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LIVE BLOG: Elk Grove Candidates' Night

Elk Grove Patch staff live-blogged the mayoral candidate portion of Monday night's debate.

About 200 people turned out Monday night for the Elk Grove Candidates' Night, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"reminder-elk-grove-candidates-night-election-forum-is-tonight"} --> sponsored by Elk Grove Patch, Elk Grove News and The Sacramento Bee. If you didn't make it to the

J Smith September 18, 2012 at 03:22 AM
For ALL the EGUSD School Board Candidates: It's seems like elementary education is usually hit the hardest during budget cuts, and the elementary school years are such an important part of one's educational journey. During these integral and formative years, where did each of you attend elementary school?
Alicia Chatman September 18, 2012 at 09:03 AM
I was disappointed that it was so hard to see the candidates - they would make more impact on a stage so the audience can see them better. Also on school board provide more info on where the areas are that they are running for so everyone is in the know. Otherwise it was really well done! The answer to the question of what will you do to provide activities for the older teens and young adults that don't cost money (not the way it was worded above) was poorly answered in my opinion. More police, more jobs, more sports - hmm not very creative or out of the box at all in my opinion. Expand teen center sounds good but only tweens and young teens go to that. The older teens and young adults need internships and activities right here so they don't get bored and get into things that require the need for more cops. Inexpensive job training programs along with jobs - green sector and otherwise, inexpensive movies and other activities - draw in private sector businesses to EG that would serve both purposes. Very good night though, thank you!
Cody Kitaura (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Hi Alicia, it was great meeting you last night, and thanks for coming. Sorry to hear you had problems seeing the candidates - that was one of the things we worried about but didn't have a way to address. And I'll update our election guide now with that info on school board areas: http://patch.com/A-vjlt
Bwood September 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Alicia - inexpensive movies?
M.Legison September 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
We ended up staying home. We can't vote for the council but there are really no races there anyway. Davis will be the mayor. We're more interested in the school board but we already know our choices. Cody it was good of you to update the discussion as it progressed. Some of the "visions" seemed rather superfluous and fringy.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Mind if I ask which school board candidates you support and why? Also, I should have noted that the live-blogging was done by Lauren Gibbs, the editor of Roseville Patch. Many thanks to her!
Bob September 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM
One of the issue that the current Trustee for Area 6 stated AND 4 of the 6 current board member supported was the recent appointment of the new trustee in Area 4. The headline "Kids, not Politics" should really read "Democracy, NOT Backroom Deals!" An inquiry into this appointment process is still being under taken, we will soon see if there is any evidence that the board sat on this information so as to appoint a trustee rather than letting the voters of Elk Grove decide.
robert September 19, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Bob,You really think Elk Grove School District should spend $800,000 dollars on a special election when teachers are asking parents to buy paper and pencils for their kids classrooms? How would you justify this expense in this grave budget situation?
Connie Conley September 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I thought it was a great forum. Almost every seat was full and people were standing in the back. We haven't seen that at all over the years. So very nice to see people making the time to get involved in their local government. Felicia did a great job of moderating and the questions from the reporters were on point, as were the few read from the audience members. The answers from the candidates for the most part were factual; some repeated their election taglines a little too much for me. However, I had to laugh when one question to a candidate was how would she reduce spending and instead answered on how she would increase spending and spend she did.
Bob September 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Robert, The cost was $969,500 to be exact. And NO, the district should NOT pay for a special election at this time, however, the district SHOULD NOT circumvent the voters in any regards. I'm not in favor of any special election whatsoever, however, I am for "good government." I am for democracy. If former trustee 4 resigned when there was enough time to put her vacancy on the November election then the board should have done that. The board should not have sat on this knowledge so they could appoint a new trustee. I believe the cost of putting another seat on the election would have been nominal at most.

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