Chahe Keuroghelian

Age: 53

Occupation: Small-business owner

Political experience: Involved in the campaign of Gov. George Deukmejian. Involved in more than a dozen organizations that promote social and safety policies. Conducted his own campaigns for Glendale City Council in the past.

Endorsements: Democratic Party San Fernando Valley, Teamsters Local 848.

Why are you running for Glendale City Council?

We have a large segment of the population whose interests have not been actively promoted or protected. Open space in many neighborhoods is inadequate. Heavy traffic congestion in some areas and traffic safety in others don’t yet have a satisfactory solution. We need to promote employment for youth and job fairs for unemployed adults. If we control the hyper growth in expenses, and a top-heavy city government, we restore the programs that will lead to a safer city and an improved quality of life.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I am a fiscal conservative Democrat. I believe that it is better to tackle the social problems like crime and drug use early when our costs are lower. I believe it is better to farm out the activities that are done more efficiently by others.

Glendale is expected to face a General Fund budget deficit upward of $10 million next fiscal year. If elected, what specifically would you do to close the gap?

We have allowed our payroll to get out of control, and added layers upon layers of administrators. We need to revert to the rules and expectations of the 1990s, when the budgets were more predictable and controlled.

Beyond budget woes, what other major issues are Glendale facing?

Traffic safety and an aging infrastructure and huge water and electricity rates. We can’t have the burden of luxury pensions be borne by those who are struggling to make ends meet. We need to renegotiate the city employee contracts to reasonable levels again.

What would be your No. 1 priority if elected?

Jobs would be my No. 1 priority. That means promoting job fairs and attracting growing companies with well-paying jobs. Creating the conditions to engage our youth with income opportunities and keep them out of trouble, and protecting the jobs that provide our basic services.

Do you think Glendale should have an ethics ordinance, and why?

We have postponed for too long a strong ordinance that ensures accountability to the public. Stronger ethical policies are needed during the election process and afterward. A city with an $800-million budget becomes a magnet for many who would like to circumvent the law or bend it to their self-interest.

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