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Unopposed Brawley council incumbents sworn in

September 05, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Two City Council members who drew no opposition for this year's council elections were sworn in during a council meeting on Tuesday.

Councilmen John Benson and Steve Vasquez were sworn into office Tuesday night before the council meeting started.

"It's the easiest election I've ever had. I felt good," said Benson.

"I would hope to continue to present kind of a business perspective on the council for things like the Brawley beef plant and those sort of things," said Benson.

"We want Brawley to grow. We've been kind of behind the gross curve from everybody in the Southend," said Benson.

He also said he would like to concentrate on issues such as reducing impact fees for new businesses.

"I think it's important we not tax developers and drive them away," said Benson.

"The tax fees are intended to contribute to the city's government, not drive away businesses," said Benson.

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"You have to be able to see what's actually happening, than what's supposed to be happening," said Benson.

This will be Benson's second consecutive four-year term on the council. He has served five terms on the council, with his previous tenure mostly in the 1970s.

Vasquez said he will try to see that the city's streets are improved.

"We need to emphasize street repairs and hopefully we'll get better streets in the future," said Vasquez.

"The street issues have been put in the back. I'm forever trying to make this a major issue in the city but I can't promise anything," said Vasquez.

Vasquez will be serving his third four-year term on the council.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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