5 hopefuls vying for El Centro City Council positions

August 11, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Five El Centro residents are in the running for the City Council in the Nov. 6 election.

The candidates Raymond "Ray" Castillo, a city planning commissioner and parole supervisor for the state Department of Corrections; Pamela A. Gaspar, a clinical laboratory scientist; Sam Mosher, a local businessman; and incumbents David Dhillon and Cheryl Walker.

The deadline to have filed for the election was 5 p.m. Friday.

There are two seats available, and the two who get the most votes will be seated on the council.

Mosher, 61, said he is running because he would like to streamline the city's permitting process and bring expenses under control.

"If elected, I'd like to help get some of our uncontrolled expenses under control," he said Saturday.

Castillo, 53 and a lifelong Valley resident, said the most important issue is the city's budget.

"It appears there's an expected shortfall in years ahead," he said. "That needs to be looked into."


Castillo said he would like to increase the recreational facilities for the city's youth, such as the long-promised skate park. He also would like to improve the city's aesthetics.

"It's a shame some people ignore their properties," he said.

Castillo, who is active in numerous service organizations, said he has many ideas but primarily would like to serve the community.

"I'm not in it for me," he said. "First and foremost I want to represent all of the people of El Centro."

Dhillon said his priorities include additional youth prevention programs, a closer relationship between the city and city schools in the form of increased law enforcement presence on campuses, increased youth recreation, another fire station and to be involved in any new direction the city might take.

He said his biggest goal is to fill the city's Centerpoint Business Park within the next two years.

Gaspar and Walker could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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