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Meet the City Council Candidates for Ward 6

¡Vota Arlanza! Youth & Community Electoral Power Unleashed

CLP held a candidate forum on May 9th at the Arlanza Garden where we also distributed questionnaires that the candidates filled out on important issues.

As part of our voter education project CLP created and sent all the candidates a questionnaire.  It asked the candidates about their biographic information, campaign finances and  four questions/themes were generated from two CLP-led surveys: (1) Civic Engagement Survey in 2013 and (2) Freshmen Survey of 2011. The CLP Civic Engagement Survey was conducted by two youth leaders from CLP through over 60 one-on-ones with community leaders, youth and family members at community events. This data was correlated with the 2011 CLP Survey of 296 freshmen students in the Alvord Unified School District. This survey is not intended to reflect all opinions and experiences of Ward 6 residents but does indicate areas of concern for many families in our neighborhood.  Their responses to this questionnaire were translated into Spanish as well.

(THIS IS FOR EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY.  CLP DOES NOT ENDORSE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE. All candidate responses are formatted and listed in alphabetical order by last name. Candidate responses were not edited and are posted as is. Check out the questionnaire form here: CLP Candidate Forum-Questionnaire)

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Larry Allen

Larry Allen

Candidate Name: Larry E. Allen
Profession: Building Contractor

Biographic Information:

Grew up in Garden Grove CA, joined the Advisory Board United States Navy in 1970 – 1974 earned AA from El Camino College. I moved to Riverside in 1978 where my wife and I raised our two boys. Attended Cal Poly Pomona in 1989-91 earned a cert. in construction management.  I have served as chairman of the planning comission and the chief of police advisory board.

Platform Statement:

I feel I have the skills needed to move ward 6 forward, I’m running to help this end of Riverside have a voice in City Hall.

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Having strong relationships with both police and city staff, I know how to tap into the resourses we have in place for our youth. I’m very proactave when it involves crime. I would make sure that area comanders had pop teams brought up to speed regarding current crimes.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

I would help them set up community action groups where their voices could be heard, I would also  conduct area work shops for input.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

I would have public works give me a realistic work time frame on new curb and gutter. I would also reject new development projects to make sure we did not spend hard earned tax payers money on special intrest.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

By showing up to work!!  We have been under represented for the last 11 years in La Sierra. It’s not about bringing power to the west end of town. It’s more about understanding what the citys roll is to the citizen.  Our boards and commission members do a great job in vetting local issues that come before them. By city charter all ward are well represented.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Contributor Donor Name   Business/Organization Amount of contribution
1.WINDAL – MUGRIDGE   FOOTHILL ENGINEERING 250.00
2 DOUG POLLARD.   ELITE MARINE 250.00
3.RHONDA JACKOBS   ABC PROPERTY    MANAGEMENT 250.00
4.VIVAN MARINO   30 MILES OF CORR. 100.00

Contact Information

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 Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Candidate Name:  Scott Andrews
Profession: Non Profit Project Manager

Biographic Information:

I have lived in this part of the ward for 30 years. Some of the projects I have helped implement are the upgrade of Challen Hill Park, STOP signs at Bolton and California, and the Arlanza Community Garden. I am currently working to get a PTA at Arlanza Elementary, and worked the Ward 6 Clean up April 27th. I serve on the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership (RNP) for this area, and support the Child Leader Project.

Platform Statement:

Ward 6, and more specifically the Arlanza area of Ward 6, has been neglected for years. It is time for us to be represented by someone from this area that will fight for everything this area needs. The needs will be determined by the people who live here. When I tell people I am running for the Ward 6 seat, they ask me where that is located. I want to change that so that everyone knows who we are and where we are. I want to give a voice and a face to the people of this area.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Active representation and safety are the most important responsibilities of a council member and the City. Communicating with the community to determine exact issues that need to be addressed and working with the community and the relevant city department to address the issues is how I would handle this. It is important to work with the Parks Department and the school system to make sure programs for youth are available and safe. Forming strong neighborhood groups that can assist the City in identifying and solving these issues is an idea I would like to work with the community to implement.

