman School of Law. My law practice is here in Brea and I’ve been a small business owner for over 18 years. I was elected to the Brea City Council in November of 2010 and elected Mayor in 2013. I currently represent Brea as the Chair of the Orange County Council of Governments, Chair of the Orange County Waste Management Commission, President of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities, Chair of the Operations Committee of the Orange County Sanitation District, and Regional councilmember of the Southern California Association of Governments.

                    BBON: People flock to Brea for many reasons. What attracted you to Brea?

                      Brett: I moved here when I was four years old. Brea is a community that has given me so much through great schools, boy scouts, youth sports - the list goes on and on. That same sense of community is the reason why I’ve chosen to make a life here with my wife Roni and son Henry.

                        BBON: What motivated you to run for this position? What do you want to see change?

                          Brett: Brea has given me a lot as a child growing up here and I want to give back. Brea has created a reputation as being one of the best cities around I want to continue the visionary and forward thinking that has made us the envy of so many.

                            BBON: What sets you apart from the other candidates? And do you share similar views with the other candidates?

                              Brett: I have been on the Brea City Council since 2010 and Mayor since December of 2013. I also currently represent Brea as the Chair of the Orange County Council of Governments, Chair of the Orange County Waste Management Commission, President of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities, Chair of the Operations Committee of the Orange County Sanitation District, and Regional councilmember of the Southern California Association of Governments. This experience as a leader in government has given me the tools to help keep Brea moving forward.

                                BBON: What is the first ordinance you will bring forward on council?

                                  Brett: I have been working very hard to bring the City Council and the School District together to revitalize the Lagos de Moreno Park at Laurel Elementary School. I hope this will be one of the first things we can accomplish together as a community in the new year.

                                    BBON: We are approaching our centennial year in 2017, what do you see as the city’s most significant accomplishments?

                                      Brett: Brea’s focus on a balanced and vibrant economy over the last 40 years by bringing the Mall to Brea, redeveloping the downtown, and encouraging smart growth has been the cornerstone of Brea’s success. This is the reason why Brea has such great community amenities, excellent schools, and superior public services.

                                        My wife is Roni - short for Veronica. My son is Henry - but if you ask him his name, he calls himself "Hank."

                                        BBON: What accomplishments are you proudest of?

                                          Brett: I convinced my amazing wife Roni to marry me and then we had the greatest little boy Henry. We are so lucky to live in this beautiful city.

                                            BrettM@cityofbrea.net

  • BBON Q&A with 2014 Brea City Council Candidate Mike Kim

    3 years ago by

    Q&A by Carolyn Campbell


      As in the case of the 2012 City Council election, we are conducting another candidate Q&A to provide residents with detailed information about the 2014 Brea City Council office seekers. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision - we posed seven questions including two-part questions to five candidates, and one incumbent, who are vying for three Brea City Council seats.

        Incumbent: Brett Murdock

          New candidates: Steven Vargas, Cecilia Hupp, Glenn Parker, Michael Kim and Marc Harris.

            With the exception of Marc Harris, their responses are published in the order received.

              And finally, their email and/or website address is included, should you want to comment.

                Mike Kim


                  BBON: Please tell us your background and/or experience?

                    Mike: I am a Professional Civil Engineer and have provided municipal engineering consultation for cities in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. I have served as Public Works Director/City Engineer and Interim Community Development Director. I have participated and provided consultation in high level decision making processes and critical negotiations involving municipal government administration. I am currently serving as Brea Planning Commissioner.

                      BBON: People flock to Brea for many reasons. What attracted you to Brea?

                        Mike: Brea is a unique and vibrant community that provides residents with convenience, security, and high quality of life. Brea has achieved outstanding accomplishments that are not common in many cities. We have successful regional mall, downtown development that is evolving into a destination location in Orange County, and good education system second to none . Brea is great choice for growing families, and I chose to live in Brea to raise my family. My children have been born, educated, and raised in Brea. Brea has been my home for past 30 years. I have also been a business owner of Brea since 2001.

