In What Ways, If At All, Would Candidates Seeking To Become LB's Next 1st Dist. Councilmember Have Voted Differently Than Prior Incumbent Gonzalez On These Actual Council Agenda Items? We Asked And Here's What They Said/Didn't Say
|(Oct. 2, 2019, 2:05 p.m.) -- In any election, a threshold question to ask is to what extent, if at all, would a candidate seeking to replace the prior City Council incumbent have voted differently than the prior incumbent. LBREPORT.com's experience is that candidates (and their campaign consultants if any) don't like questions like this. It gets the candidate "off message" (themes they think will get them votes.)
Too bad. LBREPORT.com asked all eight candidates seeking to become LB's next 1st dist. Councilmember about actual Council agendized actions that affected LB taxpayers and the way the City is run. If they had the Council voting power they now seek, would they have pushed the "yes" or "no" button or made substitute motions? No campaign cliches. No scripted messages.
Four candidates responded: Misi Tagaloa, Mariela Salgado, Elliot Gonzales and Shelbyrae Black.
Four candidates didn't respond: Mary Zendejas (endorsed by previous incumbent Gonzalez, Council incumbent Richardson and Mayor Garcia.), Joe Morquecho (emailed but declined to answer), Joe Ganem and Shirley Huling.
(For LBREPORT.com "Follow the Money" coverage of who's given sums to elect the candidates, click here.)
Below are the responses received from the candidates who did respond on the following Council agenda items..
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Approval of FY20 city management proposed/Mayor recommended budget
Follow-up: How many police officers, if any, would you have proposed to restore for LB taxpayers as part of FY 20 budget?
Approval to place measure on March 2020 ballot to make Measure A General Fund ("blank check") sales tax permanent
Follow-up: Do you support the March 2020 ballot measure to make Measure A sales tax permanent?
Approval to place Chater Amendments AAA-DDD on special Nov. 2018 ballot
Follow-up: Which of the proposed Charter Amendments, if any, did you support?
Approval to place Measure M on June 2018 ballot to let City tap a portion of Water Dept. revenue for Gen'l Fund spending purposes
Follow-up: Did you support of oppose Measure M?
Approval of LBPOA contract that includes provision informing officer of Public Records Act request under SB 1421 related to his/her actions
Approval of "economic development subsidies" that allowed developer ofJergins Trust (Ocean/Pine) site envisioned luxury hotel toretain 80% of transient occupancy tax for 9 years, Breakers Hotel (80% of TOT for 9 yrs) and $1 reduction in sale price reduction for NLB (Atlantic/Artesia NE quadrant)
Approval to spend $1 million from LB's "Special Advertising and Promotion Fund" to add a "media wall" in the lobby of LB's new City Hall?
Approval of 66 year lease for Urban Commons re Queen Mary (ship and development of surrounding land) that included $23 million ($5 million from reserves plus $17 mil debt bond) to pay for Queen Mary ship repairs?
Approval of Civic Center transaction (Dec. 2015 vote)
Approval to reduce/cut testimony on agenda items to 90 seconds per speaker (when 10 or more persons seek to speak) and require the pblic to sign up to sign up before agenda item is called or be barred from speaking on the item
LBREPORT.com also inquires: Will you commit within 90 days of taking office to agendize an item to restore (terms to be developed) the public's previous right to agendize items?
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