2)    Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

My field representative would be a Spanish speaking person from the community, and I would pledge to learn conversational Spanish as well. Holding regular community meetings, speaking to parents at schools, and partnering with the school district and community groups to enhance the lines of communication will be a priority. Formation of the neighborhood groups I mentioned before is the foundation of communication throughout the Ward. Distribution of newsletters, both electronically and printed with the partnership of the school system is critical. It is then up to me to make sure your voices and choices are heard.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

Properly maintained and available streets and sidewalks are a basic need. Our Ward has been neglected too long. It is my job to fight for the funds needed to fix these issues and bring our community back up to the standards set by the City in other neighborhoods throughout the City. Working with members of the community and the school district to set a priority list of projects would be the way to handle this.

4)    Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

The voice of Ward 6 has been mute for a long time. A change in leadership is needed to amplify that voice, and I am the one to do it. Most board and commission seats have sat empty for years. I will actively seek people from the community to fill all open seats. I will then work with these individuals and the City Council to make sure Ward 6 is properly represented throughout the city.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

Form 460 Filed with the City Clerks office. Link to form below.

http://aquarius.riversideca.gov/clerkdb/DocView.aspx?id=152016&dbid=0

<<NOTE from CLP organizers:  This 460 form filed on 4/20/2013 lists that total donations received for the duration of the campaign are $3,026.  However, this Form 460 filing does not list the top donors.>>

Contact Information

Website: Scottandrewsward6.com
Phone: 951-235-6278
Address P.O. Box 70685 Riverside, CA 92513
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEfgoLJuWkCt_nTuDrIywgq-7Ff8lM8-T
http://bit.ly/11wIO3T

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 Aurora Chavez

Aurora Chavez

Candidate Name: Aurora Chavez

Profession:   Community Volunteer/Retired school employee Senior Acct Clk

Biographic Information:

I was born in Spokane, WA.  I graduated from Notre Dame H.S. in 1973.  In 1975, I graduated from RCC.  I was hired by Alvord USD in 1979.  I became involved with CSEA#339 that bargained the classified contract with Alvord USD. I retired in 2002.   I am very involved with service and cultural organizations. Last year, I was a Candidate for Riverside Mayor. This year, I was appointed to the Commission On Disabilities.

Platform Statement:

After being a Candidate for Riverside Mayor in 2012, I attended a Community/City meeting in November 2012. I was able to answer some of the concerns that the residents had. After the meeting, they asked me to run for Ward 6, City Council. It took me a month to think about it because I had been through this process before being a Candidate for Mayor.  This would have to be a serious commitment! Win or lose, my focus is working to help all of Ward 6 become the communities they want to be.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Neighborhood safety is a major concern. The City, Council person, and the Community have to work together on this issue. Diligent effort on everyone’s part to make awareness of our neighbor’s children to protect them from strangers.  The City and the Council person can organize meetings/health fairs for each neighborhood where ever possible to give them more information about safety programs. Local law enforcement can assist the neighborhood with information that they have about other communities in handling safety concerns.

2)    Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

At the last Candidate forum at California Baptist University, I said, “I would create an Advisory Committee for Ward 6. One area will not be given more attention over another. Fairness is very important.” At this advisory meeting, any resident that lives within Ward 6 will be able to voice their concerns. Language should not be an issue. The City has devices we can use if no interpreter is available. And, I have not yet come into a situation that I didn’t know exactly know what the person’s problem was.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

I will work closely with Public Works. If it’s a cost issue, we will go street by street or section by section!  This is a basic service that the community needs!   As to public transportation, I will work hard to with RTA and the City to show that there are densely populated “pockets” within the City that RTA does not cover.  This will take time, several meetings, and, again, it is a cost factor.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:     

If this Advisory Committee comes into being, we will be well known that we cover all of the constituents of Ward 6. It won’t be one or two people with complaints. But, it’s a whole sector of people within the City that have more voting power.  At these meetings, we will let people know about when boards/commissions applications are available.  We would encourage people to apply. And, in the newsletter, it will give that information out, too.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

NONE   I haven’t received any contributions.

Contact Information-Website, e-mail, phone, mailing address or any applicable links.

