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Gamble Says 'Stand Up For Rancho' in Campaign Kickoff Address

The councilwoman says she expects an unpleasant race for city council in Rancho Santa Margarita, and the community has a chance to put it down as an election tactic.

Carol Gamble said she expects the race for City Council in Rancho Santa Margarita to get unpleasant, and if her comments at her campaign kickoff were any indication, she's fully capable of playing hardball.

Naming names, Gamble began her campaign in earnest last week by telling supporters gathered at Rancho Santa Margarita Ford that it was time to "Stand up for Rancho." That will be her rallying cry over the next few months as the city's second-ever mayor described this election as an opportunity to show that mudslinging politics that happens in other cities won't be tolerated in the city she helped found.

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"It's not about issues in the community, safety in our schools, crime in our streets," Gamble said. "We have a beautiful community. We have a community with $19 million in the bank, last year we finished with $1.2 million in reserves in our budget. It's not about those kinds of things. What it's about this year is the defining moment where we're going to say to candidates who run for office, 'You need to bring truth to the community, you need to bring your qualifications, you need to treat us with dignity, you need to treat us with respect, and we're not going to tolerate mudslinging politics in Rancho Santa Margarita.'

"Look, everyone knows I'm qualified to do this job. I have done it. I actually worked to form this city. We wouldn't be here if not for some of the experiences that I gained. It's not about whether Carol Gamble can do the job. The reason I'm running for this office is to make sure that all that we worked to build in this community ... is not decimated by this campaign by people that want us to pretend or believe that the community is in terrible straits but for their candidacy for city council. I'm not going to tolerate that."

Gamble said such mudslinging appeared in a city council election for the first time in 2010, when two fresh faces were selected, Jesse Petrilla and Steve Baric. She said she anticipates Kenney Hrabik—vying along with Mayor Tony Beall for one of two four-year seats on the council—will attempt to deceive and mislead the community.

Gamble revealed publicly to about 60 supporters for the first time that she hadn't intended on running. She thought she would serve the two-year appointed term that she won over 20 other candidates last year, then resign herself to "locate that all elusive thing called 'spare time.' "

But when Hrabik and Peter Whittingham created the "RSM voters bill of rights," which Gamble called "a piece of fiction" that was sent to residents earlier this year, she decided she would run for council again. She won once already, being elected to the city's first council when it incorporated on Jan. 1, 2000; she was the city's second mayor.

Among other things, Gamble said, the bill of rights cited "a national organization" that determined RSM's business climate "was worse than El Centro, Bakersfield, Philadelphia and New Orleans," she told her audience. "There was no national study that involved Rancho Santa Margarita," she said. "The entire campaign was a huge deception designed ot make the voters—you—think our beloved city was being mismanaged and in jeopardy."

She also cited a couple of other claims made by Hrabik that she says are false: That city council members received paid pensions from the city, and that city employees have a more generous public pension system than San Francisco.

"RSM was one of the first cities to adop pension reform," Gamble said. "We have no unfunded pension liabilities. The lies just keep coming. When will it stop? That's why I'm running for city council in this election."

Also speaking on behalf of Gamble at the event were Beall and Brad McGirr, who is vying for the two-year seat along with Glenn Acosta and Larry McCook.

Afterward in an interview, Gamble was told that it was clear that she, Beall and McGirr were campaigning as a three-headed monster.

"No," she answered, "we're the three-headed solution."

