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He's a former member of the Citizen's Oversight Panel of Sound Transit. The appointed position is tasked with ensuring fairness. He has spoken and participated at numerous Bellevue Council meetings involving the future of Bellevue plan "Vision", the development of Eastgate and proposed shelter.
There are several key issues.
Transportation - Traffic congestion is a priority to provide relief to residents and businesses who call Bellevue home. We should expedite the City of Bellevue initiatives and collaborate with County and State officials to ensure traffic moves on 405 and our city streets. We must also ensure that drivers respect our speed limits and pay extra attention near our schools and parks to protect families.
Affordable Housing - Affordable housing remains an ongoing issue that the needs to be addressed immediately. That means ensuring builders and developers will help build more affordable housing by utilizing incentives that create more supply. I'm proud to be endorsed by the Affordable Housing Council and will continue to work on solutions that help all workers and residents that call Bellevue home.
Homelessness is a serious needs the combined support of the city, county, state, and neighborhood groups, and civic organizations. I strongly believe we must work with groups such as the Eastside Academy and other NGO and church groups to provide the assistance necessary to help those in need. Regarding the proposed shelter, the residents of Eastgate have serious concerns and those concerns need to be addressed by the current and/or future council.
I have a strong commitment to senior citizens. Throughout my life, I have had great respect and will continue to support senior citizens. My career path has allowed me an opportunity to help nearly 40,000 senior citizens that were unfairly penalized by losses following the financial crisis. I personally helped them recover the majority of their losses. I'm strongly committed to helping our seniors in the Bellevue enjoy the services our city has to offer that they deserve.
I'm strongly against any discrimination for any Bellevue resident regardless of status. We have always welcomed residents and must continue to do so. Our embrace of diversity and immigration make Bellevue one of the top places in the United States to call home. Phillip is extremely proud of Bellevue's cultural diversity. I would like to see more civic engagement from our community to ensure all residents can participate and celebrate our diverse neighborhoods. I'm grateful for the support of numerous community and cultural groups in his campaign for Bellevue City Council.
Phillip fully supports the Police, Fire, and EMS to provide the highest level of service possible. We must work together to keep Bellevue drug free and collaborate with community groups to help those in need. I have spoken to over a dozen retired and active police offices and emergency personnel to ensure we are engaged in the safety issues that affect our neighborhoods. Traffic mitigation and the reduction of theft of property and packages need to be addressed. I'm proudly supported by numerous current and retired police officers.
We are fortunately to have a great city to live in, but addressing these issues listed above are key to ensuring our city remains a leader in our state and our country in respecting people and helping those in need. Each stakeholder group faces different challenges and safe efficient transportation can help address by improving the lives of senior citizens (ensuring timely visits to the doctors), Residents (safe transportation options for workers), Police & Fire (ensuring they are able to reach those in need immediately). and local businesses (they need workers and services to be on schedule.)
I would use a collaborative method to ensure we are educated on issues, detailed on fact checking, and working together on finding a solution that benefits stakeholders and is fair and equal in cost.
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City of Bellevue Transportation Commission: Chair (2016-2017), Vice Chair (2014-2016), Member (2013-2014)
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Port of Seattle -Assistant Director of Engineering – Construction Services (2008-present)
Seaport Capital Construction Project Manager (2007-2008)
The biggest issues facing Bellevue are in transportation and in affordable housing. As the Chair of Bellevue's Transportation Commission, I've been able to see how traffic and public transit issues affect Bellevue. Our transportation system is failing to properly serve its population. Traffic is reaching all-time highs and reducing our quality of life. The issues we currently face with construction will get worse without real mitigation solutions. I will be a strong advocate for Bellevue at the regional and state level for increased transit. I will ensure that our Transportation levy dollars are spent on the right priorities for residents. I will continue to search for funding for innovative solutions and work with neighborhoods and stakeholders to ensure mobility for all.
○ Our housing stock is not meeting the needs of our city. There aren't enough affordable housing options to curb rising housing costs. My background and experience would be an asset to fighting this housing crisis.
This issue is linked to the affordable housing issues previously mentioned. We must implement a number of strategies, starting with developing more affordable housing. We also need shelters and care centers with appropriate day services to provide a pathway to stable housing for the homeless. The city should create a new Homelessness Advisory Council comprised of non-profit providers, people who have experienced homelessness, subject matter experts and residents. This group would determine the measures and conditions of success as well as the operating conditions required to ensure that both the men experiencing homelessness and the surrounding areas are safe and secure. The city needs to evaluate all options of locations, for the new men’s emergency homeless shelter, on the table to ensure that we move forward with the best solution/plan. We should also continue to support the women’s shelter, Sophia Way and other nonprofit organizations that are doing great work in this area.
Seniors are frequently our most vulnerable citizens, and are regularly ignored, without a place at the table. I will have my door open to listen to the issues that are affecting senior citizens, and will always be cognizant of our elders as valuable stakeholders with many insights in our city.
Bellevue has experienced great periods of public safety and fiscal peace. However, as of late, we have been moving toward a rise in crime and property taxes as well as issues that disproportionately affect senior citizens, especially those on a fixed income. I will commit to ensuring Bellevue seniors remain and feel comfortable in their own home. We must also look to keep property taxes to a fiscally sound level and ways to help seniors stay in their homes.
We must continue to keep Bellevue a diverse and welcoming city. Bellevue’s motto is “our diversity is our strength." Bellevue police should not ask residents for their immigration status, and Bellevue should stay committed to protect everyone in our city. As an immigrant from Hong Kong, I want to ensure that all future immigrants receive the positive treatment and welcoming I had when I moved to the United States.
There are a variety of major issues facing Bellevue. Many of these problems are regional, not limited in scope only to Bellevue, but affecting the Eastside, King County, and Washington as a whole. In addition to issues mentioned above such as transportation, affordable housing, homelessness, and challenges facing senior citizens, Bellevue and our region are now grappling with the changing neighborhoods that stem from development, loss of tree canopy and other environmental impacts from growth, and concerns with the opioid epidemic and ineffective community engagement in city policymaking. The other area I can bring expertise is in emergency planning for catastrophic events like an earthquake as an important public safety issue. As a structural engineer trained in designing earthquake-safe infrastructure and a part of the Emergency Response team at the Port of Seattle, I bring this unique knowledge and experience to help Bellevue residents be prepared for the big quake.
I think the most important thing we can do to tackle all of these issues is to become more regional in our thinking. Each of these urgent challenges can only be solved if we work with our neighboring cities, the greater King County and at a State level to try and find solutions. As a Bellevue City Councilmember, I will be a strong advocate for Bellevue at the table to make sure Bellevue interests and voices are represented in the decision-making process. Thinking more regionally is the most important thing Bellevue can do, and it will provide a path to finding solutions for our other challenges.
I intend to meet with both the Mayor and City Manager on a regular basis to amplify the voice and interests of our diverse community and neighborhoods. I am proud to have been endorsed by Mayor John Stokes, and I am excited to work together with all the Councilmembers to keep Bellevue on the right track. As a natural bridge builder, I believe strongly that the best, most workable and cost-effective solutions emerge when we bring in the collective ideas and thoughts of our many diverse constituents, city staff and elected officials.