Aurora Chavez
4234 Harrison St.
Riverside, CA 92503-3105
Phone:  Home: (951) 359-5657    Cell: (951) 289-1825
Email:  Achavez5068@aol.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aurora.chavez.566
Go Daddy: http://aurorachavez.com/

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Chuck Mahatadse

Chuck Mahatadse

Candidate Name: Chuck Mahatadse
Profession:  Painter

Biographic Information:      

I am a Southern California native.  I am currently a Painter and in the process of getting my Real Estate license.   I am C.E.R.T, (California Emergency Response Team) trained.  I was an elected member of the MidTown Neighborhood Council.   I’ve performed Home Building and Shelter building for the poor that live south of the border, Northern Mexico  and I love animals and sports.

Platform Statement:    

I am running for city council to give a voice in government to the people that have no voice, the people that are working hard and struggling to maintain what they have.  For too long, the government has ignored the wishes and the best interest of the community and it’s people.  I want to do my part to keep taxes and fees low, keep needed and necessary services up to par with what the community is currently paying for and stop what is becoming run away and wasteful spending of your money by government entities.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1) Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Children’s safety is the main responsibility of the parents and their families and they should have the freedom, knowledge and ability to teach and discipline their own children.  You should look out for each other, keep watch and protect your community in a safe and responsible manner.  Start community protection groups if necessary.

I want community input on what they want how they think it should be paid for because programs and services cost money. Getting corporations to sponsor a neighborhood and infuse money for community programs might be a way to lessen the tax burden on the public.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

There are public access channels, channel 101 on Charter Cable TV for instance, that should be used to promote how to access public officials.  Try using the SAP service on your tv for language translation.  Public or community meetings could also have a language translator to help in understanding the issues.

If you don’t know how to do it, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  The public libraries should also have information on how to contact your public officials too.  Try calling 311 and hopefully they should be able to help you.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

Improvements cost money and are usually paid by homeowners or taxes.   I will do my part to see that the necessary improvements or repairs will be made but the more you voice your needs, the better chance you will have of getting service.  We all need to do our part in making this a better place to live and you can do yours by contacting the public entities responsible for the needed service.  Call 311.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

As the main representative of Ward 6, I will let it be known what we need in our Ward.  Again, the community members also must do their part in having a say and getting things done.  Seek out those departments and make it known that you are interested in participating in them.  Also, go to meetings, make calls, let them know what you would like to have or need.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

THIS SECTION LEFT EMPTY

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Jim Perry

Jim Perry

Candidate Name:  Jim Perry
Profession:  Retired Police Lieutenant

Biographic Information:

I have been married to my wife, Kathie for 33 years.  We have two children and five grandchildren.   We have lived in Ward 6 for the past 23 years.  I have 27 years of law enforcement experience.  Fourteen of those years were in a supervisory, management and command staff level position.  Since my retirement, I have been an active member of this community including the Arlanza Garden.  My work includes: Riverside Metropolitan Museum and AUSD.

Platform Statement:

I have energy, the vision and I truly believe I can make this a better place for all of us.  I will be available, accessible and active.  I will value input for the betterment of our community.  I will be proactive in addressing and solving issues.

We must preserve our neighborhoods.  They must be clean, safe and well maintained with responsive/proactive city services.

I will work to bring jobs to this city.  We must have jobs for everyone across all economic levels.

We must work with the school districts to build a foundation, so our students can reach their potential.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1) Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Our council member should play a vigorous role in addressing concerns in Ward 6.  Our most important investment is our families. I will work on improving our neighborhoods and keeping them preserved.  They must be clean, safe, and well maintained. I have spoken to a few families where they are afraid to let their children play in their yard and the local park. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! I will work with the police department to keep us safe.

I support healthy and safe youth programs.  I plan to enhance the relationship between the City and the AUSD to improve outreach.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

I have actively been speaking with residents from our Spanish-speaking community.  Ward 6 needs a representative that understands the needs of Spanish-speakers.  They need to be heard and no longer be silenced by language barriers.  I will be available, accessible and active in this Ward including areas highly populated by Spanish-speaking residents.  I will develop partnerships, build trust and respect.  I will develop a minority student intern program; hold regular town hall meetings and one on one meetings.  In the past two weeks, I have hosted two community events to reach out to the Hispanic community and drive voter registration.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

The condition of our streets is one of my top concerns. This is why I became involved with the Safe Routes to School Program. Street resurfacing has been the most common complaint in Ward 6. We deserve safe streets and the proper infrastructure to be a vibrant neighborhood. More attention must be paid to this part of town.  As projects are identified, prioritized and selected, I will promote the need for them in our Ward.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

This will change in the near future.  I will be “the” voice that will represent your needs regardless of language barriers.

