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It's the inaugural Happytown Political Pop Quiz™! Want to know how much your Orlando mayoral candidates know about running the city? Look no further. Pencils down!


5) We should be focused on redeveloping downtown. We should be promoting urban infill. Was there too much development in outlying areas outside of the city? Yes. But we should be focused on urban infill.

6) You know, I don't know the answer to that, because I switch it out. Sometimes I put glass and plastic in red and sometimes I put paper in red and they pick them up just the same.

7) I do support it. It covers our parks within a certain radius of downtown and allows you to apply for two large group-feeding permits per year in each of those parks.

8) It means a transit-oriented development urban infill industry cluster of digital media companies and academia. That's kind of a professorial answer!

9) I hadn't ever thought of that. Do we outlaw that? I don't actually know the answer to that; nobody's ever asked me that. But my opinion would be for it since we're promoting community gardens.

10) I'm sure none of them picked me. Let's say, how about Cantone just because he's the most articulate of the three. When I say articulate, I mean well-spoken, not that his ideas make sense.

11) We coordinate with the county on a lot of things. Our first thought is always partnership and collaboration, so on anything we can, that's what we'll want to do. An example was the domestic-partner registry. We wanted to try to work hand in hand to get that done. When we can't, we'll go ahead and move forward. We're cordial.

12) Urayasu in Japan, and the one I established, Valladolid in Spain. Curitiba in Brazil. I know them all.

Phil Diamond

1) It's 5.65. No I think we ought to hold the line on taxes.

2) I think people would call the city. There are two departments that deal with that: public works and parks.

3) I thought that the deal for the three venues was a financial house of cards. I said so at the time. As far as the bonds, what I can tell you is that the city has had to dip into bond reserves just to pay the interest on the 2008 (c) bond series. The underlying Standard & Poor's rating on that series is junk.

4) I think the full building cost was around $495 million. I thought it was a bad financial deal for the city.

5) I think downtown's important, but I think Buddy Dyer crossed the threshold when he kept on voting to approve subsidies for luxury condos even after the condo market was cratering.

6) We put our paper in the blue and our cans and bottles in the red.

7) It says that nobody can feed a group of more than 20 or 25 people more than two times a year in any one park. I voted for that ordinance. I still think it's important that the city to be able to regulate what happens in city parks.

8) I don't know that anybody really knows for sure. I know that one thing it involved was borrowing $90 million that the taxpayers are responsible for.

9) I know that we've actually planted some vegetables in our frontyard. We tried cucumbers and some sort of greens. I can see why I don't work on a farm.

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