As a life-long resident of the City of West Covina, I am deeply committed to the community. I was born here, own a home here, and have raised my family here. This is my home, like it is to all of you.
My parents moved to West Covina in 1965 and as the youngest of seven children I was able to experience what makes West Covina an amazing community. I attended local schools and played youth baseball at the local Little League. I met my wife and we settled here in West Covina to raise our only child, a son, who is now attending college with a major in Administration of Justice.
Over the years I have been involved in many aspects of the community. While my son played youth baseball at the local Little League, I ran and was elected to the position of President of the league. During my three years on the board of directors we were able to overcome some serious budget problems. We brought all debts to current and remodeled the concessions stand, fields, restrooms, and were able to generate enough support from local businesses to install the most up to date and modern scoreboard of any local youth sports league at that time. Upon my departure of the board, there was a significant amount of money in the bank and no debts.
In 2010, I was honored to be appointed to the Community and Senior Services Commission where I served until November of 2017. In 2019 I was reappointed to the same commission but due to my outspoken opposition to Measure WC I was told I could not continue my service on the commission. During my tenure as a commissioner I was humbled to serve as the Vice Chair and Chair of the commission. This appointment was a great opportunity to learn more about the city and the residents. During my time on the commission we were honored to promote the cities first "All Inclusive Playground" at Cameron Park. One of my proudest moments was in 2016 and 2017 the high school baseball program that my son was involved, volunteered at the Senior Center and served all of the attendees their Thanksgiving Luncheon. This was a proud moment because those student athletes got to enjoy the benefits of community service and experience just what that means first hand.
In 2019 and 2020, I was honored to volunteer alongside many other residents to defeat Measure WC. Measure WC was a potential sales tax increase in the City of West Covina that had many bad things included in the measure. The group that was formed and leadership of that group were able to defeat that measure with a 4 to 1 margin (nearly 80% voted against it). The measure received a resounding defeat by the residents. In fact, it was such a defeat that many residents agreed that it represented a "No Confidence Vote" in this city council. That is why I decided to run for city council myself.
Now I continue my service to the community by asking for your support as the first council person elected to the City Council from District 3 of West Covina. Let's put someone on the city council who understands what residents want. For too long we have seen people get elected to the city council and forget us, the residents, who pay our tax dollars to this city. It is time to have a council that is responsible to the residents and not to special interest.
If you know me, you know I speak my mind and stand up for what is right. I do not like to be told we cannot do something. There is always a way, we just need to find the solution.
VOTE for STEVE BENNETT for City Council on November 3, 2020