Michael W. Samarin-Popoff

City: Montebello City
Position Seeking: Councilmember

Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.

Going to the Museum of Science & Industry and the Museum of Natural History opened my eyes to the world of science, art, and history. Seeing all the different displays of machinery, mineral and metal samples, Indian art, and stuffed animals was astounding to me. I also greatly enjoyed the acapella singing of my church singers.

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

The city council should try to encourage arts and culture appreciation wherever it can.

Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?

The city should be a middle class working people’s city. Art and culture should reflect the people who live in the area and should try to attempt to enlighten them and enrich their lives.

Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?

Montebello has two important cultural and historical sites that, as far as I can determine, have never been promulgated in the city’s development. I would try to get the word out about these sites as an attraction to encourage visitors and tourists with interests in this history and culture.