Why support John Timmer?
My name is Gloria Henley and I live in the 4th District. I’ve been very disappointed with the outcome on several issues.
I understand that your paper supports John Timmer and would like to know why. He voted for the 20-year Burrtec Contract “deal” and has supported the Harmony project, even though we have defeated Harmony in court, they’ve found loopholes to bypass the voters and community has now lost the ability to have a say on an issue we’ve already expressed of desires regardng this project for our community.
Harmony will end up costing “us” higher taxes and very likely even special assessments, higher water and utility cost and infrastructure cost. The Burrtec contract wasn’t put out for bid, (illegal) we had no say in it being put into our property taxes — this will effect some of our house notes and that makes a difference for us retirees and us on fixed income.
We need transparency, we need someone who’s interested in our voice, and not making statements like “we tell them (voters/community) what to do not them telling us” (paraphrased).
There are other issues such as forcing small businesses to close, not being willing to come into the modern media age and have the meetings televised, which would go a long way toward transparency. We need someone with a fresh new, open perspective and attitude to represent the 4th District.
Gloria Henley, Highland
Reject Gularte’s liberal agenda
As most everyone knows, there is a race for the Highland City Council in District 4 between incumbent John Timmer and the unproven and unknown Gilda Gularte. For all intents and purposes, District 4 covers the geographical area from Church Avenue on the east end, west to State Route 210. The results of this race have the potential to impact not only the citizens of District 4 but every single one of us who call Highland home.
Some will argue partisan politics have no place in city government. The role of a city council should be to put partisanship aside and collectively do what is best for the city and her citizens. The sad reality is partisan politics have made its way into local governments and it is here to stay.
The Democrats have done a good job infiltrating all levels of government, large and small, across our country, from school boards to water boards, judgeships, municipal governments etc., all in an effort to advance the liberal agenda and change our culture and way of life.
Highland is no exception. Currently, our City Council consists of three Republicans (Timmer, Penny Lilburn and Larry McCallon) and two Democrats (Jesse Chavez and Anaeli Solano). The millennial Democrats, Chavez and Solano, were elected in 2016. Solano is up for re-election this year, however, she went uncontested and will retain her seat.
If the unknown Gularte defeats Timmer this will shift the political make up of our City Council to three Democrats and two Republicans until 2020 when all five seats will be up for election. While two years may seem like a relatively short period of time, much damage can be inflicted on our city and we should not want to take this risk!
As a frequent vocal critic of our city leadership, I have my issues with Timmer. However, these issues absolutely pale in comparison to what our city will encounter should Gularte get elected!
I urge those of you in District 4 to vote FOR Timmer as your council representative and REJECT Gularte!
SAVE HIGHLAND FROM THE LIBERAL AGENDA!
Mark E. Falcone, Highland
Gularte will be an asset on the council
Gilda Gularte will be a continued city asset, but even a greater new asset to the citizens and the city of Highland as councilwoman. She brings a continued fresh face to the City Council with her progressive goals and community involvement.
John Timmer has been around for many years. Maybe he has been consumed by big developers. Timmer mentions that housing is needed, however, real affordable housing is what’s needed. He didn’t change his mind on the Harmony project, he merely pulled his approval and wants a new plan submitted. The long-term concerns of the citizens are still there, they were just delayed.
Highland needs more large restaurants and consumer businesses.
We shouldn’t have to go to Redlands or San Bernardino for the movies and a family night out. We need to improve our infrastructure and roads around the entire city, not just east side of Highland.
Gilda will be transparent open to greater community involvement.
I love her idea about televised or online streamed council meetings. There is almost no cost to that with social media.
The council needs a continued growth of fresh new leaders. Timmer didn’t have prior council experience when he first ran so that in itself is not a disqualifying requirement to be a successful council member,
Let’s vote for change in November. Highland residents in District 4, elect Gilda Gularte to the Highland City Council.
Henry Salazar, Highland
Be thankful that Timmer is running
I have known John TImmer for more than 25 years. He is an honest and caring person.
John has always had the interest of the entire community foremost in his concerns and actions. He cares about the entire community and not just part of it.
He has served Highland well as both a planning commissioner and council member.
We are fortunate he is willing to continue to serve.
I support John Timmer for City Council.
Sam Racadio, Highland
John Timmer has had his chance
Gilda Gularte has my vote for Highland City Council District 4. Gilda has a vision for the city. Timmer may have had a vision 26 years ago but the Highland Community News endorsing him based on his experience is laughable.
Let that sink in: 26 years. His vision has apparently included: no businesses or decent tax base, increased crime — with the worst San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department service contract in the county — increased traffic, schools that are overflowing, poorly utilized and/or misused open spaces, lack of parks and community services. The list goes on.
Improvements under Timmer? I’ve seen improvements to the Immanuel Baptist compound that he attends and lots of new fast-food restaurants. This will not sustain a city. Especially when with Timmer’s support this council sold out the citizens of this city to developers on the Harmony project. Where is the community benefit agreement? There isn’t one.
Highland needs a vision. Gilda has that vision. Gilda’s vision includes obtaining alternate sources of revenue for the city to combat the very real revenue problem that current city leaders have refused to address responsibly. Gilda has the the integrity, knowledge and dedication to help guide our town in a sustainable direction while keeping the small town community feel that Highland had 20 years ago.
I’m a 21-year Highland resident and a proud member of Teamsters Local 1932. I’m proud to support and vote for Gularte for Highland City Council District 4.
Susan K. Carl, Highland
Timmer is trustworthy
I’ve known John Timmer for 20 years and I trust him to make decisions on my behalf on the City Council.
He is dedicated to making Highland the best it can be. He is honest and trustworthy and will listen to all sides of an issue.,
John Timmer deserves your vote and mine.
Rose Reeder, Highland
Gilda Gularte will listen to the people
Gilda Gularte’s priorities are residents’ safety, fiscal integrity, “smart” balanced growth, and quality of life.
She opposed the destructive, poorly planned Harmony project that Councilman John Timmer approved, helping to stop it. She opposes the Timmer-approved 20-year Burrtec contract giving them a monopoly shielding them from accountability to residents and after he accepted campaign donations in the past. Helping Burrtec collect their bills will raise our property tax bills and their fees will continue to rise.
Timmer approved the two new fast-food joints on Base Line on a small, prime location where residents have repeatedly asked for a quality, family oriented sit-down restaurant.
With no entrance on Base Line, and no sidewalks across the street on Seine and Catalpa avenues and Messina Street, this is an accident in the making.
The street should have been widened and sidewalks installed during construction. I see children walking to school and back nearly hit by traffic.
Timmer and the Planning Commission ignored my plea to correct these dangers. Would they allow this if their children lived here? We need Gilda to fight for Highland residents’ safety and intelligent, balanced development. Please vote for Gilda!
Richard Garcia, Highland