UPNA/Sierra Club City Commission Candidate Forum


On January 8, 2012, the University Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA)  and the Suwannee-St. Johns group of the Sierra Club (SSJ) sponsored a forum for the candidates for the Gainesville City Commission. The forum consisted of introductions by the candidates, questions formulated by UPNA and SSJ, and questions from the audience.

The District 1 candidates Armando Grundy and Ray Washington attended the forum.  The At-large candidates attending were:  Dejeon Cain, James Ingle, Donna Lutz, Darlene Pifalo, Lauren Poe, Richard Selwach, Nathan Skop, and Mark Venzke.

The forum was recorded on video and uploaded to Youtube.  The videos are organized as follows.

Video 1.  Dave Wilson Explains the rationale of the two organizations joining forces in the is endeavor.

Videos 2 and 3.  Dave introduces the President of UPNA, Jimmy Harnsberger. After a few introductory remarks about UPHA,Jimmy introduces the candidates and gives them 1-2 minutes to state who they are and what they stand for.

Videos 4 and 5.   Question 1:  What is your position on the biomass plant?  What do you see as the fiscal consequences of the decision to build the plant?

Videos 6 and 7.   Question 2:  It is well known that owner occupied residential neighborhoods serve as stabilizing forces preventing urban decay and sustaining the city’s tax base. Planners and citizens also know that that these neighborhoods are easy and cheap targets for conversion to nonresidential uses, such as parking lots, religious institutions, or RV parks.  How would you protect neighborhoods from the conversion of homes to institutional uses?

Video 8.  Question 3:  What is your position on the extension of GRU sewer lines to subsidize rural development?

Video 9.   Question 4:  Currently, the City produces over 400 tons of solid waste a day, over 2/3rds of which are nonresidential and unrecycled. We already have a city ordinance that mandates separation of recyclables by commercial and institutional solid waste generators. Will you assure us that every commercial establishment, institution, and apartments replace dumpsters with recycling receptacles?

Videos 10, 11, 12, and 13.  Questions from the audience on dog walking, code enforcement, and whether or not there should be speed bumps, traffic calming table, or stop signs on NW 22nd Street between University Avenue and 8th Avenue.

 

Video 1. Dave Wilson, treasurer of UPNA and chair of the local Suwannee St Johns Group of the Sierra Club explains the rationale of the two organizations joining forces in this endeavor.

 

Videos 2 and 3.  Dave introduces Jimmy Harnsberger, president of the UPNA, who introduces the candidates. The candidates introduce themselves and state what they stand for.

 

Videos 4 and 5.   What is your position on the biomass plant?  What do you see as the fiscal consequences of the decision to build the plant?

 

Videos 6 and 7.  Question:  How would you protect neighborhoods from the conversion of homes to institutional uses?

 

Video 8.  Question:  What is your position on the extension of GRU sewer lines to subsidize rural development?

 

Video 9.   Question:  Will you assure us that every commercial establishment, institution, and apartments replace dumpsters with recycling receptacles?

 

Videos 10, 11, 12, and 13.   Questions from the audience: