Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Los Angeles City Council District 4

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Los Angeles City Council District 4

Candidate order: Tara Bannister, Jay Beeber, Teddy Davis, Sheila Irani , Step Jones, Wally Knox, Wally Knox, Tomas O'Grady, Joan Pelico, Carolyn Ramsay, David Ryu, Rostom "Ross" Sarkissian, Mike Schaefer, Steve Veres

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Voting for Los Angeles City Council District 4 will be held on Tuesday, March 3.

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, I was hired to act on That Girl with Marlo Thomas, and Art Linkletter's Kids Say the Darndest Things. I also starred in school plays throughout grammar and high school, played classical piano (and still do) and sing. My parents brought us up with concerts at the Bowl, ballet at the Greek and travels to Europe to enjoy the world's great operas and museums.

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When I went to the Vatican Museums, I was impressed with so much history. Ever since I became a believer in the positive impact that the arts & culture have in our lives. I believe that culture and the arts play a key role in the health and the development of our economy, our society and our country.

Participating in a musical society in Limerick as a young man taught me the power that the arts and music have on people. It was a wonderful opportunity to work as a team. Seeing how the public reacted to such a beautiful show and how moved they were was inspiring and led me to pursue music as a favorite pastime.

Growing up in the Bronx, my father worked for the United Nations. For 27 years I had an international influence permeating my education. At 7 years old until I was 12, I would go to the June Taylor School of Dance every Saturday. I would then take a bus to the UN to meet my Dad. I loved visiting my father because various colleagues of his would give me tours. I loved seeing art from around the world. One exhibit displaying Chinese ivory sculptures particularly stands out. The beauty and inspiration these sculptures created has influenced me to this day.

I lived in eight different cities as a child, which enabled me to view, compare, and learn from these communities in unique ways. Not knowing how long I would be in each City forced me to not leave opportunities for tomorrow. Museums, parks, historical monuments, and significant architecture were always on the priority list of places to spend our days and revisit often. After more than 23 years of calling Los Angeles home, I still feel very connected to the culture and stories of immigration our City has to tell through our local artists.

I grew up relatively poor, but had a chance to attend some of the best public schools here in LA. There, I was exposed to art and culture, in part because LAUSD used to prioritize arts education, but also on field trips to some of the great museums nearby, like LACMA. Being exposed to the arts like that at a young age was a great impact on my life and has contributed to my drive to give back to the community that allowed me those experiences.

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Touring museums abroad as a student, remember the El Prado in Madrid, the Heritage in Leningrad, not St. Petersburg, and the Louve in Paris. I am a San Diego native and enjoyed our Art Garry in Balboa Park growing up. Used to buy prints at the national Gallery in Washington DC for family and friends when I was a Georgetown Law student, class of 1963

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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 Director of Special Project, for Councilman LaBonge I encouraged local artists to come to high schools and share their talent with the students. I invited Judith Aller, Concert Violinst to play at Marshall with her pianist. I would love to continue these engagements between students and viruosos to promote art and culture in our schools. I have a discretionary budget and will allocate funds to do just this.

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Culture plays such an important role in the life of a City and its residents. It helps kids stay in school, stay out of trouble and fosters creativity. It creates social cohesion, relieves social tensions and brings people together. I believe the City should support our cultural infrastructure by doing a better job of teaming up with private foundations and organizations that promote our region's culture.

We underestimate the power of the arts in this city and the school district definitely underestimates the value of the arts as an educational tool. I will play a more active role in bringing extra-curricular arts, dance, and cultural education to our public school system. Barnsdall, our local art park, is woefully underutilized and I would seek to work with my neighboring Council Member to bring in new resources and make it a world class artistic destination.

The City Councilmember has a huge responsibility to tourists, Angelino's and especially our students, to ensure the museums and arts are easily accessible. First, we need 'way-finding' signs to identify our museums. Then we need an Education Deputy whose sole focus is finding resources for our schools through grants. I'm the only candidate who is proposing this staffer. The grants and public private partnerships we can find will increase resources we drastically need to improve the arts infrastructure. We need to utilize the bus allotment every Councilmember receives to provide access to the arts and museums in the 4th District.

I believe the City Council can play an important role in development and support of the cultural infrastructure. For starters, we need to prioritize the involvement of arts and creative talent in Los Angeles in our decision-making and problem solving. For instance, residents in our hillside communities are very concerned about increased traffic in the event of a fire or other natural disaster so I’m not waiting for a bureaucratic answer. Instead, I’m working with a local creative app developer on special mapping software that would work in coordination with our fire department.

The City can do quite a bit to spur and encourage the cultural scene here in LA, and I support the Mayor’s work in making LA more art-friendly. But before the City can really encourage and work with the art community, we have to at least get to a point where it is not getting in the way of cultural events that make cities great. Once we reach that point, we can strive to reach the point where the City Council and the arts community work hand-in-hand on projects, exhibitions, etc.

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Seek County to join City in assuring appropriate funding from both modest tax sources, and transient occupancy tax as the Arts attract tourists.

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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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Large developments have paid into an escrow account for art in the neighborhoods surrounding the development. A lot of this money is sitting there for years without being allocated. I would like to explore how we could use those funds for arts in schools, and on going activities in the community.

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I believe the City should expand by creating and seeking more partnerships with private and non-profit organizations that promote the arts and culture. The cultural sector offers many potential for partnerships. Partnerships in the area of culture and the arts bridge the funding gap of public funds, and provide investment opportunities for the private sector to expand our local arts and culture infrastructure.

I will champion it by proving to the public and to the City Hall family that the arts are important and that they are in fact an economic driver. I will work with the DCA to help them become the most efficient bureaucracy so that we can offer additional artistic and cultural opportunities to the people of Los Angeles. We also need to incentivize the offering of affordable access to these opportunities. People of all ages and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds should have access to the enriching experience of attending musicals, ballets, opera, art galleries, etc.

We need to make LA a friendlier place to do business. Eliminating the Gross Receipts Tax, per BTAC recommendations, is step one. We need to attract business and allow our small businesses to expand. This recommendation has sat on a desk since 2012. These are our mom and pops businesses who raise their children in the City. These same children benefit the greatest by improving our education system. I will push this mandate forward and increase revenue, which we can then begin to add to all vital city services, including funding for local arts.

I have three specific arts funding streams I’ll work to expand immediately: 1) Work towards increasing the Arts Development Fee from 1% to 2% and allow more flexibility for the arts community to use those funds. 2) Push for using revenue improvements from the Transient Occupancy Tax toward community arts organizations and individual artists enhancing our neighborhoods. 3) Develop a more strategic plan of affordable housing options that allows artists and creative entrepreneurs to live and continue contributing to neighborhoods across the City.

The City is now in a time of limits, where there is not a lot of money for public art. But City leaders have a HUGE role to play in connecting donors and boosters with the arts community, and at the very least facilitating these projects. My council office would work together with both of these groups – at the very least to ease permitting and licensing for projects that are going to improve the District.

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Am not aware of this. Was twice San Diego Councilman but have never worked with the City of LA funding in this arena.

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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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Tourism is on the rise in Los Angeles, last year attracting over 43 million visitors, most of them coming here by car. We need a cultural visitor center where art galleries and museums, playhouses, community events and tourist attractions can showcase what is happening at their venues. The location should be on Hollywood Boulevard with a platform that showcases the world famous Hollywood Sign. A website sponsored by LA Convention and Tourist Bureau should assist with this goal as well. We have a unique blend of classical and modern art, dance, music, stage experiences that need to be touted to visitors and Angelenos. I would support the continuation of Art Week where Angelenos can see special exhibits in the major museums during a dedicated time period.

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One of my goals when elected is to help the private sector create more jobs for Angelinos I believe that when the City invests in its creative economy jobs are created. I'm a leader and I understand the importance of this. I will work with you and the creative community to figure out a way to deepen the City's investment in our creative economy. I am committed to that!

1. Build better public and private partnerships to promote and expand our artistic endeavors; I have a track record in this through my work with schools. 2. Bring the arts front and center as a tourist attraction. On that note, we need a regional tourism agency that has Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Burbank, Los Angeles, and other cities working in concert so that if a tourist comes to see the Hollywood sign, he is also encouraged to visit artistic destinations. 3. Build out programming in our existing art centers. For example, Barnsdall has a theater that is often empty. We must incentive so that facilities such as these are accessible venues for artists and playwrights, rather than leaving them empty and underutilized.

Increase incentives for filming with a caveat that our post-production and FX related jobs need funding to keep art/creative related jobs local, versus being sent abroad. Create public-private partnerships with our museums to increase student participation in the arts. This includes trips to art schools so our youth can understand these jobs exist and can foster interests in these trades. Establish an Education Deputy whose focus will be identifying funding for arts programs and other extra curricular courses that help to establish a first class education system our City deserves.

Growing our local economy is a key first step for increasing opportunities to reinvest in the arts. I’m the only candidate already working on plans that specifically aim to further fund the arts and expand job growth for creative tech and entertainment jobs. It’s called the Hollywood Innovation Zone and it will serve as a hub of tech and entertainment jobs bolstered by affordable housing and mass transit. It’s a landmark opportunity to create good-paying local jobs to further support L.A.’s creative edge. I’ll also advocate making high-speed internet access more affordable and accessible city-wide.

1. The creative economy needs to know that they can count on the City to be fair and consistent in the application of City rules and requirements. 2. Improve City-resident communications with ombudsman service, and guaranteeing early community input on issues that will impact our neighborhoods. 3. We have to eliminate the gross receipts tax, and replace it with a net income tax for businesses, creative and otherwise. Then we calibrate that tax to make it as low as possible while meeting our needs.

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Continue to encourage artists, from street talent to those with pedigree. See that Council recognizes artists, even those whose work we personally may not applaud. Maintain the highest levels into the future that we have had in the past.

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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Burbank City Council Primary Municipal Election

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Burbank City Council Primary Municipal Election

Candidate order: Emily Gabel-Luddy, Juan J. Guillen Jr., Elise Stearns-Niesen, David Nos, Christopher John Rizzotti, Will Rogers, Sharon Springer

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 Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Arts for LA thanks the Burbank Arts for All Foundation for supporting the process as a local partner. The Actors Fund, KCET/Artbound, the California Alliance for Arts Education, LA Stage Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, 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 Burbank City Council Primary Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, February 24.

3 seats are 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?

Dance: At the age of 13, I was afforded a 2-year opportunity (a scholarship) to take modern/experimental dance at UCLA. I learned the breadth of cultural influence on dance techniques, met young men and women from backgrounds that I never would have had the opportunity to meet. We shared the same challenges to learn steps and techniques; we were treated to experimental music (the pianist brought a mallet, some wood blocks and other "instruments" to influence our interpretation of movement). It was meaningful because I "got" (and eventually longed for) muscle memory, our imaginations were cultivated through interpretation and I learned some limitations: my long-waisted body was NOT suitable for some of the moves.

As a child I was fortunate to have mothers that encouraged the arts. Although we were not wealthy I was exposed to The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the Wadsworth Theater and I was fortunate enough to see The Phantom of the Opera. Although I was too young to stay up throughout the whole play, I remember when the signers hit their high point they woke me up. To this day that experience makes me smile.

