Position Seeking: City Council
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up and its impact on you.
My experience as the narrator in my first elementary school play has stayed with me. The final segment required a costume change. After reading the que, the actors were not ready. With all the patience the second grade me could muster, I waited and delivered the que again looking behind the curtain to make sure I was heard. The action took place well after my third attempt delivering the que. In retrospect, I had not intended to connect with the audience in a comical manner, but recognized a genuine connection. Even though I only spoke the line, I became aware of aspects such as stage presence and non-verbal communication. When called upon to speak in public or on interviews, I remember that lesson to be genuine and speak to my audience.
Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in developing and supporting the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
The City Council is in the unique position to encourage a direction and support the arts through financial investments and incentives.
- Investment in public spaces, museums and venues is a priority.
- Glendale should include and promote Arts and Culture as a significant part of its community outreach.
- The City is in a unique position to encourage cooperation and coordination between community stakeholders. Arts and Culture events can support promotion of those efforts.
- Encourage better development and design. While I support incentives for development to include public art, I want to encourage more meaningful installations. Hidden, small or insignificant installations are not of significant benefit to the community for the incentives offered to developers.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in advancing that vision?
My experience comes from our neighborhoods. I became involved first with the Neighborhood Associations leading to taking the responsibilities of the president of the Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council and being appointed to the Parks, Recreation & and Community Services Commission. My vision for Glendale is to put the community first. Community is defined as the diverse collection of all stakeholders in our city. I want to enhance the quality of life and improve aspects such as economic viability, development supported by adequate infrastructure and public safety. Arts and Culture play a significant role in promoting and encouraging that vision. Communicating with an audience is a key component that can be provided by arts of all types. Stories, objects and history inspire, teach and catalyze new ideas. An installation, like the Comfort Women statue in Central Park, teaches and prevents lessons from being lost. Concerts in the Parks, art installations and performances of all kinds develop the sense of community that is a core value.
Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 6 jobs in LA County supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. If elected, how will you aim to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy and the artistic community that it supports?
A diverse and vibrant economy is my goal for Glendale. My experience as an IT consultant, project manager and business owner will bring a needed perspective to Glendale. Technology is influencing all sectors of the economy. My client base includes creative businesses and industries and those that support them. I develop solutions that enable my clients to reach their creative potential, and intend to achieve the same goals for Glendale. Advancing the Internet infrastructure of the city will increase the potential for the creative economy to grow in our city. Glendale is in the position to centralize infrastructure, such as creative space in the new Central Library, and expand that effort to incubate talent and creative endeavors. I was unable to find a location in Glendale to assemble lenses and camera systems for a startup company. Through zoning and economic development tools, Glendale can promote creative companies establishing themselves in our local economy.