The Temple City Voice is featuring a series of interviews with those running for City Council. This is the fifth interview we have planned for the March 2009 election.
Coupled with a tenure as professor at Pasadena City College and twenty-two years of legal experience as a practicing attorney, Chavez has been the past president of the Temple City American Little League, Chairman of the Camellia Festival, and Parks and Recreation Commissioner.
With such accomplishments under his belt, Chavez is no newcomer to the city of Temple City and is “dedicated [in] continuing to serve our city.”
If elected, Chavez lists redevelopment and the need for new revenue sources as priorities, paying special notice to the controversial Piazza project and the Las Tunas corridor. The current Parks and Recreation Commissioner wants to also “aggressively pursue state and federal funding opportunities.”
In his quest for a position in the council, Chavez also hopes to incorporate open green space into new redevelopment plans.
“We want to preserve the small town atmosphere our citizens enjoy,” Chavez says, “but we must also seek new sources of revenue to maintain and improve our quality of life.”
Additionally, Chavez noted his being a proponent of transparent government and hopes to provide public broadcasting of all council meetings in order to “insure all of our citizens have the opportunity to participate and discuss the issues affecting our city.”
In the upcoming March elections, Chavez is running on the grounds that a city council member requires knowledge of the community, experience and objectivity in order to make better decisions.
Chavez does admit the “many issues, challenges and opportunities facing our wonderful city.”
However, as a resident, he acknowledges that “Temple City remains a safe community, a great place to raise a family, [with] schools [that] are among the best in the nation.”
This article was written by Leslie Wu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on February 13, 2009.