I fell in love with photography while attending John Burroughs high school. My teacher, Mr. Brehm was passionate yet demanding about the art of photography. I learned that although I could not play music or draw, I had the gift of a good eye, and putting it to good use is just as valid expression of art and culture as any other. I learned a very valid life lesson from my experience in Mr. Brehm's class. I will never forget his advice when mounting my photos, "Don't fumble the ball on the 1 yard line", meaning do the best you can all the way to the end, even if the end doesn't seem important at the time.

I grew up in a very artistic household - My Father was a classically trained musician (pianoi) and an Artist who worked with oils and pastels. I was exposed to both at an early age, in fact I read musical notes before I read words. Dur to this exposure I grew up with as deep appreciation for Art and Music. In fact I majored in music and studied classical guitar and opera. My father drew, painted and played until he passed away. I intend to do the same.

The most meaningful arts and cultural experience I have had are two. The first one was as a student in drama class. As a young male in Jr. High School I had a hard time speaking in front of others and expressing myself. I believe this class helped me be more confident in who I was and helped me speak in front of other. The second experience was a trip to Italy. I was amazed at the art that humans could produce, from the written word, to paintings to sculptures. I enjoyed the various periods of art as time moved on.

I'm torn between the frequent visits made through school to the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre and nearby Walker Art Center and - admittedly later in life - a "day job" serving as Aide to conductor Leonard Bernstein and then Andre' Previn.

When I was a young girl, my family and I moved from Southern Mississippi to Libya, North Africa. It was one exotic, three year long cultural experience. From day one, with the pincher ants, giant black beetles, blood oranges, couscous, the Mediterranean Sea, Tripoli International Fair, the architecture, music and art, it was an extremely stimulating experience for a highly imaginative little girl.

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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?

Council should support capital projects to renew/renovate city facilities like the Starlight Bowl. It is an excellent example of a valued community asset that needs comprehensive upgrading. Council should require that any proposals for Central Library renovation include concepts which advance cultural arts i.e. a digital café, or a public arts gallery. Because their presence will underscore the importance of Burbank's Cultural Arts all City Council members should be active supporters of community-based performance events such as The Colony Theater, Starlight Bowl, Creative Artists Gallery exhibitions, Downtown Arts Festival.

I believe the City can help as much as possible with the growth and development of the region's cultural programs and infrastructures. The city can help facilitate this in many ways. They can assist when trying to obtain permits and during development. They can assist in efforts to reach out and involve residents. Being the media capital of the world we can reach out to the entertainment industry for assistance in creating and developing partnerships with the cultural arts community.

I believe children are short-changed part of the journey of self discovery in the formative years because the arts have fallen to the wayside in leu of budget cuts and stressing of academics. Clearly there is a desire to give our children those arts experiences, as can be evidenced by the choir program at Burbank & Burroughs, which is financed almost completely by the students themselves. While I don't think it's reasonable to expect us to go back to the days when the school can fund such programs, I'd like to see the City Council support and facilitate cooperation between programs such as Burbank Arts for All and other non-profits that can mutually benefit from such cooperation. I believe great things can be achieved on the grass roots level. For instance, I know Family Service Agency of Burbank has an art therapy class. I'm not an artist myself, so maybe I'm way off, but perhaps there's some connection that can be made there.

Burbank is unique in that we are the media capital of the world. I think we should be the leader in fostering and enhancing the cultural arts in our region. Tht being said we need to make sure we find a way to support symphonic and art show activities that draw from the vast range of talents throughout the region. I am pleased that Burbank Arts for All does a tremendous job keeping music and art alive in our schools. THis successful model should be grown to a regional level and the CIty COuncil can have a large impact an helping that move forward. Through helping to sponsor events and keeping the arts in the foreont of our community.

I think our City Council has an important role. As Vice Chair of the Planning Board each project that comes before us has a Art in Public Places requirement. Our board is very diligent to make sure the developer adheres to this requirement as does our Council. I believe that it is also important that the project be pleasing to the eye of the public from the exterior, not just the interior. Our Council has the ability to shape the community and art should be a focus.

Both as a leader initiating and creating efforts and programs where possible, and as a booster and cheerleader for efforts initiated by others.

First let's hear what our community would like to see and do. Visibly attend cultural events at our schools and community venues and support grant seeking efforts within the community. Announce and report out on the events at Tuesday council meetings. If city government has money to give, give it and accept! Partner with local nonprofits to bring more art and creative events to Burbank schools and the community. Support arts related inter-generational programming. Seek grants so that the opportunity to go to ballets, the opera, art museums is extended to people of lesser means, and otherwise would not be able to go.

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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?

I will continue to advocate City funding for the Cultural Arts Commission. While the Commission may confront the challenges of competing with other program needs in the City, it is clear that the Commission has played a key role in advancing the evaluation and proposals for the Starlight Bowl upgrades. The relationship between the arts and education is clear - music and math, dance and sports and I encourage Burbank Arts for All to invite other Councilmembers to participate in the biannual evaluation of educational grants. My experience deepened my knowledge and appreciation for the teacher/school generated proposals for arts funding.

With our current budget issues, increasing funding for local arts and culture is difficult. We must be creative and when the opportunity for matching grants arises we must try to leverage them to fund projects we would otherwise not be able to fund. The only way we can succeed is by creating partnerships and working together.

Balancing all the needs of our students is always a difficult task, particularly when there are limited financial resources. With that in mind, I must be honest and say that my first priority, as a current member of the Burbank Police Commission, to the students is their safety. One of my goals as city council member is to increase our SRO program. When I was a young adult, I worked as a police cadet in Burbank and it helped shaped the person I am today. My first exposure to our police was a positive one, our SRO officer. That said, I'm of the belief that government (at all levels) tends to be wasteful and must be "pruned" from time to time. At this time, I cannot give you a specific modification to our funding stream, as I need to have a broader picture of how the city has funded it in the past and where some of that wasteful spending can be re-directed to the arts.

