This was quite an election season, but fortunately the Brea City Council race wasn’t rift with ugly rants and hate mailers.
Thank you to all four candidates for running classy campaigns.
With council members Christine Marick and Marty Simonoff re-elected – Marick for her third term and Simonoff for his seventh term – we have retained an experienced council, important for these challenging times.
“The greatest challenge facing the city will be the continued navigation through the pandemic,” said Simonoff, “Until the economy opens completely, revenue and expenditures will need to be carefully managed.”
Do they anticipate staff layoffs?
Marick explained that Brea has worked very hard to avoid layoffs, but added that this is unchartered territory. “We don’t know how long the pandemic will last … or how deeply it will affect our city and our region,” she said.
This probably wasn’t the best year for first-timers to run for council. But Tyler Baugh and Robyn Neufeld jumped in and gave it a shot. Yes, they both lost, but neither will be drifting off into the sunset.
Baugh told me he plans to get more involved within the city. “I want to serve and, although I did not win this time, I will find a way to serve Brea,” he said.
Losing the council race hasn’t slowed down Neufeld, who said she plans on again running for City Council in two years, and return to being involved at the high school, especially helping out with her son’s wresting team.
“The best thing about all of this was meeting so many new and wonderful people,” Neufeld said, “there are so many wonderful people in this community.”
Both Baugh and Neufeld are interested in the Planning Commission. I think that is the best place to learn more about the city, proposed projects and which projects both the planning commissioners and the City Council must approve.
Hopefully Baugh and Neufeld will attend or view the City Council meetings on a regular basis. And zoom into the Planning Commission meetings, too.
On Dec. 15, the City Council will have its annual reorganization and a new mayor will be chosen among members. Who will be named mayor or for the next year? Tune in and find out.
Something you will want to attend in person is the city’s annual Nutcracker Craft Boutique on Nov. 20 and 21 at the Brea Community Center. It will feature more than 150 vendors displaying a glittering array of handcrafted holiday decorations, jewelry and gifts for all ages.
Admission is only $2 per person. Face coverings will be required and, as in years past, no strollers allowed. Hopefully, everyone will practice social distancing.
There’s always free parking at the Community Center, and additional free parking will be at the Lighthouse Church (former Brea Baptist Church) parking lot at Birch Street and Flower Avenue. If you park there, the Brea trolley will whisk you to the boutique for free. Pretty cool.
Of course, we are living is uncertain times, thanks to the coronavirus, so like other events, this one will be subject to change or cancellation, but we hope not.
Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at email@example.com.