Council hopefuls speak out

first_imgOn development: “I see us handling the mansionization issue and taking steps to prevent untold growth in our residential areas through down-zoning multifamily, residential areas.” John Drayman, 48, photo preservationist, president of Montrose Shopping Park Association. On city leadership: “Representing the needs of our citizens will be my first priority. All issues of economic development and the allocation of municipal resources will flow from this.” On development: “There is a perception that Glendale is being tacitly rezoned neighborhood by neighborhood through … residential encroachment, overbuilding and incompatible development. I will address this by continuing to advocate for a workable view/mansionization ordinance.” Chahe Keuroghelian, 49, immigration consultant, former Glendale Police spokesman. GLENDALE – A slate of civic activists, local leaders and a school board member will attempt to unseat two incumbents in the April3 general election. With a week before the election, the Daily News queried the eight hopefuls on key issues. Excerpts: Dave Weaver, 67, mayor of Glendale, elected to City Council in 1997. On experience: “I am a good listener and have always made my decisions based on doing my homework and voting my conscience for what I have believed was in the best interests of Glendale.” On experience: “My multicultural/multilingual background gives me deep appreciation for the cultural diversity that enriches the city.” Key policy ideas: “Supporting small businesses, providing jobs to especially our young work force, allocating necessary funds for senior and youth programs, encouraging home ownership, exploring creative ways to address … affordable housing.” Greg Krikorian, 44, businessman, Glendale Unified School District board member elected in 2001. On experience: “I responsibly helped manage the (school) district’s 3,000 employees and its $300million budget. As a small-business owner … I have developed extensive experience in working with local, state and federal elected officials.” On development: “This overbuilding and mansionization has had an adverse impact on not only the properties that are next to these lots, but on our neighborhoods as a whole.” Rafi Manoukian, accountant, incumbent city councilman. Elected in 1999, Manoukian did not respond to several requests for comment by deadline. Herbert Molano, 57, businessman, activist. On campaign finance reform: “Three major special interests now control our city elections: The Glendale Employee Unions, a handful of major developers, and the Armenian National Committee Glendale Chapter. But, we can start by putting in place campaign contribution limits.” On the candidate’s lawsuit against the city about the Downtown Specific Plan: “The city failed to address the extreme shortage of developed parkland, and they failed to establish clear guidelines or performance objectives to reduce the traffic congestion.” Lenore M. Solis, 48, business owner, former Glendale Water & Power commissioner. On land-use and traffic: “We need to stop allowing the use of variances to … build homes that are not compatible with our neighborhoods.” On accountability: “We had a $17million cost overrun on the police building, and we have raised utility rates and utility taxes to support the general fund expenditures. … The citizens of Glendale have a right to know that their money is being spent efficiently.” Vrej Agajanian, 55, television commentator, engineer. On improving quality of life in the city: “The first step is to change the attitudes at City Hall to make the council and top staff view every Glendale resident as a partner, not an annoyance.” ” By welcoming the people of Glendale as partners a new council will begin a new era of citizen engagement, with carefully managed development that preserves our neighborhoods, hillsides and views.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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