Los Altos Forward sponsored a Los Altos City Council Candidates Forum Sept. 27 at Eagle Auditorium. It featured candidates Jon Baer, Jeannie Bruins, Anabel Pelham, Jan Pepper, Megan Satterlee, and Jerry Sorensen and interviewers Deigo Abeelos of the Town Crier, and Dave Price of the Daily Post. Part 2 of 3. It featured audience participation through polling and electronic submissions of questions for the candidates.
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01:13 Diego Abellos, Town Crier. How would you balance protecting village character with encouraging private investment downtown?
08:40 Dave Price, Daily Post. What about having chain store come to town? What should the city do if anything to help independents?
16:20 Q1. Do you support allowing termed-out councilmembers to run again for a council seat after a hiatus off the council?
17:06 Q2. Paid parking downtown, parking meters?
17:21 Q 3. Ron Packard for the Planning and Traffic Commission? If elected would you support putting our soon to be termed-out Councilmember Ron Packard on the Planning and Traffic Commission, as has been floated? Yes, he has all that scarce expertise, we should reuse it; No, give others a chance.
17:54 Q4. Do you own commercial or residential property within 500 feet of the downtown core area? (17:54)
18: 27 Q5.Are you for or against making banks move because they have a big wall outside of them? No, means they are OK the way they are; Yes means you want them to go. (18:27)
19:20 Q6. Is it OK to move or downsize the heritage apricot orchard in the civic center?
21:35 Q7. Los Altos is developing a climate action plan. Would you support the creation of a part-time or full-time sustainability coordinator on city staff? (21:35)
26:40 Jon Baer asks Jeannie Bruins. How would you organize a Visioning Process so that it is not just a food fight and actually cost effective.? Menlo Park's was a negative example.
28:30 Megan Satterlee to Jerry Sorensen. Do you plan to pursue you 40 Main Street project while on council, if elected? [ sic...The audience didn't seem to know much about the project..] Answer: After the election, my investment group will decide.
30:20 Jan Pepper to Jon Baer. Does the project on the old Adobe Hospital site align with zoning? What about set backs?
31:50 Jeannie Bruins to Jan Pepper. How would you bring Sustainability of Los Altos in a cost effective manner?
33: 25 Anabel Pelham to Megan Satterlee. How would you create a process to make public private partnerships possible?
34:30 Jerry Sorensen to Jon Baer. Do you think it is appropriate for you to go to a council meeting and speak against a project, which had just been approved by the Planning Commission, on which you sit?