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Mayor wants one more

She’s beginning her reelection campaign with a Kentucky Derby party Saturday. One other may join the race.

April 29, 2010|By Barbara Diamond

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson is the first City Council candidate out of the gate — with a Kentucky Derby party Saturday to kick off her reelection campaign.

“The most important thing for me is to maintain the high level of service and the quality of life to which our residents are accustomed,” Pearson said. “We need to stay the course.”

Pearson, whose track record after two terms on the council is an open book, will present her platform at the event.

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Her key goals include:

 Ensuring the financial stability of the city during these difficult economic times, including spending prudently — and supporting our hotels, restaurants, retail and other businesses.

 Insisting on the highest level of public safety.

 Preserving the quality of life of the residents of Laguna Beach.

 Maintaining the character of the community.

 Continuing to minimize ocean water pollution.

Saturday’s event will also include Southern-style food, gentleman’s wagers and a prize for the woman wearing the best hat. Classical guitarist Kevin Fitzpatrick will entertain.

“No matter where I lived, we always had a Kentucky Derby party,” said Pearson, a North Carolina native.

Among the host committee for Pearson’s kickoff: designer-contractor Gregg Abel; Bill and former Mayor Kathleen Blackburn; former school board members attorney Tim Carlyle and Planning Commissioner Bob Whalen; Laguna Coast Wilderness Park docent and sculptor Marv Johnson and Planning Commissioner Ann Johnson; architect Brion Jeanette; political activist Frank Ricchiazzi; Mary and Design Review Task Force Chairman Matt Lawson; arts patrons Jim and Suzanne Mellor, and Lou and Laura Rohl; developers Sam Goldstein and Joe Hanaeur; and car dealer and philanthropist Don Crevier.

The campaign party will be from noon to 3 p.m. at a private home on Morningside Drive. A donation of $99 per person is requested and may be paid at the door.

To attend, e-mail a reservation to elizabethpearson2@cox.net. The address of the event will be provided after the reservation is received, as space allows.

Toss this around

Potential City Council candidate Emanuel Patrascu hasn’t thrown his hat in the ring yet, but he is trying it on for size.

Patrascu has been testing the waters for about three weeks and has filed papers to form a committee to raise funds.

“The committee is to see how my support is — whether I can get the support I think I need,” Patrascu said.

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