NWCA and La Prensa Candidate Forum


On April 21 at 6PM the Northwest Civic Association and La Prensa San Diego held a candidate forum for the Chula Vista city council seats 3 and 4. There are three people running for seat 3 and 3 people running for seat 4. If one of these people gets 51% of the vote they will get the seat, but if not the top two candidates will have a run-off election in November.

For seat 3 only Pamela Bensoussan showed up for the forum. Devonna Almargo did not respond to numerous requests, and Russ Hall refused to participate. For seat 4 four candidates showed up. Patricia Aguilar, who has since withdrawn in favor of Steve Castaneda, Steve Castaneda, Pat Moriarty and Scott Vinson. The opening statements of the candidates can be viewed at this website: https://www.youtube.com/v/0Ftm9ZNK3ME

The candidates were asked a number of questions:

They were asked to comment on what they thought about Community Character:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/JKNHLVLyv0E

They were asked if they had the nerve to make tough cuts to the budget such as to fire department:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/ljRNvKzYs7I

They were asked about Community Groups (Crossroads in particular):

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/r7opl3TDyvc

They were asked if Chula Vista should have District elections like San Diego has:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/x0JIxWejKIc

They were asked to comment on ecotourism for Chula Vista and the Chargers stadium:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/SNEgS6-ykOs

They were asked to comment on heights for buildings on the Bayfront:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/QCG3ME4crjo

They were asked if they thought community involvement and interest was being discouraged in chula Vista by the Council and Mayor:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/QMkIbD

They were asked if they thought the mayor’s budget should be cut:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/KH0A9Hlz-6c

They were asked if they thought the Planning Commission and other appointed bodies should take positions on ballot measures:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/k5UUVsN6Gfc

They were asked about the Southbay Power Plant:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/Sd46nLVBjPQ

They were asked their opinions about propositions 98 and 99:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/NuYjtHtgLfM

They were asked how they would get more revenue for the city:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/h_giILuzC2s


They were also asked about a PLA for Gaylord, the Sunrise Powerlink, Scripps Hospital, if Chula Vista should become a Sanctuary City, Prop E and Prop 13, but I have not had time to upload those videos.


            These are the closing statements made by the candidates:

Answers: https://www.youtube.com/v/WhgFimY6xTk


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