Sunday, November 02, 2008
Paula Lantz Sits Down with the Goddess
A couple weeks ago, I sent out candidate questionnaires to the two most visible candidates for the District 4/Lincoln Park council seat: Paula Lantz and Primo Castro. I tried to find an email for the third and only other candidate, Jonathon Askugue, but was unsuccessful. I only received a response back from incumbent Paula Lantz (pictured above in front of her electric car). This was curious, since Primo Castro has two or three times initiated emails to me asking for publicity on the blog. I unexpectantly met Primo on Pomona's historic home tour (in Ed of M M M My Pomona's master bedroom of all places) and Primo was agreeable to taking part in the candidate questionnaire at that time. But I've heard nothing in response to my email of questions to Castro. So, Paula will apparently be the only one coming for tea today. Please welcome her to the blog.
Paula Lantz (PL): "When I asked the Goddess about how long she expected the answers to be, she implied that bloggers aren’t noted for their long attention spans. Of course, I had already written my Tome, so I created a “short and sweet” version as she suggested. I also let her know that if there truly were a “short and sweet” answer to the first 4 questions, I would be the Presidential candidate, not those other two guys! You can read the unedited version if you are the exception, or just curious…
GoP: Please note, Paula's unedited version will appear in the post below this one, entitled "Paula Unplugged."
GoP: What do you see as the 3 biggest problems in Pomona overall, and how would you address each one?
PL: The three biggest problems in Pomona are:
Not enough money for necessary infrastructure and service improvements
Lack of Community engagement or involvement
Efforts to divide us based on Culture or Ethnicity
FYI… Education is a HUGE issue, but those questions belong to candidates for the School Board, next year. This Superintendent has brought a new way of doing things and a breath of fresh air to us all. There are now afterschool programs at every school, public and private, in District 4. Programs in the public schools go from 3 to 6, and are free. There are 2 new Preschools too, one at St. Paul’s Episcopal and one operated by the Y at First Methodist Church.
GoP: What do you see as the 3 biggest problems in our district overall, and how would you address each one?
PL: The three biggest problems in District 4 are:
Buildings and Behaviors on Holt Avenue
GoP: Many residents are of the belief that the biggest problem in Pomona is not crime or poverty, but corruption and imcompetence in our local government. What are your thoughts on this, and what can be done?
PL: I have no first hand knowledge of Corruption on the Council, but that probably depends on how it’s defined. You will need to read my thoughts in the “unedited” version.
How competent/incompetent we are is up to you. It really depends on how well you do your homework during election season, and whether you pay attention to us the rest of the time.
GoP: There are a large number of vacant lots and buildings in our district, and in Pomona as a whole. What do you see as the root cause of this? What can be done about it, specifically with regard to the many-years-blighted eastern corners of Garey and Alvarado?
PL:The root cause of our empty buildings is that businesses can’t rent/buy them and make a living. Most are too small, too old, have too little parking and too few people nearby with expendable incomes. Our Downtown has the potential to be the exception, but this economy is hitting everyone hard.
GoP: Do you have any goals with regard to making Pomona a "greener," more sustainable city? Please describe them.
PL: We can increase our distribution of reclaimed water, re-evaluate our landscape criteria, and dump-the-pump and buy an electric car like I did!
GoP: Who do you support for Mayor of Pomona and why?
PL: George Hunter for Mayor!
GoP: Who do you support for the State Assembly and why?
PL: I have to work with whoever is elected, so the choice is yours. City Council is non-partisan, and I plan to keep it that way.
GoP: What is your opinion of Pomona's City Attorney?
PL: A curious question. The City Manager, City Clerk, City Attorney and the City Treasurer are all evaluated by the City Council. These evaluations are part of their personnel folders, and not public.
GoP: Anything else you would like to add?
PL: I am an elected official that speaks from the heart, not from whichever way the wind is blowing at the time. I’ve never been one to make wild promises, but I’ve kept the promises I’ve made. I promised to make decisions based on Issues, not Individuals, and I’ve kept that promise. I promised to make decisions based on what’s best for Pomona, not Special Interests, and I’ve kept that promise. I’m independent, I do my homework, and I get things done. I want your vote so I can continue getting things done, both for our District, and for the City as a whole.
GoP: Please see her long answers in the post below.