Gary Pia | City Treasurer

Gary Pia's responses to questions sent by SouthPasadenan.com

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Name: Gary E. Pia

Age: 67

Address: 530 Martos Dr.

How long lived there: Since 2002. However, I first moved to the 91030 in 1998.

Occupation: Financial Advisor – Mission Street Wealth Planning (missionstreetwealth.com)

Work History: Merrill Lynch 1978-81. Transamerica Life Insurance Co. 1981-85. Mission Street Wealth Planning (fka G. E. Pia & Co.) 1986-present.

Education: BA, Communications – Brigham Young Univ.

Family Status: Married. 3 grown children.

Arrested or Charged with a Crime: No

Plaintiff/defendant in a civil action/foreclosure/bankruptcy: No

Civic Groups: South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. American Cancer Society. Kiwanis. Focus Out. Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn. Pacific Film Foundation.

Why I am running: I was raised in a culture of service. I believe in service to the greater good and the abundant life for all. Health. Harmony. Prosperity. Pursuit of Happiness.

Three biggest issues:
Infrastructure stewardship: Clean and abundant water, reliable power, & safe sewage services. Safe, well maintained streets & sidewalks.

Public safety: Strong, well-equipped, well-trained, and local Police and Fire departments that are connected to the community.

Human services: Attention to the needs of our families across the spectrum of age – our children and our seniors.

In all of this we need to strike the appropriate balance our ambitions with our fiscal limitations: We can do anything we want, we just can’t do everything we want.

Measure N: Measure N needs to be defeated. It’s passage would not solve any of the fiscal issues facing our City. It would, however, seriously hobble our ability to deliver on the promise of a livable, compassionate community. Vote No on N!

CalTrans: The City Treasurer is not in a policy making capacity where this issue is concerned. However, whatever we can do to move this process forward fairly and expeditiously is clearly in everyone’s best interest. More home ownership benefits everyone. The homeowner gets a place of their own with the attendant family and financial benefits. The City benefits from pride of ownership beautification and every one benefits from additional property tax revenues.

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