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PALMDALE WINNERS SET CITY AGENDA; BUSINESS, CRIME TOP LIST.

Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer

Redoubling the push to bring in good-paying jobs and creation of special law enforcement teams to fight crime are among the issues Palmdale City Council election winners want to tackle.

Palmdale voters elected to stay the course, returning Jim Ledford to his mayor's post for a fourth term and re-electing Councilman Terry Judge. Joining them on the council is political newcomer Shelley Sorsabal; she replaces Jim Root, who did not seek re-election.

Palmdale needs to put together a marketing program to attract employers, Judge said Wednesday.

It must focus on the Antelope Valley's enterprise zone, which provides state tax credits; its foreign trade zone, which offers breaks on U.S. Customs duties; and the availability of land.

``We need to be a little bit more aggressive marketing,'' Judge said. ``Ever since we landed Senior Systems (electronics components manufacturer Senior Systems Technology Inc., which is building a Palmdale plant) we have received so many inquiries from people looking to relocate.''

Palmdale needs to make a more focused effort in tackling gangs, Judge said. Judge, who is a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department lieutenant, said that although there is a gang detail already in existence, the city needs to look at creating a team that could put more pressure on gang members.

``We need to go after them like hound dogs so they get tired and leave the Antelope Valley,'' Judge said.

Ledford and Sorsabal could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Sorsabal, a mortgage loan officer, has not held elected office but is a member of a number of community groups, including Palmdale Republican Women; the Palmdale Association of Realtors; the 2005 Council, an advisory group to Antelope Valley Hospital; the Antelope Valley Board of Trade; and the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce.

During her campaign, Sorsabal said her focus would be on bringing in good-paying jobs, reviewing and eliminating any anti-business practices and policies at City Hall, and finding a way to bring hospital services to Palmdale.

During his campaign, Ledford said the establishment of the enterprise zone has set the stage for economic growth.

The city needs to concentrate on marketing to land jobs, the mayor said.

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