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I have 3.58 years as the Normandy Park City Mayor, where I have worked with and managed the City Manager, and councilmembers to meet budget and execute and complete numerous infrastructure and quality of service-related improvements.
Along with the nearly four years of elected office experience, I have more than two decades of building and operating successful businesses; this knowledge translates into a deeper understanding of how to build successful teams, and plan for the future on a budget.
My vision for Normandy Park is to advance and foster a community atmosphere that enhances the already existing natural beauty, increase our quality of life through improved services, and ensure the continued safety for all residents by maintaining fiscally responsible budgets.
Teamwork. It can either advance the vision or distract from it. As a councilmember, I am only one of seven, working to make the best choices for the future of the city. Through learning, discussion, and decisive action by the majority of the council, we can eliminate stagnation and realize the vision Normandy Park deserves.
Normandy Park has a responsibility to make thoughtful choices when it comes to our carbon footprint and maintaining the city. We must make a conscious step toward evaluating our facilities and services to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce waste in all areas of city management. As we look to build new facilities, we owe it to our residents to make intelligent decisions so that what we leave behind will endure and be sustainable for many generations to come.
The most significant issue facing the city with regards to infrastructure is our aging facilities. City Hall and the Police Station operate out of a converted 1950's elementary school. Apart from the charm of the older building, the facilities require replacement. City council is working with the City Manager and staff to execute on the plan presented by the City Manager, which has the potential of completing a new city hall and recreation in 2023.
By staying involved in the region, communicating with residents, and learning from those who have first-hand knowledge of what is working, we will be better prepared. Prioritizing homelessness prevention will curtail waste in financial resources allowing cities to thrive and build exceptional community services that in turn, create a better, more vibrant city.
The federal government solely regulates immigration into the United States of America. States and cities are prohibited from passing laws that directly relate to immigration to prevent complicated and contradictory requirements from developing. That said, it is not for a city to decide which federal laws we should or should not enforce. If we as people feel that our government is not meeting our equal human rights, here and now, it should be our purpose and cause to change those laws for the betterment of all people.
Our city utilizes both print and digital methods for communicating with the residents of Normandy Park. We can always improve the mediums we use, such as increasing visibility through television and social media. It is important to remember that individual councilmembers should not speak for the council until any such item of discussion has had action taken by the council in an open and public meeting. Clear communication with the public is achieved by sharing timely, accurate, and factual information.
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Councilmember for 15 yrs. in Normandy Park, 5 yrs. as Mayor. 12+ yrs. Normandy Park Community Club Board. 3 yrs. President , 4 yrs. Vice President.
My experience as a Councilmember goes a long way back. I was first elected in 2003 and have been a Councilmember for the City of Normandy Park ever since with the exception of 22 month break. I've served as the Mayor five of those years.
I've lived here for over 50 years. I understand the wants, needs, and values of this wonderful community. Essentially, protect the things we value, but acknowledge that some changes may be necessary.
It is important to maintain our excellent environment, quality of life, and insure public safety. The demographics are changing, younger families are moving in and that is exciting. The city is in its revitalization stage. Passing on the values, growing new leaders, and making this a great place for all , is not only important, it is essential to the longevity our great little community and quality of life.
Our economic sustainability is our biggest obstacle in maintaining what we have.
Finding a way for a 'bedroom community ' to survive in an environment that forces us to rely on 'sales tax revenues ' is challenging. The State does not care and continues to force unfunded mandates upon us. We must find alternatives to the periodic Levy Lid lifts that impose an unfair burden on us.
Normandy Park has been very active with efforts supporting the environment. We recognize the importance and value of our efforts. Our leadership role in the watershed (WRIA 9) plan to save King Salmon, as well as, winning important water pollution concessions from the Sea-Tac Airport, have been important parts we've played. We need to continue to do our part !
Normandy Park will, in the near future take responsibility for 1st Ave So. within our borders. We must make sure it is in acceptable shape before we own it.
Our progress on other infrastructure needs is proceeding well.
Homelessness is a problem that we all should help to solve. Cities. Counties, States, and National government, as well as, businesses, churches, non-profits, can all play a part. It is a challenging issue for us all. I don’t think we've an adequate solution in this country yet. We need to figure this out soon. While for some it may be a lifestyle choice, for many others it is very different. Bad things happen to good people; be it unmanageable hospital bills, loss of jobs, the breakdown of the family unit, or other, we need to help. Most people don't want a hand out, but they sure could use a hand up.
I don't think focusing our limited resources on solving this national problem is the best approach for our City.
The Council should communicate with our citizens honestly, transparently, with accountability, but most importantly, by listening to our citizens concerns and showing that we hear and understand. The current leadership on the Council has failed the citizens of our great city. Folks are angry and frustrated; they are clamoring for new leadership.