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In Lake Elsinore, four seats, including three city council and one city treasurer are up for election. Of the nine candidates campaigning for the seats, three are incumbents.
Incumbent Peter Weber is among the competing candidates. Weber served as treasurer from 2003 to 2008 and was appointed as a city councilman 12 months ago. Since taking office, Weber has made some changes to fix problems he encountered.
“Upon assuming the office I noticed several very important functions of the city government were missing,” Weber said. “Procedures regarding developments, mining and many other areas hadn’t been reviewed for years.”
He found excessive code enforcement fines on homeowners, errors in developer fees and other issues that he felt required immediate adjustment.
“I have begun to implement change for the better by hiring a new interim City Manager who possesses the management skills and experience to fix these problems,” Weber said. “He has already started to fix these problems at City Hall by upgrading our business licensing process with online applications, reviewing of procedures and other administrative functions and using the Elsinore “Dream Extreme” branding for easy recognition.”
“We are going to market the very activities that make us unique, which are our lake, fishing, water sports, campgrounds, skydiving, motorcycling and hang gliding.”
Weber has lived in Lake Elsinore for 10 years and has been married to his wife, Vicky, for 20 years. Together, they have two sons, Nathan and Jacob. He has a master’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain.
For 17 years he has worked as Operations Manager for large food manufacturing company, ReadyPac Incorporated.
“I have over 25 years of business management experience, successfully developing and implementing short-term and long-term plans for large corporations, including service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force,” Weber said.
Weber’s goals if re-elected are to recruit a highly motivated permanent City Manager who possesses the right skill set of management and leadership to steer the city in the right direction. He would also like to hire an Economics Director who would market the city and develop an attainable business plan with measurable results in order to assure years of economic growth.
“We are improving city appearance by paving roads, cleaning streets, trimming trees and working with businesses to make their curb appeal more attractive,” he said. “Bringing the business leaders together to develop a business plan and maximize our city’s recreational and revenue potential is the cornerstone of my candidacy.”
Weber is also dedicated to opening the Rosetta Canyon Fire Station, which has been vacant for several years.
“Our city is poised to realize its full potential,” Weber said. “My education and business experience will help lead the city to maximize and realize its full potential.”
Jennifer Dean is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.