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October 24, 2014

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 14, Issue 42 181 $1.00 October 24, 2014 An edition of the BY ALLISON WILLIAMS C ampbell residents packed the Community Room of the Campbell Library on Oct. 15 to submit their own questions to city council candidates. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of South- west Santa Clara Valley, the forum addressed candi- dates' top priorities and issues, from traffic to the Dell Avenue Area Plan. "This is the first time in 10 years the League has hosted this event in Campbell," Jackie Costanzo, voter service coordinator for the League of Women Voters, said in a press release. "In past years, only the Cham- ber of Commerce sponsored this forum. Our goal is to offer Campbell residents a broad opportunity to address quality of life issues that affect them daily." All six candidates—Jeff Cristina, Celeste Flores, Liz Gibbons, Paul Resnikoff, Phil Reynolds and Rich Waterman—were present. The night's first question asked candidates to name the most critical issue facing Campbell and how they would address it. For Gibbons and Waterman, the top issue was growth and development. Gibbons said the city needs a strategy. Waterman said proper growth is key and avoiding both ends of the approval spectrum, such as saying "no" or "yes" to every project. Flores said she felt the city needed to get in front of its water policy. For Reynolds and Resnikoff, public safety is the No. 1 issue. Reynolds said a lot of the public safety issues "bleed over" from other cities. Resnikoff said he'd sup- port Campbell Police Chief David Carmichael and his needs for the department. Cristina said all of the issues mentioned by other candidates would be addressed if the city updated its General Plan. Today's problems are a result of the council's wishes 13 years ago, he said. Also included in a General Plan review would be the city's traffic patterns. Candidates agreed neighborhood traffic was a problem. Flores said she lives in a neighborhood with speed bumps and has seen their ineffectiveness in slowing down traffic. When it comes to new technology, Waterman said the city needs to "just bite the bullet." CAMPBELL RESIDENTS POSE QUESTIONS TO COUNCIL HOPEFULS IN LEAGUE'S FORUM Packed audience raises concerns over traffic, crime and schools Oktobersfest Rules: Crowd gathers to revel in Chamber's annual festival.............................. page 6 Scare Tactics: Campbell couple puts together a delight of fright for Halloween ........................ page 7 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Dearly Departed Dearly Departed Indigenous Mexican holiday gains popularity locally page 10 page 10 A representation of 'Catrina,' one of the most popular figures of the Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico, is seen here at the Ay. Dios. Mio! boutique at San Pedro Square Market. The iconic image of an elegant female skeleton dressed in a beautiful hat was created just over a century ago by José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican printmaker and engraver. Forum, page 8

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