Vote for 1.
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 the city handling redevelopment in the downtown area? What steps, if any, should the council undertake to encourage downtown redevelopment?
4. Should Salinas continue to grow? Should the council set an urban growth boundary for Salinas? Should the city continue to grow onto adjacent agricultural land?
5. How well is Salinas handling the needs of its residential community?
6. Is Salinas over-reliant on retail development? Should the city continue to allow large scale retail development to proliferate?
7. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
2. Raise/spend: $40,000-45,000
3. Various initiatives have spurred development downtown: economic incentive zones, investment in the Steinbeck Center, intermodal transportation center, & housing reinvestment plan. We need to plan for a conference center & bring in a major hotel.
4. California, the county & Salinas are growing. Salinas has an urban boundary. A new general plan will be written with public input. Ag land surrounds Salinas, any growth will require some ag land. Our priority is city-centered growth.
5. Salinas provides affordable housing for people who work in MoCo who want city services. Despite 10% cuts to the budget by the state since 1992, Salinas has not cut services & has entered into innovative partnerships with the private sector.
6. Salinas has consciously solicited retail development to stop the 'leakage' of sales tax dollars. This enabled the city to remain solvent despite state cuts. Salinas has reached its potential in retail & does not anticipate new projects beyond what is planned.
7. I've spent the last 14 years in public service on behalf of the residents of this city. I listen carefully, study the issues, & work hard towards consensus. Salinas needs a proven leader, someone who has a vision. I'm that person.
Business Owner (American Respite, a privately contracted nursing concern)
2. Will raise/spend: $2,000 & will accept no PAC money.
3. The city has put forth a contemptible effort regarding revitalization of downtown. Other than the Steinbeck Center, which has to date cost tax payers $2.5 million, small business persons continue to whither on the downtown vine.
4. Salinas has grown too big, too fast. The general city plan is dated 1987. Our environment has grievously suffered with large tracts of precious agricultural land lost forever! No more annexation or expansion onto ag land.
5. Poorly. The City Council is obviously incapable of properly managing their $127 million budget-$20 million more than last year. The council's answer is to increase home owners' tax burden by formation of tax assessment districts & fee increases.
6. Salinas is not L.A. Retail development has been allowed to explode with the expected negative impact on our environment. We have become too dependent on large scale development. We need to pull back & reevaluate our future.
7. I'm a fresh voice, with no ties to current tainted council or the various special interest groups that hold certain councilmembers hostage. The true best interest of this city & its citizens are being sold out; I want to put a stop to that.