Richard Oakley September 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Carol is an EXCELLENT candidate. A proven entity, as is Tony Beall. And Brad McGirr brings a fresh face to the council. This should be a slam dunk election.
J.P. September 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I think our city is lucky to have such caring and professional leaders like Carol Gamble. I just read the story this morning how they have given our city the highest possible credit rating when many other cities are in bankruptcy. My family will gladly "Stand up for Rancho" and vote for Carol Gamble, Tony Beall and Brad McGirr!!! They have earned our trust.
Martin Henderson (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Video now added from the Gamble campaign kickoff.
JimL September 05, 2012 at 03:54 PM
It's been my privilege to know Carol for more than 10 years. I've missed her on the Council over the past few. She's a strong, smart, tough advocate for good government and she loves this community. I'm glad she's chosen to run again, particularly alongside Tony and Brad. Just an outstanding team overall.
Wild Bill September 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I was amazed at the compensation, of the R.S.M. city council. I don't think your average guy on the street has any idea how sweet that gig is. It is time for term limits. How about an article in the patch explaining in plain english exactly how much our city council makes.
Tim Jennings September 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
RSM City Council Salaries: http://www.cityofrsm.org/depts/hr/compensation.asp
Tim Jennings September 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
City Council Compensation: Provided by the City: $463.50 monthly salary. $1,321 monthly benefit allowance for medical, dental, vision & other benefits. $57.47 monthly mandatory retirement contribution represents 12.4% of the salary amount allocated to a retirement account administered by ICMA on their behalf. City Council Members do not receive CalPERS retirement benefits. Total Compensation: $1841.97 per month. Provided by Other Agencies: Transportation Corridor Agencies - $120.00 per meeting & mileage at IRS rate. (One council member; one alternate) Orange County Fire Authority - $100.00 per meeting. (One council member; one alternate) Transportation Corridor System - $120.00 per meeting. (One council member; one alternate)
Tim Jennings September 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
City Manager Total Compensation: $283,825 Administrative Svcs Director Total Compensation: $209,079 Public Works Director Total Compensation: $192,621 Development Svcs Director Total Compensation: $189,087 City Clerk Total Compensation: $141,647 Principal Engineer Total Compensation: $138,683
April Josephson September 05, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Well said, Jim, Richard, and J.P. Carol, Tony, and Brad truly care about Rancho. I've had the privilege of working alongside them on various community efforts for over 15 years. I can't imagine a better team for our City Council.
Chris McLaughlin September 06, 2012 at 06:25 AM
What can we do about Kenney parking his mobile billboard van/trucks on various city streets?? What an eyesore!! Seriously, what's the law on parking overnight on city streets for an obvious political advertising purpose? Can we have them towed?? Typical Kenney to flaunt the spirit, but not the letter, of the law and then whine about being the victim...
Flannery4 September 06, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Good point. The best line I heard at one of the summer concerts, was "why would I vote for a guy who parks his van next to an event, but never attends the event? Come to think of it, why would I vote for a grown man that goes by the name of Kenny?" I heard that at one of the booths, and it then traveled down the row. Funny.
April Josephson September 06, 2012 at 07:41 AM
I agree about how obnoxious the signed vehicles are. I have a hard time believing anyone would want to vote for someone willing to do that. I also keep waiting for someone to start making South Park jokes...
RSM Family September 06, 2012 at 03:34 PM
This family will be standing up for Rancho by voting for Carol Gamble, Tony Beall and Brad McGirr!!
Nancy Thompson September 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
hummmmm thought someone mentioned this would be a election with no mudslinging so much for that, seems kind of childish to make fun of someones name among other senseless things like taking them to court
Something Special Cateirng Inc. September 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Thanks Tim so we have council members who receive approx. $22k for every year they hold office, finally got that out there, oops its called compensation
April Josephson September 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Hi Nancy, IMO winning in court is proof that it isn't senseless. Kenney hired an attorney and threatened the city, and admitted to violations while taking the city's money. He has made numerous false and misleading statements, and they are continuing throughout his campaign. I had hoped that everyone would be truthful, but we are seeing Kenney's handlers constantly putting out bogus information. That's real mudslinging.
Something Special Cateirng Inc. September 06, 2012 at 09:20 PM
April just curious was Mr. Beall in court just by chance or there to SUPPORT you?
April Josephson September 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Nancy, it is no secret that Mr. Beall was there, nor was it a secret that I had other supporters on hand. There is much community support for the truth.
Kid Chicago September 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Remember.......APRIL..you are an attorney....what was the intent????? Too bad we can't prosecute for stupidity or all the prisons would be overcrowded...Hope all is well with you
Kid Chicago September 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM
YEP, it's going to be shamefully nasty something BELOW our City's level...unfortunately.....
Kid Chicago September 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Doesn't Carol have ANYTHING ELSE to do ???? LIke concentrating on her business....which is...HER business , but just saying !
April Josephson September 13, 2012 at 01:05 AM
KC, are you an attorney? Or a mind-reader? I've repeatedly stated my intent to have false and misleading statements removed from our community. I have posted on this subject consistently for a very long time. The nastiness stems from those who choose to perpetuate myths about RSM. As long as they do so, I will continue to exercise my first amendment right to spread facts. Regarding Carol's campaign, what is your point? She is another person who strongly believes in standing up for Rancho. I for one am thankful that she is willing to run for City Council to maintain the high standards that she and our other city leaders have established.
Kid Chicago September 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
April, I am glad that you have taken it upon yourself to be the "FactCheckRSM"...I wish you all the luck..my point was if the candidate unintentionally puts out mis-facts due to a source being wrong or he/she being too indolent to check raw data is different from a person who purposefully misleads the public..Carol has been absent from the community up until the spare seat on the council opened up..Before that..she neither participated in the Chamber of Commerce, Bell Tower Foundation or any City events/activities...In addition to being a "numbers girl" she is a "Joanie come lately"
Kid Chicago September 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
April....when are you going to run for Council..you certainly have been putting your hours into this community.and paying your due..(Thank You) You keep talking for these people when it's YOU who should be campaigning....next election????
RSM Dad September 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Well lets see here. Ms. Gamble was a major participant in the cityhood effort and was on the city council from 2000-2005, and helped create the Bell Tower Foundation.. So it seems to me she was involved in the community for a long time. I think Kid Chicago fits you well given the politics that emenate from that dump of a city.
Kid Chicago September 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
RSM DAD....are you afraid to move forward or do you keep wanting to go backwards..Secondly, seems that you have an "interest" in having the OLD guard stay in place and not moving forward. Thanks for showing your class or lack of class by demeaning the City of Chicago. I have more spine in my little finger than you have in your whole body. That's Chicago!!
April Josephson September 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM
KC, with regard to the false and misleading information being perpetuated, I wish I could believe that it was unintentional. It is hard for me to do so when the misstatements continue long after being provided with the accurate information multiple times from a variety of sources. IMO, it is a very smart, intentional strategy-that has been going on for a very long time-to plead ignorance so that the false information that is to their advantage can mislead others into making the decisions the perpetrator wants... and if/when the person is caught, they just say, "Oops," or make a minor adjustment and continue their campaign of misrepresentation.
Kid Chicago September 14, 2012 at 03:29 AM
AGAIN...I AM GUILTY !!! Can we use the Patch to discuss more of the policy..WHY do we (ME included) use Patch RSM Patch to discuss personal attacks...BEcause everyone can't attend City Council, .....it's actually up to that "GUY" whether WE use PATCH to be the INQUISTION or a way to accept ideas and help from people to further RSM....

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