As mentioned on Friday, the Santa Barbara View, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Conservancy, will hold a City Council Candidates Forum on October 5 at the Faulkner Gallery. One viewer asked if readers can offer questions for the candidates for the forum? The answer is yes. Please put the questions that you’d liked asked to the 10 candidates in the comments field. In addition to the forum, the Santa Barbara View will be sending out a questionnaire for online publication as part of our comprehensive election coverage.
In a related note, here is the candidate questionnaire put forth by the Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS.
1) Explain your motivation for seeking this office. What skills do you bring to this position that are needed to make decisions for the community?
2) What do you see as the three major issues in the community and what solutions would you offer?
3) What is your vision of the City’s future?
4) As an elected official, how would you weigh community input or desires versus your own best judgment in controversial issues?
5) What policy changes would you propose to increase opportunities for workforce or middle-income housing?
6) Explain your position and the value you see in the following:
i) Zoning Information Reports (ZIR’s)
ii) Inclusionary Zoning
iii) Bonus Density
iv) Granny units (second residential units in single family zones)
v) Second story addition to a home surrounded by single-story homes
vi) Conversion of apartment buildings to condominiums
7) In your opinion what transportation and parking issues does Santa Barbara face? How would you address these issues if elected?
8) Do you feel that the City of Santa Barbara’s Planning Department is conscientious to its constituents (i.e. timely in reports, no hassle through the permit process, fair in fees, etc.)?
YES 0 NO 0 Explain:
9) The Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® membership consists of 1,000 members throughout the South Coast. As an elected official, would you choose SBAOR members for commissions/task forces/working groups and explain?