Editorial: Tough choice for voters in San Pablo council race

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The three solid candidates running for two seats on the San Pablo City Council pretty much agree on issues.

Paul Morris (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

Most importantly, they’re in accord that the city should stick to its conservative budgeting. That’s smart because over half of the city’s revenues come from Casino San Pablo.

Similarly, they’re all proud of the city’s dramatic reduction in crime from the mid-1990s, what one candidate called “the shoot-‘em-up era.”

We recommend voters re-elect Paul Morris, because of his solid service on the council for four terms, and elect Rita Xavier to the open seat because of her exceptional record of civic participation.

Rita Xavier (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Xavier is currently chairwoman of the city Planning Commission and a member of the city Advisory Committee on Aging and Senior Center Advisory Board. At the county level, she serves on the Contra Costa Advisory Council on Aging, Hazardous Materials Commission and Transportation Authority Paratransit Coordinating Council.

Elizabeth Pabon-Alvarado, who was appointed city clerk last year, is a promising candidate, but not as experienced as the other two. If she finishes third, we would urge the City Council to appoint her to the Planning Commission seat Xavier would have to vacate to join the council.

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Three impressive candidates. It’s a nice problem for San Pablo voters to have.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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