The following questionnaire was sent to all New Westminster candidates for mayor and council a little over a week ago. A separate questionnaire was sent to trustees (their responses are also being published this week). Questions were selected based primarily on comments from readers of Tenth to the Fraser collected via Twitter and Facebook, with a few of my own questions added in. Responses are published in the order they were received. Spelling/grammar are not corrected and candidates’ responses are published unedited.
1. First, let’s hear a little about you:
- What’s your name? – Vadimir Krasnogor
- How long have you lived in New Westminster? – 17 years
- What do you love most about our city? – Community spirit, historical charm, rich heritage
- What do you think most needs improvement? – Library, sports arena, aquatic centre, roads
- What is the civic issue that is the most personally meaningful to you? – traffic, taxes, city transparancy and accountability, heritage preservation
2. What are the top three initiatives you believe would improve economic development?
- More support for local business improvement associations
- Small business incubation and support
- Attracting more big companies to New West
- Funding marketing campaigns to draw shoppers and tourists to New West
- Funding a ‘buy local’ campaign
- Cutting red tape for businesses at City Hall to streamline processes to obtain permits, inspections, etc. pease see www.vladimirkrasnogor.ca
3. How would you like to see city council improve engagement with younger citizens?
resident associations, local business associations, groups like NWEP, Tenth to Fraser local readers
4. What should New Westminster do to improve access to recreational programming and indoor public spaces in neighbourhoods that lack amenities like rec centres and libraries such as the West End, Connaught Heights and Sapperton?
All these facilities need upgrades and renovation. Please see my letter to editor http://bit.ly/seyjAM
5. Which approach best describes your philosophy towards City budgeting and spending?
New West should spend within its means. Borrowing money to fund community projects should only occur after a public consultation process to get a mandate from citizens to do so.
Please follow me on twitter #VOTE4VLADIMIR
6. Which of the following most closely reflects your views on taxation?
Taxation to fund regular city services must be in line with inflation. Taxation for large capital projects shall be consulted with citizens
7. Beyond voting, serving on City committees and appearing at council meetings, what do you think citizens can do to become more involved in civic life?
Make your views, opinions and suggestions known to City Council. On November 19 – please exercise your democratic rights and PLEASE VOTE !!!
8. What should be done about truck traffic through our city?
Traffic is one of top – and complex – issues. A good solution is to based on facts and analysis of trafic patterns passing thru city. Cooperation and support from Provincial gevernment is needed.
9. What should be done to improve our recreation facilities? Specifically, what would you like to see done with Canada Games Pool, which is in need of repair/upgrades?
This is a very valid issue. New Council shall obtain tecnical report on best options and consult with New Westminster residents
10. Let’s conclude with some ‘blue sky’ thinking. What is one big-idea project or improvement that you would propose for New Westminster if cost was no object?
I suggest we focus on our real, practica, much-needed, overdue projects and priorities which will benefit the community the most. Thank you. Vote for Vladimir Krasnogor on November 19.
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