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Snohomish City Of Lynnwood Council Position #2

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)?

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Address PO Box 5730
Phone (425) 478-7996
Email voteshanontysland@yahoo.com
Town where you live Lynnwood
1) Addressing homelessness, both from a public safety concern and from a humanitarian concern. The cost of living has increased 50% since 2008, with only a subsequent 8% rise in wages in the same time period. This is putting financial stress on folks of all income levels and especially residents with lower income. We need to work with the Housing Authority and local developers to incentivize various affordable housing options that make sense for our city vision. 2) Lynnwood is home of many strip malls and is lacking a downtown. The plans are in place to build and develop the downtown city center and I am excited for the opportunity to make sure we do this right with a central park, opportunity for local small business and affordable housing. 3) Addressing the transportation needs and development of the future light rail that is coming to Lynnwood . 4) Ensuring fiscal responsibility with our cities budgeting process, addressing priorities of spending is key to our infrastructure.
Homelessness is a complex issue as it has no geographical boundaries, homelessness includes individuals who are mentally ill, addicted to substances, lost a job, or they are employed and just can't afford housing.

We need to address each of these issues individually and at the same time create policy that is in alignment with our city's vision of being a city that is responsive to the wants and needs of our citizens while at the same time ensuring a safe environment through rigorous criminal and property law enforcement.

There is a real public safety concern as our citizens are scared to use our parks, the interurban trail, and even let their children play in neighborhoods. Working together with both the area police departments, Human Service Commissions, and nonprofits are essential to respond to homelessness.
I believe our seniors need to be respected and heard. Lynnwood is in a growth phase and change can be hard for folks that have lived in Lynnwood for 40 or 50 years, as the change happening so rapidly. Home prices are increasing, which means property tax is increasing, in addition sales tax has increased. Our seniors on a fixed income are feeling the financial pinch and many are scraping by to make ends meet. We need to come up with solutions to address the financial burden on our seniors as well as invest in programs such as our Senior Center.
I believe we need to be compassionate toward all human beings. We have policies implemented to become citizens of this country and need to encourage folks who want to become citizens of this country to do so. I don't think we should have an ICE officer on our police force, but rather engage with the undocumented immigration population to find solutions on becoming legal citizens.
1) Property tax continues to rise putting financial stress on our residents.

2) Staying connected as a community. This comes back to offering programs that connects community members, and creating a safe community. Many residents I am talking too are nervous about the opioid epidemic and won't take their children to our city parks due to having seen used needles and shady individuals in our parks. This saddens me as a parent of two young children I know exactly what they are talking about.
Homelessness is the most urgent. This has been voiced from both sides in we need to take care of our own who are struggling to make ends meet while at the same time addressing the very real public safety issue we have. It is a delicate matter for sure and one that I believe is most urgent.
Creating a priority task or policy list is number one. We, the council, need to revisit and identify the most important and urgent needs of our city and a plan to address them.

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