Rancho Cucamonga Seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> In Tuesday’s election, residents will decide whether to re-elect longtime politicians or bring in some new faces to the dais.

Rancho Cucamonga had a 6 percent increase in the city’s 2014-15 operating budget which paved the way for the City Council to allow some increase in funds for improvement projects this year.

The $69 million operating budget is $3.9 million more from the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

But things haven’t gone entirely smoothly for the council. There was some controversy earlier this year when plans were announced to drain the lake at Red Hill Park. The move proved to be highly unpopular with residents, and the city has vowed to repair it.

In the race for mayor, incumbent Dennis Michael is facing longtime business owner Jim Moffatt.

Michael, who has served as the city’s mayor for the past four years, said he is looking to maintain the high level of public safety. Michael said he would like to continue to expand the economic development programs offered in Rancho Cucamonga.

Moffatt has been vocal about the city’s management of its animal shelter and said he would strive to resolve the issue if elected.

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