Temecula residents will soon head to the polls on Nov. 6 to cast their votes to fill two open city council seats. Among those vying for a chance to earn a seat and shape a vision for the city is Patrice Lynes.
The Temecula resident shares her ideas here for how she’ll go about growing prosperity and meeting challenges in Temecula.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
A: I have lived here since 1989. I have been married 34 years and am the mother of three adult sons. I have volunteered throughout the community — from site council, to room mom, PTA Vice President, team mom, assistant coach, church volunteer, and as a volunteer on medical mission trips to Mexico. I graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s in Biology and University of Texas with a BSRN. I am a retired registered nurse and once a year I judge the RIMS science fair. I am an elected member of the Riverside Republican Central Committee 66th Assembly District and in June (I was) re-elected to the 75th Assembly District.
Q: What skills would you bring to the city council table?
A: I want an open, honest, limited and transparent government that adheres to the U.S. Constitution and always listens to the citizens. I know all government is for the people, by the people and of the people and that all elected officials are our employees. I am honest and have no links to special interest.
Q: What do you see as some of the greatest challenges that Temecula faces in the future?
A: I am opposed to UN Agenda 21/sustainable development being in our general plan and, as your councilwoman, I will work to remove it as this is one of our greatest threats to liberty, freedom and our property rights. I would pass a resolution to ban it. I am pro-business and will propose a business tax holiday where, once a year, our city will make business licenses and business expansion permits free. I wrote the Temecula City Council Term Limits Initiative and circulated it to get it on the ballot.
Q: How would you address the city’s challenges?
A: I am the chair and founder of Temecula Limited Government and believe term limits are necessary. The founders intended citizens to serve in government and then return to their work. I would impose a two-term limit on myself. I want to solve the traffic problems in Temecula; there are times of the day when you do not dare drive into traffic. I want to address the more than $517 million redevelopment agency indebtedness. Finally, we are not the second safest city in the United States. I have called the FBI, as you know this info came from the Business Insider and the statistics were incomplete. For our leadership to tout this as a campaign tool is not being diligent and transparent.
Q: What would people –even friends– be surprised to learn about you?
A: Something people do not know about me is that I love dark chocolate and Cherry Garcia ice cream. I also love the beach.
To learn more about Temecula City Council candidates and their platforms, read their profiles on SWRNN’s Election Guide 2012.
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