• Latest (8-9-14) mayoral candidates’ statements

    As we do with each election, Cedar Street Times gives each candidate an equal amount of space close to the election date in which they may offer their statement. We have had requests for the statements of the two mayor candidates — incumbent Bill Kampe and John Moore — so we offer here their statements as submitted to us. (They will have further opportunities, including at the candidates’ forum we are sponsoring with the Chamber of Commerce, set for Sept. 23 at the Community Center, 515 Junipero, at 5:30 p.m. Coming up on Wednesday,  August 27 is  a candidates’ orientation, set for  5:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 300 Forest Ave. While the orientation is open to the public, it is not a forum. It is an opportunity for City staff to brief all City Council candidates on City operations and current issues, and answer questions.)

    From the June 13, 2014 issue of Cedar Street Times, page one:

    Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe has announced that he intends to run for re-election.  Kampe says “our city has made significant progress in several areas over the past two years and has achieved that with a civil and constructive dialog in our council chambers.”

    “Yet some challenging issues remain. We seek a vibrant community, both in the activities for our residents, and in the economic activities that support our quality of life.  I’m committed to continuing the progress our city needs and deserves.”

    In addition to the role of Mayor, Kampe also serves as the City’s representative and Director at the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (MPRWA).

    A Navy veteran, Kampe worked for 35 years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, rising to senior management positions.  He feels that his combined private industry and local government experience equip him well to continue as our mayor.


    To be printed soon: Printed Mayoral Candidate’s Statement of John M. Moore

    Occupation: Attorney

    Education and Qualifications

    I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State and a JD from the Stanford School of Law. For forty years I practiced law as a business disputes and trial lawyer in cases involving complex financial issues.

    I have intensely studied the financial history of Pacific Grove and written extensively about my findings.

    Pacific Grove is broken: From 2001 to 2005, it incurred a $19,000,000 pension deficit which it paid off by issuing pension bonds; by 2008, it could have terminated its pension plan and received $5,000,000; by 2010, it had a new pension deficit of $30,000,000; and, now has a termination pension deficit of about $120,000,000. Annual contributions continue to skyrocket. The balance on the pension bonds is $27,785, 000. This year the payment is about $2,000,000.

    City managers and the city attorney have blocked every attempt at pension and salary reform. If elected, I will fight to declare a state of financial emergency, replace the current city manager and attorney, and declare a 20% across the board salary reduction. Thereafter, I will draw on my extensive experience in financial reconstructions to lead the road back for Pacific Grove.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 9, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News


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