City Council Candidate Stands for Property Rights, Helping Businesses

Murrieta City Council candidate Harry Ramos describes himself as a Republican who leans to the conservative side.

A Bronx, NY, transplant who settled in Murrieta while serving in the U.S. Marines Corps is seeking election to Murrieta City Council.

Harry Ramos, a 35-year-old military intelligence analyst said due to injuries suffered in his last deployment to Iraq he is now medically retired from the Marines—prompting him to want to find another way to serve. Ramos is among .

"Since 9/11 I have felt really compelled to serve," Ramos said. "Since I can no longer serve in the Marines, let me serve in this capacity."

Ramos said he was in New York City the day of 9/11, on a train that had passed under the World Trade Center a little more than an hour before the first plane hit. Seeing the devastation prompted him to look into becoming a New York police officer, and ultimately to enlist in the Marines.

Married and the father of two girls, 6 and 3, with a baby boy on the way, Ramos said he plans to raise his family in Murrieta.

He said he became interested in Murrieta city government when he received a citation for his garbage cans being visible from his property.

"I worked really hard at getting my property and was just amazed that somebody could tell me what I can and can't do on it," Ramos said.

"...That somehow it is the job of the government to control and shepherd their constituents as if we were lemmings," Ramos also said.

This prompted him to begin reading Murrieta municipal code.

"There is a lot of I don't agree with so here I am," Ramos said.

Though city council is a non-partisan office, Ramos describes himself as a Republican who leans to the conservative side.

"One of the biggest problems I see with our great city is it is not really business-friendly," he continued. "If you look at most of the businesses they are going to Temecula and Menifee."

He said he plans to get out and meet many business owners as part of his campaign.

"I want to become proactive in the community," he said. "I think we are going to see a swing in American politics, where a lot more people will become involved. God Bless America."

Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles that will profile each of the the six candidates. Click here to read articles about and

Paul September 04, 2012 at 05:45 AM
WHOA! This will be necessary to continue development of several more roads needed to ensure adequate traffic circulation in several parts of the city. There is a need to also provide adequate means of travel during emegencies. I think eminent domain may have been required to put together part of the land needed for the new Clinton Keith overpass. Likewise maybe for some of the land for the new California Oaks overpass. Some owners are unwilling to sell at a reasonable price. Many times cities are unwill to pay a fair price too, I have been cheated on that myself by a different city. But if you mean no eminent domain for property to turn over to private businesses that is a separate topic.
Paul September 04, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Don't take "Sam" seriously. He gets his jollies by trying to insult and irritate other persons that comment on almost anything.
Paul September 04, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Well DUH! Probably half the supreme court decisions that are decided 5 to 4 are wrong. But they are imposed on us anyway. Even some of the 6 to 3 decisions are wrong as described by the descent written by the 3 judges.
Paul September 04, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Sometimes a supreme court decision can be overcome by congress changing just a few words in a law and it can then be OK with the supreme court.
Paul September 04, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Sam, this was not about leaving the carts out on the sidewalk. It was about leaving them back by the side of your garage where they are visable by a person walking by on the sidewalk. The city code says that must not be visable. I live in a good neighborhood, and nearly half the homes leave the carts where they are visable from the front sidewalk . The people have "voted" it is OK.


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