                          BBON: What motivated you to run for this position? What do you want to see change?

                            Mike: Brea is growing with new developments, changing demographics, and crowding in schools. Brea is facing fiscal challenges such as unfunded public pension system, state claims on local funds, and removal of Redevelopment Agency by the Governor. Brea is also facing tough decisions to continue maintaining good quality fire and safety services. In order to safeguard high quality of life, public safety, and property values in Brea, tough choices and decisions have to be made. It is vital to me and residents of Brea, that vibrant economy and quality of life in Brea needs to be safeguarded. I chose to run at this critical time to offer my vision and expertise to keep Brea moving forward toward brighter future.

                              BBON: What sets you apart from the other candidates? And do you share similar views with the other candidates?

                                Mike: I am a resident and business owner of Brea that shares same concerns with the majority of Brea residents and business owners. I am not a career politician and I do not have any other political aspirations. I believe I have unique qualification as experienced professional engineer and municipal consultant for past 35 years to bring to bear my "nut and bolts" knowledge and experience to make sure right decisions and agreements are made as we move forward with new challenges.

                                  BBON: What is the first ordinance you will bring forward on council?

                                    Mike: Brea has changed from a sleepy oil town to today's dynamic suburban city with new homes, myriad of retail stores, manufacturing companies, research and development firms, and professional service businesses. With growth comes potential for special interests and competitive motivations that will require close scrutiny and improvements in regulations. Therefore, first ordinance that I wish to introduce is to limit political contribution from any one source to $3,000.00 and provide for City Council term limits to consecutive two terms.

                                      BBON: We are approaching our centennial year in 2017, what do you see as the city’s most significant accomplishments?

                                        Mike: Brea has achieved many remarkable accomplishments in nearly 100 years since incorporation as city. Brea has evolved into a vibrant community of homes and businesses from being an oil production community. In recent times, Brea, through diligent planning and effort, became a regional shopping center with development of Brea Mall, an entertainment and dining destination with outstanding downtown redevelopment, development of balanced price range of affordable homes, beautification of commercial areas with Arts in Public Places, full service police and fire departments, and outstanding schools. Therefore, most outstanding accomplishments of Brea is total of all these achievements that has made Brea an enviable community in Orange County.

                                          Top row, left to right: John Dohrmann, Son-in-Law, Krystin Kim Dohrmann, Daughter, Michelle Kim, Daughter, Eric Kim, Son. Bottow row, left to right: Dean Dohrmann, Grandson and Tate Dohrmann, Grandson.


                                            BBON: What accomplishments are you proudest of?

                                              Mike: I have worked all my life to enhance the quality of life for the public as I practice my profession as civil engineer constructing public works improvements. I take great pride in my profession and opportunity to serve the public.
  • BBON Q&A with 2014 Brea City Council Candidate Glenn Parker

    3 years ago by

    Q&A by Carolyn Campbell


      As in the case of the 2012 City Council election, we are conducting another candidate Q&A to provide residents with detailed information about the 2014 Brea City Council office seekers. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision - we posed seven questions including two-part questions to five candidates, and one incumbent, who are vying for three Brea City Council seats.

        Incumbent: Brett Murdock

          New candidates: Steven Vargas, Cecilia Hupp, Glenn Parker, Michael Kim and Marc Harris.

            With the exception of Marc Harris, their responses are published in the order received.

              And finally, their email and/or website address is included, should you want to comment.

                Glenn Parker

                BBON: Please tell us your background and/or experience?

