Elections are less than a month away. We recently asked Alhambra readers: What would you ask City Council candidates? Below are some of the issues they told us matter to them, ranging from how to support Main Street businesses to pedestrian safety to parking fees and dog parks. Attorney Elizabeth Salinas is challenging local dentist Councilman Steven Placido for City Council. Councilman Gary Yamauchi is running unopposed. Salinas sat down with us and answered some of these questions, and we are asking her and the councilmen if they can answer the rest. We would also like to hear from you: If you have any questions you'd like to add, please share them in the comments section.
DEVELOPMENT / ECONOMY
After the abandonment of such popular businesses like Mervyn's, Black Angus, Tony Roma's, Baja Fresh, Hollywood Video, and many more to name including Bewey Cadliac, what is the City going to do to attract businesses of which a city would be proud? I'm sick of looking at empty buildings in Downtown Alhambra.
How do you plan to work at continuing redevelopment, and bringing new businesses to Alhambra, when the state has cut redevelopment agencies?
There has been a lot of development of condos and new housing on Main Street. How do you feel about the balance between new businesses and new housing?
What programs would you support to preserve the historic character and value of our neighborhoods?
What can the City do to create more greenery/green spaces and curb overdevelopment?
What's your position on creating a local dog park? Do you think the space next to Alhambra Park could become one?
What are your thoughts about the City providing healthcare to retired City Council members [who have served more than three terms] while at the same time cutting city services? During fiscal year 2009, Alhambra paid over $28,000 in health care benefits for two former City Council members. In fiscal year 2010, that figure was over $30,000. Neither were on the City Council during during those years, nor were they employees.
Alhambra has a well-earned, negative reputation as being dangerous for pedestrians. What would you do to make Alhambra friendly and safe for pedestrians and limit the accidents between cars and pedestrians? What will you do to encourage residents and others to explore Alhambra by foot? What will you do to resolve the large divisions created by the freeway and Mission?
Metro is studying how to bridge the 710 gap. One of the leading proposals is to build a tunnel and charge tolls to pay for its expected costs. What do you think about such a plan, and whether and why you think it will resolve our traffic congestion?
Do you feel overnight parking fees are too high? What would you do to change them?
If Proposition 30 should fail at the ballot, what plans does the City have to work with Alhambra Unified School District to assist with a loss of revenue of $8 million? This is in addition to the $53 million lost over the last three years.
Alhambra adult school was closed a couple of years ago. What would you do to bring it back?