Cruse Seeks a Position on the City Council

Starene Cruse

Starene Cruse is running for the City Council for the first time.

Written by JASON WU / Published February 25, 2011

Starene Cruse is one of six candidates running for City Council on March 8.

She is currently a nurse assistant and a substitute teacher for the Temple City Unifies School District. Cruse earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at Azusa Pacific University. She also has a Master’s degree in Education.

Her involvement with the school district and city has provided her with a sense of accomplishment, as well as a better connection to Temple City residents, Cruse said.

“[Being involved in the community] gives me a wide perspective of the city and its needs,” Cruse said. “My influence in my campaign is that I know many people from my interactions with them throughout the years.”

Although Cruse has dedicated much of her time to being active in the school district, she has many hobbies in her spare time. Cruse enjoys coaching basketball with her husband, singing, playing the piano, gardening, and being with her family.

When asked what she would do as a city council member, Cruse said she intends to meet the demand of the struggling economy through redevelopment in job opportunities and other financial sectors of the city.

Cruse supports the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), an agency focused on encouraging economic development. Through supporting the CRA, Cruse hopes to use tax money and direct it toward the efforts in creating more jobs.

In addition, Cruse also believes that the city should direct more attention to improving the pedestrian flow, possibly through the means of a bike trail or simply focusing more on pedestrian safety on frequently flowing streets such as Las Tunas.

Cruse is confident that her family experience and time in the community will help make a difference in the city.

“In my journey of raising my children I have met many fine residents of Temple City,” Cruse said. “I have spoken to many people who want someone to speak up for [our] taxpaying dollars without political ties,” she said.

This is the sixth of six candidate profile interviews the Temple City Voice will conduct for the 2011 March City Council election.

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