Serafin Plans Campaign to Fight for Citizens' Rights

Murrieta residents who didn't already know Diana Serafin from her appearances at City Council meetings learned about her in 2012, when...

Murrieta residents who didn't already know Diana Serafin from her appearances at City Council meetings learned about her in 2012, when she was the driving force behind a successful ballot measure that led to the removal of red light cameras in the city.

Serafin and her supporters argued that the cameras at three Murrieta intersections were ineffective, and that the $500 ticket for violations was excessive. Residents voted to have the camera system discontinued, and when city council members learned the "disabled" cameras were still monitoring drivers, the council voted unanimously to have them removed.

"It was just a big scam," Serafin recalled recently. "It was a money maker, but rear-end collisions were way up."

Concern over issues that affect Murrieta residents has led the 62-year-old grandmother to run for a seat on the Murrieta City Council in the November election.

Serafin has been critical of city officials in the past. During a City Hall press conference at the start of the immigration protests June 30, Serafin addressed Mayor Alan Long, accusing the city of a lack of transparency regarding the planned arrival of undocumented immigrants at the local border patrol station.

Her stand isn't always popular, but Serafin said she does what is needed to stand up for the rights of residents.

"A lot of things are going on in this county that is taking away our freedoms," she said. "The plan most cities have is to build three-story buildings, to pack us in, make us get out of our cars to take busses and ride bikes. They're taking away our freedoms to buy a house and a car.

"We need to expose more of these bills that are being proposed. I'll get the city to fight those bills."

Serafin also would like to see efforts made to revitalize Old Town Murrieta with more events in the area and renovations.

Realizing her beliefs go against what many politicians hold, Serafin is counting on support from average citizens to fuel her campaign.

"I know that anybody in the political field is totally opposed to me," she said. "But the average person out there ... I'm getting support from them left and right. I'm of the people.

"If I don't get elected, I won't stop fighting."

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  1. I admire her tenacity. While some residence may find some of her issues unfavorable they can't say she isn't a doer. ...government of the people, by the people and for the people...

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