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Joe Layton: Accountant runs for the first time for La Cañada City Council

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

Joe Layton is a new face to the local political scene, a fact he is using to stand out from his seasoned challengers. The 24-year-old accountant is a graduate of Loyola High School and USC. He has lived with his family in the city for nine years. He is currently looking for a home of his own with his fiancee, Cassie Hoppock.


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

Layton: The best thing we can do to improve traffic flow in the downtown area is to have an outside consultant look at the algorithms currently implemented in the traffic lights to try to find a more efficient way of syncing the lights up with the flow of traffic.

I am not sure that installing a parking structure would be the best solution to the current issues we are facing in downtown: Space is at a premium, and a large structure would not necessarily fit with the surrounding area.

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You have said you are opposed to a Long Beach (710) Freeway extension. What alternatives would you offer?

The best thing that could be done would be to stay with the status quo. I do not believe any of the 710 alternatives are beneficial and support the “no build” option that was one of the five options listed by the MTA.

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?

One way to prevent these incidents from happening is to work closely with the Sheriff's Department on citizen education. We should hold discussions and provide citizens with information on how to better protect their homes from burglaries. We also need to keep an open line of communication with the Sheriff's Department in order to give them the support they need to reduce burglaries in the area.

It would not help if the city had its own police department. The costs of creating a new police force are astronomical, and the department would not have the resources, training, experience and infrastructure that the Sheriff's Department has at its disposal. However, the feasibility of La Cañada having its own sheriff's station may be something worth exploring.

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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