Name: Emanuel Patrascu
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
How long have you lived in Laguna Beach? Four years
Occupation: small business owner, district representative for Sen. Tom Harman
Education: bachelor's degree in business administration, master's degree in political science
Previously elected or appointed positions: none
Community organizations you belong to: board member, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
Back to School (provides backpacks, school supplies, shoes and clothes to 100 low-income children in Laguna Beach), Chamber Government Affairs Committee member, member, Surfrider Foundation
What is the most critical issue now in Laguna Beach?
Getting the local economy back on track is one of my highest priorities. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the business vacancy rate is some parts of Laguna is as high as 30%. The poor local economy is hurting our ability to balance our budget, hurting tourism and harming the quality of life we are accustomed to enjoying.