Prairie Village Mayoral candidates on the issues: What makes you the best candidate to lead Prairie Village?

first_imgToday we finish up with the Prairie Village Mayoral candidates’ responses to our election issues questionnaire.Here’s item number five:What makes you the best candidate to lead Prairie Village government the next four year and possibly beyond?Eric MikkelsonHere are a few of the reasons why I am the best candidate to lead Prairie Village government:I am in favor of maintaining the character of our neighborhoods with the reasonable Phase 2 residential guidelines on teardowns. My opponent repeatedly voted to undermine and kill those guidelines.I made a motion to reduce your 2018 property tax rate. My opponent voted against it.I served a full term on the city council, on my homes association board, and as a municipal judge.I successfully worked with others to create two new PV parks from inception, including using a creative TIF to finance Meadowbrook Park. My opponent states she would “never” support a TIF.I have been a consistent champion of expanding bike and walkability in Prairie Village.I am a successful business owner and business lawyer.I have a college degree and a law degree. I am also a graduate of the Prairie Village Citizens Police Academy.During my time on council I was a consensus builder, including keeping Prairie Village fiscally strong as the Chair of the Finance Committee. I made a successful motion, unanimously backed by that committee, to reject a public financing request for a multi-story parking garage in Corinth Shops.I am in favor of an NDO. My opponent tried to defeat it, suggesting Prairie Village public restaurants could refuse to serve gay residents based on religious grounds.I raised my family here, consistently voted in elections, and actively engaged in the community to support our Prairie Village schools. The first local election my opponent voted in was 2016 when she ran for Council.I kept my campaign focused on the issues and voting records, refraining from the personal character attacks and extremism that poisons so much of our politics. As a result, I earned the support and endorsements of moderate, bipartisan groups such as Mainstream Coalition’s MainPac as well as prominent Prairie Village pillars of the community across the political spectrum.These distinctions make me the best candidate to lead Prairie Village into the future. If you agree, please vote for Eric Mikkelson on November 6.If you can do more to ensure that Prairie Village elects engaged, experienced, effective leadership, please visit to contact me and find out how you can help the campaign.Thank you!Serena SchermolyI am asking to represent all residents of Prairie Village because we need a mayor we can trust. We need someone who represents our community in a non-partisan, collaborative manner. My professional experience has given me the skills and temperament to lead, listen, get input from all stakeholders and make decisions that lead us forward.I’m not a lawyer, I’m a mother, who has had to work hard for everything I have gotten in my life. I quit school when I was a senior in high school and I found I couldn’t get into the college I wanted to go to, because my school was not accredited. I worked two jobs until I was able to go to college. The month before I left, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. As a young expectant mother, raised by her grandparents, I had three options, adoption, abortion or I was on my own. Well, I took my own path. It wasn’t always easy but, my 26-year-old daughter is more than worth the law degree I sought.When I was young I was a single struggling mother, I worked hard to pay the bills like many residents of Prairie Village. I understand struggling for the extra few dollars that it cost for school fees, child care, increases in utility bills, rising property taxes. I have been there, but, I didn’t quit, or blame others for the circumstances of life. I had to work hard. When I moved to Prairie Village I found my home. I got involved in my community, to help out where I could.As Mayor, I would encourage a robust volunteer corps and focused public engagement to explore what’s possible with Property Tax Relief, or Aging in Place, enhancing beautification, working with our schools, and any other opportunity to do more with the resources we already possess. I am committed to environmental issues, finding grants, building our bike and pedestrian paths while protecting our trees, strengthening our Arts programming, from additional concerts, a volunteer orchestra, choir, theater group. There are endless possibilities. We will accomplish much more by bringing our voices and our visions together under a Mayor who listens and has a “pitch in and help” attitude. This is not about me this is about us.I have a passion for Prairie Village. As your mayor, I would have the right attitude and temperament to be the best candidate to work with other council members and city employees to negotiate positive solutions and to reestablish a harmonious atmosphere for the betterment of our city. I want to be your mayor in order to work hard to maintain the quality of life in Prairie Village. I will not use my position to simply add to my resume so as to create a stepping stone for higher elected office.Our city is my sole priority.Please vote for Serena Schermoly for Mayor on November 6th. That’s it! Thanks to both candidates for their participationlast_img read more

