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City of Kirkland Council Position No. 5

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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Phone (425) 381-1909
Email amy@amywalen.com
Town where you live Kirkland
Experience (300 characters max) I have a background in law and finance. I've served on the Kirkland City Council since 2010, and as Mayor since 2014. I am a step-mother, a businesswoman, a neighbor and a friend. I'm guardian to my nephew, in our local school district. It's been a privilege to serve.
We are challenged by growth. We desperately need affordable housing to support the qualify of life of our residents. We have a tremendous influx of workers each day into Kirkland by car, and most of our working residents commute elsewhere, also by car. We need transit investments, and affordable housing so that a good life can be had living and working in our city. We still need to make significant pedestrian and bicycle improvements. We have to complete our safe school walk routes. Our water and sewer lines are old, because we are an old city. We have established sinking funds for replacement of this infrastructure, and we have a plan, but we should continue saving for the future. With population growth comes more need for open space and parks. We deserve an indoor recreation center.
We are proud to be an inclusive and welcoming city. We passed an ordinance requiring that any person can seek city services, regardless of their circumstances. We have partnered with community organizations to start a Children & Family shelter in Kirkland. This is happening! It is called Salt House. We are very proud of this work. We are also a leader in ARCH - and have called for the Eastside cities to contribute more to housing funds. We have advocated County officials to add "a penny" to each levy for housing. We believe that our efforts have made a difference in the new Veteran's levy renewal.
We have a senior council, and work with them on many issues that face the city. We support their legislative agenda. We fully fund a senior center. There is always more work to be done, but my commitment is to work for affordable housing in Kirkland, so our seniors can age in their home town, and to help create a city with services for all, walkable, and welcoming where all are cared for.
I believe that we should provide services without regard for immigration status. We should cooperate with the federal government exactly in accordance with what is required of us.
Conflict and disharmony around growth and the stresses that it brings - traffic, congestion, construction delays, new people moving into established neighborhoods. We are very fortunate in Kirkland - we live in a beautiful city that is full of parks and open spaces, walking trails, is caring and welcoming. Some of those who live in our established neighborhoods wish for Kirkland to remain as it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. This is a major challenge for us. There are no voices for the people who want to live in Kirkland but cannot afford to, who are driving from Marysville or Puyallup to work in our city because they cannot afford to live here and we have inadequate transit service to serve them. Elected officials must be very brave to stand up for those without a voice.
Affordable housing and transit service are equally urgent.
I have a good relationship with our City Manager and have advocated successfully, worked together with our Council to achieve good things for Kirkland.

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