Marin County, CA
November 2, 1999 Election
Encouraging Citizen Participation and Incorporating Their Concerns in Council Decisions
By Lawrence R. "Larry" Lanctot
Member, City Council; City of Larkspur
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I strongly support citizen participation, and I believe that the Council decisions should reflect widely held views of the community.
I listen carefully to the community and seek to incorporate community concerns in my decisions on the Council.
For example, the citizens who appealed the Elm Crest development to the City Council had very constructive ideas about the project which I sought to incorporate in the reduced density finally approved by the Council.
I have also listened to neighborhood concerns about traffic safety issues on Doherty Drive, and I support the efforts of the Greenbrae Marina neighborhood to reduce adverse traffic impacts on that street.
I have taken up neighborhood concerns with the Twin Cities Police Council concerning traffic speeding problems in residential neighborhoods in an effort to solve them.
Many members of the community during the Niven Citizens Advisory Committee expressed a desire to have community playing fields or a community center or other public facilities on part of the Niven property. The developer has offered to sell up to four acres to the city for public purposes. I support community efforts to provide public facilities there. During the campaign for the November 1999 election, I have met many people who want a community facility to be part of the Niven property. I know that with broad based support we can make it happen on that site just as Larkspur did when we acquired King Mountain for open space a number of years ago.
In short I strongly believe in particpatory democracy and in a City Council whose votes reflect the widely held views of the citizens of Larkspur.
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