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Dave Spence: A 20-year incumbent seeks reelection to La Cañada City Council

February 20, 2013|By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com
  • Dave Spence attends a forum at Flintridge Prep's auditorium in La Cañada.
Dave Spence attends a forum at Flintridge Prep's… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

Dave Spence has sat behind the City Council dais for more than 20 years. At 75, he is the oldest elected official in the city, with five terms as mayor under his belt. Spence says his breadth of experience will help the council maintain the city's independent, small-town feel.


Valley Sun: How would you improve traffic flow in the downtown area? Would you support installing one or more parking structures in the area?

Spence: Since the approval of the Downtown Village Specific Plan, the Sport Chalet corporate headquarters development and other significant developments in and along Foothill Boulevard, the public works and traffic commission, along with our traffic engineer and public works director, constantly review proposals to improve traffic flow in the downtown area. I will continue to recommend that our commissions periodically review traffic congestion. As new development proposals come up, I will insist that staff and all commissions provide and review traffic issues for that specific proposal. In the past, the council has evaluated a parking district proposal that could reduce congestion. The parking structure would be a private development. One suggested area would be behind the County Library parking lot, tied together with private property adjacent to the library. The hope is that with a parking structure, more residents and visitors would walk to businesses, which would help reduce traffic volume along Foothill. This ties in with the goal of a more pedestrian-friendly downtown village. I would strongly support a parking structure in our downtown area.

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