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Spokane Valley, WA
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Seven years U.S. Army including service in Vietnam as a commissioned officer. Twenty-seven years in the electronics industry including 24 years working for Hewlett-Packard. Second career pastor and currently serving on the Spokane Valley City Council.
As our City grows we need to enable personal vehicle and freight traffic to move smoothly. This includes bridging the railroad tracks along Trent and Barker, Pines and Park roads. It also includes improving traffic flow along Barker and Pines especially during rush hours. To that end our City staff is working hard on preliminary project designs and on applying for very competitive State and Federal grants.
Also, the City Staff and City Council are working on a sustainable process for maintaining our streets at their current excellent level of quality and smoothness. Our staff is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop an accurate way of measuring pavement quality and planning for maintenance and repaving. Once that is finished we can determine the true annual cost of sustainable pavement preservation and determine how to fund it without raising taxes.
First, by focussing on City of Spokane Valley residents who become homeless and not attracting chronically homeless folks from outside of our City. Second, by changing our zoning and development regulations to allow for low-cost housing options such as tiny homes and micro-condos. This was done with our 2016 Comprehensive Plan revision.
I am a senior citizen so I understand our needs and wants. I think I have done a good job of representing all 96,000 residents of the City of Spokane Valley regardless of their age, gender, background, etc.
Our City Council passed a resolution in January 2016 that declares the City of Spokane Valley is not a sanctuary City and instructs City staff and Police Officers to cooperate with Federal agencies in enforcing immigration laws. People in the U.S. illegally should be deported. They are breaking the law just by being here. Legal immigrants are different: they have every right to be here and to pursue becoming U.S. Citizens. My wife is a legal immigrant from Vietnam who became an American Citizen as soon as she could. We are a nation of legal immigrants.
Maintaining our current conservative approach to governing as established by our City's original Council and City Staff in 2003 when the City was incorporated. As the City grows we need to maintain our tradition Spokane Valley culture, look and feel as the area grows to accommodate a growing population.
Maintaining the traditional Spokane Valley character and culture as housing types change and the population grows and changes in age.
I have monthly meetings with the City Manager and I always try to give him a heads-up about agenda items I will introduce and positions I will take on major issues. I regularly seek his advice on City issue that the Council will be considering.
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I am a 4th Generation Spokane Valleyite, born and raised in Spokane Valley, I graduated from East Valley and have a BS in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University. I am happily married to my wife Danica and have three amazing daughters. I am a small business owner and member of SV Kiwanis
Lack of funding / planning. We have a great opportunity as our street infrastructure is in good condition with the recent installation of sewer throughout the valley. However, eventhough the city estimates that for every $1 spend on maintenance or preservation we save up to $8 from having to rebuild the road, we aren’t adequately funding street preservation and some roads fall beyond repair.
1) We need to recognize the problem. Many people in Spokane Valley don’t recognize that there is homelessness in Spokane Valley as they don’t see it.
2) We need to reach out to the nonprofit / agencies that are providing services. One of the reasons we don’t see the issue is that there really aren’t many services to support our homeless citizens within our city limits. We need to engage those providing services and try to match them up with the services needed in our community.
My commitment is that I will dedicate the time and effort to making our city a great place to live, work and play so that future generations have the same or better opportunities than we did. I also pledge to represent our city with integrity and participating open and honest government.
I honestly don’t believe that this a city issue. No immigration decisions made at a city level will be effective or do anything other than confuse the community. My approach would be to connect the experiences our community is having with our state or federal delegation so that they can have more information to make informed decisions that can actually be enforced.
Funding prioritization, the city is benefiting from a solid financial foundation and is experiencing a time where there is more revenue than expenses. However the current city council is not prioritizing the spending on what is needed the most or what is in the best interest of the city moving forward. i.e. they are proposing laws that violate the state constitution and laws which would open up our city to potentially expensive litigation that, either way, wouldn’t help the city of Spokane valley.
I believe that we need to fix our funding prioritization and bring our city back to their core mission of providing public safety and street infrastructure. We should stop spending resources on items that are outside the cities jurisdiction and allocate more of them to maintaining our infrastructure.
Spokane Valley has a city manager form of government and I found that communication is the key to working cooperatively. When I served on the city council before we had regularly scheduled meetings to talk through and bring up issues and it worked great. Also I believe in a no surprises philosophy with the city staff. Meaning that if I had a question or comment I would bring it up before our meetings on the dais so that we all had a chance to bring the most accurate information to the decision making process. We don’t have to all agree, but as long as we all communicate we will have a very effective city team.