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Tea Party Marine Plans to Run for Murrieta City Council

Gary Stein, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps for anti-Obama remarks, said he intends to run for Murrieta City Council.

A former Camp Pendleton Marine who was based on remarks he made on the Facebook page, "Armed Forces Tea Party," has announced he wants to put his energy toward his city of residence—Murrieta.

The former Marine Sgt. Gary Stein, , told Patch he intends to run for Murrieta City Council during the upcoming Nov. 6 election. He plans to pick up an election packet Monday from City Hall, he said.

"...I firmly believe that real 'Change' comes from from real leadership within the cities and towns around the nation," Stein said, about his decision to run for office. "I believe the city of Murrieta needs to be ran on common sense principles of Fiscal Responsibility and Limited Government. I believe that the city owes it to the citizens to be as transparent as possible since the city belongs to the people."

"It also seems that the current city council is more concerned about bringing new business into the city instead of helping the small businesses we currently have.

"Also I have noticed some council members are too concerned about what they have done for the city and nothing else. City Council members need to remember that they work for the people of Murrieta."

Stein would not be the only former Marine throwing his hat into the council race.

Harry Ramos, 36, who said he retired from the Marines because of injuries, has already picked up an election packet.

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

Ramos described himself as a Republican "who leans conservative."

Others who intend to run for the two open city council seats are David Meuting and current City Councilman Randon Lane. As of Thursday, Lane was the only candidate to have turned in a completed packet,

Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 08:57 AM
Proof that Randon Lane is disingenuous about wanting residents to contact him are two emails that he refused to even read. The subject line on July 14 and again on July 27: "Commercial Districts and Enforcement of Loss of Nonconforming Status. Not Read is how Randon Lane replied both dates. I am a property owner, part-time resident and business owner in Murrieta. Lane apparently is not interested in reading about the damage and implications of the Council's rezoning homes to a commercial district that does not allow homes as they did recently under the five year reveiw of the General Plan. Not good govenment and a taking of private property rights. Wouldn't you agree?
USMC PRIDE August 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Omar - "An Editor decides what is newsworthy. His record, story and background is not difficult to find. Regardless of the opinion of this man, It is important to highlight potential candidates in this importnat election." Omar, I respectfully disagree. The Patch has done 27 stories on this kid. He calls them for more publicity and they jump. They were not highlighting a potential canidate the previous 26 stories, they are highlighting what Stein wishes them to highlight. As such, if The Patch is going to continue to be this kid's mouthpiece, they should do so responsibly. It is the editor's responsiblity to report the entire story, not just what Stein wishes them to report.
Gary Bonanno August 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Patrice Batyski I'd like to thank the US Marine Corps for stripping you of your uniform that you were so clearly unfit to wear. Sunday at 5:16pm near Philadelphia, PA Margie Flores likes this. Gary Stein I would like to thank you for never serving. Sunday at 5:48pm · 1 Patrice Batyski With people like you in the service, I'm glad I didn't. 20 hours ago Patrice Batyski Benedict Arnold, Quisling and now Gary Stein. Traitors' wall of shame. 20 hours ago Once again, Gary Stein shows his immaturity and support for Freedom of Speech by ridiculing somebody for expressing their opinion. Yet, he's a Constitutional Conservative. According to Gary Stein, HE should be allowed Freedom of Speech but nobody else has a right to it, unless they want to be ridiculed and heckled. Remember that, Gary, when you are making your presentations during your campaign!
Jim August 04, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Another way to get rid of the cameras: Economics. Make them unprofitable for cities. How? 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.
Gary Bonanno August 04, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Why are you so against the cameras? It's a way to improve safety in the community, free officers to perform real police work and generate revenue for the city. So, why would you want to get rid of them? The only reason that I can see is that you want to be able to run red lights and not worry about getting a ticket.

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