When Wendy Greuel won the election to replace Laura Chick as the City’s Comptroller, it didn’t just create a vacancy at the top of the City Council Transportation Committee, it also created an opening for her City Council seat in the Second District. The election will be held on September 22.
While the final field has yet to be announced, the election is already in full swing. The early front runners are "Safe Streets" Sponsor Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles County Commissioner Jozef "Joe" Essavi, and Businesswoman Christine Essell; but when you add in David "Zuma Dogg" Saltzer to the mix anything is possible. To help put together the best transportation-related questionnaire for the election we can, I’m asking for your help editing and adding to the questions I’ve put together for the candidates available after the jump.
LA Streetsblog Draft CD2 Questionnaire:
1) When you commute to work, how do you do it? What percentage of the trips that you take don’t involve an automobile?
2) Over the past year, a number of surface streets in the valley have had their speed limits raised. Are these increases a result of the natural order, or an interest that needs to be addressed? What, if anything can be done to reverse these changes?
3) The city is currently studying leasing the rights to its parking meters and certain parking garages for a large cash payment up front. Do you support this kind of financing ideas, and if so what kind of conditions should be part of any agreement with a private firm?
4) What can the City Council do to reduce and prevent fatal crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable users?
5) The former Council Woman for CD2, Wendy Greuel, chaired the Transportation Committee. Do you want to be part of the Transportation Committee?
6) One of the ways that a City Council Member can effect change for non-motorized users is by appointing informed activists to the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Are you familar with community activists who could best serve an appointed position on these committees?
7) If you could change one thing about transportation in Los Angeles with the wave of a magic wand, what would it be?