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Pierce CITY TAC-5 Council Dist. 5

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $46,014The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city
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    Brian Arnold (NP) Business Owner, Farmers Insurance

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What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastucture?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are other major issues facing your city or town?

Of those listed above, which one is the most urgent?

What methods will you use to work with the mayor (if you have an elected mayor) or the city manager or administrator(if you have an chief administrator hired by the council)?

Phone (253) 973-6738
Email brianarnold4tacomacitycouncil@gmail.com
Town where you live Tacoma
Experience (300 characters max) South Tacoma Business District South Tacoma Neighborhood Council
Our city is growing rapidly. We must be able to upgrade our aging infrastructure to meet increased demands for housing and transportation. The next decade will decide if Tacoma can meet these demands for growth, or becomes another bedroom community. In order to create spaces where people can live and work within our city, we need to look at adding density in places where we can expand our transportation options. Addressing infrastructure also requires we look at the conditions of our roads. In District 5, we still have residential neighborhoods served by gravel roads. We need to upgrade our infrastructure to allow for the transport of people, goods and services.
Something needs to be done with homelessness. However, we need to find a solution that works. One of the issues I have with the city is its lack of transparency. Just recently the city had attempted to place a teen transition center in an area that would have been detrimental to the teens. In addition, the city doesn't seem to have a real plan beyond locating its homeless population in campsites. We need real action to deal with this issue. We need to take a regional approach involving other cities, the county and the state. Only through a regional approach will we be able to assess, rehabilitate, treat and help those that fallen on hard times. We need to coordinate our efforts with existing social programs and supplement them appropriately. We cannot just throw money at this situation and expect it to go away. We need to truly commit to a regional solution involving programs, personnel, and but in an effective manner.
As someone with multiple generations of family in Tacoma, it is important to me that we support our seniors who give so much to the community. When elected, I want to ensure that affordable senior housing is expanded as we work to accommodate our population growth. I also want to engage these valuable people into our volunteers programs for youth and families. The experience and skills our seniors have should be passed to the next generation.
Immigration is a federal issue. Based on the current rhetoric we are hearing throughout the country, I would approach legal and illegal immigration issues with caution. The City of Tacoma has offered its support for all of the residents of Tacoma without becoming a designated sanctuary city. Doing otherwise, would have potentially meant the devastating loss of federal monies to our community. With our limited resources, we need to always consider the delicate balance regarding our ability to meet the needs of our citizens along with our overall population.
There are other major issues facing our city. They include improving public safety, retaining the businesses we have, and expanding the number of family-wage jobs in this area.

Public safety has been an issue for this city for a number of years. The city has managed to increase funding for officers, but recruitment of new officers has been difficult. I will work to ensure public safety is adequately budgeted and that we are hiring new officers with proper training and state-of-the-art equipment.

Running a business is tough. I own a small business in South Tacoma and have seen many employers close in our area. The city needs to be working to communicate with these businesses to ensure they are being supported and not over regulated. The city also needs to be working to attract new employers to the area and help grow new businesses through entrepreneurship. Employers need certainty. We need a private sector voice on the council that understands employers.
The challenges we face remain because we seem to move from one initiative to the next without “solving” them in the long run. The key issues above require continual attention to them if we plan to make any difference. We need to be continually making progress on all of the issues if we want Tacoma to be a better place to work, live, and play.
Communication is essential for any councilmember. Whether working with elected officials, city staff, labor and business leaders, or the residents of Tacoma, with strong communication between these groups, we can move Tacoma forward. I plan to interact with my fellow councilmembers and others by arranging monthly meetings to better understand the issues and perspectives around them. Additionally, I will be available by phone, email, or additional one-on-one meetings when necessary. Without communication, we can hope to solve the problems facing Tacoma.
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