Last month, Santa Monica Next reached out to all 10 candidates for City Council with an 11 question questionnaire. Some questions were written to give voters an idea of the candidates personality, others on their positions. So far, six candidates have responded.
Responses will be printed in random order so that each candidate gets a chance to have their answer printed first. Each candidate will also get at least one of their own meme pictures highlighting one of their answers. We skipped the meme for this week, as we were unable to find any truly amazing pictures of any of the candidates on a bicycle.
You an read about the candidates’ thoughts on the SMC Bond Measure we published last week by clicking here.
We hope to hear from Mayor Tony Vazquez, Armen Melkonians, Oscar de la Torre and James Watson so we can share their answers for the remaining ten questions.
Today, candidates answer the question : When is the last time you walked or rode a bicycle? Where did you go?
All of these surveys were submitted either right before or right after Labor Day Weekend.
Jon Mann –
The best adventure I have had on a bicycle was when I toured New Zealand. I have a messenger bike that I use locally to keep in shape.
Terry O’Day –
As one of the proponents on the Council for increased bikeability and bike safety in the City, I regularly walk and ride. I parked my car and rode my bike for the last three days. Saturday I took myself and my two girls to the beach to catch Pokémon, then down the Expo bike path to our veterinarian on Pico/Purdue with my 11-pound dog in my backpack and back. Sunday we biked to the pier to meet friends from DC, then I biked to Venice for dinner with a friend. Monday I biked to work at Olympic/Purdue and back.
Mende Smith –
I do not own a car. I am able to sustain a healthy lifestyle on foot and or my bike, and my partner has a vehicle we use for distances. I have a Metro Pass. I work and play locally. All of these lifestyle choices are good for Santa Monica. I am looking forward to checking out the bikeability of our newly opened incline this fall.
Ted Winterer –
My family of four has owned only one car since 2002 so I walk and bike a lot. Yesterday, for instance, I drove our car to a mechanic to get a headlight replaced; walked home to shower and change; walked back to fetch the car; and then left the car at home and biked to and from work.
Terence Later –
I rode to Chez Jay for this morning’s breakfast.
Gleam Davis –
I walk many places. For example, I recently walked from my home to the 26th Street Expo Station (it was downhill). I frequently walk throughout downtown Santa Monica and in Tongva and Palisades Parks.