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City of Redmond Council Position No. 4

The 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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    Tanika Padhye (NP) City Council Member

  • Eugene Zakhareyev (NP)

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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) 753-3281
Email Tanika4Council@gmail.com
Town where you live Redmond
Experience (300 characters max) A legal career devoted to public service: Redmond City Council since March 2017; Chair of the Parks and Human Services Committee; Redmond Parks and Trails and Planning Commission; Seattle Office for Civil Rights; City Attorney's Office Berkeley, CA; San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission
Redmond, like the rest of Puget Sound region, is experiencing record growth. This requires thoughtful planning so that we preserve our residential neighborhoods, protects our rural areas and safeguard natural resources. This growth poses many challenges and opportunities including the need to ensure smart transportation planning and preserving natural resources like our water supply. These are big issues that benefit from having community and regional partners. For instance, our city is working with Sound Transit for the arrival of light in Redmond in 2023-2024. I would also like to encourage multimodal transportation options by working with transit for more bus service and trails which would make it easier for people to bike or walk. Finally, Redmond has been diligent about requiring low-impact development so that we preserve our water table and prevent contamination.
I believe Redmond has an been active in addressing homelessness by implementing recommendations from our community task force on homelessness and creating outreach programs. We hired an outreach specialist who is out in the field working with our city’s homeless population. This one-on-one approach has had many success stories as we see individuals set up with plans of action enabling them to get out of homelessness and into stable housing and employment. We also work jointly with our neighbors, Kirkland and Bellevue, to share resources to provide shelter to those in need. I think we could do more to make our residents aware of all the resources that are available and make sure that our homeless spend less time on the streets and into programs that can help them succeed.
I am committed to serving all members of our community. Having spent a lot of time volunteering at Redmond’s Senior Center, I am aware of the issues affecting our senior population. There is a real need for affordable housing, which is part of my campaign platform so that those on fixed incomes can still afford to live in Redmond. Also, our community centers, including the Senior Center, our aging. As a member for the stakeholder group for the community centers, I have spent time speaking with seniors about their needs and concerns. I am committed to making sure that Redmond’s seniors have access to facilities and programs that fit their needs.
The city of Redmond is an international community and we are rich because of our shared diversity and culture. I believe the city of Redmond has the right approach in dealing with immigration issues. Redmond is an inclusive and welcoming city and we want to make sure everyone feels safe here. Our police and emergency services do not check for immigration status. However, we are not able to prevent federal immigration enforcement.

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of immigration from the federal level. We must be aware and cultivate compassion for all our residents.
Many of the issues our city is facing are due to growth. We need to strategize and plan for the challenges we are facing such as increased traffic, lack of affordable housing, preserve green space by creating parks and trails, and address our aging community centers.
I believe the need for affordable housing is urgent. Many residents are being priced out of the market and inventory is at an all time low. We need to make sure we have diverse housing options at a variety of price points. The City of Redmond has been active in creating partnerships to create more affordable housing units. For instance, we worked with Sisters of Providence to create affordable housing units for seniors and recently passed a multi-property tax exemption as incentive for developers to set aside more affordable units. There are no easy solutions, but with dedication and a willingness to be flexible we can create more affordable housing options for our residents.
Redmond has a strong mayor form of government. One of the most important roles of of a council member is to be engaged with the community, communicate these issues to fellow council members and the mayor, and then collaborate on solutions. I have a strong history of public service and understand how local government works. Most recently, I have served on the Redmond Council since March and serve as the Chair of the Parks and Human Services Committee. I am also a member of the stakeholder group for the community centers and was integral to the community engagement process. I have a collaborative leadership style and work hard to make sure all voices are heard.
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