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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Santa Clara County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Steve Kline
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Council Member; City of San Jose; Council District 6


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What experience related to city government would you bring to the City Council?

As an Attorney for over 35 years, trained in mediation as well as advocacy, I know how to bring people together to forge a consensus to solve problems. City Council members need to be able listen to others, act responsibly and deliver essential services to the taxpayers. Serving the entire community demands no less.

2. What concerns are of particular importance to the city and how would you address them?

I have put forth a Neighborhood First Agenda which includes limiting the City Manager's salary to no more than the Governor of California. She currently make about $258,000. We also need to have more police officers to stop the escalating violent and residential crimes in our area. We need an understandable and open budget process so the taxpayers know how & where their money is being spent. We need to have the citizens set the priorities, not city management. It is all our money. As your Council member, these will be my priorities.

3. How would you balance the needs of the city as a whole with groupsí interests?

A District Council member must listen & work to needs of constituents & neighborhoods. Bringing their priorities to City Hall and advocating for them is necessary to make the system work.

In those area where conflicts appear between the district & the City as a whole, hard work in balancing interests must be done. This is where skill in advocacy, negotiation, compromise, building consensus and working towards solutions are critical functions for a City Council member.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits for answers are 400 words for all questions. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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