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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/04/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA>> Four candidates are running for Yucaipa City Council in November.

Incumbents Greg Bogh and Tom Masner are seeking to re-election to their seats and are facing two challengers, David Avila and Thomas Powell.

Each candidate was asked a set of questions. Here are the responses from three of the candidates’ campaigns:

Bogh did not respond.

Avila, 61, is a retired Cal Fire Battalion Chief and has lived in Yucaipa for 23 years.

He has an associate of arts degree from Fullerton College, an associate of science degree from Crafton Hills College and a bachelor’s degreefrom Cal State Fullerton.

He is a member of the Yucaipa General Plan Advisory Committee, Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce, Yucaipa Valley Historical Society and Knights of Columbus.

He formerly served as vice president of Past Pleasures Car Club and is a former adult Boy Scout leader and youth soccer coach.

Masner, 64, is a retired sheriff’s sergeant from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office and has lived in the city for 23 years.

He is seeking a fifth term on the Yucaipa City Council.

He took classes at San Bernardino Valley Community College and Crafton Hills College. He served in the Army.

He is a member of the B.P.O. Elks, California Peace Officers Association, Inland Empire Make-a-Wish Foundation and the International Footprint Association.

Powell is a retired project manager from Caltrans and has lived in Yucaipa for 10 years.

He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona.

Powell is a member of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Democratic Club.

Avila: Yucaipa’s small-town character and rural feel is what I enjoy most. It reminds me of some of the foothill communities in Northern California; Friendly people, not too crowded, and slower-paced than the heavy urban areas in the valley below us.
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Masner: I am pleased with the relatively low crime in the city and the safe environment it provides my family. The variety of team sports and activities for children are enhanced by the venues; the coaches and volunteers are phenomenal. Our schools are filled with dedicated teachers and staff who focus on quality education. The city of Yucaipa proudly presents community activities for seniors, families and individuals including Market Night, Concerts, Vision Quest, the Autumn Fest and the Iris Festival.

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