Peninsula Elections 2020: Rolling Hills Estates City Council 7 candidates, 3 seats

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Timothy Buresh

Civil Engineer


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Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserve the community environment. Resist Sacramento densification. Better manage house flippers. Implement policies to help keep older residents in their homes. Better collaboration with sister communities and PVPUSD.
  • City needs tighter management of franchise services to resist large rate increases (WMI, Cal Water), reliable service (COX, AT&T, SCE) and to manage street disruption and traffic.
  • Expand elder housing options — stay in house, downsizing and assisted living options. Expanded youth support. Collaboration with PVPUSD, Football lights, COVID recovery programs.


Bridget K. Carman

Planning Commissioner, Businesswoman


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Top 3 Priorities

  • Stop cronyism and conflicts of Interest. Reaffirm City’s values.
  • Maintain promises and provide transparency in decision-making.
  • Stop disjointed Silver Spur development and establish a plan that reflects the future needs.


Jeffrey Romanelli

Retired Chief Engineer


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Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain Rolling Hills Estates land use and housing density policies control with local government.
  • Sustain contract for public safety with Lomita Sheriff at no less than current level.
  • Maintain a balanced budget while offering HOAs a more robust Grant Program for Neighborhood Improvement


Velveth Schmitz



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Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue maintaining balanced budgets, fiscal accountability and sound financial practices
  • Preserve and enhance the quality of life for our residents and business community
  • Fiercely protect local control and be a voice for our community


Bruce Steckel

Retired Bank Executive


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 Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhance public safety by directing Lomita Sheriff to increase intervention of minor thefts and break-ins and utilize license cameras. Maintain funding.
  • Maintain fiscal soundness by taking active measures such as revitalizing our commercial center to offset expected decrease in sales tax and other revenue sources
  • Promote our rural culture and quality of life by upgrading our parks, playing fields, open space, horse keeping, riding rings and trial system


Debby Stegura

Retired Lawyer


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Top 3 Priorities

  • Revitalize the commercial area
  • Maintain fiscal soundness
  • Maintain our rural atmosphere


Frank V. Zerunyan



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Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety
  • Quality of Life
  • Local Control



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