I know there are a number of small art galleries in Burbank as well as small music schools and local theatre groups. As an idea - it might be nice to do a CIty Wide Cultural arts day with all the arts exposed in one area. It could be a great family day with a nominal entrance fee with all proceeds going to a fund to help build our cultural arts programs and awareness. It would be a hugeundertaking, but you could have galeries, live music classical and contemporary and media presentations. It might generate the funds necessary to improve and enhave programs across the bard.

Our city has an Art in Public Place requirement for all developments. If a developer decides not to provide the Art, Burbank Arts for All receives a percentage of these funds. I think that one way to expand funding is to allow Arts for All to keep 100% of the funds, not just a percentage.

It's my understanding municipal participation can make the difference in substantial numbers of grant programs, so a direction to staff to cooperate (and seek out) such efforts would be a natural. As for building support, just as I've found the way to get someone to support a theater or orchestra I like is to take them there, I believe exposing council colleagues and staff to arts experiences is an effective means of giving THEM the idea of expanding support.

I would consensus build with the other council members to make sure there is a majority vote in favor of arts and cultural funding. I work for EngAGE a nonprofit that sets up arts, fitness, health, nutrition, lifelong learning and inter-generational programs in senior communities throughout Southern California. I see first hand the positive impact the arts have on seniors and kids. It's educational, fun, entertaining and gives purpose and meaning to lives of all ages. I would seek support to allocate money to the arts and culture.

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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)?

I believe there will be an opportunity to increase cultural tourism concurrent with the opening of the Harry Potter Ride at NBC Universal in 2016. Continue city support of the Creative Talent Network Expo (CTN) to further direct/indirect job development in our community. Last year CTN had 6,000 visitors. Begin a more comprehensive promotion of our International Film Festival, an event that attracts film makers from many different countries. Conduct a review of the potential benefits of operating the Starlight Bowl as a family-friendly, tribute band and special event venue under non-profit management. And I would love our city to host a "Final Party on the Burbank Blvd. Bridge," just before it is torn down, featuring all our arts community.

I would champion the city in facilitating and encouraging the development of more cultural arts opportunities. I would ensure that the city work effectively with our Chamber of Commerce to encourage and assist in cultural tourism. I would encourage the hotel hospitality PBID to further reach out to the cultural arts. I strongly support Work Force Training and the technical training for high tech studio related jobs in the digital arts and see this training opportunity as a means to encourage and maintain jobs. Working together the arts community, our residents and the studios we could create partnerships the would deepen the city’s investment in it’s creative arts.

Burbank is the "Media Capital of the World" and should be promoted as such. 1. The Burbank Film Festival: I must admit I don't know that much about the Burbank Film Festival, but I'd like to see it become more prestigious and a draw to filmmakers all over the world. 2. Make the city a very attractive place to do business, particularly the ancillary creative industries that are a part of the film, television, and game development businesses. 3. As this is the media capital of the world, it would be safe to assume that we have an untapped wealth of retired professionals who would be excited about "paying it forward" to our children by mentoring. I'd like to see that happen.

1. An all encompassing show as I mentioned above could be one-step. This type of event would definitely show the City's committment. 2. I think the City shoud do a better job of helping to communicate the different types of art programs going on in the City at any given time. Possibly having some type of annual arts calendar that would highlight local talent and inform our citizens about events and encourage attendance. 3. Work closely with industry type businesses to create more public private partnerships in the community geared toward art training and art job

1. I would like to see our City give a developer who may be building a large project an incentive to build a performing arts center with a portion of the project as a give back to the community. 2. I would like to see our city partner with either a for profit or non-profit group(s) to create a creative vocational school within the Burbank Community. 3. I think our city needs to be more proactive to bring creative jobs to Burbank. We have a 17% commercial vacancy rate in Burbank. We are the media capital of the world. We should have a strong economic development and retention department at our city to bring down the vacancy rate to under 10% which would benefit our city and its residents.

1. As noted above, exposing colleagues and staff to the creative efforts underway and the tangible benefits thereof almost invariably results in creating champions and support for the "cause." 2. Advance, promote, pursue and appoint those individuals for whom these efforts are already a priority, especially those who've had success in their previous efforts advancing the arts. 3. Math. That is, success is hard to resist. This requires an accurate, complete analysis of the current creative economy, reliably identifying what has worked and what hasn't.

1.Actively work to retain existing jobs related to culture and the arts and attract new ones. Link students and adults to job prospects in the area and actually help develop those prospects. 2.Partner with local nonprofits to bring visual art, musical, dance, theatrical, poetry and cultural events to Burbank and seek subsidies so that seniors, kids and low income residents can also attend. Have field trips to cultural events in Downtown L.A. Exploit inter-generational opportunities. 3. Have multi-day cultural festivals that celebrate Burbank's diversity and that are inclusive of the whole community and are community building. These would celebrate our different cultures' art, music, food, dance, etc.

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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Santa Monica-Malibu USD

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Santa Monica-Malibu USD

Candidate order: Oscar De la Torre, Patricia Finer, Craig Foster, Laurie Lieberman, Ralph Mechur, Dhun May, Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Arts for LA thanks the Santa Monica-Malibu Arts Education Advocacy Team for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

4 seats are 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: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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I studied classical piano form the age of about 5-6 till I was in High School. I participated in Choir, Madrigals, and took Dance Classes. Once at USC, I joined the Trojan Band as a “Flute” and was in the band for 3 of my 4 years there. I also belonged to a sorority, and participated in our skits for rush. There were so many wonderful moments; it is hard to pick only one. My first recital at the Beverly Hills Hotel is one moment that was special in my little pink “whip cream like dress”, and the another was being in the SC Band, doing TV shows, Traveling to northern California each year, and Notre Dame every other, marching the ROSE BOWL, and recordng with Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, a double platinum record.

