City: Santa Monica
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.
I was a musician seaman in the navy when JFK was assassinated.
Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in developing and supporting the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
Santa Monica is a wealthy city and can do more for arts and culture. I would like the Santa Monica Civic returned as a venue.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in advancing that vision?
Music and art are much more than entertainment and can be very therapeutic for all strata of society. Too many of those who are disenfranchised are excluded.
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?
I want to clear out the waste in our bloated bureaucracy and create jobs at entry level, including in the arts, by supporting school programs.