                  Glenn: COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE: • Elected Brea City Treasurer: 2004- Present • Brea City Council Member : 1990-98, Mayor: 1994 & 1998 • Chairman: Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority: 1994 - Present • Board Member: O.C. Sanitation District • Past Board President: North Hills HOA • St Angela Merici SUMMERFEST: Volunteer, Committee Member & Past Event Chairman: 1987-2014 • Past President: Hills For Everyone

                    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: • Fire Inspector • Founder – Previous Owner, Community Management Company • Regional Marketing Manager, International Insurance Company

                      EDUCATION: • California State Fire Training, Santa Ana College • Graduate Studies, Claremont Graduate School • B.S. Business Management, Cal Poly Pomona

                        BBON: People flock to Brea for many reasons. What attracted you to Brea? • Housing • Proximity to shopping, services & the 57 Freeway • The Small Town Feeling • Good Schools

                          BBON: What motivated you to run for this position? What do you want to see change?

                            Glenn: For several years I have observed the following: • Lack of inclusive, respectful Council debate of the issues. • A failure to continue to utilize regular public engagement to identify community values to craft solutions to community problems.

                              It is my hope that my experience, knowledge and interpersonal skills will enable me to contribute to the development of an effective problem solving team.

                                BBON: What sets you apart from the other candidates? And do you share similar views with the other candidates?

                                  Glenn: I think we all want what’s in the best interest of the community. What sets us apart is how we will achieve those goals.

                                    First, how can we really know and understand the community’s values and priorities unless we have regular dialogue with our constituents (i.e. public engagement)? I welcome opportunities to dialogue with the community and understand diverse points of view.

                                      Second, it’s not enough for a Council Member to simply have an opinion. It takes three votes to pass a motion. So to move your ideas forward you must possess the interpersonal skills necessary to develop positive constructive working relationships with ALL your Council colleagues. I have these skills, and my accomplishments while working on previous Councils demonstrate that I know how to use them.

                                        Once an issue has been thoroughly evaluated, respectfully and objectively debated, and the vote taken, all Council Members must move on to the next community priority and start anew. The community cares about the Council working on the issues that matter; not on personal animosities. My focus has always been on the issues.

                                          BBON: What is the first ordinance you will bring forward on council?

                                            Glenn: There are many issues that would not require the enactment of an ordinance to address them. The answer to this question depends upon the priorities determined by our constituents. Brea has not had a master plan to guide it for over 10 years. Our first task must be to work with the community to develop a multi-year strategic plan based upon their values and priorities.

                                              BBON: We are approaching our centennial year in 2017, what do you see as the city’s most significant accomplishments?

                                                • Long-term Fiscal Stability • Diverse Community Services and Cultural Opportunities • Successful rejuvenation of our Downtown • Effective maintenance of the City’s infrastructure (streets, facilities, sewers, etc.) • Preservation of open space and the creation of Chino Hills State Park, an amenity of statewide significance.

                                                Mary Jo, my love for 42 + years, and grandchildren Parker & Abbie. (courtesy of Glenn Parker)


                                                  BBON: What accomplishments are you proudest of?

                                                    Glenn: During my Council & Treasurer's tenure I accomplished the following:

                                                      • Fiscal: • Balanced eight Fiscal Year Budgets • Increased City Reserves, reduced spending and the size of city government • Established a conservative Investment Policy that preserved principal & met cash-flow demands • Questioned expenditures and required audits to ensure money was spent per city policies and standards • Open Government / Community Engagement: • Initiated and facilitated multiple Town Hall Meetings and other community engagement workshops • Guided downtown revitalization as Co-chair of a Brea Project Task Force • Updated City’s General Plan as a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee • Open Space Preservation: • Created the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority as founding Board Member. • Implemented the Hillside Preservation Ordinance • Public Safety: • Purchased the City’s first ladder truck • Implemented Community Oriented Policing and added the bike patrol • Quality of Life: • Accumulated funding and began property acquisition for the Sports Park • Led a citizen committee which established the Brea Community Center • Initiated research on Rails to Trails Program being used for The Tracks @ Brea • Created and initiated the Mayor’s Youth Community Service Award Program

                                                        glenn4brea@gmail.com

  • BBON Q&A with 2014 Brea City Council Candidate Cecilia Hupp

    3 years ago by

    Q&A by Carolyn Campbell


      As in the case of the 2012 City Council election, we are conducting another candidate Q&A to provide residents with detailed information about the 2014 Brea City Council office seekers. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision - we posed seven questions including two-part questions to five candidates, and one incumbent, who are vying for three Brea City Council seats.

