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City Council Candidates Speak Out at Forum

Four of the five people battling for two Fountain Valley council seats angle for voter support in the Nov. 8 election.

It was a one-on-one-on-one-on-one match-up at Fountain Valley City Hall on Thursday night. 

Four of the five candidates for Fountain Valley City Council talked to residents about why they're the best choice for the two open seats. The forum was sponsored by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The candidates are:

  • Cheryl Brothers, a Fountain Valley community volunteer, former city councilwoman and mayor.
  • Steve Nagel, incumbent councilman, 2011 mayor and a retired Fountain Valley Fire Department employee.
  • Duy T. Nguyen, a banker who has served as assistant branch manager for Chase Bank in Fountain Valley since December. He didn't attend the forum.
  • Patrick Tucker, vice president of operations for Allen Tire Co. in Lakewood since 1987. He has also served on the city’s Planning Commission.
  • Bryan Tice, a businessman who oversees the day-to-day operations of the family business, Windows West, on Aspen Street in Fountain Valley. He is also an Eagle Scout and community volunteer.

Brothers said she’s running because she loves serving the public.

“I don’t know a life without participating in public service,” Brothers said. "I hope that I’m making somebody’s life a little better, a little happier, and I relish the opportunity.”

Nagel said he had the experience to lead the city and a record of helping to bring companies to Fountain Valley.

Bryan Tice, a college student and businessman, promised to answer to residents. “I have 58,000 bosses, which is all of you, and I want to hear how you want the government run," Tice said.

He said he did not support contracting with out fire or police services to the Orange County Fire Authority or Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Patrick Tucker said he knows how to attract businesses to the city. “Why don’t we ask the businesses: 'What can we do to attract you to our city?' ”

He also said the city might consider slashing the permit application fee from $3,000 to $500 to encourage businesses to apply.

Other questions asked the forum:

Should council meetings be televised?

All four said yes.

Should the city pay the fees to be part of the California League of Cities?

All but Tucker said yes.

Coyotes in the city: capture and release or trap and kill?

To varying degrees, all four said catch-and-release is preferable.  

Carol Redhead September 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Almost all cats have disappeared from our neighborhood during this year, 2012. Two are known to have been captured by wild coyotes. It seems coyotes have more protection and rights than homeowners and tax payers in Fountain Valley. They carry fleas, rabies, and other diseases and kill our pets, and sometimes threaten humans.
Roy Reynolds September 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Patrick Tucker was clearly the most articulate in the Forum and deserves our support. He was correct that Fountain Valley needs out of the League of Cities and their five-figure membership fee. The League offers nothing to the City other than indoctrination of new Council members in their liberal policies. Duy Nguyen insulted the Chamber and us all by not attending this one-time live event. Does he deserve our support? No way.
Carol Hakala September 23, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Come on Fountain Valley. It's time to rally and get fresh blood into our City Council - it's time to break up the "old boys network" that has run this City for way too long. It's long overdue. Patrick Tucker sounds exactly like what we need - common sense and a desire to do what's in the best interest of our City and its citizens. Not just another yes man.
Joker Joe September 24, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Anyone that is against MORE businesses and traffic gets my vote.

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