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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)?

Phone 202-329-1992
Email benjberger@gmail.com
Town where you live White Salmon
Experience (300 characters max) Dynamic executive with a proven track record for both strategy and execution. Able to build successful teams and solve problems across domains. Excellent at identifying opportunities and negotiating contracts that are financially lucrative and appropriately address both value and risk.
White Salmon has obvious issues with the current condition of roads and water infrastructure. At times in recent memory, infrastructure limitations have inconvenienced residents and businesses. The city is going through significant growth, and unless actions are taken to address current infrastructure conditions and capacity, infrastructure will continue to be a major challenge for the city.
A lot of people in White Salmon are feeling economic pressure from the rising cost of housing and the shortage of long term rentals. This is both a challenge for people who have lived in White Salmon for generations and are seeing their property taxes rising, as well as people that are new to White Salmon or looking to relocate to our city. The city is without a roadmap for how to manage this growth without displacing populations that have defined the history, culture and community.
Elders are our connection to our past and we are indebted to love them and care for them. Our town should ensure that to the greatest extent possible that elders are cared for and integrated into our community.
This is a really difficult issue right now. The federal government has failed to effectively create and enforce immigration policies. This is leading to strife and divisiveness throughout the country. There are great families in our community that are part of our city in every way, but struggle with their status. This is unfair to them and it is unfair to those that are committed to uphold the laws and protect our communities. I think that this is a time where we need to try to strengthen our community and find common ground, while pushing on Washington to come up with long term legislation.
Housing, employment, urban development, residential development, the Hood River Bridge, traffic and parking, healthcare, and food insecurity
All of these issues are really important, but we can't fix all of them at once. The city is lacking a clear roadmap and vision for the future of the town. As a result, the council ends up working on projects that are not the highest priority. It also makes it difficult for the citizens to know what to expect from the administration or to hold them accountable.
I will work to help the city with strategic planning and bring industry tools for planning and project management. I will also look to reference successful examples from other towns and studies that provide guidance on how to address the critical issues that face our city.
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