10:20 PM PST on Friday, December 10, 2010
By BRIAN ROKOS
Two former Norco city councilmen want to climb back in the saddle.
Frank Hall, who served three four-year terms before being defeated by about 50 votes in 2009, and Herbert Higgins, who served two terms before deciding against seeking re-election in 2007, are among 15 candidates for appointment to the City Council.
The vacancy was created by the death of Mayor Malcolm Miller.
City Council members will interview the candidates Monday and appoint one that night to serve until the Miller term ends in November 2011.
Almost all of the candidates cited in their applications the need to increase city income and preserve the animal-keeping lifestyle. Here’s an alphabetical look at the candidates:
Rhonda Sue Arellano: The bail-bonds business owner has lived in Norco almost 10 years and is a member of the Norco Mounted Posse. She says her business background qualifies her for the job.
Curtis Coombs: The owner of an engineering business has lived in Norco for five years. He didn’t list any community service. He suggests using the freeway business district to increase the tax base.
Linda Dixon: The retired co-owner of an automotive repair shop and former aerospace worker has lived in Norco for 15 years. She is a board member of the Lake Norconian Club Foundation and Norco Horseman’s Association. She said her work on the Historic Preservation Commission shows she has the vision to help shape Norco’s future.
Arthur C. Fisher: The former emergency medical technician and Army veteran has lived in Norco for nine years. He said his leadership roles in school and the workplace would be useful on the council.
Lance Gregory: The owner of a printing company has lived in Norco for two years. He said after many cutbacks in the city, Norco needs to grow by bringing in new businesses and helping existing ones prosper.
Hall: The 35-year resident of Norco worked for Orange County in real estate services. He is on the board of the Corona-Norco YMCA and the Norco Horseman’s Association. He said his 12 years on the council educated him about the city’s operations, problems and challenges.
Higgins: The vice president of a parking structure construction company has lived in Norco for 14 years. He said he wants to retire senior staff and replace them with cheaper employees, sign a corporate sponsor for Ingalls Park and sell parks to developers who will add to Norco’s tax base.
Laurie LoFranco: The account executive for a consultant and former Corona human resources director has lived in Norco for three years. In Corona, she was involved in Boy Scouts and Boys & Girls Club. She said she can bring consensus to stressful situations.
Joshua David Mickley: The four-year Norco resident is a substation operator for Edison. He said his educational background — he’s working on a master’s degree in leadership management — would help him understand city issues and find solutions.
Barry Edward Mileski: The 13-year resident of Norco is vice president of an electric motor repair shop in Vernon. He wants Norco to attract professional rodeo events. He said he listens to people and that it helps him make sound decisions.
Greg Newton: The trainer of Arabian horses and a former construction project manager has lived in Norco for 16 years. He has served on the Planning Commission since 2002 and is a board member of the Horsetown USA Hall of Fame. He said the development of the Silverlakes equestrian and sports park must be done with responsibility and accountability.
Jim Nolan: The consultant for manufacturers has lived in Norco for 13 years and has a college degree. He did not provide any other biographical information.
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