Transcription by Jonathan Goetz
October 18, 2016 (El Cajon) - Seven candidates vying for three seats on the El Cajon City Council participated in a lively forum at Grossmont College on October 5th: Stephanie Harper, Ben Kalasho, Hubert Cabrera, Steve Goble, George Glover, Joseph Fountain and Vikie Butcher. Incumbents Bob McClellan and Star Bales, along with challenger Paul Circo, declined to participate citing travel and scheduling conflicts.
Topics included the police shooting, building a new animal shelter, reopening the performing arts center, sales tax in El Cajon, marijuana regulation, strengthening our community and improving police relations with minorities, poverty and unemployment.
Each candidate had one minute to respond to questions from moderators Miriam Raftery of the East County Magazine, Karen Pearlman from the San Diego Union-Tribune, Albert Fulcher from the East County Californian, and Marya Fani from Mega Network, followed by audience questions.