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Coronado City Council Candidate Marvin Heinze

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 3:54 pm

Q: Should the City of Coronado take a more active role in the legal challenges and public policy relating to sewage emanating from Mexico, which is impacting beaches in Coronado and the South Bay?

A: Our City Council is on a good course to effectively address the cross-border sewage issue. While I understand Imperial Beach felt the need to file a lawsuit against the International Boundary and Water Commission to focus attention on this international issue, legal action is never the only course of action. It is unlikely that litigation will actually obtain a workable solution on its own.

Our Coronado leadership is working to solve the border sewage contamination through diplomatic action, not adversarial and costly litigation. Our City Council has conducted a broad campaign to build support and educate the appropriate Federal government officials to ensure that this international issue is dealt with by the federal government. Through numerous trips to Washington, DC and other venues, Mayor Bailey and Councilman Benzian have built awareness and support in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Trade Representatives negotiating NAFTA, Pentagon offices, the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, various White House staff and the offices of both our local Congressmen and Congressional representatives from Arizona and the Western States caucus. This effort is creating a partnership that makes our Southern California voice on this issue much larger, and provides more opportunity for a positive solution. None of this would be possible if we were involved in a lawsuit against the federal government. Lawyers may tell you that joining a lawsuit is the best course. Most of us realize that once you join a lawsuit, the lawyers control the dialog, and it is very difficult to collaborate to obtain real solutions.

Our current Council is using the tools of governance in the dealing with the Tijuana River and cross-border pollution issues. We need to ensure our Council continues to provide effective leadership by selecting Council members that understand public governance. Having served on City Commissions for the past 10 years (currently the Coronado Planning Commission), in the Federal government as a Naval officer and on the Board of our largest Coronado Homeowners Association, I have the skills and problem-solving abilities needed on our Coronado City Council.

Communities like ours, with unique charm and character, don’t just happen on their own, they are shaped by dedicated leaders who devote their passion, energy and expertise to keeping them special. I spent the first 30 years of my adult career serving and defending our nation. It would now be a great honor to represent the residents of Coronado as a Councilman and put my experience and passion for local leadership to work for you. A proven Navy and civic leader, I will serve you on our Council, but most importantly, I will listen to everyone and reach the best possible decisions. We will Keep Coronado Special!

Marvin Heinze

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