Tustin is in an enviable position: It has a good combination of the old and the new, is in a strong financial position (with general fund reserves of roughly 40 percent of the annual budget), public safety is a high priority and crime is not a serious problem, the city has a good business climate, and while there have been some issues with unauthorized converted garages and additional housing units built behind main residences, code enforcement handles such issues without being overly heavy-handed.
Given this state of affairs, we see no reason not to return incumbents Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett and Allan Bernstein for another term. Bernstein, a physician, is seeking his second term, after being elected in 2012, and Puckett is seeking his third — and, he insists, his final — term, including a stint from 1990-1994.
That leaves one spot for the two newcomer candidates, Austin Lumbard and Letitia Clark. While we were impressed by the experience and genuine concern for the city’s well-being from both candidates, we think Austin Lumbard is better suited to serve on the council at this time.