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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 | The time has actually arrived faster than I could have ever imagined. November 4th is just around the corner and this monumental election looms larger than any I have ever witnessed. Although the nation is preoccupied with the presidential battle, I see the City Council District 1 race potentially shaping the future of our great city.

As many of you witnessed yesterday, the City Council, under the leadership of council President Scott Peters, overwhelmingly approved the Three Stories resolution in Bird Rock. I thought to myself, “How could the council, after listening to the emotional testimony of residents, completely disregard the will of the people?” The only answer I came up with was that there must have been some sort of personal or special interest involved. When I began paying attention to the candidates of District 1, I was startled at the striking differences between Republican Phil Thalheimer and Democrat Sherri Lightner. I cannot stress this enough, but we cannot have the council ignoring the wishes of the people of this city. Otherwise, what good is the council?

Mr. Thalheimer has reversed positions on issues from his council bid in 2004. Issues, such as the Regents Road Bridge and developer contributions. Enough is enough! We do need someone that will listen to the people, the same people that poured their hearts out to the council about their true wishes for Bird Rock. It’s crunch time ladies and gentlemen. Go out there, do your research and look at the facts. I promise, if you open up your eyes you will see the true choice in District 1. Conversely, if the truth is ignored, dire consequences, both fiscal and moral, could quite possibly plague our city for years to come. I know we all want to avoid such a fate.

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