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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Phelan - Pinon Hills Community Services DistrictCandidate for Director

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Albert Leon Morrissette

Independent Research Consultant,Community Advocate
1,307 votes (12.27%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain strong Fiscal accountability, while seeking ways to efficiently provide authorized services and maximize resources for the benefit of the community
  • Continue to fight the State Water Board mandating high water cost. I researched/developed our strategy in educating them of our water conservation methods: We open's their doors and gained professional acknowlegement
  • Maintain our water integrity and also seek fiscal means that can be utilized to increase, improve and develop Park and Recreation.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Independent Research Consultant,Community Advocate
Owner-Entrepreneur various businesses over the past 50 years, Self-Employed, starting first business with 4 employees at age 15, currently Private/Public R&D Consultant. (1968–current)
Director, Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District — Elected position (2008–current)
General Manager, Wrightwood Community Services District — Appointed position (2017–current)
Member, Special Districts Zone-l 70 Water Board — Appointed position (2004–2008)
Chairman, Pinon Hills Municipal Advisory Council — Appointed position (1996–2003)

Education

El Camino College, a variety of individual classes through various medias and methods I took target college and industry classes primarily Journalism, Business, Horticulture, Government Administration, I was a freelance Journalist for 22 years, Business R&D Consultant, Certified Grant Writers and more (current)

Community Activities

President/CEO, BridgeLife Foundation-Philippines (2014–current)
Parent, Family: the most important service I have performed is being the father of 7 kids and grandfather of 11 (1978–current)
Board member, Phelan Neighborhood Watch (2012–2014)
Treasurer, Tri-Community VFW Post 9415 Men's Auxiliary (2010–2011)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • I do not seek endorsements, I stand on my own merrits

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Community Service as a Director of the PPHCSD

Summary

The mindset and integrity plus thick skin of a local elected official in Phelan and Pinon Hills.

There are as many reasons to run for local public office as there has been, are currently and will be candidates. This election, we have three Director seats open, there are five candidates including myself and I am the only incumbent. My history as a community advocate began in 1996 when my wife and I moved our family to Pinon Hills so we could break out of the city life and embrace the rural life for our 7 kids. In 1996, I was appointed to the Pinon Hills Municipal Advisory Board and enjoyed the challenge of community advocacy from 1996 to 2003. During those years the key issues were water and encroachment from large developers (Fortunately we fought them off). 2003-2004, I took time to fight Colon Cancer and have been in remission ever since. From 2004-2008 I was appointed to the San Bernardino County Special Districts Water Board Zone-L 70, discovering how dysfunctional their management is and looking for an alternative. Also in 2004-2008, I was one of the key 5 residents to form the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District Feasibility Committee (a mouth full but don't try to repeat 3 times). Overcoming significant resistance from Special Districts, we eventually developed the Feasibility Study and had it supported through an election in 2008 by 82% of the voters thus forming the District we refer to as PPHCSD. I was voted onto the initial Board and remain as your advocate throughout these years being reelected in 2010 and 2014.

These past years have seen many challenges and changes that we confronted through research and development of strategy that often was honed through mediation from Board discussions and mutual understanding of issues. Water will remain this District's Primary concern and I have been a strong District advocate that rather than fight the giant State Water Resource Board with a sling, we eduacted them with viable information of how different our rural desert District operates and that water conservation is our lifestlye. With that sword in hand, it took a long time to break their mindset of small rural desert districts but we successed through educating them on livestock, horses, desert landscape and swamp coolers. This eduaction needs to never cease and my knowledge will keep us ahead of the curve, thus I can help bring the other two new Board Members up to date and work as a team.

Our district also has Park and Recreation, street lights and solid waste powers. The solid waste came to us through the genius of former board member Joe Fahrlander, who led the District to transfer Solid Waste Franchise Fees from the County to our District. His reasoning was to help finance Park and Recreation projects and most of those fees are directed to Parks, while some has been utilized for free trash days, desert trash pick up, plus tire and hazmat recycling.I have sat on the District's Park and Recreation Committee since the beginning and have brought to the community the Senior Lunch Programs, The lawn at Phelan park, purchase of park land through grants and the County's Property Tax Lein sales, the improvements at Pinon Hills Park, The current Haunted House as a co-operative with the Phelan Chamber, Phelan Farmers Market, the Community Garden and This last Memorial Day's Viet Nam Memorial Wall( A project i was told could and would never happen but after 5 years effort we got it!). On park infrastructure ideas, we are in the process of developing a Park Master Plan that will give us guidance of what the community desires in P&R infrastructure. I'll still promote an outdoor shooting range with a 1,200-ft shot, equestrian center and a indoor community swimming pool. I believe we can develop sponsorships to pay for park maintenance of upcoming projects and improvements, rather than look first to the residents for an assessment.

I am well respected as a Board member who looks at things from a third person perspective and not my own opinion. I do my homework and look at all issues from all sides and am known to listen to everyone's points rather than bang my own drum to deafen others. We have two Board members not up for election, Dan Whalen and Cathy Pace. I appreciate their discernment and efforts as independent thinkers, but they are moving on and I believe keeping me on the Board adds stability, while the two new members take a year or more to become aquainted with their positions and somewhat overwhelming bureaucracy that we deplore, but work through to become knowledgeable servants to the community.

Vote for me not because of grandstanding, but because I care about our community and maintaining our rural lifestyle.

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