Pacific Grove City Council
Vote for 3
Thursday, October 29, 1998
1. Name, occupation, number of years in the city.
2. How much do you plan to raise and spend?
3. How well is P.G. handling the needs of its community? Is there anything you, as a councilmember, would do differently?
4. How well is P.G. handling its allocation of water permits? What, if anything, should be done differently?
5. What, if anything, should be done in regards to P.G.'s civic center?
6. How well is P.G. being managed?
7. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
Candidate did not return CW questionnaire
2. Raise/spend: $2,600
3. P.G. is doing a great job. We have completed a new youth center, are working towards an affordable senior housing project, have created a school resource officer position, established committees for pedestrian safety, graffiti abatement, etc.
4. We now have a water committee & water allocation policies which limit the number of fixture units per residence to fairly distribute our limited water supply. I think we have a good & fair system.
5. The center should be completed. We need adequate & functional offices for CDD, ADA-accessible offices for our city manager & city attorney, ADA-accessible council chambers & a "civic center" fully integrated with fire & police depts.
6. Quite well. We have a balanced budget & have a high level of city services as desired by our residents & business community.
7. I have served our city for 17 years, ARB for 6 years, Planning Commission for 7 years (5 years as chairperson), & City Council for 4 years. We have accomplished a lot in the last 4 years & I feel with my experience I can continue to better our city.
2. Raise/spend $2,500
3. P.G. offers excellent police, fire, public works, recreation & other municipal services. The council has worked with the city manager to ensure the city is responsive to residents' needs. Things to work on include more convenient access to public info.
4. We've greatly improved water allocation policies & tracking procedures & made water credits available through retrofit & conservation. We should do more to supplement existing water supplies with small scale reclamation & well-drilling projects.
5. Get on with building it. This long overdue improvement has been a political football for too many years. Current facilities are inadequate & inaccessible. We now have a sensible plan that will meet needs of citizens & city workers.
6. We have an outstanding city manager who leads a dedicated team. In our council-manager form of government, elected officials must resist the temptation to micro-manage. This council has done that, with positive results.
7. I work hard, study issues thoroughly, listen & consider all the facts. I believe in encouraging citizen participation & using volunteers' talents & energies. I will draw on what I've learned in my first term to do an even better job in my second.
7 1/2-year resident
2. Raise/spend: $1,500
3. I believe the city tries to be sensitive to resident needs. Residents are represented on all city advisory committees & the opportunity for resident input exists at many stages in the public process. I invite residents to contact me with their concerns.
4. P.G. has been a leader in establishing fair & equitable water allocation policies. The city has been active in assisting residents in securing retrofit water credits from the Water Management District. We must ensure that the process continues.
5. The planning & financing of the civic center has been the responsibility of the present council. The new council must exercise strict oversight as the project is realized. Once completed, the complex can be a source of pride for the entire community.
6. The city is managed very well. Budgets are balanced, projects prioritized & completed effectively. Improvement is needed to ensure that city requirements are more clearly laid out for citizens seeking to complete projects within the city.
7. I have a unique combination of government, business & academic experience. I've served on the Planning Commission & am familiar with local business concerns & the policy-making process. I offer a fresh independent voice.
2. Raise/spend approx. $1,700
3. More emphasis needs to be put on replacing the infrastructure, including our sewer system which is over 100 years old & on the verge of collapse, as well as replacing & creating sidewalks throughout the town to increase public safety.
4. The allocation isn't being done well. A couple of acre feet of water are being held for a developer who "might" build a restaurant someday in his complex that is already built out. Meanwhile, others beg for water for a bathroom to help their families.
5. Planned building should be stopped. For the price of the plans, the Community Development Dept. could be remodeled & the historic city hall could be made ADA-accessible. P.G. would save $2 million & we could buy property for senior housing.
6. The size of the Community Development Department is outrageous & other created positions are unneeded, such as the code enforcement officer. We need to make sure current public safety personnel are paid well so that we don't lose them.
7. I would bring a fresh perspective to the council. I would increase dialogue on the issues instead of merely going along with the group. Too often both sides of an issue aren't given their just due & I believe I could insure that being done.
Gary A. Russell
Director of Engineering
2. Raise/spend less than $1,000
3. I would say very well, however like any other town or business, some things could be better. An example would be our schools, if it were not for the dedicated parents volunteering to do maintainance, our schools would be in dire need.
4. I believe that the water credit system is an equitable method to encourage water conservation. I do not agree with banking water allocations for future use, a time limit needs to be established to use or lose allocations.
5. Center is in need of renovation. Safety issues, wheelchair access & general maintainance need to be addressed, but at a much smaller scale than current proposal. The citizens of P.G. must be given the opportunity to vote on spending of this magnitude.
6. P.G. is being managed very well. I think the general plan & the long-term goals of the city are extremely well laid out. The difficulty has been & will continue to be the task of adhering to this plan.
7. I'm not a professional politician, I have no prior commitments. My only goal is to insure that the citizens of P.G. are heard & that our town maintains a well planned-out, thoughtful growth pattern, consistent with the character & lifestyle of P.G.