San Dimas Mayor Curtis Morris and councilmen Denis Bertone and Jeff Templeman will face no competition in the March election but their names will appear on the ballot.

San Dimas officials have placed on the same ballot Measure A, an increase to the Transient Occupancy Tax or bed tax for people who stay in motels, hotels or recreational vehicle campgrounds.

The increase would be from the current 8 percent to 12 percent.

Denis Bertone

Campaign website: None

Age: 71

Occupation: Retired educator; currently serving on the City Council

Length of time lived in city: 38-year resident of San Dimas

Married? Children?: Wife - Diana Bertone. Married 48 years

Education: Bachelor's in government; master's in political science and U.S. history; teaching credential: Cal State Los Angeles; counseling credential - UCLA

Previous political offices: Elected to San Dimas City Council in 1988; re-elected for 5 terms.

Organizations involved in: Rivers and Mountains State Conservancy - Appointed by the state Senate to the RMC Governing Board; San Gabriel Valley Council of Government Governing Board; Southern California Association of Governments - Environmental and Energy Committee; Gold Line Extension Joint Powers Authority - Governing Board

In 100 words or less, please explain why you are running for this office: My platform is simple and straight forward: "Maintain and Enhance our Quality of Life.


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" I am committed to protecting our environment; Preserving open space in our foothills and canyons; Maintaining strong and effective law enforcement and public safety; And never wavering from a conservative City Fiscal Policy. I strongly support our senior citizen and youth programs. I believe it is important for the city to work closely with our school district. A first-class city needs first-class schools. I support bringing the Foothill Gold Line light-rail to San Dimas.

Curt Morris

Campaign website: None

Age: 76

Occupation: Attorney

Length of time lived in city: 70 years

Married? Children?: Married, three adult children

Education: Stanford University, bachelor of arts in history; Loyola University Law School (Los Angeles) juris doctor degree

Previous political offices: I have been a member of the San Dimas City Council since 1980, and mayor since 1996

Organizations involved in: Member of board of directors of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inter Valley Health Plan, and Mt. San Antonio Gardens. I am also a member of the Governance Forum of the California Hospital Association, vice president of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, and chairman of the Los Angeles County/Contract Cities Liability Trust Fund Oversight Committee and Claims Board

In 100 words or less, please explain why you are running for this office: Participating in local government is an effective way to contribute to the community. Cities and other local political entities benefit from having elected officials who are committed to doing their best in governing the entity in the best interests of all of the residents and constituents. City councils and school boards make a difference, usually good, but sometimes very bad. I believe I have been able to make a difference for good in San Dimas during my years of service on the City Council, and that I can continue to do so.

Jeff Templeman

Campaign website: None

Age: 66

Occupation: Councilmember/retired chief

Length of time lived in city: San Dimas has been my home since childhood.

Married? Children?: My wife and I will celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary this year. Our kids attended San Dimas schools.

Education: Did not list

Previous political offices: I retired from police work after serving 32 years, and I have been on the City Council for 16 years. 

Organizations involved in: Did not list

In 100 words or less, please explain why you are running for this office: I stand for a balanced budget and cash reserves that meet our financial obligations.

I stand for high-quality public safety, and we have very positive police and fire programs.

I stand for a balance between development and preserving open space, like the recently approved master plan for Walnut Creek.

I stand for support of our active armed forces and the veterans who keep our nation safe.

I stand in support of our great school district and the outstanding relationship we share with the schools.

And, I stand in support of the many hard working civic groups and businesses that help make San Dimas a great place to live and work.

I'm very accessible to all citizens of San Dimas and with your vote we will continue to keep San Dimas a great place to live.