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City of Snoqualmie Council Position No. 1

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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    Cristie Coffing (NP) Self Employed Cafe Owner/Dance Educator

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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 (425) 888-2044
Email cristie4snoqcouncil@gmail.com
Town where you live Snoqualmie wa
Experience (300 characters max) Cristie Coffing obtained an education degree from Central Washington University and has been a business owner in Snoqualmie since 1985. She is an owner and operator of The Black Dog Art's Cafe in downtown Snoqualmie. She is a founding member of the Black Dog Arts Coalition; a not for profi
Our growth rate is currently overstepping our infrastructure and available resources. The current administration seems to be in a hurry to press forward on developments that lack water availability and have no planning for traffic mitigation. Our current infrastructure is at maximum capacity, traffic is deadlocked on the I-90/Snoqualmie Parkway in the late afternoons, and the downtown 202 is similarly backed up for several miles. Our schools are overcrowded and our environment is such that permeable surfaces are required for flood mitigation, this is in jeopardy. I feel that our current situation requires a thoughtful step back.
The only true way to end homelessness is to find homes for persons in need. Shelters are wonderful; daytime shelters and nighttime shelters are both extremely valuable, but the true end should be housing. In order to fight homelessness, you must have a task force of folks that become a "constant" for people living on the streets. By becoming a "constant" you are able to establish a relationship based on trust, learn a person's distinct issues and find them the resources they need to aid them with their individual needs. This is often done in the shelters, but can also be augmented by the police, churches and volunteers. Being a "constant" requires education. My niece is the founder of The MORElove Project, currently battling homelessness in the Seattle area. I would tap into her resources and host workshops and meetings to educate myself and the community, exploring creative and sensitive ways to be a "constant" for those who are in need.
I currently teach tap for the Senior Center in North Bend and feel seniors are a valuable asset to any community, They are the keepers of our history and knowledge. I believe that in growth and development/project plans for the city, the seniors should be one of the top considerations in decision making. Asking questions such as, "How will this decision affect the affordability of the current senior's housing?" "How will this decision impact the senior population?" "Will this decision benefit our seniors, or will it detract from their life condition?" I would love to see community projects spearheaded and involving the senior population.
I am not knowledgeable on many immigration policies, so I have much homework to do on this issue. I am a believer in sanctuary cities however.
Our current environment is at risk, wildlife, river and water quality and our general way of life and history are currently in jeopardy. I believe in responsible growth and feel that the question we should be asking ourselves as administrators is the following: "Does this project serve all members of our community?" If the answer is no, it is not a project worth considering.
Protecting our watershed; a group of us are currently watchdogging a proposed development which could potentially damage the watershed. We live in a very sensitive area, one which requires conservative and responsible handling.
I believe in consensus building and feel dialogue is the key to building trust and decorum. Our current administration relies on the planning commission for project recommendations, but have voted to ignore these recommendations in several of their past decisions, thus breaking down the trust between the two bodies. I would like to rebuild this trust and respect.
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