In high school, my music teacher introduced my class to Leopold Stokowski's orchestration of Debussy's prelude 'La Cathedrale Engloutie' and Bob Dylan's "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts." Until then, "academic" music and fun music had been two distinct categories in my mind. With these incredible pieces telling stories I could enjoy, I began to see music as an artistic expression capable of great depth and meaning. Both pieces remain among my favorites today.

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Growing up in and around New York City gave me great access to the arts. My uncle retired to paint, which led to great family discussions about art. He followed the abstract expressionist school, so I got to do a lot of imagining about what I was looking at. When I was about 12 we went to the Guggenheim and it and the Willem de Kooning paintings knocked my socks off. Later on, in college, I took some drawing and sculpture classes to balance my economics focus and felt confident enough in my creativity to study design and become an architect.

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As a child I wanted to be a dancer. I remember the dance program as part of my elementary school education to be exciting and something that I looked forward to. In middle school and high school I was in drama classes and I performed in school plays and musicals. These experiences forged life long friendships and have forever influenced how I see arts in public schools. One of the most meaningful experiences for me was performing in Fiddler on the Roof my senior year in high school.

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Question 2: What role do you think creativity can play in supporting key priorities of the district, such as reducing the drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Art and Music and all other art disciplines play a huge role in reducing the dropout rate. When kids can take a moment to relax with something creative, great things happen. We are currently at the VAPA DAC board trying to make sure there is an instrument for each and every student who wants to play an instrument, and continue to build great programs. We know that both at-risk and low-income students who participate in the arts from kindergarten forward have better grades and scores. As a college admissions consultant, who works to help students prepare for majors those looking to the arts, creativity, inspiration, and innovation are key to being successful not only in school, but life

The key to a child's success in school lies in finding that student's unique gift, their particular contribution to life. Each gift is unique and many fall outside the conventional parameters of traditional education. For some children, artistic expression is the key expression and, denied that, their contribution is sniffled. For all children, exposure to many different creative media is essential to a well rounded voyage of self-discovery and learning. Creative expressions learned early in school become lifelong friends, support systems, modes of expression, and sources of joy.

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Critical to student success is student engagement. Students who enjoy being on campus and learning are motivated to achieve – as individuals and as part of a group. The arts are a significant place where students can participate in creative activities and be successful. Over 40% of our students are enrolled in our music programs, starting with 100% participation in 4– 5th grades. Student achievement continues to increase. All of our elementary schools API scores are above 800. Our graduation rate is over 91% with over 2/3 of our seniors going to college. The arts truly impact student success.

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For me the arts are key. I have been an advocate for STEAM and not just STEM. I have seen first hand how the arts can be a pathway to retention of students. Kids need to be seen and valued and public education must include and provide a variety of pathways for children to explore themselves and their place in civic life. Far too often the arts are seen as marginally important to academic success. I couldn't disagree more.

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Question 3: SMMUSD district has embarked on an initiative to restore meaningful sequential arts education into its core curriculum. What do you feel are the strengths and the weaknesses of the plan? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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This initiative is both good and bad. From the core curriculum perspective, when you are teaching history, by incorporating visual, audio, art, music, language and math for that period, it gives a student a well -rounded basis and understanding of a subject, Unfortunately, the down side of this is that the students who are in the arts MUST HAVE a foundation, which is not provided for by the core program. You can not do music or art without a solid foundation.

The SMMUSD's Vision for Student Success brings visual art, music, and dance to every elementary student in the district through P.S. Arts. This is a fantastic addition to a district that has fought hard and successfully to preserve as much art education as possible through challenging financial circumstances. The district's art budget has been supported in so many ways by the community and we are truly lucky to be one of the leading districts in California in terms of art education.

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SMMUSD was one of the first 5 area Districts to complete and approve an Arts for All plan. We are using this roadmap to restore a K-12 sequential standards-based curriculum in all 4 arts disciplines. This year, as part of our Vision for Student Success, we are providing 30 weeks of arts education in every K-5 classroom. Continuing weaknesses are a lack of funds to expand arts programs and insufficient communication about arts program successes with the community.

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The strength here is the commitment. As I mentioned above, far too often the arts are placed on the margins. Arts education is key curriculum -- just like math and science and language. It seems unacceptable that one cut math curriculum in the face of budgetary reductions -- it should be equally unacceptable to cut the arts. That being said, the fact that our District has a demonstrated commitment to arts education is significant. However, the curriculum is lacking and needs to be expanded. The new local funding formula will allow greater latitude for exploration in curriculum.

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Question 4: How can your district make the SMMUSD arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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I am a member of the SMMUSD VAPA DAC Advisory Board. We are currently working on making sure there is an instrument for each child who wishes to study music, and we want to build K-2. We bring in different programs and organizations such as the Berkley School of Music and LA Art Programs to see our work and engage in our program. We are members who try to connect with the community to let them know what events are happening. We are working on a signage issue, and we have parents and staff, we would like more community

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is increasing its efforts to make clear its achievements to parents and community members. There are now regular emails, listings on their website, and announcements in the schools. Each performance supported by the Vision for Student Success is another testimony to the support of the community and the experiences of the students.

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Our Visual and Performing Arts District Advisory Committee (VAPADAC) provides an annual update of arts curriculum and facilities to the Board of Education and the community. These study sessions result in the Board providing direction to District staff regarding the allocation of resources to maintain and enhance arts education in the SMMUSD. The VAPADAC and the Santa Monica-Education Foundation also use social media to provide information on school site arts events.

