By Betty Hill, Capistrano Beach
The election is really about whether Dana Point residents want to continue under the current leadership, represented by Scott Schoeffel and Norm Denton or change direction with Carlos Olvera or Ed Stevenson.
Under current leadership the city is in outstanding fiscal position, with no debt or unfunded pension liability; Dana Point has qualified not only as a major tourist destination, but is becoming one of the most desirable places to live in Orange County.
While the Dana Point Times articles have given the candidates a chance to express their opinions about the city, I don’t believe many residents have been made aware of the actual qualifications and experience that these candidates will bring to Dana Point.
Carlos Olvera has recent experience as president of the Dana Point Historical Society and was on the Planning Commission from 1989 to 1995.
Ed Stevenson does not appear to have any Dana Point city experience but was the VP of his homeowner’s association.
Norm Denton is the current Chairman of the Planning Commission, on which he has served for 15 years; involved in the successful development of the Headlands and the Town Center and Doheny Village projects.
Scott Schoeffel was the Mayor in 2011; prior to being elected to the City Council in 2008, he was on the Planning Commission for 12 years.
Dana Point residents should be encouraged to check the candidates’ websites before making their decisions.
Dana Point deserves the most qualified, experienced and dedicated City Council members possible.