Tim Sandoval should be Pomona’s next mayor: Endorsement

Tim Sandoval should be Pomona’s next mayor: Endorsement

Tim Sandoval should be Pomona’s next mayor: Endorsement

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Mayoral candidates Tim Sandoval, left, and incumbent Elliott Rothman participate in a forum at Pomona City Hall on Sept. 22, 2016. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

After Elliott Rothman’s 20 years of service as a councilman and mayor, it’s time for Pomona voters to replace him with a more dynamic, more professional leader who can give Pomona and its communities a much-needed shot in the arm.

That leader is Tim Sandoval, an entrepreneurial, self-made man who co-founded a Pomona educational nonprofit that helps disadvantaged youth make it to and through college. The Daily Bulletin wholeheartedly endorses Sandoval to be the next mayor of Pomona.

Sandoval was chair of the city task force that wrote a proposed ordinance for recycling centers.

He intends to do his best to leverage the terrific assets Pomona has, such as Cal Poly Pomona, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Casa Colina and Fairplex. He thinks the city should be able to attract much more in the way of ancillary health services and other employers.

Sandoval has endorsements from business (BizFed — the L.A. County Business Federation), labor (L.A. County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, UFCW Local 1428, L.A. County Firefighters Local 1014), the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and local state Sen. Connie Leyva, among others.

Rothman represented District 5 on the City Council from 1996 to 2008, when he was elected mayor. He’s an affable mayor who prides himself on his accessibility and on his “showing up where I’m supposed to be” — at ribbon cuttings and other events where the mayor should show interest and support. He maintains good relations with developers in the city, and he lets residents be heard at City Council meetings.

But Pomona needs more than that now. Pomona needs a dynamic mayor who can make the city proud, who can engage Pomona citizens in civic affairs, who will represent the city in its best light at meetings of regional boards and agencies, as well as in meetings with those who would like to build or do business in Pomona.

Tim Sandoval will be that kind of mayor.

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