Get to know your ATC Candidates: Thursday, June 1, NBBA Hosting Candidate Forum!

ATC Candidate Forum 2017Join your neighbors and meet the candidates for our Town Council! Thursday, June 1, from 7-8:30 at our Altadena Community Center (730 E. Altadena Drive) candidates will answer questions on a panel, and then join residents of their district for conversation.

To get to know your candidate, please see the written answers to the Candidate Survey we asked all candidates to submit by clicking the blue link below.  We have provided all the answers we received – enjoy!

ATC Candidate Survey 2017 final

Don’t forget to vote – June 6th or 10th. Details in the previous post: (Upcoming Altadena Election)

Upcoming Altadena Election: Get to know the candidate for your area! (Updated 6/5 – who withdrew, & vote times/locations!)

voteAltadena Town Council election is around the corner – and some of our neighbors are running for seats to represent us. Voting in this election makes our voice stronger over local issues – and in our contested elections, picking the candidate that you believe will best represent your neighborhood, makes a big difference.

What is my Census Tract?
Our representation areas correspond to our town Census Tracts.  To find out your CT, this map is very helpful: http://tinyurl.com/altadena-census-tracts

Who is running?
This information is from the Altadena Town Council website:

Census Tract

Candidates
4601 No Candidate
4602 Billy Malone
4603.01 Damon Hobdy*, Dorothy Wong
4603.02 Dr. Sandra Thomas
4610 Veronica Jones, Brent Musson*
4611 Justin Robertson
4612 No Candidate
4613 Sylvia Vega

* Mr. Hobdy and Mr. Musson have withdrawn from the race.

How do I get to know the candidate in my area?
On Thursday, June 1, we held the NBBA’s Candidate Forum at the Altadena Community Center (730 E. Altadena Drive.) Attended by candidates and several current ATC members, as well as a full house of Altadenans, we all got to know our candidates a little better. Most candidates filled out a questionnaire for NBBA that we reprinted here:  ATC Candidate Survey 2017 final Read for more information on each candidate. OR watch the video (Thanks Eric Pierce) from the NBBA Candidate Forum – each candidate’s speech is linked to their CT page. http://altadenaelection.org/

When is the election – and where do I vote?
Every Altadena resident 18 or over can vote – all that is needed is something that shows you are a resident here – a bill, or something similar that shows your name and address.

You can vote on June 6th and June 10th.  Here are the locations and times:

  • Tuesday, June 6th, 10 AM – 7 PM
    • Altadena Main Library, Mariposa and Santa Rosa, in the parking lot.
  • Saturday, June 10th, 9 AM – 4 PM – Multiple Locations:
    • Altadena Main Library, Mariposa and Santa Rosa, in the parking lot.
    • Tekeyan Cultural Center, New York Drive and Allen
    • Aveson School, Altadena Drive and Lincoln Avenue
    • Hoopla, 2591 Fair Oaks
    • Gordy’s Garage, Corner of Woodbury and Windsor

 

How can I get involved?

  • Volunteers are needed to help at all of the polling locations on June 6 (Early Voting) and June 10 (Election Day).
  • Encourage your neighbors to get out to vote.  If you are voting, make a plan to take a few neighbors or family members with you.
  • If you live in an area where no one is running, consider being the councilperson for your area. The ATC will need to appoint people to the empty posts, so talk to the council about your willingness to represent your community.

Run, Altadena, Run!

Civic engagement makes our community stronger – and our Altadena Town Council (ATC) is critical to our community health! Our ATC has eight census tract districts, and every year one of the two representative seats is up for election.

Last year, only one person ran in each CT area. Without competition, several members were elected with fewer than 5 votes.  We believe this hurts our community – if fewer people know what’s happening, then less gets done that’s good for all of us.

Do you have ideas to make Altadena a better place? Do you want to keep your neighbors informed about what’s happening in our town? Have you considered running for Town Council?

You have until May 12th to get your application in.  The election is June 6th and June 10th.

If you can’t run, is someone in your census tract running?

Here’s our 8 CT areas: http://tinyurl.com/altadena-census-tracts

Here’s who is currently on the ATC – and who’s seat is up for election this cycle – and who we know is or isn’t running:

 Census Tract

Current ATC Reps
(* means seat open this year)

 

Who is Running in the 2017 Election

4601 John White Anne not running again.
  Anne Chomyn*  
4602 Okorie Ezieme ?
  Billy Malone*  
4603.01 Judy Matthews ?
  Damon Hobdy*  
4603.02 Gloria Sanmyika ?
  Dean Cooper*  
4610 Nestor De La Torre Brent confirmed he will be running.
  Brent Musson*  
4611 Pat Sutherlen Justin confirmed he will be running.
  Justin Robertson*  
4612 Jennifer Lee Anne not running.
  Anne Lansing*  
4613 Diane Marcussen ?
  Sylvia Vega*

Here’s where to get the information on the candidate application:
http://altadenatowncouncil.org/2017-atc-elections-all-you-need-to-know/

And for more information on dates, deadlines, the independent Altadena Elections website is very helpful:
http://altadenaelection.org/

And if you are going to run, let us know so we can put your information up on this chart – and we’ll even provide a link to any online information you wish to provide.

