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Schedule of City Council Candidate Forums
City Council Candidate Steve Pleich sent me the following list of upcoming City Council Candidate Forums ("Fora" for purists) open to the public. There you can see the truly vacuous horrendous '"law and order" candidates who have filled the ballot for the three Council positions being vacated. The term of Lynn Robinson is up, so she's running again. Cynthia Mathews and Mike Rotkin have served two consecutive terms (in addition to several previous terms), and so are out of the picture for at least two years. To see and hear the depressing situation more fully, hold your nose and check out the following:
9/13 6-8 pm Santa Cruz Next PD PD Community Room
9/15 7pm SC Chamber of Commerce University Inn
9/16 7pm GLBT Louden Nelson
9/17 1pm Police Officers PD Community Room
9/21 7pm Santa Cruz Neighbors PD Community Room
10/6 7pm Transition SC/Water Coalition Louden Nelson
There have been two forums already. The Democratic Women's Club met on Saturday and endorsed Robinson, Bryant, and Terrazas. The Operating Engineers Local 3 met several weeks ago and briefly entertained a question by activist attorney Ed Frey about the Sleeping Ban law.
I replayed the Sleeping Ban question segment of it on streaming Free Radio yesterday. (It's archived about 1/4 of the way into the audio file at http://www.radiolibre.org/brb/brb100912.mp3 )
The candidates include worst-of-the-worst incumbent Lynn Robinson, non-profit grant writer Steve Pleich, transportation official David Terrazas, executive assistant Gus Ceballos, retired firefighter Ron Pomerantz, Planning Commissioner David Foster, animal hospital owner Hilary Bryant & insurance salesman Kevin Moon.
A description of the Operating Engineers Local 3 Forum can be found at http://news.santacruz.com/2010/08/18/council_candidates_start_staking_out_positions, from which I've taken the job descriptions of each of the candidates.
Sorry to have to present such a bleak picture. The City Council line-up is likely to go from bad-to-worse, unless the unlikely election of Steve Pleich takes place.
Pleich and Community TV may be recording some of these sessions for later public airing, but if you really want to hear (and feel) the empty hot air blowing, check them out yourselves.