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Spokane CITY OF SPOKANE VALLEY COUNCIL POSITION NO. 5

Term: 4 yr Salary: $9,000The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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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)?

Address Spokane Valley
Phone (509) 638-3465
Email Angie@VoteAngieBeem.com
Town where you live Spokane Valley
Experience (300 characters max) I have an MBA in Operations Management. I have several years experience in management. I'm a leader and team player. I believe everyone has a voice and I listen to those voices. I'm naturally geared to serve. It would be an honor to serve my community from a council seat.
We need better street maintenance, safer crosswalks by schools, sidewalks, etc. We need to start treating our city as a city instead of a suburb of Spokane. We need to lobby our state congress to stop sitting on our water rights. We need to lift residential housing restrictions so we can build apartments and help solve our housing shortage.
Currently, we have NOTHING for our homeless population. We don’t have a Human Rights Commission. We don’t have any shelters. We don’t have any feeding services. The procedure for our homeless is to put them on a bus and send them to downtown Spokane. This overwhelms Spokane’s services, fills their shelters and leaves even more sleeping on the streets. This is absolutely disgusting and unacceptable. We can’t just push our homeless onto another city. We need to address the homeless situation as a city. We need a way to shelter them, feed them, and provide for their medical and psychological needs.
Senior citizens are among our most vulnerable. I support any services, laws, or ordinances that will protect the life and property of our seniors. That can be something as simple as relief from acquiring the penalty fee for not removing the snow from the sidewalk outside of their home. It can also include a more comprehensive wellness check service. I would love to hear how Spokane Valley could better support our senior citizens.
Until this year, I would have said follow the Federal guidelines. Now, it’s not only blurred, but in some cases, inhumane. Our country was formed by immigrants. We are all immigrants. It is our responsibility to do what is right. Even if it goes against the inhumane laws of our government. Our current city council refuses to make Spokane Valley a sanctuary city. Luckily, the City of Spokane is a sanctuary city and we can mobilize quickly to get our immigrants to Spokane if ICE or another agency comes in. I would fight to make Spokane Valley a sanctuary city. Our residents, ALL of our residents, deserve to feel safe in their homes and in public.
Currently, the city council is not held accountable to anyone but themselves. They do not have an ethics commission to consult. We need an ethics commission. We need a Human Rights Commission. Every decision, law, and ordinance needs to consider its ethical impact. We need to make sure that our decisions, laws, and ordinances do not remove the rights of any of our population. We need to start taking care of our vulnerable. We need laws and ordinances that provide a long-term solution to our problems. We have human trafficking, which leads to and is perpetuated by drug addiction. Drug addiction leads to and is perpetuated by violence and theft. We have serious problems that require immediate and long-lasting solutions. It’s time for the city council to step up, stop thinking small, and take care of our city and its residents. The entire population of Spokane Valley is counting on the city council to make our city a safe place. A place to thrive.
To me, they are all urgent. What they all come down to is making people our priority. I guess if I have to prioritize, I would have to say forming a Human Rights and Ethics Commissions. Because from there, we will have the ability to consult them regarding the long-term solutions to our urgent problems and major concerns.
The mayor is a city council member that the city council appoints as mayor. It is not an elected position. We do have a city manager and a city attorney. I would work closely with all three. Communication is key. I would consult with, and inform, all three regarding any problems, issues, or solutions that come up throughout my service as a city council member.
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