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LWVLeague of Women Voters of California
Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
Smart Voter

Jeannice (Fairrer) Samani
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Los Altos


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mtn. View Area and asked of all candidates for this office.

Read the answers from all candidates.

Questions & Answers

1. Do you feel that our community needs a high-caliber, public swim complex and if so, how should the city accomplish this?

The community should determine its needs. There are 2 scenarios; (1) if, the community wants a community pool (1 pool) then that is what should be developed, (2) if, there is a need for a public swim complex then that development should occur. The City of Los Altos has enjoyed and utilized the community pool for many years. Also, we have to plan for current and future needs. In neither scenario, an assessment of the impacts regarding traffic and public safety should be considered. It would be a "Win-Win" for the community-at-large.

2. What would you propose to solve parking availability in downtown?

There is a need to plan for current parking issues and for the future. A current solution is to have a designated area for long-term parking (over 3 hours) that is not directly behind the shops and restaurants this would free-up parking spaces for patrons.

3. What do you see as the City Council's role in helping to preserve and enhance the vitality of our creeks and riparian corridors and their function for conveying storm water runoff?

There are 4 creeks that run through the City of Los Altos. Currently, the creeks are maintenance by Santa Clara Water District. There are key 5 areas in which of City Council can help to preserve and enhance the vitality and the function of the creeks: (1) participate in the countywide "Good Neighbor Program", that is a measurement performance project that was passed in 2000 to support the performance of the maintenance crew, and the 4 events a year that involve such projects as pollution clean-up day and major trash pick-up, (2) participating in the Planning Study for Permanente Creek North County, (3) support Stream Stewardship Plan-Stevens Creek Steel Head Trout project, (4) support the NonPoint Source program, (5) appoint a citizen representative or attend the Watershed Advisory Committee for Santa Clara County.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Because these questions and answers will be used in a paper Voter Guide, candidates are limited to a total of 300 words for all 3 questions (an average of 100 words per question). Answers will not be edited or corrected by the League of Women Voters. After noon on Sept. 26 (when the Voter Guide material will be collected) candidates may ignore the word limits and amend their answers to be any reasonable length.

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