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One way that I have personally made SMMUSD's arts education plan visible is through my work as the Vice President of Education for the District's PTA Council. In that position, I have worked directly with the District connecting SMMUSD with Santa Monica College's music and dance departments to bring classical music and ballet to the SMMUSD 5th graders. For the past two years I have produced programs that expose kids to opportunities they might not otherwise have. As an active civic leader in Santa Monica and Malibu I am well known for this work and my commitment to the arts.

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Question 5: In light of the new funding structure for school districts in the state (i.e. the Local Control Funding Formula), how do you see arts education aligning with the eight new priority areas? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Being aware from many sources of the new funding act formula, we have been putting markers in place to deal with the transition by have people like Patty Braun, and different organizations come in and speak to us on the changes. We are working to have more music and art program in classes K-2, and try to retain more students as the numbers begin to decline after elementary school into middle school, and again into high school. We are aware of music into the core programs, but our concern is that it will not give the students the foundation required for these subjects. We have been addressing in our SMMUSD VAPA- DAC charge, all of these issues. They were submitted to the board on June 25, 2014

Arts education is foundational to academic success. There is much academic research that demonstrates that merely increasing time spent in core subjects leads to flat or even reduced academic outcomes. A wise school district will use a balanced approach to filling the school day, including artistic, creative outlets, physical activity, and academic time. By including all aspects of the whole child the academic success of the child is supported optimally.

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Quite simply, arts education aligns with all of the new priority areas. In line with my earlier responses, I see arts education as part of the very fabric of public education and civic life. What local control will allow for us is an opportunity for our community to demonstrate this belief and commitment in the work we do in nurturing and education the children of our community. I am most excited in exploring ways the arts can be imagined in the work of closing the achievement gap and holding onto students and their joy of learning.

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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Alhambra USD District 5

Candidate order: Chester Chau

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Alhambra Unified School District will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

Elections are at-large, with five seats available in this election.

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

Question 1: Tell us about a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music) while growing up? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Question 4: How can your district make the Alhambra USD arts education plan, and its progress on the plan, more visible to parents and leaders in your community? (Approximately 75-100 words)

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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Alhambra USD District 4

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Alhambra USD District 4

Candidate order: Luis Ayala

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Alhambra Unified School District will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

Elections are at-large, with five seats available in this election.

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

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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Santa Monica City Council

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Santa Monica City Council

Candidate order: Whitney Scott Bain, Nick Boles, Phil Brock, Michael Feinstein, Frank Gruber, Sue Himmerlrich, Terence Later, John Mann, Kevin McKeown, Richard McKinnon, Zoe Muntaner, Pam O'Connor, Jerry Rubin, Jennifer Kennedy

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Santa Monica City Council will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

3 seats are available in this election. Only voters who reside in this district may vote for 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?

Experiencing the diveristy of the city's artists and their ability to create.

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I starred in a play when I was 12 years old at Miles Playhouse in what is today Santa Monica's Reed Park. The experience in a neighborhood park in the city I was born in gave me a great appreciation for theatre. While attending Santa Monica Schools classes in art & music appreciation were mandatory. In addition, field trips in school and weekend journeys with parents and friends taught me to love the diversity of culture that a big city could offer. The theatre experience became even more meaningful as I became a classroom teacher. Later I returned to acting and now represent actors. For the past 20 years I have been the President of the Studio Talent Group and am the immediate past President of the Talent Managers Association. I am also a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and the actor branch of the Television Academy. My experience as a twelve year old prepared me for my career(s) and my deep appreciation and advocacy for the arts.

Going to Israel when I was 13 for my Bar Mitzvah present, and seeing the old city of Jerusalem in December 1971 blew my mind - as it was so different than the "Leave it to Beaver" middle class suburb of St. Louis Park, Minnesota that I grew up in. That experience opened my mind to different cultures, architecture and ways of life, and as a result, I've traveled in more than 40 countries since then and counting, enjoying an appreciation of the diversity of cultures, peoples, places and nations of our planet.

My mother, Shirley Moskowitz, was an artist with a studio at home and consequently I grew up surrounded by art and artists, even though I grew up in suburban Philadelphia. "Doing art" seemed very normal; all through childhood my mother and a group of local artists met every Wednesday night in the workshop one of them had to work specifically on sculpture. Of course when we traveled, it was all about the art. For myself, most of my artistic expression has involved photography. I shot a lot of pictures in college, had my own darkroom, and almost went professional. Now, strictly amateur (and digital!), it's still a big part of my life.

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I grew up in a working class, single-parent household with little opportunity for arts or cultural exposure. This is one reason I champion arts and cultural programs for the entire community now, including through schools, local arts and cultural institutions, and events like Santa Monica’s GLOW that expose the arts to audiences who don’t ordinarily have access or interest. I am the leading arts advocate on the Santa Monica City Council, and served for over a decade as Council liaison to our Arts Commission.

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I’ve had too many to pinpoint just one, but I will highlight one memorable experience. I’ve been an avid photographer since I was young. During college, I spent much of my free time photographing cities and nature and developing photos in the campus darkroom. A few roommates knew about my passion for photography and entered two of my photographs in a campus photo contest without telling me. I won two awards and realized that my peers appreciated art as much as I did. I also learned that sharing art was an important, meaningful way to be involved in one's community.

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

They should listen to the artist's wishes and work with them to cerate their dreams sharing with the public.

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Teddy Roosevelt called the Presidency the "bully pulpit" and I believe a City Council Person should use their voice for advocacy. I want more public/private partnerships in Santa Monica. These encompass all arts. From visual arts to fine art, museums, theatre, film & tv production, public art, murals and music throughout Santa Monica we must encourage artistic expression of all types. I sponsored Santa Monica's Make Music Day and brought out 27 groups and soloists in 5 venues for summer solstice afternoon that our Cultural Affairs staff wouldn't assist with even though I'm the Chair of the Recreation & Parks Commission. I'll change that when I'm on the City Council. I am now and will always be an arts advocate. I'm been deeply involved the the effort to preserve Bergamot Station Arts Center and am a member of the Civic Auditorium Working Group. I am presently trying to forge a school district/municipality joint use agreement for Santa Monica's Barnum Hall, Greek Theatre and the SM Civic. I want more public art on our boulevard center medians and I want to encourage local artists to create in our public spaces. A great example of that is "Beautify Earth". I am a strong advocate as they volunteer to paint public murals on the sides of often neglected buildings. The results for the neighborhoods are spectacular.