        Incumbent: Brett Murdock

          New candidates: Steven Vargas, Cecilia Hupp, Glenn Parker, Michael Kim and Marc Harris.

            With the exception of Marc Harris, their responses are published in the order received.

              And finally, their email and/or website address is included, should you want to comment.

                Cecilia Hupp


                  BBON: Please tell us your background and/or experience?

                    Cecilia: I have been a Brea business owner since 1983 and a resident since 1988. Through our business I have worked closely with city staff for many years. I have also been a member of the Board of Directors of our homeowners association since its inception in 1988. I was also a very involved parent through school and youth sports in Brea when the children were in school.

                      BBON: People flock to Brea for many reasons. What attracted you to Brea?

                        Cecilia: I got to know Brea and its residents through our business and loved the friendly, small town atmosphere. The quality of our Brea schools was a big draw as well.

                          BBON: What motivated you to run for this position? What do you want to see change?

                            Cecilia: Our business is well established, our children are out of school and have families of their own and it is time to give back to the community. I would like to see our Council function as a team again and feel I have the skill set to accomplish that. We have so many challenges to face as a city and we need the right team in place to meet those challenges.

                              BBON: What sets you apart from the other candidates? And do you share similar views with the other candidates?

                                Cecilia: My experience as a small business owner has taught me to find creative solutions to problems, to work as team with our staff and to be open to the ideas of others. I think some of us have very similar views and want to do what is right for the community.

                                  BBON: What is the first ordinance you will bring forward on council?

                                    Cecilia: One of the first items I would like to address is the policy of foreign travel being paid for with taxpayer dollars. Is this really the best use of our money? This is a policy that needs to be changed.

                                      BBON: We are approaching our centennial year in 2017, what do you see as the city’s most significant accomplishments?

                                        Cecilia: The City of Brea has so many significant accomplishments. Bringing the 57 Freeway through Brea has really put us on the map. The Mall has been a draw to people from all over the county. Birch Street Promenade has also become a destination for many outside of our city as well as a great place for our residents. All of this has been accomplished while still maintaining our small town atmosphere.

                                          Top row, left to right: Son Sean, my mom Hashi, granddaughter Ella, husband Scott, daughter Dani and the handsome little guy on the side is Ozzy. Bottom row, left to right: Daughter-in-law Nicole Flores, son-in-law Daniel Scott and granddaughter Flannery. (courtesy Cecilia Hupp)


                                            BBON: What accomplishments are you proudest of?

                                              Cecilia: As camp as it sounds, my family. I have a wonderful and supportive husband and kind successful children who have blessed me with two terrific granddaughters. After that I am proud of the personal sacrifices my family and I made in order to keep our business open and all of our employees working during one of the toughest economic times California has faced.
  • BBON Q&A with 2014 Brea City Council Candidate Steven Vargas

    3 years ago by

    Q&A by Carolyn Campbell


      As in the case of the 2012 City Council election, we are conducting another candidate Q&A to provide residents with detailed information about the 2014 Brea City Council office seekers. In an effort to help voters make an informed decision - we posed seven questions including two-part questions to five candidates, and one incumbent, who are vying for three Brea City Council seats.

        Incumbent: Brett Murdock

          New candidates: Steven Vargas, Cecilia Hupp, Glenn Parker, Michael Kim and Marc Harris.

            With the exception of Marc Harris, their responses are published in the order received.

              And finally, their email and/or website address is included, should you want to comment.

              Lisa and Steven Vargas


                BBON: Please tell us your background and/or experience?

