Santa Monica Lookout
Meet the Candidates for Santa Monica City Council:Gleam Davis
October 5, 2012 -- This is the fourth in a series of posts that provides the answers to questions by candidates in the November 6 race for Santa Monica City Council. The answers from the candidates will be posted in the order they were received.
Candidate Profiles --
Name: Gleam Davis
Birth place: Los Angeles, CA
Running for: City Council
Status: Santa Monica Councilmember
1. How long have you lived in Santa Monica? In what neighborhood do you live?
2. Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
3. What was your first job?
4. Describe your history of community involvement, if any, in 75 words or less.
5. How would you rate the current City Council?
6. What is the most frequent complaint you hear on the campaign trail? What do you plan to do about it?
7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
8. Should Santa Monica residents be allowed to vote on major development agreements? Why or why not?
9. Do you believe developers have undue influence on City government?
10. How would you solve the traffic problem in Santa Monica?
11. If Santa Monica has the authority to shut down the airport, should it do so?
12. With which statement do you agree more:
1. Tourism is a sustainable industry that enhances the health of Santa Monica’s economy. It supports local businesses that would not survive if they depended only on residents. We enjoy so many wonderful dining options because tourism adds to the bottom line for many local restaurants and keeps them viable,
13. True or False: Santa Monica has become Beverly Hills by the Sea.
False. Santa Monica, however, needs to be vigilant about preserving affordable shopping alternatives. I want to make sure we keep our affordable full-service grocery stores and don’t upscale them all. I also want to find a way to bring more affordable retail, such as Macy’s, back to Santa Monica.
14. With which statements do you agree. You can pick more than one. Affordable Housing:
15. In the past ten years, the number of laws passed by the Santa Monica City Council has increased from 32 in 2002 to 48 last year. This is:
a. The council does not pass laws “to please everyone” or to “impose its will.” In the time that I have been involved in city politics, I have seen the range and complexity of the problems facing the City increase. I think this may explain the increase in legislation.
16. Santa Monica's contribution to employee pensions has risen from $10 million a year a decade ago to $40 million and growing today. To help pay for its growing contribution Santa Monica should:
d. Santa Monica has a proud tradition of working with employees to provide good compensation packages that do not unduly strain the City’s financial resources. In the past few years, City employees have made important concessions that show they recognize the need to keep the City on sound financial footing.
17. Do you support Measure ES, a $385 million bond to build and improve Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District facilities?
Yes. Studies show that improved education facilities have a positive impact on student performance.
18. Has Santa Monica successfully addressed the homeless problem?
Santa Monica has made tremendous strides in reducing homelessness and it has maintained those reductions during the economic downturn. Unfortunately, to serve more homeless veterans, Santa Monica needs the federal government to step up to the plate and convert the unused Veterans’ Administration buildings in Westwood to housing.
19. Do you believe Santa Monica is a segregated city?
Unfortunately, to some extent, Santa Monica remains racially and economically segregated. We should not ignore this reality because it is so important for everyone to continue to support programs that improve educational and economic opportunity for all residents.
20. Do community groups play an important role in Santa Monica?
Community groups play a vital role in Santa Monica. Our neighborhood organizations keep residents informed and give voice to their concerns. Our local non-profits provide a wide array of essential services to youth, seniors, and the economically disadvantaged. Without them, Santa Monica would be less lively and soulless.
21. Which of the following statements do you agree with.
Santa Monica is:
22. Do you support a law banning smoking in apartment and condo units?
23. What is your favorite place in Santa Monica? Least favorite place?
My favorite place is Palisades Park. It is full of people and has wonderful shopping and dining options nearby. My least favorite place is the intersection of the Pier bridge, Colorado and Ocean; what a nightmare! I am hopeful that building the Colorado Esplanade will solve its many problems.
24. What is the last piece of music you bought?
25. If you were emperor with absolute authority for a day and could do one thing for Santa Monica, what would it be?
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