I will develop our youth as they are leaders of tomorrow.  I will listen and motivate others to actively recruit citizens to take active roles in neighborhoods.  I will bring active leadership, standup for what is right and I will never forget where I came from- WARD 6.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

Contributor Donor Name   Business/Organization Amount of contribution
 1.Riverside Police Officer Assoc. $6,940
 2.RCFA $5,000
3.JG Enterprise $2,050
 4.Jeff Miller for Senate $1,000
 5.Jim Perry $1,000
6.Rick Hartsock Mission Ambulance $750
7.A-Z Printing $655
 8.Robert Crowder Retired $500
9.Sara Delaney Peace Officer $500
10.Torres Family Taqueria El Flaco Event held at location
11.Josesito Lopez Boxing Champion Campaign appearance

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Arthur Santore

Art Santore

Candidate name: Arthur Santore

Candidate profession:

Biographic information:

I have resided in Riverside for 43 years, was a small business owner of Z-Best Plumbing for 17.5 years and an employee at UC Riverside for 12.5 years. Past Commander VFW post 12021 Corona and a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran.   I have always volunteered in different ways to City of Riverside as a Community Police Review Commission as Chair and Vice Chair, and am a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Platform Statement:

What has lead me to wanting to represent the citizens of Riverside is the “La Sierra Watch Dogs” a neighborhood watch group which has brought many issues to me to deal with. My neighbor’s know if there is something that is needed I am there go to man. I too have seen the lack of commitment from the City Hall regarding funding for Ward 6 , regarding quality of life issues as, pot holes,  pavements needed to some of our streets and area of no sidewalks, Water stand pipe 4″ as unit for fighting fires rather than 6″ two point connections fire hydrants.

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development

It’s your Community take an interest in it, with the economic conditions in our State and Federal government don’t look for help from them, they are already overburden. We need to do what we can to help ourselves with the help of our neighbors and the City government where we live. You are the future of tomorrow how it starts is today in how you would like to move forward towards your community of tomorrow.   Youth must be responsible custodians for what you want in your future.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

I must ask you first where the French, Polish, Italian, German and Irish people went in America.

As my father told me, we have one time to push our ethnicity down some ones throat, if you come to dinner at my house you will be eating pizza, pasta or lasagna. If your father and mother immigrated to America then you are no longer an Italian and hold they hold citizenship papers to this country, they denounced the country coming from and made America their country. Stop enabling foreigners who do not wanted to learn the English language by printing and addressing them in their spoken tongue.

3)    Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

One must read the history how ward 6 was annex into Riverside

www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhoods-arlington.asp

www.riversideca.gov/athomeinriverside/neighborhoods-lasierrasouth.asp

Yes there are pockets of where there are no sidewalks, yet there still is a group that wants that rural felling to ride horses and raise chickens and small animals. Again if the citizens want sidewalks then get the numbers who want sidewalks and those who don’t and let the majority move forward. Then get with me with the numbers and I will work with you to place the issue before the city council (if elected or not). Make it a school effort by the students to form a committee to address this.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

If I do not or do become the representative for Ward 6, I will still meet with you to discuss a plan for what the quality of issues for ward 6 issues are. I will be open to all citizens of Ward 6 to hear them out as individuals or in an open meeting asked to attend. I will walk neighborhoods or places where we come together to discuss quality of life issues regarding law enforcement, Police or Riverside City services for water, sewer, electrical storm drain issues of area.

Campaign Finance Disclosure

There is only one:  my personal bank account that cannot exceed $1000.00 and it is my personal saving account.

To date I have cost for signs and business cards “elect Arthur Santore”

I have no big money backer’s for donations

I have no big political backers (DEM. REP.)

Contact information

E-mail address- 2artsantore@charter.net  or call my cell 951-237-4545.

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