Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 3 Archive

Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: L.A. City Council Dist. 3 Archive

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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.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to revise or submit responses, please contact Abe Flores at info@artsforla.org or 213-225-7526.

Elections for this city council are run by district, meaning voters in each district may elect one name from the district’s candidates. Voters may vote in only one district.

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A runoff may be held on May 21, 2013 between the top two candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Candidates: Elizabeth Badger, Bob Blumenfield, Cary Iaccino, Joyce J. Pearson, Steven E. Presberg, Scott Silverstein

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

When I was a young girl my grandfather use to read poems to me from an old beat-up leather-bound book. To this day I don't recall who any of the poets were, but I do remember the effect they had on me. These poems would inspire me to think of life through different eyes- giving me perspective into worlds I never knew about. I believe this experience deepened my appreciation for art, but also allowed me to carry through life an appreciation for the paths walked by others. I think this will be beneficial as Councilwoman, because in order to really represent the people, you need to understand and relate to them.

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Creativity and artistic work has defined my life from an early age up into my professional career. Custom metal fabrication, airbrushing, pin striping, automotive design, faux finishing, artwork restoration and other various artisan techniques reflect my lifelong work in the arts. I was quite active early in life with the encouragement of my family. I took private art and music lessons in different mediums, including drawing, painting and accordion. My most memorable early experiences were the school plays I performed in, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tom Sawyer and Taming of the Shrew.

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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?

Art and culture are incredibly important to the development of a well-rounded society. As Councilwoman, I will take an active role in promoting art and culture in our district by advocating for more art fairs, encouraging schools to introduce more art and culture into their curriculum, and I will personally make it my mission to lead by example by hosting a yearly cultural and art fair in my district so that we can showcase local talent. Finally, I would be honored to display art from the district and throughout the city in my council office.

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The 2011 Otis report on the Creative Economy shows our local creative industries are the 4th largest employment cluster in L.A. County. I’ve watched our City and State drive our entertainment sector to anywhere but the town where it was born. Though not a core service, Arts & Culture remains a crucial component to a beautiful city and a thriving Department of Cultural Affairs is key. The hasty dissolution of the CRA has killed any momentum on the mandatory art investment in citywide projects, but I’m confident that they can be funded and reinvigorated with the right leadership.

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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?

Funding for local arts and culture has suffered enough cuts at the hands of the City Council. As Councilwoman, I will be a champion for funding our arts and culture by going directly to the people and bringing their voice to the City Council. Whenever a cut is suggested, I will make sure the people are alerted and have time to react and make their opinions known. I believe simply bring a public eye to these cuts will do a significant amount of good in stopping many of these proposed cut backs.

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City Council is working right now to create a new Department to helm Economic Development, in the fallout of the confusing and mismanaged dissolution of CRA/LA. I will ask to sit on the committee that determines these outcomes. With the new responsibility of many properties and holdings, the City is at a turning point and must create a transparent framework for Public/Private Partnerships for new economic development. A key component in the expansion of funding for local Arts & Culture is to insure each new project includes an earmarked percentage of its budget for art.

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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)?

Our city is home to some truly world class art institutions- from the Getty to the Autry museum. The first thing I would do is promote more art-driven tourism into our city by allocating funds ti promote tourism for these spots. While we may be known for our Hollywood sign and movie stars, we also boast create art and cultural centers. I think putting more emphasis on promote will go a long way in helping to promote the creative economy. Second, as mentioned earlier, I would see to it that our district hosted a yearly arts and culture festival to promote local art and encourage residents to get involved in buying local art or supporting local artists through donations to smaller art venues. Third, I would commission local artists to help beautify my district, through art installations or murals. Not only will this help promote the creative economy through jobs, it will also help promote culture within the community.

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1. To remain the entertainment capitol, we must become less hostile to business. We must eliminate the disincentives that drive production and jobs away. 2. Art should be a recommended component by percentage of a project’s budget. CD3 has the LA River running the length of it, as we develop this, art components make sense. Murals, sculptures and more can be added with Public/Private Partnerships. 3. Identifying Cultural Tourism as an economic engine. In CD3 the Canoga Park Artwalk is helping a burgeoning neighborhood become a true cultural destination.

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