Build upon the City's 2007 Creative Capital Plan, which includes an Arts Alleys District in the downtown (a concept I helped pioneer when I chaired the Downtown Uses Task force while Mayor in 2001-2002); and seek funding to renovate the Civic Auditorium. Funding for the latter will likely depend upon a public bond, which I believe will need to be combined with park space acquisition, to combine enough constituencies to achieve the 2/3 necessary (unless the state legislature puts on the ballot and voters approve a change to 55% for capital projects.) See also #3 and #4 below.

Santa Monica has a rich history in the arts and I want to continue the City's programs to enhance art both as an important part of the public realm and as a viable career and profession. The city just celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Promenade, and in doing so we were reminded what an important part public art played in its success. The city needs to continue to help create live/work spaces for artists, and support the galleries at Bergamot and elsewhere.

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Arts and culture provide the reflection and inspiration without which no community can truly thrive. My actions demonstrate my beliefs: I led in the creation and adoption of Santa Monica’s adopted policy document for arts and culture, “Creative Capital.” I have worked directly with organizations like the 18th Street Arts Center, and encouraged private sector participation in arts and cultural programs in our public schools. I have brokered compromise and progress on adapting our world-famous Bergamot Arts Center to the arrival of light rail and a larger, broader audience.

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It is vital for the City Council to be involved in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure. My vision for Santa Monica is to continue the rich, vibrant, world-class arts culture that Santa Monica is known for. Our museums, galleries, artisan shops, art studios, public school art and music education opportunities and unique public art landscape are valued community assets. I believe that Santa Monica must continue to ensure that art and cultural opportunities are accessible to our diverse community and the region.

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

Preserve the Bergamont Station and Santa Monica artist's colonies the way they are for without them, the artist's will have no other outlet as doentown L.A. and Silverlake are already overcrowded.

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We can seek an increase in our arts nexus fees for new development. We can look for more assistance from foundations and private individuals. Our city contains quite possibly one of the largest cultural and artistic concentrations of talented individuals in the world. yet, we seldom ask for their help in stirring up new programs, adding temporary art installations, neighborhood concerts and adding to our world class film industry base. The key is for the Arts Commission, Recreation & Parks and the City Council to renovate venues (a joint cultural arts bond issue for three facilities is a possibility) and use our existing facilities more fully. As a City Council Person I will fight for the arts. I know how important that exposure is for children, teens, adults and our senior citizens. We have discretionary funding which can be used to help fund the arts in Santa Monica.

I am advocating a massive public infrastructure project to bridge over the top of the 1-10 freeway in Santa Monica for at least 17 blocks - from Ocean to 4th, 11th St. to 17th St. and 20th St. to Cloverfield Bl. - and cover it primarily with parkland. With Santa Monica's Perfect for Art program in place for such capital projects(http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Portals/Culture/Public_Art_Program/SM%20Percent%20for%20Art%20Resolution.PDF), that means at approximately $500/sq foot to bridge over the freeway, the project will cost several hundred million dollars depending upon its ultimate scale, and therefore several million dollars for public art.

In 2007 the city adopted "Creative Capital," a big plan for sustaining and expanding the arts in Santa Monica. Central to CC was the fact that Santa Monica's residents and its economy are extraordinarily connected to creative and artistic endeavors; the plan makes the plausible statement that, "Santa Monica has perhaps the highest concentration of creative individuals in the U.S., in terms of both residents and employment." It's now been seven years since CC was adopted, and what I would first ask for is a review of achievement of its goals with an eye to achieving more of them.

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In this year’s City budget alone, I increased the grants to our arts and cultural organizations by a full 10%. I’m completely conversant in the usual argument that money for the arts is a wise economic investment, but also believe that providing encouragement and access to the arts and cultural activities creates a kind of community wealth that cannot be measured simply in dollars. I’m committed to continuing Santa Monica’s leadership role in supporting a wide range of arts and culture, celebrating our diverse and creative community.

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Santa Monica’s land use policies insist on financial contributions from developers to fund community benefits. Two of the five categories of community benefits are "Social, Cultural and Educational Facilities" as well as "Historic Preservation". Both categories of policies are designed to advance the prioritization of arts and culture investments, and support efforts to increase innovative community building and community identity through expansion of accessible arts and culture opportunities. I would champion expansion of the current funding stream by making sure that these community benefits are front and center in the development decision-making process.

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)?

1. Have more art festivals subsidised by companies like Microsoft or Red Bull as examples. 2. Special art events open to the public in conjunction with the Santa Monica pier. 3. Create more jobs by hiring local people who know Santa Monica and have grown up here to act as ambassadors to talk about the city and its history during art events.

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We can expand our Arts district zoning and set up an enterprise zone in our Memorial Park neighborhood for our creative economy. As we deepen our commitment to our renovated cultural arts facilities more visitors will take advantage of the increased amount of performances. With the renovation and addition of several movie theaters the opportunity for the American Film Market to expand their offerings and provide community benefits will increase. I have also talked about reviving the outdoor art shows that once existed in Palisades Park (but moving them to Bergamot), adding a KCRW outdoor music amphitheater to Bergamot and encouraging the addition of a branch of Cal Arts, UCLA architecture, Peter Sellers, an enlargement of City Garage Theatre and the permanent relocation of the Virginia Street Project to that campus will also help create a tremendous arts area. All of the above plus the tweaking of the Santa Monica Pier Summer Concert series will draw more cultural tourism to Santa Monica. We are now known as Silicon Beach...I also want us know as an outstanding arts city. Our creative economy is a pillar of the Santa Monica economy. As a Councilperson I will enhance and improve the economic impacts within Santa Monica. That impact will radiate throughout the region.

