AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Reeves, who has previously run for council, seeks a more balanced open-space policy and protection of property rights. Wright, who had a 26-year career in law enforcement, sees the need to better control the “public purse” through open bidding and audits. He is also concerned about a 33 percent rise in crime in the city over the past two years. Other candidates, however, say the city’s crime rate is extremely low compared with other parts of the L.A. area and that such fluctuations are not unusual. We don’t see any overriding issue that would argue for retiring the three incumbents. Our recommendation is that Rancho Palos Verdes voters re-elect Tom Long, Doug Stern and Steve Wolowicz. Measures C and D – One issue that Rancho Palos Verdes voters should settle in next week’s election is the future of the city’s storm-drain user fee, which narrowly won a vote of affected property owners in 2005. Measure C, which was placed on the ballot by a unanimous City Council vote, addresses concerns city residents had about the original storm-drain fee. This time all city residents will have a chance to vote on the fee’s future. In 2005, because 20 percent of residents use storm drains owned by Los Angeles County, only 80 percent of city residents were allowed to vote on the issue. Other changes to the storm-drain fee program proposed by Measure C are the addition of a citizens oversight committee and a shorter sunset clause – from 30 years down to 10. Shortening the length of time the fee is in effect would allow voters to reassess the need for the fee in 2016. The storm-drain fee requires the average property owner to pay $85 annually to upgrade deteriorating pipes and reduce urban runoff pollution. The fee gives the city a dedicated revenue stream for storm drains that amounts to about $1.2 million annually. Measure D, meanwhile, would eliminate the storm-drain fee altogether. Supporters say the city can afford to make the necessary repairs by reprioritizing spending. Our view is that Rancho Palos Verdes residents should not take any chances when it comes to protecting their homes from winter flooding and protecting the city from lawsuits. The repair program thus ought to go forward and upgrades made as soon as possible. It’s also worth mentioning that if additional revenue begins to pour into city coffers from new developments, city officials can suspend the fee from year to year. We recommend a “Yes” on Measure C and a “No” vote on Measure D.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3 Council incumbents have earned another term; modify, but don’t ax, storm-drain fee. The Rancho Palos Verdes election next Tuesday looks to be a referendum on three incumbent councilmen’s performance. Councilman Doug Stern is running for a third term while fellow Councilmen Tom Long and Steve Wolowicz will be seeking their second terms in office Nov. 6. Also running for the three council positions on the ballot are Don Reeves, a retired aerospace manager who organized the effort to repeal the city’s storm-drain fee, and Paul Wright, a small-business owner and traffic commissioner. Long, Stern and Wolowicz are all running on similar platforms that stress the city’s success in acquiring 600 additional acres of open space, open government, attention to the city’s infrastructure, and completion of the Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club.