15 ex-NPA militiamen in Negros get cash assistance

first_imgBACOLOD City – Some 15 former Yunit Militia members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in this province received a total of P225,000 or P15,000 each in immediate assistance from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). “I am thankful that you have decided to return to the fold of the law. I hope that you will serve as an example to your former comrades and you can convince them to surrender. We in the government will help you in the best way we can. The checks you received will help you start over,” Lacson told the former militia members. The turn-over rites were witnessed by Third District Board Member Andrew Montelibano; Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Alvaran, commander of 79IB; Colonel Romy Palgue, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office; and Local Government Operations Officer VII Fatima Diaz of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the lead implementing agency of the E-CLIP. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turn-over of the checks to the recipients in rites held at the provincial capitol grounds in this city on Thursday afternoon. On July 27, three former rebels (FRs) in this province received a total of P200,000 in immediate and remuneration assistance under the E-CLIP. “E-CLIP is solid evidence that the government is sincere in reintegrating former rebels in the mainstream society and in ending local communist armed conflict. I commend these former rebels for choosing the right path and becoming part of building a better community instead of fighting against government authorities,” he added.center_img Each of the FRs, previously CPP-NPA combatants, was given a check of P30,000 as immediate assistance and P110,000 more for the firearms they turned over to the authorities. Fourteen of them surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion (IB) based in northern Negros while the other one yielded to the 62IB in central Negros. Alvaran said the distribution of cash assistance to former Yunit Militia members clearly shows the government’s sincerity in its call for CPP-NPA members to return to mainstream society and reunite with their families. On July 16, some 18 ex-NPA rebels in Negros Occidental also received immediate and reintegration assistance amounting to about P36,000 each as benefits under the E-CLIP. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

first_imgRising teenage star Naomi Osaka reached her first-ever semifinal on the WTA Tour after conquering her demons in a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday.Eighteen-year-old Osaka, who toppled world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova in the previous round, broke world No. 107 Sasnovich three times to take the first set at Ariake Colosseum but was left hurling her racket and staring up at the roof in frustration after falling into an 0-5 hole in the second. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Agnieszka Radwanska acknowledges the crowd after defeating Monica Puig in their quarterfinal match at the Pan Pacific Open at Ariake Colosseum on Friday. Radwanska won 6-2, 6-3. | AP But the Japanese world No. 66 refound her rhythm in devastating style to take the next five games in succession, before fending off two set points in a tiebreaker to set up a semifinal showdown with Ukrainian world No. 20 Elina Svitolina on Saturday.“I feel like if I play like I envisage myself to play, then I feel like I would do well at all the tournaments,” said Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father and moved to the United States at the age of 3. “I’m always learning and gaining experience, so I’m really happy that my first semi is here.“She’s a really good player and we both had our ups and downs in the second set, and I’m the one that managed to win.”Sasnovich stunned U.S. Open finalist and world No. 6 Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarterfinals, but Osaka had too much for the Belrusian to handle despite the Japanese teen landing only 36 percent of first serves in the first set.Things quickly began to unravel for Osaka in the second set, however, as Sasnovich, who managed to win only one of her service games in the first set, jumped out to a 5-0 lead.“Honestly, I was just focusing on playing the shots more than caring about the result,” said Osaka. “By then it was already 5-0 so I was just going through the motions. I didn’t really expect to get to 5-5. I was just focusing on playing more than the score.”A string of unstoppable winners from Osaka took the set to a tiebreaker, but Sasnovich again gained the upper hand and looked on the brink of evening the match with two set points at 6-4.But Osaka reduced the deficit to one point before Sasnovich double-faulted twice to hand match point to her opponent, and Osaka emphatically replied with her fourth ace of the match to close out the victory.“I was playing very good until 5-0 and then I think I lost concentration and Osaka played better,” said Sasnovich. “I had chances, but it’s tennis.“I tried to play aggressive. I tried to attack with my first serve but my first serve was not so good today. I think maybe that’s the reason why I played just two sets and not three.”Osaka will face Svitolina in the semifinal after the Ukrainian upset Spanish top seed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.“Right now I’m not really thinking about it (the semifinal),” said Osaka, who is bidding to become the tournament’s first Japanese winner since Kimiko Date-Krumm in 1995.“Honestly, I just wanted to do well and I think semis is pretty good. So I’m just going to try to get to the final and focus on my next match.”Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska also moved into the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Rio Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig.Polish world No. 4 Radwanska, who also claimed the title in 2011, hammered home eight aces to dispatch her Puerto Rican opponent in 1 hour, 16 minutes and set up a clash with former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.“I wish I had that serve in every match, but it’s not that easy,” said Radwanska, the No. 2 seed who reached the Tokyo semifinals for a fifth time in eight appearances. “Of course I was serving very good today and that helped me a lot, that’s for sure. Hopefully I can serve like this in the next match as well.”Radwanska will face Wozniacki after the Dane beat Polish qualifier Magda Linette 6-4, 6-3.Wozniacki, who held the world No. 1 spot for 67 weeks between 2010-11, has seen her ranking slip to 28 after missing this year’s French Open through injury, but is returning to form after reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Open earlier this month.“I rate her as a top-10 player, even when she has dropped her ranking a little bit,” said Radwanska, who has beaten Wozniacki only four times in 12 meetings.“She’s coming back and playing really good tennis for the last couple of months. We all need to be careful with those kind of players who are not seeded. Of course this is a semifinal but she is also feeling good here, she is playing very good here in Tokyo.“I just hope it’s going to be a really good match.” Naomi Osaka plays a shot againt Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Friday at Ariake Colosseum. Osaka advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win. | AP Agnieszka Radwanska, Pan-Pacific Open, Dominika Cibulkova, Garbine Muguruza, Naomi Osaka, Monica Puig, Aliaksandra Sasnovich last_img read more