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Letter: Why I Support Verna Rollinger

"Other candidates often talk about their support for what makes Laguna a special community. Verna rolls up her sleeves, works hard, and makes it happen."

Dear Editor:

Prior to this election, I have been removed from active participation in local elections—other than studying the issues and candidates and casting my ballot.   However, I have been watching this local election very closely. I am voting for Verna Rollinger because she has the best qualifications to serve on our city council.

First, her environmental qualifications far exceed those of any other candidate.  The Sierra Club certainly thinks so – other candidates applied, but they only endorsed one candidate – Verna Rollinger. The League of Conservation Voters also endorsed Verna.

Verna is also a close friend and advocate for the LGBT community.  She has a lifelong commitment to inclusiveness and has been endorsed by the Laguna Beach Equality Coalition.

The Laguna Beach Police Employee’s Association endorsed Verna because, “Her hard work and leadership make Laguna a safer place to live.”  She is the lead advocate on the council for a downtown foot patrol. 

She is the only candidate with a consistent track record of voting to preserve and enhance what makes Laguna Beach unique.  She marched in 1989 to preserve open space, and now she fully supports Measure CC. Open space preservation is just one reason why Village Laguna members voted to endorse only one candidate – Verna Rollinger.

Verna supports our local business community.  She served on the Downtown Task Force to help our businesses through the recession, and she is the only candidate who has proposed to pre-approve businesses in the downtown to encourage new businesses we residents need.  

Verna not only talks economic and environmental sustainability – she votes for it.  Chris Prelitz, an accreditated LEED professional, and founder of Transition Laguna, publically acknowledged her 30-year track record toward this end.

Other candidates often talk about their support for what makes Laguna a special community.  Verna rolls up her sleeves, works hard, and makes it happen.  She takes her work seriously and conducts herself in a professional and respectful manner. 

Those are among the reasons I will be voting for her; I encourage your readers to support her as well.

Sincerely,

Kate Clark

1389 Terrace Way

Laguna Beach, CA  92651

Kclark1@alumni.uci.edu

Meg Monahan October 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Kate, Well said. I have known Verna for years and I can vouch for her deep understanding of what makes Laguna so special. And, environmental sustainability has been a life-long pursuit. She was an environmentalist long before the word existed. Thank you for sharing your support. M Monahan
Gina October 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Well said, Verna has been the only council member who has on many occasion shown concern for us at Animal crackers Pet Rescue. She has always supported us and offered help. She really does care. We LOVE HER!!!!!!!
Robin Wethe Altman October 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Since I'm not living in Laguna right now (I'm way back here in Laguna Hills!) I don't know many of the candidates running in Laguna now. But I certainly stand for all the things mentioned in this article. Way to go Verna! Especially the part about inclusiveness...
Ronn Sarno October 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Kate thank you,finally somebody speakingy the truth ,she is the real deal,we are so grateful to have Verna on our city council,lets all work together to keep her there,she is best for Laguna Beach. Ronn Sarno
Rich Kane October 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Thanks for your comments, everyone, and by the way, we'll run letters in support of your city council or school board candidate, too, just email them to me at rich.kane@patch.com. We'll also run letters against candidates ... just don't use expletives!

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