Let’s make Altadena better – and get more of us involved!

Time to Get Involved in Local Politics? Consider Running for the Altadena Town Council – and Help Make our Community Better.

On June 10th, 2017, Altadenans will have the opportunity to vote to elect our own community representatives to serve on the Altadena Town Council (ATC). Our all-volunteer Council deals with diverse issues including public safety and development. The people who serve are volunteers – and their work shapes a lot of the big policy issues impacting our community.

Every year, candidates from each of our eight census tract areas can put their hat in the ring, get out and talk to their neighbors, and hope to get the votes to win the two year term to represent their neighborhood.

Are you interested in running? Great! Here are some hints to get started:

  1. Go to the next ATC meeting, held every third Tuesday of the month, at 7 PM, at the Altadena Community Center, to familiarize yourself with the players and issues. Take some time at the end of the meeting to meet your representatives, and talk to them about what it has been like as a representative, and issues in our town.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the rules of the ATC, and some of the issues they’ve handled.  Our “Altadena Politics” tab has a lot of information and links for you to read up on the Council and its history, including links to maps showing the eight districts within our community.
  3. Soon, the current ATC will appoint an election committee who will develop a calendar for the June 10th election, including filing deadlines, early voting dates and locations, etc.  We will post the information here – but both the ATC website and the independent Altadena Election website will also post information. Stay up on the information so you don’t miss your deadline to file for your candidacy.
  4. Get to know your neighbors. Do some door-knocking. Start to understand what your neighbors are concerned about, what they care about. Let them know about your intention to run.

On June 1st, NBBA will be hosting a candidate forum, where all candidates will be able to talk with the community about why they are running, what will make them a good council person, as well as hear from the community about what they care about.

Whether you decide to run or not, there are a lot of ways to get involved to help in the election process, and give the feedback our elected council members need to do the best job for our community.

Stay tuned!

Stop Future Monstrosities – Comments from the White Paper Coalition on the new CSD

This Thursday evening, Altadena residents will have their second of three opportunities to air feedback and recommendations on the new Community Standards District – or CSD document – that governs commercial and residential building in Altadena.  After more than three years of tireless work, a group of Altadena volunteers – the CSD committee – along with the County Regional Planning Department – anxiously await  community comments on the new draft.

The tragic monstrosity currently under construction at Lake and Calaveras certainly helps highlight the importance of the CSD that governs and regulates both commercial and residential buildings in our town.  There is no doubt that a stronger version of our current CSD could have prevented some of the unfortunate design flaws of the Lake/Calaveras building, currently under construction.

Our “White Paper” Coalition – a coalition of Altadena organizations with concerns about the Lake/Calaveras development – has put together comments and recommendations regarding the new CSD as well.  The coalition includes the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, the Altadena Historical Society, Altadena Heritage, The Altadena Children’s Center director,  the Principal, School Site Council, and PTA of Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, as well as NBBA.  Our coalition will be presenting the paper publicly at the meeting on Thursday.  You can also read our comments here:

Altadena CSD – White Paper Coalition Comments – final

Please join NBBA and other neighbors this Thursday, July 28th, at Eliot Arts Academy on Lake, to give comments and feedback to our local committee and the County Regional Planning Department.

To read the new CSD as well as other official documents related to the process, go to the County website: http://planning.lacounty.gov/altadena

For a comprehensive review of the history and importance of the CSD, Altadena Heritage’s website is supreme: http://altadenaheritage.org/csd-residential-presentation-draft/

Hope to see you there!

 

Q: How do we stop ugly buildings from being built in our town? A: Our Community Standards District regulations

With the unfortunate design of the Lake/Calaveras development, reviewing the first draft of the new Community Standards District regulations (CSD) could not come at a better time.  A community forum where the County shares the revised version will be held at Altadena Elementary School this Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

The draft – and the current version of the CSD – is available on the County website, here:

http://planning.lacounty.gov/altadena/documents

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Candidate Statements – Altadena Town Council

It’s election season – and our own Altadena Town Council is also in election mode.

In the past, Neighbors Building a Better Altadena has held candidate forums, giving the community and candidates the opportunity to talk with each other directly.  This year we were unable to do that – but are able to provide statements from candidates responding to our NBBA questionnaire.  [click here for UPDATED  2016 Town Council Candidate Questionnaire Responses- updated (apologies to John White, whose statement was left out before] Thanks to all the candidates who provided this additional information.

For those of you new to Altadena politics, our ATC is elected by Census Tracts – each CT has 2 seats on our ATC – each seat is a 2 year term – and the election for each seat is on alternate years.  To find your CT district, here is the map: www.tinyurl.com/altadenacensustracts

This year the election will be held on the 11th of June, with early voting at the Altadena Senior Center on the 7th.  Details of the election polling sites can be found here: http://altadenaelection.org/index.php/polling-sites/

Candidates have also provided statements to the ATC Election Committee which you can read here: http://altadenaelection.org/index.php/candidates/

Look forward to seeing you at the polls!