Three candidates are city hall insiders — the two incumbents (Voss and Olhasso) and the planning commissioner (Davitt). One is a former planning commissioner (Hill).
When the Pasadena Tea Party endorsed candidates, and did so without interviewing any of them, folks got riled up. Guess who they endorsed? The city-hall insiders. One endorsee (Olhasso) publically came out against the endorsement, which was made without any interviews.
The Pasadena Tea Party has gone strangely silent. I guess they have bigger fish to fry. Since they forgot to interview the candidates, here are the questions the Tea Party forgot to ask:
1. What is your position on the 710 freeway extension? If you are an incumbent, what is your voting record? What is the record of the other city council members?
2. Why was the city sued by the families of those killed in the Angeles Crest/Foothill Boulevard truck crash? Should the city have done more when warned of the signage issues by a local Girl Scout?
3. Could the Station fire have been handled differently? What was the proper role of the city when faced with competing Federal and city philosophies? What steps should be taken in the future?
4. What is your position on building-code enforcement in our city? Why?
5. What can the city do to encourage film shoots in the city? Should the city do more? What are the pros and cons?
6. Last year, NASA announced the cleanup of carcinogenic substances at its JPL site (see http://jplwater.nasa.gov/NMOWeb/files/docs/Mediaroom/Site_Backgrounder.pdf). What, if anything, should the city do to foster health-care screening of those who may have been exposed in the past 25 years?
7. Do you think that City Hall is user-friendly? Why? Why not?