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City Council Candidates Field Questions from the Chamber

The nine City Council candidates answered questions about redevelopment and the 710 at a chamber forum Wednesday night.

The hosted a candidate forum Wednesday night sponsored by , The Gas Company, Athens Services and the

After answering questions about the , , , the candidates where tested on performing under pressure. The challenge: To answer each of the questions below with no more than one sentence.

1. Name one unfinished City project that will be your priority:

Incumbent Mike Ten

Returning Pasadena Avenue and Monterey Road to a two-direction cross—the way it was before.

Incumbent Richard Schneider

Extending the nature park.

Chris Glaeser   

Repaving our residential streets.

Alan Reynolds   

Repairing our crumbling infrastructure.  

Art Salinas   

Completing the downtown redevelopment project.

Ernie Arnold

I'm going to complete the downtown redevelopment project too!

Bob Joe

Working on our infrastructure and completing the downtown redevelopment project.

David Margrave

Rezone and redevelop the senior housing and the Ostrich Farm.

Marina Khubesrian

Fix the Rialto.

 

2. What's one failing of the current City Council that you hope to fix?

Incumbent Richard Schneider

It's an interesting question.One failing is what I talked about originally—about harmonizing the building and zoning codes in the general plan.

Chris Glaeser            

I would ensure someone with civil engineering experience would be on City Council.

Alan Reynolds           

Transparency and interactive with the community in general.

Art Salinas

Communicating with the residents on what we are doing with our projects—like the Fair Oaks project, which is a very sad example of lack of communication.

Ernie Arnold

Inconsistency and lack of transparency. 

Bob Joe

We need to bring integrity and transparency to City Council.

David Margrave

Spending too much on public employee wages and benefits.

Marina Khubesrian

Failing is not having enough gender diversity on the Council. That will bring people together.

Incumbent Mike Ten

Empathy or understanding for difference of opinions.

 

3. Will you oppose the 710 Extension tunnel proposal?

Chris Glaesar

Yes.

Alan Reynolds

Yes.

Art Salinas

Of course.

Ernie Arnold

Yes.

Bob Joe

Yes.

David Margrave

Certainly.

Marina Khubesrian

Yes.

Incumbent Mike Ten

Only after the environmental review.

Incumbent Richard Schneider

Yes.

 

4. Which two candidates in addition to yourself will you vote for on November 8?

Alan Reynolds

My vote is still available. I am waiting to decide on who I will select.

Art Salinas

I think that is private for all of us. And I will reserve to answer that until after the election.

Ernie Arnold

I can work with directly anyone on Council, but I do believe in a private ballot.

Bob Joe

I can work with anyone who will be the new City Council.

David Margrave

I will vote for my friends (waves to the whole group).

Marina Khubesrian

I'm not going to totally cope out. I do have one of my votes decided—and that will go to Dr. Schneider, because I believe he does have proven leadership and I'd love to work with him. The other one is still up for grabs—so anyone has a chance, and I can work with anyone else here.

Incumbent Mike Ten

Interesting. I'll submit one. I've always thought in the long term Ernie Arnold would make a great council member. Even though we differ on different things, I think he's a great member of the community. So, one of mine would be Ernie.

Incumbent Richard Schneider

I think we all run individual campaigns, and I don't think we have to endorse other candidates. 

Chris Glaeser

I think it's critical we see what has happened in the past and work together as a new council—no matter what our values and views are—because we don't want anymore of these closed door council meetings.

Check back with Patch for more from the event. In the meantime, a video replay of the chamber forum is available here.

Ron Rosen October 14, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Yep. That's what I would expect. He just can't get past his own interests. Margrave's reputation was so bad by the last time he ran that people were up in arms to get rid of him. I think he finished last.
TRT October 14, 2011 at 06:51 AM
@Julie M: I watched the forum’s live broadcast on TV and I also recorded it. I do not recall Dr. Schneider stating that he was against the downtown project. After reading your above comments, I re-watched the recorded forum to be sure and I will re-iterate Dr. Schneider response by quoting Ms. Lepore as follows: “Schneider said he would prefer to reserve his judgement because of various factors. He voted against the last EIR in 2008 with Decoma, because he believed it was a financial hazard to the City—however, he is more optimistic about Genton”. Dr. Schneider has been correct on his concerns about the Decoma’s ability to finance the project. However, unfortunately, there are some people who do not agree with him based on their expectations rather than the actual reasons/realities that Dr. Schneider mentioned in his response. If I may, I will respectfully ask you to re-watch the re-runs on Time Warner Cable channel 19 to hear Dr Schneider’s exact response(s) if you have not watched the televised forum or did not attend the forum. For your information I am not affiliated with the group that started the petition process and I do not know a single person who is involved with it.
Sam Burgess October 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Julie, Marina Khubesrian and Bob Joe both have spoken out in favor of the downtown development project. Rick Schneider made his concerns clear as pointed out by Tuncer (above). While I disagreed with Dr. Schneider on his original vote, I appreciated the manner in which he expressed his opposition--and believe me it was not done to please Bob Wagner or to follow the dictates of any individual or organization. As for the campaign signs. I believe you see so many of the Khubesrian, Joe & Schneider signs around town because many people have come to the conclusion that both Khubesrian & Joe, with their professionl backgrounds, personal commitment and knowledge of the issues of concern to South Pasadena, will bring a much needed fresh perspective to the city council. Schneider will continue with his reasoned and calm approach to the council discussions and decisions. And all 3 will continue to be their own person and not beholden to any group, union or individual. And for the record, I support all 3.
Scott Phister October 16, 2011 at 05:46 AM
Julie, interesting observation. I guess the slate has changed from S-A-M (Schneider-Arnold -Margrave) to. S-K-A-M (Schneider-Khubersian-Arnold -Margrave). How appropriate since we are being scammed by these four candidates.
Victor October 16, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Arnold and Margrave were peas in a pod in the 2007 election. But Dr. Schneider is not affiliated with them, and did not run as part of a slate. There was no S-A-M slate. That was simply City Hall gadfly Robert Cook's unilateral invention in his paid columns in the local paper. And voters apparently didn't see them as linked. Out of the 6 candidates, Dr. Schneider came in first place, and Arnold and Margrave were at the bottom. If you look around town, you'll see all kinds of combinations of signs. While there may be a growing consensus on the part of many residents that Khubesrian, Joe, and Schneider would be a good grouping to elect/re-elect, that doesn't mean that they are coordinated or a "slate." You must be a Mike Ten supporter. Talk about being scammed.

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