Corey Calaycay, Claremont City Council incumbent

I thank the citizens of Claremont for allowing me to serve as their councilmember over the past four years. As a thirty-five year resident, I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the opportunity afforded me to partially repay the community that has given me so much.

We are currently in one of the most difficult periods of our time. Our City, the State of California, and the entire country are facing enormous fiscal challenges. It is against this backdrop that we must consider who are the best candidates with the widest policy experience to help guide the decisions we make as a city for the good of the entire community.

I am grateful to have played a role in decisions that will continue to produce positive results for our community for years. These include the improvements at the Old School House, the bond and acquisition of Johnson’s Pasture, the initiation of the Claremont sustainability plan, the completion of Village West, the new General Plan, and improvements on San Jose Avenue and along Baseline Road.

I have a track record on council that is there for everyone to see. I have never strayed from my original promises: to always strive to conduct myself with honesty and integrity, to ensure transparency in government and accessibility to it, to make decisions that are fiscally prudent, and to ensure that policy is citizen-driven. These basic precepts have served as my guiding principles on the council and are reflected in the votes that I have cast. Sometimes I have been in the dissent, but I have always tried to work cordially with my fellow councilmembers, our regional partners, and staff on every issue.

Most importantly, I have never forgotten that I work for all of the citizens of Claremont. This is a great challenge because Claremont residents possess a wide range of political and philosophical thought and high expectations of their elected officials and city government. While it is impossible to always please everyone, it is a common desire of our residents to want their representatives to work hard for them; to be honest with them; and to ensure a fair, consistent, open, and accessible process. I have tried to be that kind of representative.

On March 3rd, please vote for me, Corey Calaycay, so that I can continue working for you.

Larry Schroeder, Claremont City Council candidate

My name is Larry Schroeder and I am running for the Claremont City Council. As you know, the election is on March 3rd.

I am running for City Council because everyone needs to give back to their community with the talents they have. I have a unique combination of knowledge and experience that qualifies me for the position and dealing with these difficult times.

I have twenty-six years experience in city government, nineteen of which I served as the Director of Finance for the cities of Glendora and Lakewood. I developed nineteen balanced budgets. I also bring seventeen years experience retaining as well as attracting new businesses to cities through economic development efforts which will help Claremont weather this difficult economic time.

I have a doctorate degree in Public Administration and teach a course in public budgeting at the University of La Verne. With my knowledge and experience, I can bring informed budget insight to the Claremont City Council and a fresh perspective to the important issues.
As a current member of the Community Service Commission, I have represented the interests of residents well.

In addition to addressing our economic issues, we must preserve our Community and its resources for future generations. Claremont’s Sustainability Plan must be implemented and a monthly progress report given to the City Council to keep this issue in the forefront of our consciousness. We must also address water and electricity conservation measures, as well as reduction, reuse, and recycling of refuse for the Community as a whole.

Claremont should construct a practical, more efficient police facility when financing is available. This financing could come from State and Federal economic stimulus grants now being offered; the likelihood of obtaining a grant like this would be drastically increased if the project was “shovel ready.” My preference is keep the police facility at its present location.

Under State law, Claremont must provide affordable housing. With my knowledge and expertise in this area, we can meet this goal with available funding and develop decent affordable housing that is appropriate to Claremont a reality.

We can weather these hard times, but intelligent leadership is necessary. I believe that I offer the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that Claremont will successfully meet the challenges and remain the wonderful city we all know and love. I am asking for your vote on March 3rd. Together we can make a better Claremont.

Bridget Healy, Claremont City Council candidate

Claremont has been my home for 31 years and where I chose to raise a family. Eighteen of my 31 years in public service were spent working to make Claremont the 5th best place to live in the nation. I have been an active volunteer in Claremont for three decades.

As a resident, mother, public administration professional and volunteer, I understand Claremont from unique perspectives and appreciate, through personal experience, all that Claremont has to offer. I believe this distinguishes me from the other candidates.

My experience includes participating in the preparation of over 20 budgets in three cities with vastly different needs and negotiating countless labor contracts with police, fire and general service employees. I negotiated the contract with the Los Angeles County Fire Department that secured a paramedic squad for Claremont and Fire Station 62 on Mills Avenue. I was the staff liaison to Claremont’s Police Commission. I was the driving force behind the establishment of the Indio Performing Arts Center. In Pomona, Claremont and Indio, I managed Human Resources and was the internal manager responsible for day to day operations. I understand how local government works and the difference between establishing and implementing policy.

Claremont has a long history of excellent government and it shows. Our many community amenities and treasures are the result of past City Councils who made difficult, sometimes controversial, but always visionary decisions for the long term benefit of the community. Our citizens are engaged and volunteer their expertise as commissioners, in non-profit organizations and developing guiding principles for the community such as the General Plan and Sustainability Plan. I understand that governance in Claremont is most effective when council members, commissioners, citizens and staff are working towards agreed on goals.

Decades of active citizen participation and City Councils’ thoughtful planning and decision making have made Claremont a community that offers something for everyone. Our next difficult decisions will be directly related to the current economy. As information and alternatives are made available, I am prepared to make the decisions that need to be made.

I am passionate about Claremont and about public service. I will draw on my unique experiences, knowledge and perspectives to continue Claremont’s long tradition of visionary and excellent government.