Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 1

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 1

Candidate order: Ricardo Linarez, Misi Tagaloa, Lena Gonzalez, Pilar Pinel

As part of its work to connect voters and candidates, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues related to arts education and its benefits.

Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values or our FAQ.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to submit new or revise existing responses, please contact Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

1 seat is available in this election. Elections are at large; voters may vote for any of the eligible candidates in this election.

For more information on where to vote, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder’s Office website.

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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As a child, my mother and father constantly surrounded my brother and I with music, culture and beautiful art. I loved going to Aguascalientes, Mexico where my mother is from and attending the annual arts/music festival they had there, which consisted of Aztec dancers, French-Mexican cuisine and lots of music. I have been back multiple times since being a little girl and I still get so excited about it! Now as a mother to my own son, I am constantly surrounding him with art and music. We often attend events in Downtown Long Beach, Santa Ana and love going to MOLAA and LACMA. He now wants to get into the music industry when he gets older..go figure!

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

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As the next City Councilmember in the 1st district which incorporates a large portion of Downtown, I believe it is important to create policies that allow Arts, Culture and Music to thrive for enjoyment of our residents, businesses and tourists. The role of an elected official in Long Beach, with such a large creative class should also include working with non-profit organizations on collaborative projects that employ local artists and musicians for local events and beautification efforts. There are so many opportunities in this city for art to merge with youth, seniors and our parks programs. The possibilities are endless here!

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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Currently, we have the Arts Council for Long Beach which is the main source of funding for local arts projects in the city. It would be great to see more collaboration with our schools, Port of Long Beach as well as our active community groups for collaborative work on larger projects in our neighborhoods. There is such a large passion for the arts in the city and it would be great to see more opportunities available for public/private partnerships to entice more funding from the city as well as private entities. As a Field Deputy for the Vice Mayor's office currently, I work with a group in Downtown that has acquired private funders to invest in their monthly "Twilight Walks" which include live art, local bands, wine, etc. It would be great to see more of a connection with the Arts Council and these community groups for better collaboration with funding sources.

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

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Art and music are my passions personally and certainly some of the reasons that I live in Downtown Long Beach. Our city is the birthplace of many local great talents as well as the birthplace of some of the best musicians. We are eclectic and uniquely, Long Beach and that is why I believe strongly in supporting our creative class. First, it would be great to begin expanding our outreach to local artists throughout our Long Beach communities so they are aware of the opportunities available to them. We need to do more on a social media and also on a grassroots level to spread the word on the efforts being made to employ local artists in the city. Secondly, looking at some of our local parks or non-profit needs for arts programs would be great as well, in order to offer senior and after school programs enriched with art. This can enable us to review our current city budget and find out where we can utilize some of our upland oil funds for large art projects. Lastly, I would be glad to look at our art districts, like my district's very own East Village Art District for blanket art/music event permits for the year or various years. Many artists tell me how difficult it is to obtain permits and conduct creativity in this city...I never want to hear that again, Let's make it easy for creative spirits to exist in Long Beach.

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Event Permit Process Affects Long Beach Performers

Event Permit Process Affects Long Beach Performers

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 12:05pm
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Alive TheatreEvent Permit Process Affects Long Beach Performers

Long Beach Candidate Forum, March 21

Long Beach Candidate Forum, March 21

Fri, 03/09/2012 (All day)
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Long BeachThe Arts Council for Long Beach, in partnership with Arts for LA, will hold a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  The event will be held at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) located at 628 Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach, California.  Candidates for the Long Beach Unified School District School Board, Long Beach City College Board of Trustees and Long Beach City Council have been invited to