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City of La HabraCandidate for City Council

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Michael A. Blazey

Professor Emeritus/Councilmember
6,625 votes (25.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Traffic Congestion: La Habra suffers from pass-through traffic as commuters bypass the 57 and 605 freeways on their way too and from work in Orange and southeast LA Counties. I will continue working on mitigation measures.
  • Public Safety and Citizen Emergency Preparedness: I continue working to provide adequate resources for our police and fire services, along with finding ways to prepare individual households for self-sufficiency in the event of disasters.
  • Homelessness: Continuing working with CityNet, La Habra's service provider for homeless outreach and with other communities in the North Orange County Service Provision Area.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Professor Emeritus
City Council, La Habra, CA — Elected position (2010–current)
Professor, California State University, Long Beach (1990–2016)
Community Services Commissioner, La Habra, CA — Appointed position (2010–2010)
Planning Commissioner, La Habra, CA — Appointed position (1998–2003)
Associate Professor, Washington State University (1984–1990)
Instructor, Western California University (1983–1984)
Graduate Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University (1980–1983)
Instructor, Kansas State University (1977–1979)

Education

The Pennsylvania Sate University Ph.D, Recreation and Park Management (1984)
South Dakota State University M.S., Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (1977)
University of Oregon B.A., Park and Recreation Management (1974)

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors, Advance On to College (2016–current)
Member, La Habra Host Lions (2017–current)
Member, American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (2003–current)
Member and Council Chair, Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (2005–2015)
Member, Board of Directors, Head Score Keeper, and Webmaster, La Habra Girls Softball Association (2006–2012)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • La Habra Police Association

Elected Officials (3)

  • Tom Beamish, Council Member
  • Tim Shaw, Mayor
  • Jim Gomez, Council Member

Individuals (12)

  • Ofelia Hanson, Board Member, La Habra City School District
  • Fred Lentz, Co-Founder Advance on to College
  • Andrea Trujillo, Community Service Commissioner
  • Carrie Surich, Community Services Commissioner
  • Kim Praster, Community Services Commissioner
  • Marie Laveaga, Community Services Commissioner
  • Kathy Felix, Community Services Commissioner
  • Mark Handler, Planning Commissioner
  • Ray Fernandez, Planning Commissioner
  • C. Michelle Bernier, Planning Commission Vice Chair
  • Jerry Powell, Planning Commission Chair
  • Rick Snyder, La Habra Educator

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Residential Development and Traffic Congestion

Summary

Consequences of taking positions on development proposals prior to official submission and public hearings.  Causes of and mitigation measures for traffic congestion in the City of La Habra.

City Council members are required to consider all development proposals submitted by property owners without any predisposed positions. My reviews of such projects focus on the potential benefits and negative impacts on our community while considering the rights of the property owner.  The final decisions are appropriately based on the La Habra General Plan and whether the benefits of development outweigh negative impacts. My knowledge of the La Habra General Plan 2035 is extensive, having served as Chair of the General Plan 2035 Advisory Committee. 

Among the negative impacts about which I have the greatest concern is traffic congestion. My record on this matter is one of working hard to reduce congestion city-wide, from helping neighborhoods seeking relief from cut-through traffic by implementing traffic calming measures,  to supporting intersection improvements that reduce bottlenecks, advocating for traffic signal synchronization, and actually assisting our police department by identifying drivers who endanger residents when they speed through our city on their way from their homes in other cities to work in yet other cities. This last effort is representative of the greatest cause of the traffic congestion La Habrans face; pass-through traffic by those finding La Habra a convenient way to bypass the 57 and 605 freeways as they commute from the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley to work in Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles County.  One need only watch southbound morning traffic coming down Fullerton Road/Harbor Boulevard and Hacienda Road and then see the reverse flow traveling northbound on Beach Boulevard and Harbor Boulevard or eastbound on Whittier Boulevard to know that most of our commute-time congestion is caused by non-La Habrans. 

All City Council Members are duty-bound to withhold judgement on development projects within La Habra city limits until they are presented formally to Council; however, there is one potential project to which I am firmly opposed. At some time in the future, the Shell Oil Company will revive proposals for residential development on the Aera property northeast of the city between Harbor Boulevard and the 57 freeway. I am adamantly opposed to this project! Furthermore, I will use all resources available to me as a Council Member and citizen of La Habra to prevent the realization of such a project. We are already being overwhelmed by traffic congestion not of our making and any development on the open spaces above our northeast city limits is simply unacceptable. La Habran’s can count on me to stand firm against any such project.

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