                  Steven: Political: Former Councilmember 1998-2002, Executive Assistance to OC Board of Supervisor, 3rd District 1998-2000, Member OC Veterans Advisory Board, Library Board and Housing Boards.

                    Community: Chairman of North Orange County Veterans Club, 2012-current, former VFW Commander 1995, American Legion Commander, 2012, former President Placentia B&G Club 1995-96. Current BSA merit badge counselor and former Executive. Military: Former Navy Diver, current Seabee (Construction Battalion) Chief Warrant Officer with 18 years of service.

                      BBON: People flock to Brea for many reasons. What attracted you to Brea?

                        Steven: I have lived in for 24 years, moving into a condo on Redwood Street in 1990. I met and married by neighbor Lisa Malin, so I suppose; Lisa is what “attracted” me to Brea. I do recall in the 80’s coming way out this way from Fullerton to go horseback riding in Carbon Canyon, I have always enjoyed that rural feel.

                          BBON: What motivated you to run for this position? What do you want to see change?

                            Steven: I am a navy reservist, each time I return from an operation or deployment I have run for City Council simply to continue to serve. I am motivated by service either to my country or my city.

                              Each time I have run, I have brought up issues that end up being picked up by other candidates and eventually implemented, so I know I am still working towards positive results and improvement. I would like to see us much or open and transparent in regards to city operations and decision making.

                                BBON: What sets you apart from the other candidates? And do you share similar views with the other candidates?

                                  Steven: I have the most experience implementing change within city council due to my perseverance and determination to see through positive contributions that may not be popular with current city leadership.

                                    I share similar view with each candidate that I am committed to serve and put time and effort into campaigning to earn your vote. I do not share the view with those who take staff reports as their only source of information needed to make thoughtful decisions. I would represent the citizens of Brea, not the Unions or highly paid Executive Management.

                                      BBON: What is the first ordinance you will bring forward on council?

                                        Steven: I am hopeful to fully implement the successful Measure T which passed with 60% of the vote in 2012, which took away perks to elected officials and limited executive compensation. It is only halfway implemented due to legal maneuvers of our own city attorney, we voted for it the city council should fully implement

                                          BBON: We are approaching our centennial year in 2017, what do you see as the city’s most significant accomplishments?

                                            Steven: After nearly 100 years; to have a significant tax revenue base without completely destroying our hillside backdrop that serves as source of tranquility and improves property values for us all.

                                              Three of our five daughters at Jennifer's wedding to JR Willingham, a BOHS Graduate (2000), May 2014 (courtesy of Steven Vargas)


                                                BBON: What accomplishments are you proudest of?

                                                  Steven: Personally, it would be raising 5 daughters during the 90’s and 2000’s with them still willing to call me dad….I barely made it some years! Secondly would be to have 4 grandchildren and 1 on the way and loving every minute of being a visiting Papi to them all. That is very satisfying.




                                                          Steven Vargas

                                                            Brea City Council Candidate
  • BBON to conduct City Council Candidates Q&A

    3 years ago by

    Given our recent repost of the Orange County Register's local news article titled: Councilman's call for change has supporters - we would like to relay to our followers that we are planning to make an equal effort in working towards focusing on all the participants running for a city council seat in the upcoming election on November 4, 2014.


      As our mission clearly states, we stand for unity in keeping Brea a thriving community. And at this time, the consensus clearly has shown that there is definitely a division amongst our council members.

        On that note, we will conduct another election Q&A. As in the past election on November 6, 2012, it will be fair and unbiased and operated on a first come, first served basis. So far candidate Steven Vargas will be featured first with Mayor Brett Murdock second in line.

          BBON will maintain a friendly approach of questions, giving readers a personal perspective on each participant running for a seat on Brea’s city council. Our goal is to further help voters to make an informed decision.

            Stay tuned!

