The polls are open for the mayoral election. To help Santa Ramona Valley residents makes up their minds how to vote we publish edited extracts from the statements the two candidates made at Friday's mayoral debate.
The format of the debate was that questions were posed and the candidates responded in turn. We have grouped their statements together so that readers can get a full picture of what they said.
The polls close in Wednesday at 10am. The result will be announce shortly after midday.
Dimitri Rousseau won the toss and spoke first, so his statements appear first. The ones made by Angelyna Russo are below his.
" I am Dimitri Rousseau, a long time resident of Santa Ramona. I am former Mayor as some of you might recall, I was in term from March till June of this year and Ms Roisin Russo succeeded me. I'm running again as you can see. My platforms are briefly; Boosting the local Tourism industry via creating solid careers in these here in this city, Bringing in bus...
It was a small but interested crowd on hand for the Mayoral debate at the Courthouse Friday evening including friends and families of the candidates as well as the former mayor. The proceedings, delayed without explanation, were gaveled to order by Mr. Gil T. Justice who explained the proceedings and introduce the two candidates, Angelyna Russo and Dimitri Rousseau.
It had all the markings of a Civil War, north versus south. Mr. Rousseau, representing the Northern section of Santa Ramona, was dapperly dressed and Ms. Russo, as the champion of the South End, in more casual attire. As the audience moved to the edge of their seats, the combatants were at the podiums and the fight was on.
A coin toss determined the order of presentation and the North fired the first volley with a laundry list of projects including increase tourism, investments ( North and South), and helping local businesses. The idea of a battle royal ended however when the candidate declared “ I am also collaboratin...
The Governor's office is pleased to inform the Chronicles that two candidates have risen to the challenge of contending for the next mayoral position for this fall. Per the new orders in place the second most voted candidate will become Deputy Mayor and the first most voted will become Mayor. The current candidates are:
Dimitri Rousseau and Angelyna Russo
Debates: 9/18 5-7slt
Campaign til: 9/21
Vote: 9/22&23rd til 10 am slt
On August 27, we published an official proposal from Angelyna Russo, the owner of Lock n Load, a Southside business. It called for the establishment of the post of Deputy Mayor in Santa Ramona Valley, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to come from different areas of the city - one from Northside, one from Southside. The same day we published an official rebuttal from the Mayor, agreeing with the proposal for a Deputy but disagreeing with the idea that the two officials should come from different area.
This opinion piece continues the debate. The opinion column in the Santa Ramona Chronicles is open for others to express their opinions on this very important topic.
From Angelyna Russo, Very Concerned Southside Resident:
The city council has very much been nearly all Northside residents: Evelyna Stone, Northside; Dimitri Rousseau, Northside; Jay Stone, Northside; Sarina Jade-Ramirez, Northside. There have been various people in and out of seats, but overwhelming residents of Northside. Whoever w...
On Friday June 12, Roisin Russo was sworn in as the new mayor of Santa Ramona Valley. To begin her term she gave a passionate speech about public service, which we have included for those who missed the event.
After the speech, the Chronicle asked her about her plans for taking action against drug related crimes. She mentioned that she wanted to get people into drug rehab programs and to crack down harder on dealers. She plans to talk to the SD and PD about what can be done about the drug problem.
We tried to get more specifics about her plans to crack down on drugs. Was she talking about forcing people into drug rehab, creating new laws against using drugs, or harsher sentences for drug crimes? The mayor indicated that she needed to talk to the Sheriff's Office, the Police Department and the courts to get a better idea of what plans would work to address the problem.
The last mayor that tried to address the rampant crime in Santa Ramona Valley was Chiara Villanova. She and the Sher...
Roisin Russo has been elected Mayor of Santa Ramona Valley by a two-to-one majority over her opponent, Manny Moore.
Miss Russo said “I am delighted. It’s an honor and a joy to be elected as Mayor of this wonderful city of Santa Ramona, by so many people who care so passionately about our city.
“In my campaign I promised that 'We expect more, and we demand more. Think of the Future.' and more is exactly what I will deliver. More employment that is easier to access. More community involvement with cleaning up the city and green city projects. More action against drugs and the related crimes on the street.
“Our city needs us. We have a job to do. I truly believe that. And I am ready. To clean up this city and think of the future, for us, our children and all the generations to come. We have a big job ahead of us, but together we can rise to the challenge.”
Miss Russo also thanked her opponent for the good campaign.
Manny Moore congratulated her on her victory, saying “She will serve our city...
Manny Moore is a local business man, the owner and manager of popular restaurant Vesuvios. He's running for mayor because he feels Santa Ramona has done a great deal for him and he wants to give back to his community.
He describes himself as a family man. "I love my family above all. And I am sure they do the same with me." When pressed to define how a family man is relevant to the position of Mayor he expounded further, "What I mean by that is being dedicated to family is a passion in itself as I am sure we all agree. I fight for them, I may not be perfect, but I do fight for them and I try my best and give my all, to make sure hey have everything they need. Santa Ramona needs to know they have someone in that corner office in City Hall that will fight for them and them alone. They are top priority."
This isn't his first time running for mayor here. He ran last term when he was new to Santa Ramona. Asked what he's learned about our city that makes this time different he talked abou...
After the Mayoral Debates on Friday, the Chronicles feels that neither candidate has the full answer to the problems facing Santa Ramona Valley. Both have good ideas, but whoever wins the election next week should think about ideas promoted by their opponent. And there are questions that are unanswered by both of them.
For example, the first question asked about the shortage of emergency and first responder workers in Northside and Southside. Roisin Russo proposes a job fair while Manny Moore wants to train more nurses and police. Both useful suggestions – as far as they go. But neither is the full answer.
The Chronicles notes that there are plenty of Federal programs that help low income individuals with training for some job markets and loan forgiveness for other educational programs. However, signing up for these programs can be intensive and without assistance they may be out of reach for those without a lot of formal education. The creation of a job agency may well be beneficial...
The two Mayoral candidates, Roisin Russo and Manny Moore, came head-to-head yesterday, Friday June 5th, at the Mayoral debates. Former governor Jay Stone posed the questions and the tone was generally civil, with only a few sideswipes at one another on points of disagreement.
(The questions are in Bold, as are the candidates' names.)
Currently there is a lack of emergency and first responding workers in both jurisdictions. As mayor what will you do to address the understaffed nature of the municipal agencies to assure that each are up to par?
Roisin Russo: I would have job fairs. I would like to have a job agency that caters to both north and south. With job fairs and an agency we can pair up interested workers with locak EMTS, FD or SD or PD.
Manny Moore: My plan to address that need would be to of course try and get more funding, first for the Southside PD. It was created, but according to an article today, there's barely any space to work in there. Job fairs of course, but we ca...
It is believed that mayoral candidate Manny Moore may be in hospital after being stabbed.
Sheriff Jade Ramirez has confirmed to the Chronicles in an interview that her department was investigating a stabbing incident on Friday involving two victims. She refused to identify their names, but said that the Sheriff’s Department was investigating.
However, a source from within the Santa Ramona General Hospital said that a man resembling Manny Moore was brought into the hospital having been stabbed. The identity of the second victim is still not known.
Manny Moore is running for mayor for the second time, having come a close second to Dimitri Rousseau in the last election.
It is not known whether the stabbing has anything to do with his candidature.
However, this may be the second attempted murder of a politician in Santa Ramona this year, following the shooting of then-Governor Jay Stone last February.
Because of this, the Chronicles is taking steps to minimize the information we publ...