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Erika Lowrey, Cadidate for IB City Council, makes Statement!

Sep 16, 2014 06:06PM ● By Paul Spear

From Erika Lowery - I Believe in IB.

I believe that Imperial Beach is a community of great citizens, with hearts that give endlessly, and deserve respect from their elected officials.

I believe this city has the opportunity for positive growth, bringing in revenue to our city without increasing taxes.

I believe that Imperial Beach needs more opportunities for young people – in sports, jobs, and in the community.

I chose to live and raise my family here in Imperial Beach for these reasons. We love the small town atmosphere tucked away from San Diego. We love the community’s involvement in all events in the city.

What I have seen is that our elected officials are disconnected from our citizens. We see them at few events, we hear from a few on occasion. We need elected officials that are actively involved in the community.

What I have seen is businesses that remain empty. We still are waiting for the groundbreaking of 9th and Palm. We have redevelopment bonds money that should be spent on development that will ensure our ability to pay for the bonds when they come due.

What I have seen is that our young people need help finding their niche’ – whether it be in sports with the expansion of services offered through the Boys and Girls Club at the Sports Park, or music and art programs, or community leadership opportunities. School cutbacks have crippled districts and this gives the city an opportunity to grow our young people into leaders.

I believe that a partnership between elected officials, city officials, and community groups can strengthen the events and create new ideas for the city when we work together.

I believe that encouraging business growth and new business to come into the community will lead to jobs and revenue to the city, allowing the city to do more for residents. I believe the modernization – from paving alleyways, to the Palm Avenue Master Plan – will encourage business to come into the city. This is something that our city leaders need to work for.

I believe that our youth are our future. I would like to see the implementation of the Youth Advisory Committee (or other name to be designated), so that our young people can have a say in the development of the city for them also. With almost 25% of our community under the age of 18, they have a vigor and ideas that would bring our city into a new and innovative direction.

I learned service to the community at a young age. My father is a retired police officer who led by example – coaching sports, working in community service organizations, being a representative to the city council for his union.

I have been a committee member of the Sun and Sea Festival this year. I have been active in the Band and Choir Booster Club. These are just a few ways that I have worked these past years for the betterment of the community. As an elected official, I will diligently work with our community organizations for all events in the city.

I Believe in Imperial Beach. Join me at


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