Monterey City Council
Vote for 2
Thursday, October 29, 1998
1. Name, occupation, number of years in the city.
2. How much do you plan to raise and spend?
3. What do you make of the whole debate concerning the "malling of Alvarado street?"
4. Should new commercial development take place in Monterey? if so, where should it be located?
5. How well is Monterey handling the needs of its residential community?
6. Characterize the city's handling of issues concerning historic preservation. What if anything should the council do differently in this regard?
7. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
Joseph Aiello, Jr.
Jewelry Store Manager
2. Raise/spend: (I hope) under $1,000
3. Washington, Tyler, Pacific streets & Calle Principal are economically underdeveloped. Businesses attracted to Alvarado will find the need to locate in the downtown core. Thus, will stimulate new building development & be a good sign for downtown retail.
4. Our city needs to clean up east downtown by re-zoning to mixed use & allow affordable condos in commercial areas. This area should maintain a residential feel with commercial on first floors. With condos, families can purchase homes.
5. Resident minors & seniors should not have to pay the Sports Center daily admission. Public safety & services are excellent; but large stores have consolidated & relocated outside city limits.
6. In the past, City Council has heavily relied on the Monterey History & Art Assn. to handle historic preservation. Today, we need a Historic Preservation & Cultural Heritage City Department responsible for citywide education, cultural promotion.
7. Since I was born, baptized & raised in old Monterey, I feel I have the innate passion to lead in shaping Monterey's future for our young & still sustain & preserve the heritage & traditions that Father Serra gave us when he blessed our soil.
2. Raise/spend: "No more than $1,000"
3. I do not think that Alvarado Street should become a mall, because it would destroy its historic value. But I'm very much in favor of private property rights for the owners, who have been paying mortgages, taxes & insurance.
4. New commercial development should take place to create more jobs for our citizens as long as the development is in concert with the historic architecture. Properties that the owners have paid mortgages, taxes & insurance on, should be built.
5. Very well, with one exception! Certain members of the Monterey Planning Commission have harassed residents & property owners concerning the increase of "setbacks" on certain residential properties.
6. The city has handled historic preservation very well. The city must work with property owners concerning the preservation of historic buildings without creating massive government agencies & restrictions.
7. Because of my vast experience in business, education & politics, I can clearly see the needs of the community & balance those needs between the private business sector, property owners & city government.
Retired Naval officer, semi-retired real-estate broker
2. Plan to spend $15,000.
3. Alvarado has evolved from being dominated by taverns, pool halls & pawn shops, then banks & title companies to now-dining, retail & entertainment. It will never, in my opinion, become a "mall."
4. Except for infill of vacant commercial property city-wide & especially on North Fremont Street, new commercial development should be in the commercial Ryan Ranch & the city-owned Ryan Ranch.
5. Community issues are high priority. Quarterly, our city manager meets with neighborhood residents to brief them on all city matters & answer concerns. Neighborhood associations exercise their voice in all matters that effect them.
6. Proactive-provided $35,000 for engineering/ appraisal of State Theater. Purchased/renovated Doc's Lab. Purchased/ moved cannery workers' shacks. Deconstructed San Xavier. Ordinance forbids demolition of potentially historic buildings.
7. I can devote full time to the office, enabling Monterey to be represented by an elected official on regional boards, committees & authorities. My scientific training disciplines me to be objective in voicing decisions that are in Monterey's best interest.
Carpenter/contractor, Planning Commissioner
2. Raise/spend: $3,000
3. If we guard (through a zoning amendment) against further national fast-food outlets, then Alvarado Street will remain the distinctive, diverse, one-of-a-kind shopping district it is.
4. Of course. Ryan Ranch industrial park is the area where our economic & employment opportunities will grow & diversify.
5. It varies. The "flat" neighborhoods (downtown to Laguna Grande Park) have never sent a councilmember to City Hall, so they're under-served in many ways.
6. Historic preservation has been treated like a unwanted step-child, rather than one of the cornerstones of our economic & spiritual health. Let's get on with the Historic Preservation Districts, downtown & on Cannery Row, at long last.
7. No contest: Grass-roots support. I've always maintained the liveliest interest in the widest spectrum of the community. As a result, my campaign has the most volunteers by far & the hardest-working.
2. Raise/spend: $7,000
3. A vibrant downtown is good for everyone. The Main Street Program embraced by the property owners, the business owners and the city have developed many strategies to make downtown safe and prosperous.
4. Ryan Ranch is a well-designed property for commercial development. Mixed-use should be encouraged in the commercial streets in the city. A livable community with a sustainable future is an important goal.
5. Very well. Look at your streets, your parks, your beaches, your downtown, your wharf and marina, your historic buildings, the communication with citizens, and the wonderful Neighborhood Improvement Program.
6. The city has put much effort in preserving its historical elements. There has been a great deal of collaboration with the state park system in this endeavor. New historic districts can be a valued opportunity for preservation of treasured sites.
7. I have the experience, the interest, the time to work with the citizens in keeping Monterey safe, solvent, scenic and special.