6 seats, 9 hopefuls for Crescenta Valley Town Council

Nine people will vie for six seats on the Crescenta Valley Town Council on Saturday. The advisory board for the unincorporated area of La Crescenta and Montrose communicates residents’ concerns to Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office and other public agencies.

The election will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library.

The six open seats include three four-year terms and three one-year terms for alternates who will stand in for missing members at meetings.


FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story misidentified Kyle Studebaker. 


According to their candidate statements, the nine residents running for Town Council are:

Leslie Dickson, a current alternate member and self-described professional volunteer. Dickson said if she’s elected, her top priority will be to keep the area’s small-town feel and work with Los Angeles County officials to bring more open-space projects to the area.

Dr. Young Suh, a current council member, anesthesiologist and elder at the L.A. Korean Presbyterian Church, said among his top priorities is community safety, helping local businesses, and enhancing his role as a liaison to the Korean American community.

Harry Leon, a current council member and plumbing contractor, said he would support a parking ban on over-sized commercial trucks, building a community youth center, and enhancing code enforcement in the area.

Kyle Studebaker, a facilities manager, said one of her goals would be to broaden community involvement in the council. She has volunteered for many community organizations, including the Parent Teacher Assn. at Monte Vista Elementary School and Crescenta Valley High School.

Cheryl Davis, current council president and a law-firm office administrator, said that if elected, she plans to focus on bringing more youth benefits to the area, such as the incoming skate park and the well-attended Fire House, a community center for youth. She also said she wants to create a “community calendar” for all events.

Lisa Griffin, a retired school teacher, said she was motivated to run for the council because she wants to help respond to the potential transfer of La Cañada-Flintridge students from an area known as Sagebrush to La Cañada schools. Those students currently attend Glendale schools. The potential territory transfer is still under review by both school districts and officials may not make a decision either way for some time. She also wants to increase youth recreation activities and drug education.

Krista Smiley, plant manager at a Glendale school and a former council member, said her priorities are slow growth, being a watchdog against unwanted new development, and jumpstarting a parking study of Foothill Boulevard.

Mariam Gabra Barnes, co-owner of Level 54 Digital Media Recruiting, said as a council member she would balance the interests of businesses and those who want to keep the streets aesthetically appealing. She also said she would make recommendations about the residential building permitting process.

Kerri Lewin, a Realtor, said she would support a beautification project along Foothill Boulevard. She also wants the street to be more pedestrian-friendly. She also said she’d like the council to host family-friendly events. As a board member of the Pasadena Foothills Assn. of Realtors Charitable Foundation, she has successfully hosted fundraising events.


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