  • BBON Q&A Family Talk with 2012 Brea City Candidate – Steven Vargas

    5 years ago by

    The City of Brea has one incumbent and four challengers in the race for City Council. There are two seats open for a four-year term on the council, starting in December 2012 and ending in December 2016. The Brea City Council candidates are:

    Incumbent:

    Marty Simonoff

    New candidates: Christopher Parkin, Christine Marick, Steven Vargas, and Tory Stone.

    Glenn Parker will continue his position as Brea City Treasurer as he is not faced with challengers in November.

    We are focusing on the “softer side” of the Brea City Council candidates in the order we received them. So far, we heard from Chris Parkin, Christine Marick and Marty Simonoff. Today we are featuring Steven Vargas, a resident of Brea for 22 years. For further information about Steven visit http://www.abetterbrea.com.

    Brea City Council candidate Steven Vargas

    Why are you running for Brea City Council?

    Brea is the economic engine of North Orange County. We must lead by example with real pension reform and maintain a vibrant business community. We must start living within our means and reverse the trend of excessive executive compensation by enacting more conservative pay formulas and accounting for pensions responsibly. In the case of the Yorba Linda Police contract, services were rendered and payments made over the past 42 years. Yorba Linda has paid the pension liabilities owed for their officers; the amount due from Brea to CalPers is greater than $70,000,000. I am running for City Council in Brea to ensure we focus on our future financial health by addressing our past financial missteps with action now, not next election.

    Like you, I believe that Brea is the greatest place in California to live, work and raise a family. Let’s keep it that way, preserving our way of life and preparing us for a bright future full of opportunity.

    Brea faces some of the most serious financial and public policy issues in its history. My voting record as a former council member consistently supported financial security and accountability. I have the leadership and practical experience to hit the ground running and to tackle difficult issues now!

    What is your current occupation?

    I am a Business owner and military reservist, Chief Petty Officer.

    What is your spouse’s name and occupation?

    Lisa, my wife, is a National Sales Manager in the Food Industry.

    The Vargas’s celebrating their 18 Anniversary at the Bellagio.

    What are the names and ages of your children?

    Lisa and I have five daughters: Shae-30, Emergency Room RN; Lauren-28, Senior at CSF; Tina-26 Model in LA; Jennifer-25, Senior care LVN; Stefanie-23, Student in Philadelphia.

    How many grandchildren do you have? And what are their ages?

    We have two grandchildren: Raycen, Age 6, and Mikayla, age 11.

    Do you have family pets?

    Yes, there’s Jackson, a water friendly yellow lab age 4, Olive, our Yorkie mix age 2, 12 Koi fish and 6 large pond turtles.

    What is your favorite family meal?

    A home cooked meal of steak, mashed potatoes and Lisa’s famous salad.

    Where do you volunteer?

    City of Hope major fundraiser, gearing up for 7 annual 24 hour Swing Dance-a-thon at Irvine Spectrum.; Brea American Legion Commander (1995), Brea Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander (2010), Fundraiser and former Executive for Club Scout Troop 875 and BSA Merit Badge Counselor.

    Tell us something unique and interesting about you & your family?

    We love to laugh and have frequent events at our home where everyone feels welcome and secure enough to sleep over if needed. Once you are in the family, it is difficult to get out.

         

  • BBON Q&A Family Talk with 2012 Brea City Council Candidate – Marty Simonoff

    5 years ago by

    In the City of Brea, there is one incumbent and four challengers in the race for City Council. There are two seats open for a four-year term on the council, starting in December 2012 and ending in December 2016. The Brea City Council candidates are:

    Incumbent:

    Marty Simonoff 

    New candidates: Christopher Parkin, Christine Marick, Steven Vargas, and Tory Stone

    Glenn Parker will continue his position as Brea City Treasurer as he is not faced with challengers in November.

    We are focusing on the Brea City Council candidates in the order we received them.  Monday, we heard from Chris Parkin, yesterday we showcased Christine Marick; today we are featuring Marty Simonoff, a resident of Brea for 31 years. For further information on Marty visit www.vote-marty.com.

