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Goth Runs For Mayor In the Pasadena, California Election»»

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Home of the Rose Bowl and a Gothic Mayoral Candidate (Follow-up Interview)

By Alivia Hunter & Danielle Shriver

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When I first heard about Aaron Proctor's»» bid for Pasadena Mayor, my first reaction was more of a childish exhilaration because someone with a radical appearance was standing up and making himself a target for ridicule. I didn't take him seriously. Like the majority of America I was taught to believe that this is what a politician looks like.

The economy depends on highly qualified business professionals»», be one of them.

I thought more of what the election coverage could do to boost traffic to this site than take into consideration that he is serious about helping his fellow man and possessed the necessary skills, moral standing, and ambition needed as a leader. That was until I sent him ten questions to answer on why he should be elected Mayor. Not only did he answer my questions, he excelled in the interview. This man genuinely wants the responsibility and has proved to me that he is the best choice and the only candidate that qualifies to hold the position.

When reading his interview please consider the big picture. See why Aaron Proctor is the right choice for all the right reasons.

My Interview with Aaron Proctor

1. Why do you want to be mayor of Pasadena, California?

It's simple, really. After hearing all the complaints from my friends, neighbors, and people I know who visit Pasadena - I just wanted to make a difference and fight for a lot of issues currently being ignored by city politicians. The rent is getting out of control in this city; the residents here have to pay these unfair parking permits, and Pasadena is generally a conservative wolf in a Democrat sheep's clothing. I'm sick of elected officials who only look out for the people with money, I'm sick of people becoming politicians because it's a nice hobby for them after they've made tons of money in enterprise.

2. If elected, whom do you think you'll need to build new relationships with as Mayor?

The rest of the City Council. Most of them are already not fond of me as a candidate and I doubt any of them take me very seriously - even after all of the local press I've been receiving. However, we'll have to put our social and political differences aside to make this city work. I'm willing to do that. Are they?

3. How do you think the business community will react to your winning the election?

I'm certain it wouldn't be a positive reaction by all. However, I've worked for start-ups and small businesses for the majority of my young life. Pasadena is an exciting city for new businesses and home to many of the nation's top financial institutions. Office space in Pasadena is expensive because it's in demand. I want to maintain Pasadena's tradition of being a harbor for businesses to begin, grow, and become profitable for not only themselves but the City as well.

4. Other than incentives, how would you attract new businesses, and residents to Pasadena?

I want to make Pasadena a "fun" place for everyone. It currently has a mixture of a stodgy and a "Beverly Hills" kind of image. Sure, it attracts big spenders - but it also turns away tons more. I want to preside over same-sex marriages: it would not only draw people and positive press to Pasadena but draw money to the city as well. I want to maintain the Rose Bowl, which is, in my opinion, the most historical site in Pasadena.

5. Which of your strengths do you think the job will most require?

My ability to work with people, my ability to get along with most people I meet. A lot of politicians have been floored that I actually pay attention and know a bit about local politics. I am pretty good at making people's assumptions about me incorrect when it comes to them thinking I'm "some weirdo in eyeliner". I'm a people-person and I truly believe that will be my greatest asset to the campaign, the Mayoral office, and to the City.

6. What do you see as the key issue/s facing Pasadena residents and how will you address these?

Rent. It's too high and it's affecting everyone - not just those of us who live paycheck to paycheck. Santa Monica instituted rent control years ago and it works wonders in that city.

The overnight parking permits. Why do Pasadena residents have to pay in excess of $63/year to park on their own street when their apartment complex's parking lot is full or if they're having family visit? The parking permits only account for less than $2 million of the City's budget (which as a whole is around $500 million). I think the City can "take the hit" to make its residents happier.

The school system. I don't want to take it over but I do want to work more closely with the people on the school board - who feel very ignored by the current City Council. The Mayor said he spent $1 million on schools last year and residents have told me all its gone to is a police car parking outside of the school all day.

Over development of the city while ignoring other parts of the city. Old Town and other parts of the City the Rose Parade goes through look beautiful. What about our friends in the northwest, which is a part of the city largely ignored by the City and plagued with crime and becoming generally blighted.

