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Baglin speaks frankly

August 27, 2004

Barbara Diamond

About 40 Wayne Baglin supporters showed up Sunday at the home of

Catharine Cooper and Steve Kawaratani.

Again, no suggested donations.

"The last event raised more than $3,000 and we are hoping that he

exceeds that here," Design Review Board chairman Kawaratani said.

"What's important is the diversity of people here." Two other members

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of the review board, several former members and two members of the

task force appointed to review the review policies were among the

supporters.

"Wayne is aligned with my ethics, morals and values," Cooper said.

Baglin said he believed he could work effectively with either of

the other two candidates, incumbent Cheryl Kinsman and Jane Egly.

"I hope they feel the same about me," Baglin said.

His goals for the new term include the development of the Village

Entrance, which he said has the backing of the community. He wants it

done without relocating the Maintenance Yard to Act V.

Baglin said Maintenance Yard functions and equipment can be fitted

into the entrance project with the exception of the street sweepers,

the city nursery and gravel and sand piles.

If the yard is moved, Baglin said, there will be no money in the

city till to develop the entrance.

Baglin also raised the issue of his smoldering relationship with

City Manager Ken Frank at the fund-raiser.

"There is no question that I think his retirement is past due,"

Baglin said. "I hope three people [council members] will tell him to

leave."

Baglin called Frank an autocrat, who he thought was a friend until

"certain indictments."

In 2002 Baglin was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury with

violating state conflict of interest law for elected officials. A

jury acquitted him of the charges.

However, after being sworn in the 1996 election, Baglin also

called for Frank's ouster.

Asked about Frank's position on the relocation, Baglin said three

council members want it, so Frank wants it.

"If three members opposed it, he would fabricate information for

that," Baglin said.

Baglin said Frank keeps the council in the dark about the city's

financial position on a monthly basis. He characterized city revenues

as a "slush fund to be spent by the city manager as he wishes."

Incumbent city treasurer Laura Parisi, who is running unopposed,

said the present accounting system makes it difficult, if not

impossible, to track the city's financial position on a monthly

basis. The listing in numerical order of all checks written for the

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