Sand City Mayor
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. Is Sand City too reliant on retail development? Should the city continue to pursue large scale retail development?
4. How well is Sand City handling the needs of its residential community?
5. Should Sand City continue to grow? If so, where? Should development of the coastal areas be allowed?
6. How well is Sand City addressing the need for infrastructure improvements? What, if anything, should be done differently?
7. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
Incumbent, retired civil service
2. I'm not actively raising money. Will spend "substantially" under $1,000
3. The tax base for the city was expanded as planned in the past 9 years to include the retail base as a revenue generator. There's simply no room or plans in the city to repeat any large scale retail development of this magnitude.
4. The city continues to improve streets, increased police protection and public works department. The city provides support to our youth through memberships in the Boys and Girls Club, provide support for our soccer teams, and other outreach programs.
5. The city is updating the General Plan that addresses this question. A well-balanced community includes the ability to provide services and upgrading the infrastructures to handle increased growth. Residential expansion is inevitable.
6. The city's Capital Improvement Plan has brought nearly $8 million in street, storm & sewer line improvements. The 1998/99 budget includes a continuance of the CIP of over $400,000 of street improvements repairs.
7. Experience is paramount to maintain the many bridges that have been built through the years that has established Sand City to be the balanced and prosperous city that it is today. I can continue to keep a stable, sensible government.
4th generation resident
3. Yes. Through direct democracy, the residents will have more say in corporate development.
4. Sand City owns property near where many children live, who currently play in the street. That's where we should build a park.
5. The inner city still has room for growth. But development along the coastal area should stay open to protect the environment & beauty for upcoming generations.
6. We should test the well waters, & periodically the sewage system does not work.
7. Every candidate has quality ideas. I'm open-minded to others' suggestions because at times, anyone can come up with the best ideas.
Suzanne St. John
Affordable housing developer
2. Will spend "about $500"
3. Sand City used to be a town of small business with few residents. We now have the heaviest retail utilization of any Peninsula city. We have exchanged city-owned and redeveloped lands for a tax base. The tax base has not benefitted residents.
4. The town appears blighted and unloved. After 20 years in office my opponent has done little to make our community attractive for her residents. What you see is the direct result of his leadership. We need more parks, not more parking lots.
5. I believe there is a great need for affordable housing in Sand City. We need to make sure that we examine all opportunities to encourage the building of residential properties that fulfill that need. I would encourage bringing more residents into Sand City.
6. We need improved streets, lighting in residential areas, utilities underground, more reasonable laws controlling dumping & trash containment, a city-wide tree planting program, better traffic control. My opponent has made token improvements.
7. Affordable residential development property must be set aside in the 'old town' areas of Sand City. There should be a sufficient buffer between the commercial/ residential development. We must work together to protect our coast area.