Election countdown: Five candidates vie for two council spots

October 25, 2012|By Barbara Diamond and Joanna Clay

The election is less than two weeks away. The Coastline Pilot offers a last look at the five candidates for City Council.


Name: Steven Dicterow

Age: 57

Occupation: Attorney, small business owner

Education: bachelors degree, State University of New York, Albany; juris doctor, University of Southern California

Endorsements: Orange County Register, Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn.


Top three issues: According to his responses at forums and his campaign literature, public safety, fiscal responsibility and doing more for kids are his top priorities.

In campaign literature, Dicterow stated that he is running for his fourth term on the council because the council has drifted away from what he fought for while previously in office.

"I served on the City Council from 1994 to 2006, including three terms as mayor," Dicterow stated in an email. "[I have] proven leadership and [the] ability to get things done. "While on the council, [we] cut the red tape and got the fire victims back into homes years sooner than otherwise."

He said that his agenda bill added five police officers and crime was reduced by 50% within two years. Earlier statements in his campaign that he settled a $20-million judgment against the city down to zero have been toned down to "helping" to negotiate the Diamond Crestview judgment. He was mayor at the time.

"I helped negotiate a $20-million judgment against the city down to zero, and I was instrumental in getting the Montage into town," he said.

Campaign literature announces him as the only Republican candidate, supported by State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) and endorsed by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa).

His community activities include serving on the boards of the Festival of Arts and the Chamber of Commerce, and memberships in the North Laguna Community Assn. and Laguna Beach Neighborhood Watch.

"I believe I have certain qualities which are necessary in order to serve successfully on the council: energy, enthusiasm, stamina and a love for public service," Dicterow said.

He and his wife, Catrina have been married 27 years. Daughter, Taryn, graduated with a juris doctorate from her father's alma mater.



Name: Jane Egly

Age: 69

Occupation: retired law professor, Laguna Beach mayor

Education: bachelor of arts, University of North Carolina; juris doctor, Wayne State School of Law

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