Ex-chief among council hopefuls
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/09/2011 06:26:25 PM PDT
UPLAND – Five people pulled papers Monday for the upcoming special election to fill a vacancy on the City Council, including a couple of well-known residents.
Former Police Chief Martin Thouvenell, city watchdog Glenn Bozar, Salvatori “Sam” Fittante, Mike Nava and William Nones picked up the papers at City Hall for the all-mail ballot special election on Aug. 30.
Monday was the first day of the nomination period, which ends June 6.
The vacancy was created when Councilman Ray Musser was appointed mayor on Feb. 28, after John Pomierski resigned from the top job.
Thouvenell decided to run for the council seat after what he called a loss in confidence and trust in Upland government.
“My intent is to bring leadership and integrity back to the city,” he said. “Residents certainly deserve a completely transparent and open government.”
Thouvenell said he would not focus on the the city’s past struggles but rather on moving the city forward.
Some of his goals are to bring “well-rounded” development and businesses to some of the city’s open spaces, demand balanced city budgets and pension reform, and ensure that public safety is the city’s top budget priority.
Bozar, a logistics manager for TE Connectivity in Ontario, said he is strongly considering a run for the council, but is still looking over the paperwork.
“I think my track record speaks for itself. Once I decide I want to get involved in something, I get involved in something,” said Bozar, who joined the San Antonio Water Company Board of Directors in March.
In 2002, he filed a lawsuit against the city after the council passed an ordinance attaching a fee for paramedic services to water bills.
Bozar filed the lawsuit on the basis that the City Council needed voter approval.
A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Bozar’s claims in January 2005, calling the fee a disguised tax. The city stopped collecting the fee as a result.
He has spoken out against several issues, including a proposed utility-tax hike in 2000 and Upland Unified School District’s athletic facilities bond in 2002.
Bozar is considering a run for office because he said he has “behind the scenes” knowledge to offer citizens.
“Whether it’s ratepayer issues, taxpayer issues or trash-rate issues, I know now’s the time that the city really needs the help from an outsider, and I would represent the citizens from my outside perspective like I’ve done for all these years,” Bozar said.
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