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25 years of business ownership.
6 years on City Council.
As Senior Center president I negotiated the senior center into its current 8,500 sf building.
I reached across the aisle and negotiated the current Prop 1 on the ballot for a new Civic Center without a NO campaign.
Mountlake Terrace is dealing with 3 major issues.
1) Getting Proposition 1 passed for the the new police expansion and civic center.
2) Main Street revitalization.
3) A Light Rail station is coming soon to Mountlake Terrace. There are many economic development projects in the works depending on the light rail station. We have to get the projects out of the ground and be ready for the new era.
No matter what community you live in - Homelessness is becoming one of the biggest issues each community has to deal with. I do not have the answers but we as a council are looking into some options and are bringing in outside speakers to give us options.
As president of the Mountlake Terrace Senior I prepared a business plan, negotiated a lease and volunteered hundreds of hours for a remodel of the space that took the Senior Center from an 800 square foot building into an 8,500 square foot building. I am currently working with the new Mountlake Terrace Senior Center Director to build the center programs, activities and ideas on how to raise money to continue the success for our seniors.
I am very involved with the local police departments and fire departments. I have not heard anything about legal or illegal immigration issues.
Other major issues in Mountlake Terrace include the 50 year old Pavilion Recreation Center, hiring of key city personnel, economic development growth and road maintenance.
Hiring of key personal. If Mountlake Terrace gets the key personnel in place according to job descriptions it will take care of all of the other issues.
Mountlake Terrace is a strong City Manager / Council jurisdiction. City Manager deals with the day to day operations of the city and the council sets policy. I remind people that our mayor is not elected by the voters. Our mayor is elected by the 7 council members currently elected. With that said the Mountlake Terrace City Manager has an open door policy and in regular communication with the council. The City Manager offers ideas of what is best for Mountlake Terrace and the council votes on those ideas. As far as how I will work with the City Manager, the same way as I have for the last 6 years. It has been positive and insightful and forthcoming.
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I was appointed to the Mountlake Terrace City Council in 2008 and was re elected twice. I serve on Snohomish County Tomorrow, The Seashore Transportation Forum, The Snohomish County Health Board and The Alliance for Housing Affordability. I am also a HASCO and State Real Estate Commissioner.
We have been working on our Town Center project for over a decade. We were delayed because of the recession, but now we are ready. We are working on phase one of our Main Street project and we are now looking for funds to complete phase two. When completed, we will have undergrounded utilities, 12 foot sidewalks and everything needed for a developer to build their buildings.
Our police has a liaison officer who has worked with and befriended our homeless population. He has a kit with a bottle of water and some toiletries and a granola bar to offer them and this has been well received. He knows many of the hidden places where they have set up camps. We clean out these areas and the people move on. But I feel that we need to offer more services and facilities where they can regroup. Moving on just makes the problem go to another jurisdiction. We need more places for temporary housing. Many of the homeless do not want to be where they are. They want help. They feel abandoned. Those are who we need to help. Others want to stay homeless. We need to find a way to help them in a different way. Our city does not have places we can convert but several cities can possibly work together to find a solution.
As an official senior citizen myself, I am very committed. But I also take care of my elderly parents. My Dad lives in a memory care home and my mother lives in a condo. But I am there almost daily taking care of them. Because of my experience with helping them with Medicare, Medicaid, wills, POA's and Trusts, I want to help others navigate this before it is too late. As a real estate broker working with the elderly and children of the elderly, I found that many need advice and help earlier than when they contact me. We need more housing for the elderly who live only on their social security check. We need housing choices for the elderly. And we need to find help for those who do not have relatives or friends nearby. We also need to find ways to help them with their medical needs.
I understand that our city does not ask people's immigration status. That said, I think our city is growing more diverse. I don't think we will take a stand on this issue, but I personally don't see our city turning anyone in or making it harder for anyone to live here.
We have several issues. One is that light rail will be here in a few years and we have to be ready for it. In housing, economic development and public safety. We are working on it. Another issue is that we are renting our city hall space. We will run out of money so we are going back to the voters to build a new one on the land we had our old city hall. Our city is over 50 years old and many of our structures are close to that age. We need to think about replacing those. And finally we have a huge new park, Ballinger Park that was a golf course. In order to make it into a park the public can use, we need funds to build paths, plant more trees, move the dock (it is on Lake Ballinger) and build a boardwalk. As is, it is used by people from all over this area so it will be an asset to all.
The most urgent is our City Hall. We need this to pass because we will not have a place to be in a few years when we run out of rental funds. But our town center is equally important as we need to be ready for the growth light rail will bring.
Our city manager and our council work close together. Communications is important. We have council goals that are reviewed regularly. Even though we all do not agree all the time, we usually work together and do what we consider is best for the city and our residents.