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Monsef runs for mayor

Submitted by on 1, December 22, 2009 – 5:55 amNo Comment

hadimonsefFrom the Better Late Than Never Department: Hadi Monsef is running for mayor.

Monsef, who served on the Island’s Public Utilities Commission from 1975 to 1983 and on the City Council from 1983 to 1989, said widespread frustration over the city’s lack of direction and a concern over the city’s finances led him to toss his hat in the ring.

“I love this city too much to see nothing happening,” Monsef said Monday when The Island contacted him. (Monsef announced his plan to run for mayor at the local Rotary on December 8.)

Monsef said as mayor he’d deal with the city’s unfunded future pension obligations, which he said could put the city’s finances in the red as soon as next year. He accused the current council of fiscal irresponsibility for the pension packages he said they extended to the Island’s public safety officers.

He said he’d also work to develop Alameda Point. Monsef said he opposes Measure B, the Point development on the ballot in February, and he said he would make changes to the proposed land plan for the Point. When asked for more specifics, Monsef said he’s still working on his plan and that he would have more information early next year.

He also said he’d work to improve conditions at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, which has suffered financially in recent years. The council hired Kemper Sports in November 2008 to run the course temporarily while a permanent, private manager could be found. The city received two bids for that job, which they have declined to release. The council is to hear a recommendation for a permanent manager early next year.

This year, Monsef worked with local businesses who sought unsuccessfully to get the School Board to mediate their opposition to the Measure H parcel tax. The district entered into a settlement agreement with John Beery, a local businessman who filed a separate suit, to create a new tax.

Monsef is a real estate broker for OMM, Inc. He also sits on the Alameda County Assessor Appeals Board, which he has served for 12 years.

He joins City Councilwoman Marie Gilmore as an official candidate in the race.

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