1) Spending at city hall has been made an issue in this election campaign. Why do you think the city is or is not spending taxpayers’ dollars efficiently?
We don’t give the citizens enough say in the process. We should be using the Referendum, not the AAP, to decide Big ticket spending, as well as issues important to the community.
2) What do you think is the single most important social issue facing the city and how do you think city council should address it?
Apathy by the Voters, (and I can’t blame them). We’re getting screwed (excuse my language) on issues that everyone has a stake in. Cedar Park for example. They tried to ram a development down our throat on that issue but thankfully we showed up in force to prevent it. A Referendum on all these types of Big issues would give the people the power they have a right to.
3) The recent Conference Board of Canada grade report for Kelowna had the city receiving a low or failing grade on many issues. Do you feel this report was an accurate reflection of our city? Why or why not?
You have to live in Kelowna for a while to know what a great City it is. WE all know that…why that message hasn’t been conveyed more effectively show me a lack of effective communication skills on behalf of those whose job it is to do so.
4) What in your background will allow you to deal with conflict within our community on issues that come before city council?
I think the role of the Mayor would be to HELP determine which issues are of large enough importance to incorporate the Electorate via referendum to chart the path. I believe that using initial public surveys (such as those run in the Capital News) would be a good preliminary step to gage public sentiment. If this would of been doene with the Cedar Park affair, it would of been settled a LOT quicker.
5) What personal characteristics do you think make you qualified to be a city councillor?
Nothing special, other than the ability to understand that it’s the people who elect officials to make the correct decisions for them…and what better decision could one make than to give that power back to the people via the referendum.