(1) Convert the landmarked Sears Building on Colorado Ave. west of 4th Street (across from the 4th/Colorado Expo rail stop) into a major cultural destination, along with bridging over the top of the freeway between Main St. and 4th next to Sears, to create an integrated public plaza/low scale cultural/commercial public-transit oriented regional center. (2) After Santa Monica takes control of Santa Monica airport and converts most of it into a public park, create an intergrated cultural campus on the southwestern side, expanding upon the Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica College Arts Buidling, Ruskin Theatre and Barker Hanger.

I happen to be one of the few candidates not afraid to say that I believe it's good that tourists come to Santa Monica -- it shows that we have created a wonderful, vibrant place, and one key factor has been the arts. We have not built a new hotel in SM for almost 20 years, and while some are under construction, we need more at different price points, much like they have in European cities, and I consider this an investment in the arts, because artists and people interested in the arts and culture like to travel and they don't always have a lot of money. I'm on the working group trying to figure out how to save the SM Civic Auditorium and turn it into a arts and culture campus, and on City Council I hope to make that happen, too. As someone's whose mother was an artist, I'd like to develop programs to encourage businesses (incl. hotels) to buy art from local artists.

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Now that we have survived the Great Recession, I want to return to our adopted “Creative Capital” document and fully fund the programs we conceived. I am working actively on the “Listen Up” campaign with the American Federation of Musicians, and have joined them on delegations to local producers to keep music composition, scoring, and recording here at home, employing local musicians who in turn contribute their talents and knowledge as exemplars and teachers. I am committed to greatly increasing our City funding to non-profits who provide arts and cultural experiences and opportunities.

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I will work to 1) improve our city’s transportation circulation, 2) create affordable housing for artists as well as working families, and 3) enhance public amenities and infrastructure, because when our city is running smoothly, we can encourage small, locally-owned businesses to open and thrive, and we can invest in policies that help create new programs to support the creative industry including film production, live music, theater, farmers markets and festivals, and small co-working office opportunities for start-up creative tech businesses. I also want to help Santa Monica invest more in opportunities for historic cultural tourism so visitors can learn about the Santa Monica's historic treasures.

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 5

Candidate order: Cristina Carrizosa, Diane Lawson, Nancy Matarrita

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Pomona City Council District 3 will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

1 seat is available in this election. Only voters who reside in this district may vote for 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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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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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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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 3

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 3

Candidate order: Cristina Carrizosa, Diane Lawson, Nancy Matarrita

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Pomona City Council District 3 will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

1 seat is available in this election. Only voters who reside in this district may vote for 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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The arts filled my childhood home with evenings filled with creative arts. My stepfather was a bricklayer, but one who felt he created masterpieces, not just a wall or fireplace. After work he labored over art projects, painting California missions in watercolor, carving a stonehedge head out of volcanic pumice boulder. Together we patiently trimmed and shaped Bonzai plants, created a waterfall with a pump, firepit and stack of stones, and designed a clock from a raisin drying board and turquoise pebbles. My grandparents made sure I experienced the ballet, live theatre and encouraged me to try acting, resulting in my favorite role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at high school.

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The city council should take a lead role in supporting and encourage the arts and cultural infrastructure both from a policy level and as a patron. Since Pomona has a thriving arts colony, council needs to promote it and assist it wherever possible. Council can take the lead in coordinating efforts to bring new artists, educators and works to our community that may not normally include our city on their National tours. And, we need to be doing all we can to expose our young people to the arts from an early age, through schools, community organizations, museums and other groups.

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I would keep an open eye on ways that we can include arts and culture in every aspect of our budget,looking closely at our recreation dollars to see that it includes more than just sports. Also, I would champion the inclusion of more public art in new and renovated public spaces. I would also maintain and tweek when necessary our present regulations that require art elements be included in new developments.

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1. Promote more cultural tourism, especially during the Fair and NHRA Races when thousands descend upon our city and leave just as quickly. As they leave they should be pointed to our Arts Colony. A fun idea would be to use Charlie the Trolley to bring people to the arts colony from Fairplex and back, perhaps coordinating with the Sheraton for when conventions or such come to town filling the hotel. 2. Work with local arts schools to coordinate an "Artsy" brand for Pomona, showing the diversity of schools and galleries and opportunities available here. 3. Create tours of significant public and private art projects, especially since we are the home of Millard Sheets, have many famous architectural buildings and other worthy showable pieces that could be brought together in one awesome art history tour.

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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 2

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pomona City Council District 2

Candidate order: Adriana Robledo, Tomas Ursua

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Pomona City Council District 2 will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

1 seat is available in this election. Only voters who reside in this district may vote for candidates in this election.

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

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Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Council

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Inglewood City Council

Candidate order: James Butts, Sandie Crisp, Mike Stevens, Gilbert Mathieu

As part of our work to foster greater civic dialogue and encourage greater voter turnout, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues facing our community.

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 Arts for LA at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Arts for LA thanks Inglewood Cultural Arts for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Inglewood City Council will be held on Tuesday, November 4.

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.

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Attending a symphony concert and opera as a high school student. Art will help young person to appreciate history and discover their talent. I support art and it should be stressed in all schools.

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IUSD involvement, 501(c)3 to promote art, solicit grants, sponsor art contests, use park and recreation promotion funds.

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