    Brea City Council candidate Marty Simonoff

    Why are you running for Brea City Council?

    I have always worked and based all decisions on what is best for all of Brea based on all of the facts.   I will withhold my opinion on an issue until all of the aspects are known and thoroughly discussed.  I believe this conduct brings an independent thought process to the council regarding decision making that is important in reaching a proper conclusion to issues we face.

    For example, when I witnessed the council receiving a boost in monetary benefits during a recession I fought to have them returned.  It took almost six (6) months of vigilance to get my colleagues to do the right thing, but doing what is right and proper is what I believe in.  This independence combined with my experience and background has allowed Brea to continue to be a premiere city even in the face of a prolonged recession.  I have worked to protect our tax dollars, cut costs where necessary – including pension reform for Brea employees to save moving forward, yet maintain programs that are important to our community.

    I seek another term on the Brea City Council to continue to serve in this manner of placing the community first, by continuing to work with the Brea residents to understand your vision for the future of our city, and set a plan in place to make that happen.  There is a quote placed on my Facebook web page that I believe describes one aspect of what I bring to the citizens of Brea in seeking an additional term on the council –

    "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

    Pictured is Marty Simonoff with Ed Royce, who is the U.S. Representative for California's 40th congressional district.

    Your current occupationFirst, I retired as a Police Captain from the City of Huntington Park, a job that I truly enjoyed. Following my retirement I worked with my uncles in their solid waste collection company in Lakewood. The company was sold 9 years ago and the current owners retained my services with the company to work Governmental Affairs in cities that they operate in Los Angeles County.

    Your spouse’s name and occupationMy wife (Karen) worked as a Teachers Aide in the Special Education Department for the Brea-Olinda School District (Brea-Olinda High School) for 22 years and is now a fulltime housewife.

    Your children’s names, ages and personality typesLisa (34) is outgoing, social and caring. Jake (30) is also an outgoing, social and caring person.

    Number of grandchildren and namesTwo grandchildren, Jaclyn & John.

    Favorite family activitygetting together with the entire family for any occasion. My son and I playing golf (he is just starting to play).

    Favorite family mealany meal that the entire family is together.

    Favorite family vacationWhen the kids were young it was the River or Lake, now it is going on a cruise with my wife or traveling different cities in the US.

    Volunteering activities I volunteer for a variety of activities with the Brea Lions Club of which I have been a member for many years. Activities include the Brea Lions Scout Center and many, many pancake breakfasts served to Brea Soccer, Little League and Scouts.

    In the past I have volunteered in the kitchen at St Angela Merici cooking for the homeless and needy. I also served as Chair for the Brea Chamber of Commerce Golf Committee for over 10 years.

             

  • BBON Q&A Family Talk with 2012 Brea City Council Candidate – Christine Marick

    5 years ago by

    In the City of Brea, there is one incumbent and four challengers in the race for City Council. There are two seats open for a four-year term on the council, starting in December 2012 and ending in December 2016. The Brea City Council candidates are:

    Incumbent: Marty Simonoff

    New Candidates: Christopher Parkin, Christine Marick, Steven Vargas, and Tory Stone.

    Glenn Parker will continue his position as Brea City Treasure as he is not faced with challengers in November.

    We are focusing on the Brea City Council candidates in the order we received them. Yesterday, we heard from Chris Parking, today we are focusing on Christine Marick, a resident of Brea for nine years. For further information on Christine visit www.christineforbrea.com.

    Brea City Council candidate Christine Marick

    Why are you running for City Council?

    It’s time for new, positive energy and ideas on our City Council. I have the intellect, ability, and experience to change our City Council for the better. I am a fiscal conservative, a consensus builder, and an independent thinker.

