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Term: 4 yearsSalary: $6,156The 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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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)?

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Phone (425) 327-5948
Email danalane85@gmail.com
Experience (300 characters max) 2017 marks 30 yrs of service with the City. I served on the Board of Adjustment from 1987 thru 1989 when I was elected to the City Council where I served for two terms; five of the eight years as mayor. Following my eight years, I was appointed to the Planning Commission where I currently serve.
Generally speaking, infrastructure is the framework of the city including water, public sewers, public streets and finally, public safety. Our water and Sewer utilities are Public Enterprises that have their own dedicated funding authority so I look at them separately. The streets have a partial funding source in the Transportation benefit district as well. That leaves Public safety which includes Police Services, Courts and Jail Services which constitute the bulk of our general fund budget.

For me, supporting a tax base that produces adequate revenue to pay for services is my mission. In a system that relies more now on sales tax revenues to pay for services, than the old model reliant on property taxes, I look for ways to enhance our sales tax producers that keeps the pipeline filled with revenue. Our Comprehensive Plan is the blue print for developing the tax base that will pay for services. Our job is to lay the groundwork for private investment that will fund government.
In my view, cities are service providers for the property owners that live within the limits. To a large extent, we are limited by statute in what we use city money for. Where I have a personal sympathy for homeless folks, I'm not sure the city can actually play a role in solving the problem. If we can promote economic prosperity in town, the private sector organizations are better able to fund programs that meet the needs of some of the homeless population. Some of the lessons we learned point to drug abuse as a corresponding cause of homelessness. Our police folks don't have suggestions we can implement to mitigate those abusers. The low unemployment rate suggests that jobs are available for folks who want to work which would help to some degree. I don't see our city playing a role in actually providing housing for people. Homelessness is tied to mental illness as well and I don't have a clue how to address that issue.
Being a 67 year old senior citizen, I'm committed.

From a government affairs perspective, I don't think the city plays a significant role. I think the city makes modest contributions to the Senior Center but beyond that, I don't think there's much.

We can look at senior rates for utility customers recognizing that if the cost of the utility is fixed, if you shift part of the cost away from seniors, the burden must be picked up by other rate payers.

Lastly, our comprehensive plan addresses seniors in a few places but not substantially enough to quantify the benefits.
If we can agree that we are a country of laws, we need to obey the laws that are on the books. Federal law outlines how immigration can happen in our country. States, counties and cities do not create their own immigration policy. My oath as an elected official at every level in the country is to support the laws that are constitutionally adopted in the nation, states, counties and cities. The key phrase being "constitutionally adopted". Much of our immigration debate today centers around people who have entered the country illegally. From a legal standpoint, they don't have rights we reserve for citizens and others who enter the country legally through the outlined processes.
Having been a member of the Planning Commission for many years, I look at annexations we should be promoting that will secure enough land to meet the needs of our city now and into the future. I see annexing the area south of the river as long over due. We should be promoting a dialog with the property owners that builds trust so that the city can get what it needs in an enhanced tax base and the property owners gets the opportunity to exploit land uses available in the city that are not available in the county.

To the north, we need to assert our influence with the county to secure the northern Urban Growth Boundary to firm up our discussions with property owners in that area. Everybody needs to know that we are committed to them and they can count on us in the city. We need to share our vision for their area and listen to their input.
I don't see any of the above as being particularly urgent. We have five council seats up for election this year so there could be a huge shift in the city's priorities. There could be a real void in experienced councilmembers in a year when we also are installing an elected mayor and having to develop processes and policies relative to that change.

I am not running because I have a narrowly focused agenda. I've been an advocate for the city for thirty years so I expect to listen to the citizens and apply common sense to developing solutions that are necessary.
We will be working with an elected mayor who will hire a professional administrator. In my experience, administrators are hired by the mayor and work at her/his pleasure with the consent of the council. I expect to offer level headed advice to whoever is elected and will even provide my own suggestions regarding the structuring of the new mayor's office and the staff. I've been involved with city government long enough that I know most of the city staff, some of them for 25 or more years.

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