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City of Burien Council Position No. 3

Salary: $7200Term: 4 yearsThe Burien city council is responsible for policy making, and for appointing a professional city manager, who is responsible for administration. Under the council-manager statutes, the city council is prohibited from interfering with the manager's administration. The city manager, however, is directly accountable to and can be removed by a majority vote of the council at any time.
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    Jimmy Matta (NP) Project Manager & Construction Operations At Alcantar & Associates

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Biographical Information

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 (425) 918-0274
Email info@jimmyforburien.com
Town where you live Burien
Experience (300 characters max) At the age of 20 I opened my first business in the residential construction industry. I joined the Carpenters Union in 1998 where I worked for 20 years. I am the past president of the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and currently work as a partner for Alcantar & Associates
The infrastructure issues that I hear the most from community members has to do with transportation. I would like to work on improving our roads for both vehicles and pedestrians. This means building more sidewalks, creating and improving crosswalks along busy arterials, exploring traffic calming measures in our neighborhoods, and making sure our roads are being properly maintained. I also want to make sure that the city of Burien is doing everything it can to make sure that public transportation options are easily accessible to everyone.
Homelessness is a serious problem and needs our immediate attention and action. This is a complex multifaceted issue that will require us to collaborate with other cities, organizations, and social service agencies. It will require all of us to work together to find effective and practical solutions that don’t just address the symptoms, but actually target the causes.

My top priorities will all help to alleviate some of the causes of homelessness. I want to focus on growing our economy and creating a place where business and people can thrive. We need to work with local schools and organizations to develop training programs to ensure that the people who live here have the skills to get living wage jobs. I also want to see us create more affordable housing options for working families and people who are on fixed incomes. Finally, I would like to develop a strong community policing program that creates an environment where people are able to seek and receive help when they need it most.
I am fully committed to doing everything I can to make sure that our senior citizens are able to live in and get around our community comfortably. Rising cost of living, and especially housing costs, are creating challenges for those who are on fixed incomes and I want to ensure that Burien has enough housing options that people are not being forced out of their homes or the community that they live in. I also believe that we need to continue to invest wisely in our cities infrastructure, especially around transportation and making sure that there are a number of accessible and practical options for seniors to use. Finally, I want to make sure that we are providing smart investments into public safety that takes the needs of seniors into consideration.
The hot button issue in Burien right now is the city's sanctuary city policy. I am in favor of Burien’s sanctuary ordinance, but I am willing to listen to those who have concerns. Our city council voted on this issue with a lot of support of our community members and I think it would be a disservice to them to say that I oppose their decision and intend to overturn it. I believe that the ordinance is a relatively small gesture that goes a long way toward creating an inclusive community by simply reinforcing preexisting jurisdictional boundaries. I also believe that it creates a safer community by providing clarity to our local police and encourages them to focus on helping the people of Burien while allowing federal agencies to do their job. Furthermore, the City of Burien currently contracts out our police services to the King County Sheriff's Office, which has long had policies restricting deputies from holding people based off of immigration status.
When I am out talking with people who live in this community the other concerns I hear the most revolve around public safety, education, economic development, and affordable housing.
I believe that economic development is arguably the most important. We have a poverty rate that is significantly higher than the national average, which exacerbates other issues such as public safety, access to housing, and even education.

I would like to focus on growing our local economy and I believe that we can do this by investing in skills training and small business development programs. First, I would like the city of Burien to collaborate with our local schools, businesses, and organizations to develop programs that will provide Burien residents with the skills training they need to get good living wage jobs. I believe that having a well-trained workforce will not only increase the average incomes of those who live in our community, but could also encourage new businesses to locate here. Second, I would like to see us invest in small business development programming that will help current and future small business owners here in Burien.
I would look to have an open and collaborative relationship with Burien Mayor, Lucy Krakowiak. I believe that the best way to work effectively for the people of Burien is for us to have regular conversations about the projects and issues that we are working on and how best we can support each other and the people of Burien in those efforts. I would look to work with City Manager, Brian Wilson in a similar fashion, with the understanding that his role is to carry out the directives and policies that Burien City Council passes.
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