LECC Board Pre-Publishes Official Debate Questions

The Lake Elsinore Citizen's Committee board has decided to pre-publish the official debate questions in advance of the 10/12/16 debate event so that the candidates can provide prepare to provide their most informed responses. One or two more questions may also be added which will also be shared with the candidates in advance.

1. OPERATING BUDGET How personally familiar are you with the City of Lake Elsinore's current Annual Operating Budget, the last year's Annual Operating Budget and the 5-Year Capital Improvement Budget, and how comfortable are you that current capital improvement projects will not overwhelm future operating budgets?
2. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS When the Diamond Stadium was built over 20-years ago it experienced major up-front cost over-runs and now more than 20-years later the venue is neither covering its own operating costs nor has it attracted the promised complimentary commercial "stadium district". What stadium lessons learned are being applied to currently envisioned capital improvement projects to protect Elsinore tax payers?
3. LAKE PROJECTS Because lake levels can't be guaranteed, many Elsinore tax payers question the wisdom of the city incurring $20 million debt over the next 30 years to borrow $10 million for improvements to the La Laguna campground. Seemingly, the capital improvement money invested recently by the city on two nice but mostly unusable lake boat ramps seem like all the evidence the council would need to pass on the La Laguna debt measure. Are you recommending the La Laguna project to tax-payers and if not is it too late to cancel the project?
4. PUBLIC SAFETY It seems the only thing more consistent than residents saying they need more police on the street is the Riverside Sheriff increasing their police contract rates each year. What NEW long term revenue generation plans does the city plan to cover constantly rising police & fire public safety costs and if new revenue can't keep up with rising police costs, shouldn't resources be shifted from campground and new park capital improvements to cover rising public safety operating expenses?
5. CITY STAFF COMPENSATION Many residents have expressed shock to learn how many mid-level managers are on the city staff receiving six-figure compensation packages that seem double what similar private sector managers earn. Does it seem fair to you that average Elsinore tax-payers earning less than $50,000 per year are having to finance their mid-level management city peers who earn double what they earn? Public link documenting city salaries
6. HOMELESS & BLIGHT How is Elsinore's homeless persons & code enforcement problems measured, is the homeless & code enforcement problems getting better or worse and how would you lower Elsinore's homeless population as well as property code enforcement violations?
7. STREET MAINTENANCE It seems like the only capital improvement project tax-payers are actually interested in is road repaving. How does planned spending on city street repaving compare to any and all other capital improvements over the next 5-years and in your view is that the right balance?
8. LOW WAGE VS. HIGH WAGE JOBS It seems like all the new businesses Elsinore is attracting are retail and food service which don't pay much more that minimum wage because they don't require a college degree. Of all the new businesses Elsinore has in mind to attract in the next 5 years, what percentage of the new jobs will require a college degree and what percentage will not? 
9. ALBERHILL PROJECT What do you know about the Alberhill Project and what is your opinion on the matter? Alberhill news link
10. TRANSMISSION LINES What do you know about the CPUC proposed power line transmission project through Lake Elsinore and what steps do you think should be taken to protect our residents? Newspaper article, CPUC project page

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  • commented 2016-10-10 17:52:55 -0700
    How does City staff compensation packages compare with other cities in Southwest Riverside County? The above question indicates that there are private sector “peers” but the market and recruitment field for our employees have to do with public agency experience.
  • commented 2016-10-09 16:46:06 -0700
    A great, thoughtful list of inquiries that should elicit an interesting discussion of those things important to our community’s future.