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The power of positive campaigning

Barbara Delgleize, running for Huntington Beach City Council, believes in saying 'yes' to get plans off the ground.

October 10, 2012|By Mona Shadia | By Mona Shadia
  • Barbara Delgleize is a candidate for the Huntington Beach City Council.
Barbara Delgleize is a candidate for the Huntington Beach… (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

Barbara Delgleize is full of ideas.

During an interview Tuesday, the City Council candidate often turned her head as she spoke, squinted her eyes and shifted positions. She gestured with her arms to express the passion and vision she has for Huntington Beach.

Delgleize, 61, who has served on the Planning Commission for four years, said Huntington Beach is already built out and the right council person will look for resources and opportunities within the city and maximize them.. She believes her decades of experience in real estate give her that edge.

As for whether she has the tenacity to see a project through? Well, she has run seven marathons.

"I'm very curious, and I love to learn, and I believe education is one of the greatest ways to lift all boats, lift a community, lift residents," she said. "People should vote for me because I'm passionate about wanting to do that for Huntington Beach."

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Saying yes to a senior center at Huntington Central Park, reforming pensions, attracting new businesses, hiring more police officers and even legalizing fireworks is Delgleize's model because saying yes, she said, "gets the plans started, visions expanded and new ideas reveal themselves."

A plan for improved traffic, better signage in downtown, a master bike plan for the city and installing free Wi-Fi throughout Huntington Beach are among her goals should she be elected to the council in November.

Delgleize said traffic in Huntington Beach is not something the city can avoid, but a way to improve how residents and tourists get around, be it through a shuttle system or even something similar to Long Beach's On Board Buses, is in order.

"Everything we do from here on out will be impacted by traffic," she said "I believe we need to do something for the whole community to improve traffic."

Delgleize said Huntington Beach is one of the flattest communities in Orange County and would be a great place for a bike trail that connects South County to northern cities.

She also said better signage in downtown helping people get around would improve visitors' and residents' experiences.

"If you're visiting Huntington Beach, you should be able to take advantage of it," she said. "Why don't we make going around my community really easy?"

Delgleize said offering Wi-Fi in the city can improve prospective buyers' willingness to settle in Huntington Beach and could bring substantial revenue to the city.

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