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Things to think about before the election

February 25, 2011

With the April elections fast approaching, I wanted an opportunity to ask voters some questions. It's all about how we can change our city’s image and choose our representatives more wisely.

And what do I mean by this? Do we want to consider reelecting those that have served our city in the past, maintain the current makeup of our city’s representation the way it is, or possibly consider choosing new candidates that might be able to move our city forward in the right direction?

We all know our city of Glendale, including our school district, is having some very difficult times that I believe are not entirely due to the current economic conditions, but partially due to some bad decisions made over the last two decades.

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Why is our school district in need of another bond issue to raise funds for our local schools? I don't recall our school district ever having to sell bonds for any reason prior to 1997. For the most part, our school district was always self sufficient and able to weather many economic storms.

What I hope for when voters decide on who they’re going to vote for on Election Day — whether it's for City Council, the Glendale Unified school board and the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees — that they put more thought into the candidates. I hope that they not base their decision on how much money a candidate raises, but by their ability to serve all of us, as one community.

One thing we desperately need to do is change our city’s image. From a community riddled with out-of-control drivers with unsafe parks and dirty streets, to a community we can all be proud of. Unless we do, our city will never be able to attract or retain enough businesses that can provide adequate jobs for local residents, and lower the average commercial real estate vacancy rates to acceptable levels.

So what can we all do to help with this transition? We can start by supporting our local law enforcement officials and encourage them to continue their aggressive approach toward unsafe drivers.

However, I have a very hard time understanding the merit of painting “Look” in three different languages on the streets. We already have very large street signs and lights, in universal colors accepted throughout the world. Red means stop. Yellow means caution. Green means it's OK to proceed. How simple is that?

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