    My commitment to Brea residents is to ensure that city resources – the taxes we all pay – are used in the most efficient way possible. With my professional background in municipal finance and MBA focused in finance and accounting, I have a thorough understanding of city budgeting and financial reporting. And, as Vice Chair of Brea’s Planning Commission, I make smart development decisions for our city.

    Of course, it is important that our City Council is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds. It has been 12 years since Brea elected a woman to the City Council.

    What is your current occupation?

    I most recently worked in municipal finance as a Credit Analyst monitoring the finances of cities, states, and other local governments. Right now I am mom to my two children and also Vice Chair of Brea’s Planning Commission.

    What is your spouse’s name and occupation?

    My husband, Greg, leads a college of art and design in Orange County.

    Tell us about your children?

    My eight year old daughter is a typical older sibling, and my four year old son is testing limits right now.

    The Marick family

    The Marick family

    Where is your favorite hangout in Brea?

    Our first Brea home was an Ash Street Cottage so we love to hang out downtown on Birch Street. You can find us there almost every week at the Farmer’s Market.

    Share a favorite family meal.

    One of our favorite family traditions is Tuesday night at Fresca’s. But when the kids are with grandma, my husband and I head to Cha Cha’s.

    What type of physical activity does your family like doing together?

    All four of us are pursuing our black belts in Tae Kwon Do at TKD Masters here in Brea, proving the adage that the family who kicks together sticks together.

    What type of volunteering activities do you participate in?

    I volunteer at both of my children’s schools throughout the year and as an Alumni Interviewer for my alma mater, Georgetown University. Of course, my service on Brea’s Planning Commission is on a volunteer basis.

    Tell us something unique and interesting about you & your family?

    My family was featured in Sunset Magazine’s 2006 article on Brea as the “Best

  • BBON Q&A With 2012 Brea City Council Candidate Chris Parkin

    5 years ago by

    When making an informed political decision, we want to gather as much information as possible about the candidates.  Aside from finding out the candidate’s stance on issues and plan to get the job done efficiently, we are also interested in learning the candidate’s personality type in order to determine if they have the character to interact well with others, which is an important component in getting the long-term job done successfully.

    In Brea we have five candidates in the race for City Council.  There are two seats open for a four-year term on the council, starting in December 2012 and ending in December 2016. The Brea City Council candidates are:

    Incumbent:

    Marty Simonoff 

    New candidates:

    Christopher Parkin, Christine Marick, Steven Vargas and Tory Stone.

    Glenn Parker will continue his position as Brea City Treasurer as he is not faced with challengers in November.

    We are focusing on the Brea City Council candidates in the order we received them.  First on our list is Chris Parkin. Chris is available to answer your questions at ChrisParkin2012@rocketmail.com.

    Brea City Council candidate Chris Parkin

    Why are you running for Brea City Council?
    I'm running because I wasn't happy with the way the city council was handling the city's finances. I think the city debt is too high, and steps need to be taken to address this problem
    What is your current occupation?
        I currently work as an IT Specialist at New American Funding.
    Where is your hometown?
            I was born in Fullerton.
    Do you have a family pet(s)?
                I have a 3yr old black lab named Coco.
    Where is your favorite hangout in Brea?
                    I enjoy going to Downtown Brea to view movies and to attend events such as the car show and the Farmer's Market.
    How many years have you lived in Brea?
                        13 years. My family moved here from Anaheim when I was 9.
    Tell us something unique and interesting about you?
                            I'm an avid film photographer, both black & white and color. I process and develop my own film. I also love Polaroid.
    List your volunteering activities.
                                Recently, I helped to renovate a worn down church in Anaheim. I've also read stories to children in the library during summer events.
    What are your favorite sports/activities?
                                  Restoring old cars and motorcycles.
    Name a favorite vacation.
                                    Camping in the rain in San Clemente. I got little sleep trying to keep the tent from caving in and trying to stay warm amid rain seeping into the tent. It was the coldest, best, and worst camping experience of my life. I love a challenge.