Incumbents win Hidden Hills Council race







Incumbents win Hidden Hills Council race




All three incumbents won handily in Tuesday’s Hidden Hills City Council election.


Stuart Siegel, the 57-year-old mayor pro tem, led the field of four candidates with 229 votes or 32 percent of the total.


Monty Fisher, the 64-year-old current mayor, earned 209 votes or 29 percent.


Ron Berg won another four-year term with 177 votes or 25 percent. Berg is a 50-year-old lawyer who joined the council in 1997.


Siegel and Fisher have been aboard since 1994.


Finishing fourth in the balloting was Larry Klein, a 55-year-old first-time challenger, with 96 votes.


It was the city council’s first contested race in six years.


While pleased with the outcome, Fisher said he was disappointed the election had several negative overtones. "That’s exactly the kind of stuff we try to avoid, " Fisher said.


Siegel is a nine-year council veteran who served two years on the Hidden Hills Community Association Board of Directors. He also served as mayor for two years.


During the election, the incumbents promised to preserve the city’s equestrian way of life and continue to work side-by-side with the community association, which shares in the government duties.


"Clearly the community voted for the status quo," said Siegel, owner of the Valley Indoor Swap Meet.


"We haven’t done the kind of things to get people mad at you. We banked our money for a rainy day, got rid of the [utility] tax and stayed out of trouble."


The city eliminated a 10 percent tax on telephone, electric and gas bills last year.


About 21 percent of Hidden Hills’ 1,200 registered voters went to the polls, according to a city official.


—John Loesing





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