7. What are your views on the charter school campaign?
Arcadia Weekly, CA - Jan 4, 2007»»

I really have to agree with Bill Bibbiani on this whole thing. It comes off as a very great idea - but it's really going to drain the attendance of "regular" public schools, ones that are already in danger of being closed due to more wealthy families putting their kids in private schools.

8. What are your views on homeless issues in Pasadena? Considering Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts for homeless programs, what are your thoughts that his proposed budget cuts could dramatically increase the homeless population in Pasadena?
Catholic Online, CA - Jan 22, 2007»»

Homelessness, while not very apparent in my beautiful city, is a problem in Pasadena - just as it is in other cities. I constantly see the same homeless people in my neighborhood, walking the streets, with no place to go, nothing to eat, and nothing to do but push around a Rite Aid cart picking up aluminum cans and ask for cigarettes. There aren't many shelters for the homeless here in Pasadena and I feel the Governator's budget cuts will increase a problem a lot of cities are trying to quell.

9. What are your views regarding state utility regulators banning Municipal utilities (Pasadena) from buying electricity from coal-fired power plants?
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - Jan 26, 2007»»
Municipal utilities in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Truckee ran into strong opposition when they tried to secure long-term contracts with out-of-state coal plants before the emissions standard took effect.

Coal-fired power plants produce so much pollution and toxins; I would not want to support them with my City's money. I would never give money or comfort to any organization that is putting our futures in jeopardy.

10. At the ACT Forum, you said that city efforts to restore and maintain the Rose Bowl were needed. What aspects need to change and what steps would you take to increase the quality of the event?

A citizen told me they should have underground parking structures at the Rose Bowl. This is a great idea because the neighbors in that area aren't exactly fond of large events coming to the Rose Bowl - it creates parking and traffic issues. Also - "one-shots" (such as a huge concerts - like the Depeche Mode concert in 1988) can be run at the Rose Bowl, say, in the summer. Concerts, large sporting events, professional wrestling, even - things that don't run 17 weeks straight like the NFL but are still huge "money generators" for the City. The Rose Bowl was designed before the freeways came into play - so it's not the most accessible of venues. However, it's a part of what makes Pasadena, well, Pasadena - and I feel it can be maintained and still be a great part of our City's legacy and pride.

As I said in my article Goth Runs For Mayor In The Pasadena, California Election »»

Aaron Proctor is the right choice for the home of the Tournament of Roses. Mr. Proctor wants a better Pasadena and he knows it is possible if the community elects him. He can bring the changes that the city needs and he will recognize all of its citizens.

I stand by my article and my opinion. Bringing change to a beautiful community does not mean the quality of life has to go down. It means that change is necessary. Are the people of Pasadena, CA ready for a new Mayor? Are they ready for a new game plan? Goodness gracious I hope so.

I contacted all of Pasadena's city counsel members and the only response was a Paul Little of Pasadena District II:

"I think Mr. Proctor has an uphill battle to win an election for Mayor of Pasadena... I also think he is a thoughtful candidate who sincerely believes Pasadena needs to move in a different direction. I also found him to be articulate, intelligent and well versed on issues. I also appreciate that he has a sense of humor and a realistic perspective on his chances. His appearance probably would undermine his chances of gaining voter support, but realistically, his inability to raise significant funds to run a traditional campaign is more of a liability."

Mainstream America wants us to believe that politicians who sport the Armani suits should be taken seriously and everyone else is a kook. Following that line of thinking can only lead to the assumption that money is the deciding factor and the funds to support an expensive political campaign a candidate is the only way someone can win. If that is more important than the issues of the people then why not simply allow each political candidate to bid on the government appointment? After our interview and the response from one of the city counsel members of the city I have come to the conclusion that the current Mayor is going to have to try harder. Politicians of today need a lesson that the people cannot be bought.

To the Pasadenians: please support the underdog. He is working for you.

To the rest of the World: One voice can make a difference. Get up and do something!

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Aaron Proctor for Pasadena, California Mayor - TV appearance


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