2 Palmdale council winners credit their records

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Barcelona, who finished fourth in the balloting behind the two incumbents and Sandoval, said she didn’t know whether her campaign tactics backfired. “I think in the end, the voters saw the incumbents were doing a good job,” said Barcelona, a business owner and Antelope Valley Fair board member. “I’m going to give them a lot of credit for that.” Dispenza said he would work to address crime and public safety, water issues and creating more jobs so residents don’t have to commute. Hofbauer said he wants better analyses of crime to better deploy law enforcement resources and wants to see through to completion the new Palmdale hospital and a proposed city power plant. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, a $240 million school construction bond measure failed in Tuesday’s polling, the second unsuccessful attempt in two years. PALMDALE – City Council incumbents Mike Dispenza and Steve Hofbauer attributed their re-election victories to their records in office. “I ran on my record and ran a very clean campaign, and I’m very gratified that our residents responded positively to that type of campaign,” said Dispenza, who runs an insurance agency and is back for a third four-year term. “My record was a key factor,” said Hofbauer, an inspector with the Los Angeles Fire Department, who won a second term. “I got in on strong public safety and a commitment to listen to my constituents, and I did that.” The campaign was marked by personal attacks, most notably challenger Shawny Barcelona calling candidate Edwin Sandoval unfit for public office. She alleged he pointed a gun at a woman’s head in 1993, an incident Sandoval said never happened. District officials pegged the measure’s defeat to a number of reasons, including the housing market slump, anti-illegal immigration sentiment and low voter turnout. Without the bond, school overcrowding will increase, leading to the prospect of cramming more portable classrooms onto campuses. Other options that might be reviewed include double sessions and year-round calendars, officials said. Measure E would have assessed property owners $30 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation; the money raised would have helped pay for building two high schools, completing construction of Eastside High and paying for improvements at existing campuses. The measure got just over 50 percent of the vote, short of the 55 percent needed for passage. In 2006, the district’s $177.7 million bond measure got 52 percent of the vote. [email protected] 661-476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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