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Franklin City Of Pasco District 1 Councilmember, District 1, Position 1

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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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 Same as above
Phone (509) 302-8524
Email blanche.barajas@icloud.com BarajasforPascoD1@gmail.com
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Town where you live Pasco
Experience (300 characters max) State Committee-woman, Precinct Committee officer, Public Relations (8 yrs), Health Insurance Education: BA Business Administration, AAS Criminal Justice. Volunteered 2 yrs before joining as Vice Chair of the Cinco de Mayo committee, Youth Mentor, Exec. Board member with Elijah Family Homes.
Stronger communities: Pasco is a fast growing community, there are large groups of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and hard working people seeking better local job opportunities and small business support. Diversity and Inclusivity: Pasco is a welcoming community to diversity, there should be programs and initiatives in place to support inclusivity of the fast growing multi culture economy that will attract strong financial growth. Pasco is in need to create and attract an Arts and Culture center that can and will aid in the expansion and support of local business, artists and produce. Collaboration with our local government: As a single mother I can relate to the needs and fears of the most vulnerable residents. All of Pasco, should have a right to walk in well lite, safe, and paved streets. We should have equal access to basic needs such as public transportation for residents in Lakeview area.
I believe homelessness is an adverse impact to all residents of Pasco. It says that our town is not strong if some of our residents lack a home. There should be available housing options to all residents no matter age, abilities or income. One of he major components of why we have so many homeless in Tri Cities is because our housing market is no longer affordable. The city could help create dignified, independent reliable housing; some options are, tent cities, tiny homes, micro apartments or "granny-flats". The creation of non traditional, smaller, affordable housing options is a vital step to ending homelessness. Government subsidies or temporary shelters will not minimize the issue. We should be attracting developers that can help the Tri Cities grow more resilient.
The City of Pasco has a strong Senior a citizen program set in place. Parks and Rec does monthly activities that are attractive to our Golden age community, quilting, word working, dancing as well as Zumba classes. Perhaps with technology now being a predominant social communication a strategy should be in place to work along with other city programs to help grow participation. Many services can be used in combination such as Meals on Wheels. The city is actively working on housing them all under one roof. I am committed to finding and leveraging the services needed for the citizens of Pasco and attracting the professionals that can bring quality attention and care.
Immigration law is extremely complex and ever changing.Enforcing our nation’s immigration laws is challenging. There is no provision that obligates local law enforcement agencies to devote any resources to the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The state of Washington as declared by Gov Inslee is a sanctuary state. That being said, Pasco as many areas in our country were founded by immigrants. Hard working families dedicated to establishing safe environments for their families. My parents are immigrants, their parents before them also immigrants, came looking for opportunities not found in their country. Immigrants are the backbone of our local commerce. They work the long arduous hours in the heat or cold, to pave ways for better brighter futures for their children. Others come running from unsafe environments or for political prosecution. Immigration whether legal or illegal stimulates economic growth and a very dynamic cultural exchange.
In my opinion, the greatest economic challenge Pasco is facing is the lack of investment in small businesses and missed opportunities for new businesses. As a Council member I would work to gain the trust of our local business owners by building a bridge between the leaders and stakeholders of our community. I would promote and advocate for the establishment of resources that give business owners access to small business advisors, adequate funding and capital. In addition to supporting resources and organizations that enable small business development and growth, I would support and advocate for policies and codes that boost small business owner’s opportunity at success and decreases failure.
To select one urgent topic is a difficult task, as a citizen of Pasco my desire is to reach beyond my grasp and make an impact in every subject mentioned before. As much as I know and understand we have a strong need to address the homeless issue, the goal is to find the key people that believe in the mission to create a sustainable housing effort. My mother is a senior citizen that could also greatly benefit in the creation and sustainability of services and resources dedicated to our loving senior population. I believe that my unique opportunity to be involved in the decision making processes will allow me to be a voice for all the unrepresented and underserved. The one urgent task that will embrace it all is creating an resolution that embraces diversity and inclusivity. This embraces all ages, all socio economic walks of life and all backgrounds.
As a council member I would seek cohesive collaboration between the city council, city manager and our current Mayor. It is key to creating a unifying collaboration that will lead to prosperity in our community. I would encourage and advocate for a cohesive partnership that is focused on growth, expansion and support of our city. I promise to work in unison to boost our local economy while supporting the small business owners, our city’s established programs focused on eliminating homelessness and will faithfully work in finding improvements to boosting our schools resources, curriculum and create incentives to attract qualified staff. I also promise to help boost our local governments participation with the citizens of pasco by strengthening relations with local authority.
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