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Jun 17

Debbie Stone for Upland City Council 2011

It’s time for a positive change and a break from past leadership.  As a woman with strong leadership skills, I’ve managed over 250 employees and have made the difficult decisions required to ensure the viability of the business.

Our city currently faces a $3.5 million (or greater) deficit.  As an independent candidate I will not succumb to the pressures of the special interest groups that have influenced past decisions.  I will do what is in the best long term interest of Upland and its citizens.

Through careful management of City resources, we can ensure that Upland remains the City of Gracious Living.

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  1. Stephanie Guida

    Hi Debbie…
    I have been a resident of Upland for a number of years…
    I am thinking of supporting you in the City Council Race…
    My question to you is, on your website you state that you have managed 250 employees…When did you supervise these employees and in what capacity?
    It would be great if you would get back to me on my question
    Thank you

    1. DKSAdmin

      I thank you for considering me for your next council member. To answer your question; I was an area manager for SCI (the parent company of my current employer) for about 3 years. I was responsible for 8 different locations including 1 cemetery. During that time the company chose to downsize, and we had to make some difficult decisions on letting employees go and selling off locations. Once the reorganization was complete and that position was no longer required I chose to return to Stone Funeral Home in my home town where I could serve the families in my community.

      Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my experience. Please feel free to ask anything else you are wondering about.

  2. Charles Phillips

    Hi Debbie,
    I appreciate your statement that you are an independent candidate, perhaps meaning that you have no ties to construction or property development or the past misdoings in Upland. But are you truly independent? Does your desire for office reflect any current national political agenda? How will you equally represent all of Upland while still being a good steward of our tax dollars? What is a fair and legitimate public sector salary for a City Manager, Police Chief, or City Treasurer? Why do some non-elected managers have the luxury of an iron-clad employment contract to protect their jobs? What should the city contribute to employee retirement? Are you of rigid belief, or are you willing to compromise? What are your positions on these issues? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. DKSAdmin

      Charles,

      But are you truly independent?

      Am I independent? Take a look at my 460 report on the City Web Site. You can find, mine as well as all of the other candidates there. It is a bit difficult to find so here is the URL: http://tinyurl.com/3p7pmnc I invite you to review my contributors as well as the contributors to other candidates. See with your own eyes who is helping me restore Upland Pride. You can rest assured that I will always choose the right thing to do, not the thing a contributor has asked me to do. I am not seeking this office for any personal gain. It would be far easier for me to simply complain, but if I don’t do all I can to improve the situation, I have no right to complain about the outcome.

      Does your desire for office reflect any current national political agenda?

      No. I am only interested in doing the right thing for the city and its residents. At the local level, party affiliations and agendas have little if any meaning.
      How will you equally represent all of Upland while still being a good steward of our tax dollars?
      In my job, I work with people of all walks of life, economic status, and belief structures. I have to create the best solution for families with a number of variables on a daily basis. As a business person, I can’t spend more than we take in.

      What is a fair and legitimate public sector salary for a City Manager, Police Chief, or City Treasurer?

      While the salaries for these positions was out of line in the recent past (with the exception of City Treasurer which is mandated by statue – this is an elected position currently held by Dan Morgan), Mr. Dunn has taken an aggressive role in moving salaries to levels in line with other cities of similar budget and demographics to Upland. At the upcoming city council meeting August 8, the City Manager Salary will be fixed at $185,000, and Police Chief $183,500. The City Treasurer is paid approximately $2,700.00 per year, and to be complete City Council members are paid $6,000.00 per year, and the Mayor makes $7,000.00 per year. If you meant Finance Director, rather than City Treasurer, that position in a city similar to Upland should make $165,000- 175,000 per year. The City Manager has eliminated the Finance Director position, and is doing that job as well, for his $185,000 salary.

      Why do some non-elected managers have the luxury of an iron-clad employment contract to protect their jobs?

      As I was not involved in creating or approving any existing city contracts, I cannot answer that question without speculation.

      What should the city contribute to employee retirement?

      The city in my opinion should move toward a system similar to what is done in the private sector, matching up to a predetermined level the employees contribution.

      Are you of rigid belief, or are you willing to compromise?

      It depends on the issue, but for the most part compromises are a part of any good decision making process.

      Thank you for taking the time to ask the questions you have and I hope that I have helped you to make an informed decision.

      Debbie

      1. Charles Phillips

        Well said. You have my vote and any others I can persuade.
        CP

  3. Jim Russell

    If your taste level is reflected in such a display of visual blight as a huge garrish electronic billboard, I can only imagine what would follow should you be elected to city council. If you dont have good taste now and a commitment to beautifying our city as a candidate what can I expect if your elected to office and are no longer trying to win our votes?

    1. DKSAdmin

      The electronic sign to which you refer is not a reflection of my personal taste, but the response by supporters to the repeated theft of legally placed signs. Please note that the sign to which you refer was not paced in or near a residential area. I am committed to maintaining and improving the attractiveness of our city as it is a key factor in attracting both residents, and the type of businesses our residents want to shop at.

      Respectfully,

      Debbie

  4. Mary B.

    Hi Debbie,
    I just want you to know that my family and friends plan on voting for you in the upcoming election. I am interested to see how your views and if any changes will benefit our beautiful city and how you are intending to improve it. I have lived here for 8 years now and I don’t plan on going anywhere in the near future. I have always been very proud to call Upland my home. Good luck and God bless you.

    1. DKSAdmin

      Thanks for the support. The best Q and A resource I have up is http://debbiestoneforupland.com/?page_id=81 . If you have any specific questions, please post them, and I will be happy to answer them. Getting our city back on track will be a lot of work, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

      Debbie

  5. David Bonazza

    Congratulations Debbie! I knew we could do it. Now the hard part begins.

    Good luck,
    David and Sarah

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