City Councilman Tim King's decision to withdraw as a candidate in Lomita's
city election next week narrows the field to four City Council candidates
vying for three seats.
Lomita voters' choices are incumbent Councilwoman
Susan Dever, Planning Commissioners Barry Waite and Andrew Nieto, and
former Councilwoman Margaret Estrada. Our endorsements go to Dever, Waite
Dever, an educator for 33 years, is seeking a second term. Among her
strong points is an interest in finding regional solutions to problems.
Dever now chairs the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.
Her top issues are improving the condition of city streets, completing
construction of the city's water reservoir, coping with growth and
demographic changes, and revitalizing the city's commercial areas, along
with the expansion of the Lomita Railroad Museum. A key challenge, she
said, will be improving Lomita's infrastructure while keeping the city
Dever's priorities are similar to those of Waite and Estrada.
Waite, who has spent more than 20 years in the public sector, now
serves as a geographer for the city of Carson. He has worked on regional
projects, including the traffic alert system, and has also been active in
the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. Appointed to the Lomita
Planning Commission in 2000, Waite said his top issue was economic
development, filling in vacant storefronts and using the Railroad Museum
as a springboard to lure in complementary businesses. In addition, he is
critical of Sacramento's continuing encroachment on local land-use
Estrada, a 32-year Lomita resident and former mayor, left the council
two years ago. She said she wants to return to the council to help fill
the void that will be left by the exit of veteran councilman Ken
Blackwood. Estrada's top issue is improving deteriorating streets. Among
her other concerns are completing the reservoir, providing for senior
needs and maintaining a healthy budget reserve. She would also encourage
the city to continue attracting businesses like Starbucks, Sav-On and
House of Hardball.
On Election Day, we encourage Lomita voters to cast their ballots for
Susan Dever, Barry Waite and Margaret Estrada.