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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

In my study of the proposal brought forward by the MTA, I believe the best alternative to the extension of the 710 freeway and tunnel would be a new light rail from the Cal State east L.A. campus north toward Pasadena to connect to the existing Gold Line train. I would support new express bus service to reduce congestion in this corridor as the quickest to initiate and less costly to help reduce pollution and congestion. The “low build alternative” has been proposed by former Rep. David Dreier and supported by Rep. Adam Schiff. With one-way streets and coordinated traffic signals, rapid bus could be a positive proposal at one-tenth the cost of all the other alternatives. I am opposed to the freeway with tunnel extension, as it is the most costly. If built it would operate at level F (as evaluated by Caltrans' own study) and would cause the most damage to the health of our schoolchildren and adults in LCF.

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Home burglaries have recently spiked in La Cañada Flintridge. How would you attempt to prevent these incidents from happening? Would it help if the city had its own police department?

Home burglaries have not spiked. We have had a slight increase in the month of February, with a significant decrease in January. One burglary is one too much, but we do not live in an isolated area of the county and must prevent as many as possible. I will continue to support the neighborhood watch committee formation throughout the city with the help of the Sheriff's Department. We currently have extra patrols in unmarked cars instituted by our local station's captain and our city manager, and I support a continuation of this policy. We all must take responsibility for watching our neighbors' homes, and report unusual activity in our neighborhood. In my opinion, it would not help if we had our own police department.

We get untold support from being a contract city and our contract with the Sheriff's Department. Helicopter support, extra patrols, unmarked surveillance and burglary suppression units are available as needed by our captain at little or no additional costs to the city contract.

What are your thoughts on agricultural use of privately owned property in residential areas, whether it's for commercial or personal use?

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