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Kenney Hrabik, Candidate for City Council in Rancho Santa Margarita

Owner of Dove Canyon Courtyard hopes to win four-year seat in his first election bid; he will have to beat an incumbent to do so.

General Information

Name : Kenney Hrabik
Age : 50
Place of residence : Rancho Santa Margarita

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : Long Beach City College
Degree : Associate of Arts
Year of graduation : 1984

Grad school

Employment Information

Job titles held : President & CEO of three businesses (listed below)
Employers : AllStar Events Inc., Dove Canyon Courtyard, College Lawn and Landscape

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita, four-year seat
Chamber/district:
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92679

Campaign Manager

Name : Kenney Hrabik

URLs

Website : www.RSM2012.com

Other facts

I am a conservative RSM business owner and employer. My 26-year business experience would be an asset to our current City Council. I would work to fill our empty storefronts with quality businesses that would expand our existing economic base. I would be a watchdog to your tax dollars!

I love RSM but we can do better!

Here is my commitment to Rancho:

  • I Will Never Vote to Raise Fees or Taxes
  • End Benefits Paid to Part-Time City Council Members
  • Disclose Benefits Paid from Boards and Commissions
  • Install Term Limits for City Council Members
  • Maintain a Balanced Budget and Protect Reserves
  • Operate a Lean Limited Transparent Government
  • Assure RSM has a Pro-Business Friendly Environment
  • Create Economic Development and Business Retention
  • Recruit Quality Businesses Creating Local Jobs
  • Cut Fees and Regulatory Bureaucratic Red Tape
  • Always keep Public Safety as my Highest Priority
  • Protect our Children from Sex Offenders and Predators
  • Oppose Annexation of Coto de Caza & Surrounding Areas
  • Complete Development of Chiquita Ridge Sports Park
  • Fight for the Rancho Santa Margarita Taxpayers
  • Bring Conservative Disciplined Fiscal Responsibility

When I saw so many of Rancho families out of work, I moved my business to RSM. I have been able to expand and take on extra projects that have added dozens of jobs to our local economy.

My family is a reflection of a typical RSM family. I have a beautiful wife, four children, and one dog. We have called Rancho home since 1991. My family is actively involved in all the programs the public schools, local sports, AYSO, and community activities have to offer. We worship, work and play in this great area. I would bring fresh ideas for more family activities within our city. Strong families build strong communities.

I am honored to have the support of our Assemblyman Jeff Miller, the first statewide co-chair of Jessica’s Law; and our Councilman, Jesse Petrilla, currently fighting in Afghanistan. I also have the support of Don Sedgwick, Saddleback Valley Unified School District Trustee. I need your vote and support as well. (See Editor's Note)

I will work to end full-time benefits to part-time Council Members. Council Members pay is $1,841.97 per month! Council Members have full-time jobs and WE SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING THEIR MEDICAL AND RETIREMENT!

I believe strongly in transparency and accountability for our elected officials. It was recently learned that our PART-TIME City Council have been quietly receiving for years BENEFITS which include, FULL Medical, Dental, Vision, and Retirement! This is along with a stipend and additional pay they receive for sitting on county boards. The cost of these perks have cost "RSM TAXPAYERS" hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Their pay and benefits have been hidden from RSM residents until now. In 2010, the OC GRAND JURY released a "Compensation Study of Orange County Cities" after the scandal in the City of Bell. The City of RSM, when it came to content, clarity, and transparency about government compensation, received a "D" the lowest grade given! (Orange County Register) (See Editor's Note)

Our council recently reformed and lowered the benefits for the city's full-time employees, but chose to not touch their benefits. Our council members have full-time jobs and WE SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING THEIR MEDICAL AND RETIREMENT!

Currently, council members who receive all permissible compensation are allowed monthly benefits for their part-time position totaling $1,378.47 in addition to a monthly stipend of $463.50. These benefits, if not used for the purposes of health insurance premiums, can be placed into a 457 retirement fund similar to a 401k totaling $66,166.56 in a four year term.
Source / City Website - http://www.cityofrsm.org/depts/hr/compensation.asp

If elected, I will vote with councilmen Baric and Petrilla and immediately end this PERSONAL GREED and ENTITLEMENT. I believe the council should be willing to serve as a public service and for the amount of their monthly stipend of $463.50. Our planning commissioners serve and earn only $75 per meeting.

I respectfully ask for your vote for City Council.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Editor's Note: At the time of this submission, Jesse Petrilla had already returned from Afghanistan and attended that night's council meeting. In the study cited, the City received a D grade for Content, a D grade for Clarity, and an A for Accessibility.

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