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Tea Party Ex-Marine Not Running for Murrieta City Council

Former Marine sergeant Gary Stein said Sunday he will instead work on building his real estate business while contemplating a future bid for California State Assembly.

A former Marine sergeant who prompted controversy has announced he will not seek election to Murrieta City Council.

Patch However, Stein said Sunday he chose not to proceed.

"My wife and I talked it over and decided it is probably not the best time for our family," Stein told Patch. "But I am going to be at every city council meeting because there are a lot of ridiculous things being done to the citizens of Murrieta."

For example, Stein said he does not agree with the paramedic service fee the city council adopted recently and that may go into effect following Tuesday's meeting. Residents would be charged $350 per response by paramedics from the Murrieta Fire Department. To avoid the fee, residents could choose to pay an optional $48 annual subscription for unlimited responses.

"Why are we charging people $350 for a 911 call? If the city council can't do a budget like, just like every family has to."

He also disagrees with the city's red-light cameras.

"It is funny considering how Los Angeles, the most liberal city, is not going to enforce them but the city of Murrieta wants to hold on to them. I am not endorsing running red lights, but why is Murrieta going to let a computer ticket its residents?"

Stein said "he would love to run" for the office, but with just being discharged from the Marines four months ago, he needs to put all his energy toward building his real estate business.

He said he plans to stay a resident of Murrieta, as both him and his wife's families live in the area.

Another reason he decided to pass on a run for city council was because he plans to seek state office in two years.

"I love the state of California," said Stein, who is from Bullhead City, Ariz.

He said he would like to run for State Assembly.

addy August 06, 2012 at 07:00 PM
This guy needs to go away.. WHY would anyone want someone that is a SHAME to the military to run anything in our comunity.. I sure as heck dont want him here. ... On another note i am 100% FOR red light cameras.. people need to learn how to drive.. have you ever driven down temecula parkway.. its INSANE.. at almost EVERY light someone runs it and cuts in front of me and im sick of it. It also happens all over town. I think there needs to be MORE red light cameras, then maybe people will learn how to PROPERLY drive if they get a ticket, plus it lets the police have more time to do their job rather than handing out red light tickets...Only people that run those red lights want the cameras gone...
Jacob Stillman August 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with you addy!! Every point is right on the Money. This clown is one of the crazy Diana Serafin bunch.
Sweetpe August 06, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I love California and I love living here in Murrieta. We do not need Gary Stein serving in a public position. His views are not positive at all.
Al August 07, 2012 at 05:43 AM
He sounds right on target to me why do you want to keep paying more taxes it doesn't matter what they call it. This is a tax and who will pay this extra $345.00 the hard working people if the city can't pay for the Parimedics then they need to cut not tax more this is unbeleivable and people actually agree I commend this Marine for speaking out. I am sure there are alot more people who are at the end of there patience and are ready to speak there mind. I happened to be one of them!
Jim August 08, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Stein is right to oppose red light cameras. 1. Educate your friends about Snitch Tickets, so that they don't respond to them. They are fake/phishing red light camera "tickets" mailed out by California police to fool the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. One city sends out about 10,000 of them annually. (In SoCal, Bakersfield, Corona, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Garden Grove, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Laguna Woods, Los Alamitos, Oceanside, Poway, Riverside, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Solana Beach, South Gate and Vista use them.) Snitch Tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's addr. and phone #, and usually say (on the back, in small letters), "Do not contact the court about this notice." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term. 2. Also let you friends know that REAL tickets issued by cities in LA County can be ignored, because the LA County court does not report ignored tickets to the DMV. (Please also emphasize to your friends that this info applies only to tickets from cities that are in LA County.) If you take the time to educate your friends about these things, you may find that suddenly you are eating better. Friends will be buying you lunch after they realize that you have just saved them $500.
Jacob Stillman August 08, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Sure AL, he just repeats local area conservative talking points. He has the right to say or do anything he wants. However, so do I and I would never vote for him and don't know anyone who would.
Gary Bonanno August 08, 2012 at 09:32 PM
@Jim, why is Stein right about opposing Red Light Cameras. The fiscal benefit of having the cameras can help the city treasury and improve safety at the intersections where they are installed. The only people against red light cameras would be people who desire to break the law unimpeded by modern technology. Either obey the law or pay the consequences. Don't take the money out of your city's treasury. Also, a paramedic fee is standard practice. Gary Stein, showing his lack of education and intelligence in fighting medical reform and also fighting a paramedic charge shows that he has little to no knowledge of the real issues. Many jurisdictions charge a "Emergency Medical" fee. Have insurance and the fee gets paid by your insurance company. Paying a subscription is a GREAT idea. First of all, it prevents frivolous 911 calls (my cat is stuck in a tree) and it prevents EMERGENCY medical services from providing routine medical care and transportation. If you have to pay to get driven to the hospital when it's not threatening life, limb or eyesight, then you might decide to just jump in your car and drive yourself to the hospital for 10 or 20 bucks. The subscription concept also helps pay for services being on standby. Firefighters are paid more for being ready to fight fires than they are paid for fighting fires. Gary Stein, educate yourself, BEFORE you promote yourself. Glad you chose not to run. Murrieta, you're safe!
Gary Bonanno August 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Al, not on target at all; Please see my comments below. Many jurisdictions charge for Emergency Medical Services, especially in these times that EMS winds up being utilized for routine medical care and/or transportation. AND HE'S NOT A MARINE!!!! He was discharged Other Than Honorably!!! Stop awarding him with a title that he no longer deserves!!! By doing so you are disrespecting all of those who have earned that honor and didn't disgrace it!

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