City: La Verne
Position Seeking: Mayor
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.
As a young child growing up in the early 60's, I was involved in my High School's Glee club. As I progressed into my 20's I started having a love for the performing arts. During my courtship with my wife, I would take her to theaters such as the Pantages, the Westwood Playhouse, and the Schubert as well as other smaller local theater venues where we watched live plays. Thirty plus years later, we are now married and still take in the theater every couple of months or so. Every time we go, I get a feeling of nostalgia of when she and I were at the beginning or our relationship. This is one of the reasons why the performing arts is so meaningful to me.
Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in developing and supporting the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
As City Council, we should always make sure of a fine balance of art whether it's visual or performing. In our community, we strive to make it a point that the arts are just important as our sports progams. Our High School has an award winning Concert Chior and Chamber Singers. We also have local artists involved with the community. For example, local resident Eric Davis, whose art work can be seen through out our city.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in advancing that vision?
My vision for our city is to make it a place for people from places, whether it be from a neighboring town or an entirely different state, want to stop by our City because of our quaint local businesses, friendly community and also wonderful art that can be seen through out the city at parks, schools and businesses. Hopefully our community art will give our young residents and future residents s a view from our past as well as what is to come in the future for generations. We want to make sure that we can offer programs in the arts to our residents and our children. Hopefully, this will allow future artist, performers, poets and writers a start and some informal help on the way to their artistic futures.
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?
In our community, we have the Willard art sheets center at the c-teck learning center at the Fairplex. We plan on keeping this around. This helps employ residents of our community as well as allowing local artist a place to show off their art. Our local bookstore also sells local residents' music that they made and also sells local authors' books. We try to support one another in our community. Art is one of those things that we will never lack in when it comes to supporting and helping it grow.