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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of AlbanyCandidate for City Council

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Peter Maass

Incumbent
5,328 votes (27.63%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Addressing our area's housing crisis and allowing Albany to step up to this challenge with our own appropriate solutions.
  • Keeping the City on track to meet our Green House Gas emission reduction goals by promoting green energy supply, conversation and making our City more walkable and bike able.
  • Work to achieve our goals in a fiscally responsible fashion, maintaining and strengthening our Budget Stabilization Fund.

Experience

Experience

Profession:General Contractor, retired
Council Member, Albany City Council — Elected position (2012–current)
Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City of Albany Planning and Zoning Commission — Appointed position (2006–2012)

Education

BA was from UC Berkeley and secondary Teaching credential was earned at SFSU Bachelor of Arts, and California Teaching Credential, Political Science, and teaching social sciences and reading skills at the High School level. (1972)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Citizens for the McLaughlin State Park (2006–current)
Volunteer , SEVA Foundation (1980–2014)
Soccer Coach for my daughters Soccer team, Albany Berkeley Soccer Club (2009–2010)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Joanne Wile, former Mayor of Albany
  • Robert Lieber, former Mayor of Albany
  • Robert Cheasty, former Mayor of Albany

Organizations (1)

  • Sierra Club

Elected Officials (4)

  • Nancy Skinner, former State Assembly member, currently a candidate for the State Senate, 9th District
  • All of our current sitting City Council Members
  • Marge Atkinson, former mayor of Albany
  • Ron Rosenbaum, Chair of the Albany School Board

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (4)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Peter Maass:

1.  Keeping the City on track to meet our GHG goals.

2.  Work towards completion of our Active Transportation Plan

3.  Begin planning on how our community will respond to climate change and ocean rise.

4.  Seek to encourage Albany appropriate solutions to the Bay Area's housing needs.

5.  Seek funding and begin planning and construction of Solano Ave. streetscape improvements.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from Peter Maass:

The most immediate issue for Albany currently, is our growing lack of affordable housing.  Too many in our community are being displaced by the rising costs of housing.  Stop gap solutions have been proposed, but I believe that the only long tem, sustainable and socially equitable solution is to find ways to increase our housing stock.

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?
Answer from Peter Maass:

The first part of th at balance has to be education.  Education on what is being proposed by the Plan Bay Area goals. Then, while keeping an open dialog with our community, explain that there are solutions to the perceived sacrifices around parking, traffic/ congestion, etc.  Many of the solutions involve looking to expand alternatives to private car ownership.  Increased density along our transit corridors can help make our community greener with a greater level of goods and services available to everyone in the community.  It does require those in government to keep strenghtening our transit systems, walking and biking routes and other infrastructure. 

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air and for clean water discharge into the Bay?
Answer from Peter Maass:

Albany is fortunate in that it has already begun the replacement of our existing sewer line, and has in place a plan for a fairly rapid completion of our goals.  Grant moneys and extending some existiong bond measures should be able to make this job doable.  The important issue going forward is making sure that these improvements not only cover the needs of today's community but also the needs of a likely larger community we are likely to have in the future.

Videos (1)

— September 13, 2016 Josh Lebowitz and the Community Media Access Committee

The video was a humorous  attempt to explain some basics about how the City Council is organized, including the Mayor and the relationship between the appointed Commissions and Committees and the elected Council.  I also tried to personalized the video with some general biographical information and explanation of some of the bigger issues around homelessness, housing, climate change etc. and how they affect our City.  This was not done as a reelection campaign piece, but was meant to be a proto type for additional interviews of a diverse group of citizens in the community.  It was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld's web series, Commedians in Cars getting Coffee.

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